All drivers are required to present his/her original driver’s license at the pick up shop.
The license must be valid in Japan to drive a rented vehicle. See below for details.
Driver's licenses issued by public safety commissions in Japan.
International driving permits issued by a certifying body in one of the signatory countries/territories of the Geneva Convention based on the format of the Geneva Convention.
*Passport is required.
International driving permits are valid for one (1) year from the date of issue (be sure to confirm the date of issue) and their validity for driving in Japan is one (1) year from the date of landing in Japan (confirmed by the immigration stamp in the passport showing the date of landing in Japan).
However, persons on the basic resident register who leave Japan and subsequently re-enter the country within less than three (3) months will not have their re-entry date considered as their date of landing (the start date for driving eligibility in Japan).
International driving permit acquired from signatory countries to the Paris Convention (1926), the Washington Convention (1943) or the Vienna Convention (1968) are not recognized.
International driving permits issued by a body who does not have the authority to do so, even if it is in one of the signatory countries/territories of the Geneva Convention, are considered invalid.
An international driving permit is invalid if its format largely differs from that of the Geneva Convention's.
In case the issuing countries of your passport and your international driver’s license are different, pickup shop may require you to show the following three stamps on your passport in order to verify that your international driver’s license is certainly genuine;
1) Arrival stamp of the international driver’s license issuing country
2) Departure stamp of the international driver’s license issuing country
3) Japan arrival stamp
The pickup shop reserves a right to decline your rental request in case you fail to present the above mentioned.
Driver's licenses issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Monaco, or Taiwan, along with a Japanese translation of the license
*Passport is required.
Domestic driver's license of Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia or Monaco
Japanese translation of the domestic driver's license
Japanese translation of the driver's license must be issued by the respective country’s embassy or consulate in Japan or by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).
For Taiwanese licenses, a Japanese translation of the driver's license must be issued by the JAF or the East Asia Relations Commission.
Foreign driver's licenses are valid for driving in Japan for one (1) year from the date of landing in Japan (confirmed by the immigration stamp in the passport showing the date of landing in Japan) or until the expiration date of the foreign license, whichever is earlier. However, persons on the basic resident register who leave Japan and subsequently re-enter the country within less than three (3) months, will not have their re-entry date considered as their date of landing (the start date for driving eligibility in Japan).
D: Large passenger vehicle (10 passengers or more)
Signs as below are important for your drive in Japan
1. The control of parking violation is very stringent.
Be sure to park your car in the parking area when you are leaving the car. In addition to the police, private contractors can also charge drivers with parking violation.
2. When a violation sticker was affixed, payment of a penalty is necessary.
Never park your car in any place other than a parking area. When you leave your car even for a short time, your car will be regarded as an illegally parked car.
3. When the Illegal Parking Sticker is attached to a rented car
4. Examples of areas where parking and parking/stopping are banned
5. When you fail to complete the formalities before returning a rented car
If you receive a parking ticket, report to the nearest police and contact to the shop.
2. Japanese Law
The 4th and 5th Paragraphs of Article 51-4, Road Traffic Law
Fine for Illegal Parking
In the event that a driver of illegally parked vehicle does not pay a citation, the user of the vehicle will be ordered to pay a fine for illegal parking. The driver/user will not be ordered to pay it in the following cases within 30 days after he/she receives a parking ticket:
The driver should normally be responsible for illegal parking. In the event that it is impossible to pursue driver's legal responsibility, the user shall be responsible for it.
(Note) User is normally a person listed as a user in the vehicle inspection certificate.
Demand for Payment of Fine for Illegal Parking and Coercive Collection
If the person who was ordered to pay a fine for illegal parking does not pay it even after the payment is overdue, he/she will be urged to pay with a collection letter. If the person who was urged to pay a fine for illegal parking does not pay it within the specified time, the payment may be collected on a mandatory basis.
To check illegally parked cars and put parking tickets on them can be consigned to private sectors. This has led private traffic wardens to patrol the streets and put parking tickets on illegally parked cars. Traffic wardens patrol in accordance with a guideline in which the police chief provides places and times to be intensively controlled based on residents' intentions and demands. The guideline is released in advance e.g. posting on a bulletin board of the police station.
Be sure to inform the police if you have had an accident.
* You must call the police even in the case of a minor accident.
2. Car Trouble
Contact the pick-up location if your car breaks down or if there is some other car trouble.