Driving in Japan isn't as difficult as it seems, but the paperwork and rules of the road might be a cause of concern. After you get used to driving on the left side of the road for a day or two, it is easy to navigate the roads of Akita. But, there are many things you have to do before you even start driving.
Below is a list of things that you should be aware of when you drive in Japan. Before you start driving, make sure that you do have all the things listed such as insurance and an international driving permit from your home country. Also, learn Japan's rules of the road and keep yourself and those around you safe.
Before you start driving
On the road
- Drinking and driving.
- Roads and expressways.
- Winter driving.
- Speeding tickets
- Roadside Stations
- Driving Rules.
After 1 year
After 3 years
- Rules of the Road Issued by the Japan Automobile Federation in various languages.
- Togashi Repair Shop Great place to bring your car for maintenance and repairs.
- Getting your car crushed
|Traveling in Japan|
|Cars||Driving||Driving • Winter driving • Speeding tickets • Drinking and driving • Roadside Station|
|Licenses||International Driving Permit • Japanese Licence Transition (Car Course Elements) • Renewing your Japanese license|
|Acquisition/Disposal||Buying a Car • Disposing of a Car|
|Other Transport||Trains • Akita Nairiku Line • Shinkansen • Buses • Ferries|
|Airports||Narita International Airport • Haneda Airport • Akita Airport • Odate-Noshiro Airport • Sendai Airport • Kansai Airport|
|Leaving the Country||Residence Card • Travel insurance • Buying flights & travel agents|
|Other Topics||Getting to Tokyo • Traveling in and out of Japan • Akita JET travel guide|