I do not speak or read Japanese, but the gameboard posted at Hakes for these Japanese Thunderbird Board Games Sets look easy enough to figure out. Really thought, I doubt I would play them much, because I like the cover art so much (even with its minor damage), I would need to frame the entire set and hang it on my wall.
According to Hake’s
11×17.5×1.5″ deep box. 1960s. Koide Shinkosha. Box has water staining and lt. soiling on bottom. Box top has one corner split, side panels are faded with moisture staining, however top graphics are bright and colorful. VG. Contains three game boards. One in box bottom is on a pivoting base with a red plastic handle and features space images. The second board is double sided. The first is generic with a road course. The second features the Thunderbirds characters: Thunderbird’s ships 1-5, with their Tracy pilots and Miss Penelope and Parker in Fab 1. Boards have lt. aging. Exc. Comes with playing pieces sealed in original bags. Generic cones, large and small disc markers, small cars and a white UFO with a ball bearing in the base so that it rolls on pivoting board. NM. Very unusual board games set exclusive to the Japanese market. Scarce.
Japanese Thunderbird Board Games Sets [via] Hake’s