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Tokyo, Japan
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Car hire insight and trends in Japan

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What is the cheapest car hire agency in Japan?

Europcar tends to have the cheapest cars for hire in Japan. Users can often find prices for as low as £32/day when booking through Europcar. You are more likely to find car hire deals through Europcar for less than the average national price of £49/day. These prices may be different depending on the type of car you hire and the city you hire it in.

What is the most popular car hire agency in Japan?

At the moment, the most popular car hire company in Japan is Europcar. 1 user have given Europcar an average review score of 10.0 out of 10 for their customer service and high-quality rental cars. In the past month, 56% of users selected Europcar for their car hire while visiting Japan.

What car hire company in Japan has the most locations?

Toyota Rent a Car is the car hire company in Japan that currently has the most locations. With 1,490 car hire centres across the country, you should have no issue finding one of their locations at your destination. Toyota Rent a Car tends to have locations in the top must-see cities across Japan. Tokyo, for example, has 67 Toyota Rent a Car locations.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in Japan?

A Economy is the most popular type of car hire for those travelling to Japan. According to our data, 44% of our users preferred a Economy over any other car type. This may be due to the activities they have planned and what the weather conditions are like in their destination city. When renting a Economy in Japan, you can expect to pay £49 per day on average.

Best deals found for Japan car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in Japan
Ford Fiesta
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£31/day

28 Mar - 15 Apr
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£32/day

2 Apr - 30 Apr
Hyundai i10
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£32/day

2 Apr - 30 Apr
Ford Ka
Toyota Aygo
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£34/day

2 Apr - 30 Apr
Toyota Aygo
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£34/day

15 Apr - 22 Apr
Hyundai i10
Toyota Aygo
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£34/day

13 May - 24 May
Toyota Aygo
Toyota Aygo
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£35/day

6 Mar - 8 Apr
Toyota Aygo
Hyundai i30
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£35/day

25 Apr - 8 May
Hyundai i30
Citroen C3
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£35/day

17 Mar - 31 Mar
Citroen C3

Japan car hire information

Does Japan have any unique traffic laws?

If you're planning to use car hire in Japan, you will be spoilt for choice when looking for beautiful road trips. Cheap rental cars are easy to come by and definitely worth choosing for a successful holiday. Prepare yourself to rent a car in Japan with some rules of the road, particularly regarding signage that you may not have come across before. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the traffic signs as not all of them show English text or universal iconography. This is less of a problem in the cities, but you may want to take your car hire off the beaten track and explore areas where traditional signage is still common. Keep to the left of the road at all times and make sure you give way to pedestrians. Car rental companies will offer navigation systems to hire, and it’s recommended you hire one as an add-on, as well as a car seat if your child is under six years of age. Don't talk on your phone while driving, as Japan has many traffic wardens, often driving unmarked cars. Stay buckled up and avoid alcohol when driving, and you will find that car rental in Japan is painless with the polite, mild-mannered drivers of this nation.

What are the legal documentation requirements for renting a car in Japan?

EU visitors to Japan will need to have an International Drivers Permit when they rent a car. Take it along with your passport and a credit card with an expiration date at least three months after your rental car return date, and you will be all set to go.

Which areas of Japan have the most traffic?

Traffic congestion in Japan is surprisingly different from the rest of the world as the cities don’t allow for major traffic in the centres. In Tokyo, you will find that the areas around the Imperial Palace have little traffic as commuters tend to access public transport or go on foot. However, roads leading into the city of Tokyo will always have their rush hours. Main roads such as the R6, R4, R246, R14 and R254 are good examples of congestion possibilities around the centre of Tokyo. Another major traffic concern may be the Shuto Expressway. This is a major network of roads that sits above and under conventional traffic in an architectural maze that spans quite a long length of roads. The Shuto can be difficult to drive on because it has a highly complicated selection of off-ramps, on-ramps, sharp curves, and drivers tend to lose navigation signals when they enter the tunnels. Over a million cars use the Shuto every month, and it borders on legendary for being tricky and complicated.

What are the best scenic roads in Japan?

Japan’s lesser travelled, more scenic roads will have you thrilled in your decision to look into car rental comparison on your trip. The Norikura Skyline Road is a well-known trip into the clouds on what is known as Japan’s highest road. From here, you can see spectacular views of the Northern Alps Mountains. There are peaks that you can reach by car and then park to complete a hike on foot. Take your rental car up the Mukuni Pass of Mount Fuji and catch the incredible sight of Lake Yamanaka below, or venture onto the volcanic island of Kyushu and explore the trails and roads around Nakadake Crater. If you are in Osaka, it’s worth experiencing the Kanjo Loop, which is an elevated highway. While this isn’t necessarily very scenic to locals, it makes for a thrilling, roller-coaster type drive for visitors, even boasting its own group of underground streetcar racers called the Kanjo Racers, who like to create thrilling motoring experiences on this strip. Japan is filled with two distinct driving experiences – extreme architectural ingenuity or scenic, rustic and breath-taking. Either way, you are in for an experience like no other with car hire in Japan.


Japan car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Japan that's right for you

Small cars

£41 - £51

All Car Types

£55 - £74

The average price of a small car hire in Japan is £45. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Japan is in February. The price is 9% lower than the rest of the year at just £41 per day. A small car rental is typically 30% less expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Japan small car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Japan is £73. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Japan is in February. The price is 9% lower than the rest of the year at just £67 per day. A medium car rental is typically 13% more expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Japan medium car rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a large car hire in Japan is £117. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Japan is in June. The price is 20% lower than the rest of the year at just £94 per day. A large car rental is typically 46% more expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a SUV hire in Japan is £76. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Japan is in February. The price is 12% lower than the rest of the year at just £67 per day. A SUV rental is typically 16% more expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Japan SUV rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in Japan is £92. The cheapest time to hire a van in Japan is in February. The price is 18% lower than the rest of the year at just £77 per day. A van rental is typically 32% more expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Japan van rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a luxury car hire in Japan is £66. The cheapest time to hire a luxury car in Japan is in December. The price is 62% lower than the rest of the year at just £109 per day. A luxury car rental is typically 5% more expensive than the average rental car in Japan. The average price of a car hire in Japan can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

Ford Fiesta
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£31/day

28 Mar - 15 Apr
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai i10
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£32/day

2 Apr - 30 Apr
Hyundai i10
Kia Rio
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers
4-door vehicles

£34/day

2 Apr - 30 Apr
Kia Rio

Japan car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Japan

Toyota Rent a Car

1490 locations

ORIX Rent a Car

885 locations

Nippon Rent-A-Car

802 locations

Nissan Rent-A-Car

529 locations

Times

500 locations

keddy by Europcar

322 locations

Europcar

321 locations

Hertz

229 locations

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Japan

Nearby attractions:

Arima Onsen25.4 mi
Arashiyama46.9 mi
Nishiki Market49.9 mi
Kinosaki-Onsen85.6 mi
Hirayu Onsen178.6 mi

Nearby attractions:

Hakataza Theater2.4 mi
Oita Big Eye Stadium74.9 mi
Kinosaki-Onsen285.1 mi
Arima Onsen286.7 mi
Arashiyama313.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

Tokyo Disneyland29.7 mi
Asakusa Jinja33.2 mi
Asakusa Hanayashiki33.3 mi
Akihabara Electric Town34.6 mi
Roppongi Hills37.5 mi

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Japan

Below are the most popular hotels in Japan
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

3.9 mi from city centre

The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 3

The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 3

2-6-5 Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan

9.5 mi from city centre

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

2-3-1 Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan

3.9 mi from city centre

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

4.2 mi from city centre

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

Shinagawa Prince Hotel

4-10-30 Takanawa Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

4.1 mi from city centre

Intercontinental - Ana Tokyo

Intercontinental - Ana Tokyo

1-12-33 Akasaka Minato, Tokyo, Japan

1.8 mi from city centre

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

1-12-2, Dogenzaka, Tokyo, Japan

4.2 mi from city centre

Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Haneda Airport

Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Haneda Airport

2-7-1 Hanedakuko, Oota, Tokyo, Japan

9.5 mi from city centre

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, A Pan Pacific Partner Hotel

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, A Pan Pacific Partner Hotel

26-1 Sakuragaoka-Cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

4.3 mi from city centre

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

4-8-1 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

2.2 mi from city centre

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo

1-2-2 Kinshi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan

2.6 mi from city centre

Hilton Tokyo

Hilton Tokyo

6-6-2, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

4.4 mi from city centre

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

2-14-5 Kabuki-Cho, Tokyo, Japan

3.7 mi from city centre

Hotel Nikko Narita

Hotel Nikko Narita

500 Tokko, Narita, Japan

3.5 mi from city centre

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

Hilton Tokyo Odaiba

1 Chome-9-1 Daiba, Tokyo, Japan

3.8 mi from city centre

Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, Tokyo

Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, Tokyo

1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

1.3 mi from city centre

Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo

1-7-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

1.4 mi from city centre

Intercontinental Tokyo Bay, An IHG Hotel

Intercontinental Tokyo Bay, An IHG Hotel

1-16-2 Kaigan, Tokyo, Japan

2.0 mi from city centre


Car hire in Japan

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Japan so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

What side of the road do people in Japan drive on?

Whether you hire or own a car in Japan, you are required by law to drive on the left. Keep in mind that if you do not feel comfortable driving on this side of the road, you can always call a taxi or opt for a ride share.

How good are the roads in Japan?

As of 2019, Japan ranked 8 out of 137 countries for road quality. Japan received a road quality score of 6, which is based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the best possible score.

What is the drink driving limit in Japan?

The highest Blood Alcohol Concentration you can have in Japan while still legally able to operate a vehicle is 1.43 mg/l. However, some regions or cities within Japan might have different BAC limits, so it’s important to do your research before you travel. Note that the legal drinking age in Japan is 20. Steeper penalties will be given to those driving a vehicle who are under the legal drinking age.

How much does petrol cost in Japan?

As of last week, the average price of petrol in Japan was £0.92 per litre. If you’re looking to hire a car on a budget, consider a country with lower fuel prices such as Kuwait which has an average price of £0.27 per litre. Hong Kong is another great country to visit if you aren’t worried about petrol prices, which tend to be around £2.47 per litre as of last week.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Japan?

Prices for cars in Japan were last updated today.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Japan?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Japan?

Among different countries, including Japan, the minimum age for drivers varies. In numerous EU countries, drivers must be 18 years old. To hire a car overseas, you'll generally need to be at least 21, and if you're under 25, a young driver surcharge may be imposed. It's recommended that you review the policy of the rental company you're considering before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to rent a car in Japan?

To rent a car in Japan, all drivers must present a valid full driving license. If the license is written in a language other than the language of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're renting a car abroad, you may also need to provide evidence of your return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We always recommend that you verify with the specific rental company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Japan?

You should use momondo to book a car hire in Japan because it could save you time and money. momondo fetches and allows you to compare car hire prices and policies from thousands of car hire websites.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Japan?

momondo helps you find the best car hire deal in Japan by allowing you to filter results by price, capacity, car features, drop off, pick-up location and many more.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Japan with free cancellation?

Of course! momondo has a dedicated filter for users to specifically look at car hire in Japan which offer free cancellation.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Japan on momondo?

Fair fuel policies are specifically available to select on momondo, allowing you to refine your search for car hire in Japan.

Can I find a car hire in Japan which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

You can specifically filter for enhanced cleaning on car hire in Japan on momondo.

Can I search for car hire in Japan with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Unlimited mileage is indeed an option momondo offers on car hire in Japan.


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