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Driving rental car guide in Japan

How to drive in Japan?

Are you worried about driving in Japan?
Here we will introduce the necessary means for driving in Japan.

Method 1
International Driving Permit(IDP) and Passprt

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How to get Inter national Driving Permit?

In case of USObtaining an international driver's license in US | Japan driving

If you prepare the following three items, you can get an IDP on the same day for $20.

  • ・American driver's license (with more than 6 months of expiration date remaining)
  • ・AAA (American Automobile Association) membership card
  • ・2 passport size photos
Step1

Visit your nearest AAA office.
Check on AAAweb site:?https://www.aaa.com/office/locations/?office=CRCAIDP

Step2

Fill out the application form. You can also take photos here for $8.

Step3

IDPs will be issued within 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how crowded it is.

Please check the AAA website for the latest detailed information.
https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html

In case of AustraliaObtaining an international driver's license in Australian | Japan driving

IDP can be obtained using the same procedure. Applications can also be made on the website.
Please check the AAA (Australia Automobile Association) website for detail information
https://www.aaa.asn.au/
https://www.aaa.asn.au/international-motoring/international-driving-permits/

In case of CanadaObtaining an international driver's license in Canada | Japan driving

IDP can be obtained using the same procedure. It is also possible to apply by mail. Fees and application formats vary by province, so please check the CAA (Canada Automobile Association) website.
https://www.caa.ca/
https://www.caa.ca/services/travel/international-driving-permit/

In case of EU

If your country is a member of the Geneva Convention, you can obtain a valid driver's license in Japan through the same simple procedure.

In case of SingaporeObtaining an international driver's license in Singapore | Japan driving

IDP can be obtained using the same procedure.
Please check the AAS (Automobile Association of Singapore) website for detail information.
https://www.aas.com.sg/
https://www.aas.com.sg/idp-carnet/

In case of HongkongObtaining an international driver's license in Hong Kong | Japan driving

IDP can be obtained using the same procedure.
Please check the hong kong government website for detail information.
https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/
https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/transport/drivinglicense/abs.htm

Method 2
Foreign driving license and Japanese Translation by authorized organization and Passprt

License_illustration| Driving a rental car in Japanpassport image | Driving a rental car in Japan

In Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Monaco, Estonia, and Taiwan, you can drive with an official Japanese translation of your license.

Japanese Traffic Rule & Tips

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If you are concerned about traffic rules, road width, or routes, please refer to the website and our video below.
Traffic rule explanation video by JAF which is Japanese organization equivalent to AAA.
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