Guide to Rent a Car in Japan

If you are planing to travel in country areas where the transportation is not much convenient, driving car would be the best choice, especially in Japan. For foreigners, car rental is another way to provide you to drive in Japan easier. Therefore, in this article, we will guide you about how to rent a car in Japan.


Preparation Before Rent a Car in Japan

Japan Driver’s License / International Driving Permit (IDP)

Generally, foreigners can submit the International Driving Permit (IDP) to rent a car and use in legally driving. However, foreigners who have lived in Japan more than 1 year, have to submit Japan Driver’s License as documents for rent a car. For other information, renters can inquire directly with the rental company.


Passport is used as documents for rent a car.

Traffic Rules

Although traffic rules in other countries around the world are similar, they are not all the same. So, before rent a car or driving in Japan, please carefully study about the traffic rules.

Rental Prices

In Japan, car rental prices usually start from 7,000 JPY per day (24 hour) depends on car types, size, service areas, and seasons. If you are worry about directions, you can also rent a GPS for free (some car types is not compatible with GPS).


Renters have to responsible for toll fees by choosing payment method, such as by cash, credit card or ETC card which is the IC Card for paying toll fees (rental fee : 300 yen). The advantage of ETC card is convenience because you can ask for renting directly at rental company and pay at the day you return a car.

Gas Station

Renters have to responsible for fuel surcharge while travelling. In Japan, there are 2 types of gas station which are full service (フル) and self service gas station.

For the fuel types, there are 3 types of fuel. Regular unleaded, High-octane and Diesel. You have to check for the compatibility before you refuel carefully.

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How to make a reservation?

Making reservation on website

The easiest way to rent a car for foreigners is making reservation on website which provided English and other languages. You can input your information, such as, rental duration, car types, pick up point, and return point. Then, the reservation system will calculate your total fees and send you to a payment systems as the next step.

Making reservation by phone

Another way to rent a car in Japan is making reservation by phone. Most rental companies have English staff and others for communication service. So, do not worry if you can not understand Japanese.


Car Rental Company in Japan

Toyota Rental Car

One of the largest car rental companies in Japan operated by TOYOTA. There are lots of branches in Japan. You can make an online reservation (English) on their website.

Nippon Rent-a-Car

The popular car rental company with lots of branches around Japan. They provided online reservation for foreigners with English and other languages sites.