Car Hire in Japan

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Tokyo, Japan
21 Aug — 28 Aug
Same drop-off
Tokyo, Japan
Sun 21/8
Noon
Sun 28/8
Noon
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Best deals found for Japan car hires

Find great deals below on a variety of popular hire cars in Japan
Volkswagen Caddy
or similar Passenger van
Up to 5 passengers

£95/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Volkswagen Caddy
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£40/day

10 Sep - 18 Sep
Ford Ka
Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£63/day

10 Nov - 12 Nov
Toyota Yaris
Toyota Aygo
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£47/day

10 Sep - 18 Sep
Toyota Aygo
Ford Focus
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£38/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Ford Focus
Audi A3
or similar Intermediate
Up to 5 passengers
4-door vehicles

£59/day

9 Nov - 11 Nov
Audi A3
Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£38/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Toyota Yaris
Peugeot 308 SW
or similar Compact estate car
Up to 4 passengers

£51/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Peugeot 308 SW
Kia Sportage
or similar Standard
Up to 5 passengers

£77/day

10 Nov - 12 Nov
Kia Sportage

Japan car hire information

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.

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.

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.

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

£40 - £55

All Car Types

£65 - £97

The average price of a Small hire in Japan is £45. The cheapest time to hire a Small in Japan is in October. The price is 12% lower than the rest of the year at just £40 per day. A Small car hire is typically 46% less expensive than the average car hire 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 rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Medium hire in Japan is £79. The cheapest time to hire a Medium in Japan is in December. The price is 14% lower than the rest of the year at just £69 per day. A Medium car hire is typically 4% less expensive than the average car hire 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 rentals found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a Large hire in Japan is £114. The cheapest time to hire a Large in Japan is in February. The price is 38% lower than the rest of the year at just £72 per day. A Large car hire is typically 28% more expensive than the average car hire 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 £78. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Japan is in July. The price is 25% lower than the rest of the year at just £59 per day. A SUV car hire is typically 7% less expensive than the average car hire 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 Van hire in Japan is £97. The cheapest time to hire a Van in Japan is in January. The price is 15% lower than the rest of the year at just £83 per day. A Van car hire is typically 15% more expensive than the average car hire 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 hire in Japan is £93. The cheapest time to hire a Luxury in Japan is in March. The price is 0% lower than the rest of the year at just £140 per day. A Luxury car hire is typically 11% more expensive than the average car hire 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.

Toyota Yaris
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

£38/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Toyota Yaris
Ford Ka
or similar Mini
Up to 2 passengers

£40/day

10 Sep - 18 Sep
Ford Ka
Ford Focus
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

£38/day

12 Sep - 14 Sep
Ford Focus

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

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

Nearby attractions:

Asakusa Jinja33.2 mi
Asakusa Hanayashiki33.3 mi
Akasaka Sacas37.0 mi
Roppongi Hills37.5 mi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden38.3 mi

Nearby attractions:

Universal Studios Japan19.8 mi
Dotonbori Glico Man Sign22.5 mi
Arima Onsen25.4 mi

Nearby attractions:

Roppongi Hills8.5 mi
Cerulean Tower8.8 mi
Akasaka Sacas8.9 mi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden10.2 mi
Nissan Stadium10.3 mi

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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

ORIX Rent a Car tends to have the cheapest cars for hire in Japan. Users can often find prices for as low as £31/day when booking through ORIX Rent a Car. You are more likely to find car rental deals through ORIX Rent a Car for less than the average national price of £46/day. These prices may be different depending on the type of car you hire and the city you hire it in.

At the moment, the most popular car hire company in Japan is Alamo. 1 user have given Alamo an average review score of 8.0 out of 10 for their customer service and high-quality rental cars. In the past month, 29% of users selected Alamo for their car hire while visiting Japan.

Times is the car hire company in Japan that currently has the most locations. With 446 car rental centres across the country, you should have no issue finding one of their locations at your destination. Times tends to have locations in the top must-see cities across Japan. Tokyo, for example, has 25 Times locations.

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.

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.

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.

A Economy is the most popular type of car hire for those travelling to Japan. According to our data, 39% 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 £31 per day on average.

As of last week, the average price of petrol in Japan was £1.04 per litre. If you’re looking to hire a car on a budget, consider a country with lower fuel prices such as Algeria 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 £2.46 per litre as of last week.


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