Signs at Shinjuku Station are being improved

Signs at Shinjuku Station are being improved

Hundreds of signs at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo are being replaced to provide travelers with directions that are easier to follow.

Railway and metropolitan government officials have received complaints that the signs are not standardized and are difficult to understand.

The new notices will use different colors to indicate compass directions. Railway lines departing from the same section of the busy station will be listed together. That will make it easier for passengers to change trains.

Pictograms will be used, for example, to clearly indicate trains and buses.

Metropolitan government officials say that there are about 400 signs, and that they hope to replace them all by the end of next year.

When the city hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the station is expected to be used by numerous people heading to venues and tourist attractions.