Experts teach us!
Secret Tips for Renting
a Car in Japan!
~Actually car rental is very simple!
All you want to want to know about car rental in here~

Tabirai explains all of car rental completely from requirements when rent a car in Japan to payment method of fee on that day. If look through the page, you will understand all of car rental!Rent a car in Japan and enjoy the free car trip♪

STEP1 Can I rent a car in Japan?

Can I rent a car in Japan?

「It looks like it is convenient if have a car, but have many anxieties abroad…」
I think there are a lot of people who feel uneasy for car rental. Please don't worry.
There are many people who rent car and enjoy trip actually in Japan. It is easy to rent a car in Japan.

Want to know basic
information of car rental!

Before rent a car, summarized basic information you can feel reliable if you know in advance.
Please confirm car rental of Japan you don't know.

Almost rental car in Japan is AT automobile!

When rent car in Japan, most of them are AT automobile. There are also little car-rental companies that have manual transmission car and the type of cars are limited. If don't mention it specially, in most cases, you will rent AT automobile and don't worry about driving it.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

All cars are AT automobile in Tabirai.

Basically when return car, you should fill it up!

You will receive car that is full of gasoline. So, when return car, it is necessary to fill it up. When depart, make sure to confirm it is full of gasoline and when return it please fill it up.

Basically when return car, you should fill it up!

!When return the car, there are cases that require receipt that fill it up. Please don't throw the receipt.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

In Tabirai there is "Plan that is unnecessary to return the car without filling it up "that is OK when return the car you don't need fill it up. Because it is OK when return the car you don't need fill it up, you can save time to find filling sation and have more time to enjoy the trip♪

Basically when return the car
you should return it to the office that you rented!

Basically, return the car to the store that you departed.

The store that you depart

However, there are cases that you can return the car to other stores if use"one-way"service.

Other stores

If use"one-way"excellently, it is the most recommeded service you have you have a free trip. Please note that there are cases it is unavailable or need fee separately due to region・place of car-rental company and one-way car rental.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

There are many offices and plans for one-way car rental in Tabirai!Please select returned place according to trip schedule.

The fee of car is decided due to 2 types fee scale!

There are 2 types fee scale including "calendar system(nigh system)"and "time system" for fee of car rental. Please confirm the fee scale when reserve it.

  • Calendar system(nigh system)→Decide fee by number of nights that you rent the car
    ※Because decide fee by number of nights, if don't change number of nights, the fee is same even change usage time
  • Time system→Decide fee by usage time that rent the car
    ※Because decide fee by usage time, there is possibility that the fee is different if you change usage time
The fee of car is decided due to 2 types fee scale!

In reservation site, basing on the calculation as above,
You can select low price between Calendar system or Time system automatically♪
※The above fee are only exmaple.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

Becase Tabirai uses Calendar system(nights system) and Time system, you can select the economical price automatically♪

What are requirements
when rent a car in Japan?

When rent car in Japan, the requriements are different due to driver's license you have.
Please try to confirm it becuase requirements are different for Taiwan and Hongkong.

USA

Pattern1.
If have driver's license of USA・Hongkong・
Singapore・Malaysia・Indonesia・Thailand・Philippine etc

If have driver's license of USA・Hongkong・Singapore・Malaysia・Indonesia・Thailand・Philippine etc

☆Other international driver's license that are not in Geneva Convention can't drive a car in Japan.

Taiwan

Pattern2.
If have driver's license of Taiwan・
France・Germany・Swiss・Belgium etc

If have driver's license of Taiwan・France・Germany・Swiss・Belgium etc

☆You can drive a car within 1 year after land in Japan if you have any diiver's license as above.
Please note that you can't rent car even if you forget 1 document you shuold submit.

!About translation of Japanese
※It is limited to translate it in places as below(It is invalid for the translation made by yourself)
・Embassy and consulate of each country
・JAPAN AUTOMOBILE FEDERATION(JAF)
※For Taiwan, the translation from JAF or East Asia Relations Commission is necessary.

How to find reliable
car-rental company?

There are many car-rental companies in Japan. Type of companies are various because large car-rental company who rent new car mainly and other companies who rent used car. Please confirm feature respectively.

Large car-rental company

  • Mainly new car

    Mainly new car

  • Wide car types including hybrid vehicle and minor

    Wide car types including hybrid vehicle and minor

  • Can select non-smoking car and smoking car

    Can select non-smoking car and smoking car

  • Almost have standard equipment of car navigation system

    Almost have standard
    equipment of car navigation system

  • It is fee to pick up and drop off client.

    It is fee to pick up and drop off client.

  • Many stores that are available for one-way rental

    Many stores that are available for one-way rental

  • Full options(ETC card and child seat etc)

    Full options(ETC card and child seat etc)

  • Full insurances that you can buy on a voluntary basis

    Full insurances that you can buy on a voluntary basis

  • Full service including plan you don't need to fill it up when return a car

    Full service including plan
    you don't need to fill it up when return a car

  • It is easy to use because every offices close to airport and station

    It is easy to use because every offices
    close to airport and station

Other car-rental companies

Generally, large car-rental company provide full service with high quality car. However, the situation of other companies are different according to different company, you can't compare them together. Actually there are many car-rental companies including companies that provides used car with cheap price and companies that focus on specific service in region.

  • It is cheap because provide used car

    It is cheap because provide used car

  • Companies focus on secific service in region

    Companies focus on secific service in region

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

In Tabirai, we provide car-rental companies that are selected carefully including Toyota rent a car and Nissan rent a car etc. Therefore, we can provide excellent quality of car rental and full service, client can feel reliable to use it♪Because every company has own feature, please find the car-rental company that suits you.

How to make a reservation for car?

Reservation method of car-rental can be mainly divided into 2 types as below.

1. Reservation in comparison site

Compare and reserve products of plural car-rental companies in 1 site together. Because can compare price and option of plural companies together, the feature of site is easy to find car that suits you. Because in some cases price is lower than official site, you can rent a car economically.

Compare products of plural car-rental companies

2. Reservation by official site and telephone of car-rental company

You can reserve car by the site operated by car-rental company. Most price are fixed, but there are cases that you can have WEB special gift of car-rental company for reservation. It is the feature that you only can select Toyota car if it is Toyota rent a car company or Nissan car for Nissan rent a car company.

  • Most price are fixed and have web special gift for reservation

    Most price are fixed and have web special gift for reservation

  • Toyota car for Toyota rent a car company or Nissan car for Nissan rent a car company

    Toyota car for Toyota rent a car company
    or Nissan car for Nissan rent a car company

And, it is possible to reserve a car to the store you want use by telephone directly. Because there are many stores that can provide car if car available, it is recommended to need to rent a car immedidately. In that case, most companies provide car with fixed price and maybe the price is higher than reservation through Web because it doesn't apply to special gift of Web reservation.

Most prices are fixed and can reserve it by telephone
If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

Tabirai provides the service that reserve car by comparsion site 1. It is the site that compare many products of car-rental companies selected carefully and reserve car on line. It doesn't mean that Tabirai lend car. Because you can compare prices and options of plural companies, it is easy to find your target car that suits you♪

Actually does foreigners rent car in Japan?

Number of foreign tourists to Japan continue to rise from year to year. Accordingly, more foreigners rent car.

Accordin to Japan National Tourism Organization(JNTO)・・・
Usage number of rental car in 2015 of Visitors to Japan

Usage number of rental car in 2015 of Visitors to Japan

You use rental car and please enjoy more happier Japan trip.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

In Tabirai, Visitors to Japan can rent car in every region of Japan. Take a survery for clients who use the service and tell us that clients need "price of rental car" and "Load car navigation system with multiple languages"specially. Various clients including people who rent a car at first time and people who repeat to rent a car use the service!

STEP2 Try to rent a car that suits yourself

Try to rent a car that suits yourself

Do you understand basic information of car rental perfectly?
Let's confirm convenient information if you know when find car actually from here.

Decide the car according to purpose of trip

What is the purpose of trip this time?If select wrong car,
you can't enjoy the trip. Please select the most appropriate car and have a comfortable driving trip due to purpose.

Short trip that use short time and couple, small number of people

This car is right for trip of 2 people~3 people♪ It is convenient when move to the neighborhood and go around the downtown because it has a small turning circle。

  • Move

    Move
    recommended people 2~3

  • March

    March
    recommended people 2~4

  • Vitz

    Vitz
    recommended people 2~4

Want to buy a lot of things♪

Please don't hesitate to go shopping in trip!Buy a lot and take them in♪ The inside of car is extensive however.

  • N-WGN

    N-WGN
    recommended people 2~3

  • FREED

    FREED
    recommended people 4~5

  • WISH

    WISH
    recommended people 4~5

Trip&leisure experience with family♪

It is still extensive even put child seat and leisure goods in!It looks like attractive too and children like it very much.

  • COROLLA FIELDER

    COROLLA FIELDER
    recommended people 3~4

  • SERENA

    SERENA
    recommended people 5~7

  • STEPWGN

    STEPWGN
    recommended people 5~7

Drive a long way♪

It is fuel expense you should worry about after all if drive so long!This car is the most appropriate for long run.

  • PRIUS

    PRIUS
    recommended people 2~4

  • AQUA

    AQUA
    recommended people 2~4

  • FIT HYBRID

    FIT HYBRID
    recommended people 2~4

There is riding capacity for each type of car, you will feel narrow if reach the capacity.
If select the car with sapre space for people, you can enjoy the comfortable car trip and can load goods in it♪
※There is little wagon because it is very popular, so please book it as soon as possible!

Decide departure place・returned place

The airport is the place that is often selected as departure place after all!If arrive in Japan by plane, please rent car and start. And, how about use "one-way" service you can return car in other store?It is possible to return it in the statioin and destination and start from the airport. Please have a free trip when use the convenient service♪

Example of one-way

Pattern1:Start from the airport→return it around the station

Start from the airport→return it around the station

Pattern2:Start from the airport→return it in the airport of another prefecture

Start from the airport→return it in the airport of another prefecture

Pattern3:Start from the airport→return it around tourist attraction

Start from the airport→return it around tourist attraction

!In some cases, it is not available for "one-way" due to region and location that car-rental company provides the service and need spend fee separately.

Use expressway smoothly by using ETC

ETC is・・・

It is the system that can pass through tollgate without tempory stop and pay fee altogether later in toll station.

ETC is・・・

The merit that use ETC

  • You can save time by passing through the toll station nonstop because you don't pass fee annoyingly!
  • In some cases that you can receive discounted service due to the region・time slot ・period you use ETC card!

How to use it

You can use it if you have car loaded "ETC in-vehicle unit"for putting "ETC card" with necessary information for payment in.

  • ETC card
  • ETC in-vehicle unit

When rent a car, please confirm whether can load"ETC in-vehicle unit" and rent "ETC card" or not with car-rental company.

Example of discounted service
you can receive due to payment by ETC card

Example 1)midnight discount:the 30% discount service of usage fee when ride long the ride in scope of discount from 0 am to 3 am everyday.
Example 2)holiday discoun:the 30% discount service of expressway usage fee in Saturday・Sunday・Holiday and January 1st・January 3rd.             

!Please confirm the service you can receive in advance.
!Please keep an eye that you you can't receive these duplicate discounted service.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

Most car-rental companies posted in Tabirai lend ETC card to tourists from foreign countries. In order to lend ETC card, it is necessary to use message function of "reservation information box" after reservation then send request to car-rental car. Please check it with car-rental company because there are some stores are not applicable.

Use fixed amount service of
expressway for long range transport

The fixed amount service of expressway is the fixed amount service provided by the company that operates expressway from region to region for tourists from foreign country.

The fixed amount service of expressway

It is the service in various regions, but things you mind is economical really or not. Actually, please try to suppose to use fixed amount servic of expressway!

Is it really economical??(Edition of HEP)

Is it really economical??

※The above is only an example, it is economical if use expressway because it is fixed amount service!How about using fixed amount service of expressway to try to go to all over Japan.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

When use fixed amount service of expressway in Tabirai, it is necessary to use message function of "reservation information box" and send request to car-rental company after reserve car. Please certainly confirm it with car-rental company because some stores are not applicable.

Try to use convenient car
navigation system in a strange land

It is wasteful when waste time for getting lost in long-awaited trip.
Car navigation system is indispensable for looking around tourist attraction efficiently.

Switch of language

In some cases, languages are set in advance according to car-rental company and it is necessary to set it when company doesn't set it. When get into a car, please don't forget to confirm whether car-rental company set language or not. If don't set it, you will be confident if ask car-rental company to change the setting.

Basic operation of car navigation system

1. Let's try to set destination♪(Edition of mapcode)

Select MAPCODE

Select "MAPCODE"

Type mapcode of destination

Type mapcode of destination

Finish setting bycome here♪

Finish setting by"come here"♪

2. Let's try to set destination♪(Edition of phone number)

Select phone number

Select"phone number"

Type phone number of destination

Type phone number of destination

Select apporiate place from options came out then finish setting by come here♪

Select apporiate place from options came out then finish setting by "come here"♪

3. Let's try to set destination♪(Edition of address)

Select 「address」

Select 「address」

Select prefecture you want to go and type address following to guide later

Select prefecture you want to go and type address following to guide later

Finish setting by come here♪

Finish setting by"come here"♪

??Mapcode is??

It is the code that can specific place by pinpoint through subdividing all over Japant then assigning figure.
Even for spot without address and phone number, it can be visited if have mapcode♪

!The operation method as above is only 1 example, please take care of it because the setting method is different due to type of car navigation system.

If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

In the site of Tabirai, load car navigation with multiple languages in all cars posted. When find car, it is unnecessary to worry about car navigation system, so please reserve it as it is if there is car you like.

STEP3 Try to reserve it actually!

Try to reserve it actually!

Did you understand car rental little by little?
From here, explain term used in the reservation site of car rental and payment method of fee on that day of usage specifically.

Review term used
in reservation site of car rental

Understand the meaning of basic term used in the reservation site of car rental♪

Class/equal class

"Class" means the difference of type of car according to displacement and size. Then, that class summarizes same type of car and displays"equal class". When rent a car, the meaning of "○○(name of type of car)equal class"that you often see is to dispatch that type of car of ○○ or different type of car that is same class with ○○.

Example:A car-rental company

Equal class to P1

  • Equal class to P1

    ●●●

  • Equal class to P1

    ▲▲▲

  • Equal class to P1

    ■■■

Equal class to W1

  • Equal class to W1

    ●●●

  • Equal class to W1

    ▲▲▲

  • Equal class to W1

    ■■■

!Need caution because the method that separates class is different according to car-rental company even for the same type of car. There is possibility that expected car can't be dispatched because dispatch type of car with equal class too. If want to ride such type of car at any cost, please try to search "the designated for type of car" that you can designate type of car.

one-way car(one-way)

"One-way car"means the service that returns car rental in other stores not the stores departs from. It is necessary to apply it before use one-way car service in advance and need caution because it is different for fee of one-way car due to each car-rental company and region.

one-way car(one-way)

Baby seat

It is often called as"child seat" together, there are 3 types of car seat broadly. Understad those name and feature to protect the safety of children.

Baby seat
  • From birth to about 1 year
  • Weight 0~13kg
  • Install it backwards in the direction of movement
Baby seat
Child seat
  • About 9 months~about 4 years
  • Weight 9~18kg
  • Install it forwards in the directioin of movement. It is common to fix children by 5-point harness
Child seat
Junior seat
  • About 3~7
  • Weight 15~36kg
  • Use seat belt built into car for children directly
Junior seat

!In Road Traffic Law of Japan, Child seat is required to be used for children who are less than 6 years basically. Let's use child seat and correct things according to growth of children.

Studless winter tire

Studless winter tire is the special tire that is developed to drive along the snowy road and icy road. Comparing with common tire, because it removes water screen that is the reason of slipping.

Common tire

1 point

Even for normal tire, it can drive along snowy road by installing chains for snowy road.

Install chain

!If don't use skid-proof measures including studless winter tire in road with snowfall・icy road, please take care of it because it violates laws!

Understand difference of insurance
compensation and indemnity
against liability excatly

If it is large car-rental company, automobile third party liability insurance and automobile insurance are included in the basic fee certainly. If have an accident and cause damage to car and people, insurance company will pay compensation. However, the amount that client should pay is called as "deductible" and the system exempts that deductible is called as "disclaimer compensation".
And, if it is necessary to repair or clean car due to accident, there is amount that client must pay to car-rental company as compensation for business interruption(NOC:Non-Operation Charge). According to car-rental company, there is insurance that can exempt this NOC, so please investigate to take out insurance for uneasy people absolutely.

Explanation of compensation for insurance・disclaimer compensation

Explanation of compensation for insurance・disclaimer compensation
If reserve car in Tabirai!
If reserve car in Tabirai!

Compensation for insurance and disclaimer compensation are included in basic fee of car-rental in Tabirai. Because all plans are included, there is no concern to forget to buy disclaimer compensation and you can feel reliable just in case. And, there is also plan that you can buy insurance of car-rental company that exempt NOC, so please do use it.

When want to have a sudden
in schedule and reserve it again

After reservation, it can be calcelled for sudden change in schedule and book car again. When cancel it, the cancellation fee is different while cancel it in the period of it can be cancelled freely and cancel the reservation due to car-rental company. If cancel it, please confirm the information of car-rental company you plan to rent a car.

Example:a company

Example:a company

!It is free to cancel the reservation until 7 days for many car-rental companies.
!Please contact with car-rental company for people who feel uneasy, sometimes don't pay cancellation fee even cancel it on that day of usage, depending on the situation.

Know the payment method of fee

In principle, for any car-rental company, pay fee by credit card locally.

Credit card

Come on, let's find a car renatal!