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

After 1 year

After 3 years


See Also

Traveling in Japan
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Cars Driving DrivingWinter drivingSpeeding ticketsDrinking and drivingRoadside Station
Licenses International Driving PermitJapanese Licence Transition (Car Course Elements) • Renewing your Japanese license
Acquisition/Disposal Buying a CarDisposing 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