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Rent a car with a
studless tires,
Enjoy assured and safe
winter driving!

What are ‘studless tires?’

studless tires

※If you do not take anti-slipping precautions, such as studless tires on snowy/frozen roads, it is a violation of Japanese laws and regulations.

Studless tires are special tires developed to run safely on icy and snowy roads. When driving a car in the winter, it’s important to pay attention to slippery roads due to snow, even in the mountains and in the city. When using a rental car in winter, please choose a car equipped with studless tires.

With Tabirai Car Rental Reservation, you can select a plan with studless tires included, and also a plan with an option for studless tires when making a reservation.

Rent a car with a studless tires,Enjoy assured and safe winter driving!

Introduction of the best cars for snowy roads

A 4WD(four-wheel drive)car fitted with studless tires is best for snowy roads.

What is 4WD?

4WD is a car that uses all four wheels while driving. Because all four tires are used, it increases traction and achieves a higher running performance. It is suitable for running on rough roads, such as on snow. You should have no problems if you are equipped with studless tires even using a 2WD vehicle. But with 4WD, it is possible to travel even more steadily on snowy roads.

Examples of recommended 4WD cars by class offered by Tabirai Car Rental

Compact car(~5)

Fit
Example: Fit
A standard Fit has safe 4WD!
As a familiar car, you can enjoy a great sense of security and stability

Mid-sized/Large(5~7)

X-TRAIL(Hokkaido · Akita limited)
Example: X-TRAIL
(Hokkaido · Akita limited)
Equipped with a control function that can
reduce side slipping on slippery roads and
going around corners

Wagon(7~10)

Alphard(Hokkaido only)
Example: Alphard
(Hokkaido only)
Smooth traveling with a vibration reducing system of the automobile creates a comfortable space all the way to the back seat.Excellent stability of automobile travelling was come to realization!
Travelling by car creates no fatigue or worries even in snowy Hokkaido area.

Please note that there is a possibility this vehicle type may be out of stock· handling depends on region and period.
With Tabirai Car Rental reservations, we also have many other 4WD models.

Regions and time periods where studless tires are required

As a general guideline, studless tires are required roughly from December to April of the following year.
During that period, studless tires are indispensable for areas with heavy snow such as Hokkaido, Tohoku, Koshinetsu, and Hokuriku. Regarding other areas, if there is a possibility of snow while traveling, it is the safest option to reserve a car equipped with studless tires in advance.
Even in Kyushu, it may be necessary in the mountainous areas of Oita and Kumamoto, although it depends on each prefecture and time period.
Need will also fluctuate depending on snow cover and conditions. Please check the weather forecast on the day of travel.

Tabirai Car Rental Reservation Winter Studless Tire Standard Equipment Region/Period

For Tabirai Car Rental Reservations, it is possible to reserve a rental car with studless tires as the standard option in the following regions/time periods.

  • Hokkaido
  • Tohoku
  • Koshinetsu
  • Hokuriku
  • Other areas

Hokkaido

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~2018/4/30

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~2018/3/31

  • NIPPON Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~2018/4/30

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~After GW

  • HONDA Rent a Car

    2017/10/20~After GW

Updated September 2017

Aomori

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Aomori

Iwate

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/11/15~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Iwate

Miyagi

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/11/16~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/11/15~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Miyagi

Akita

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/11/15~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Akita

Yamagata

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/11/16~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Yamagata

Fukushima

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/11/16~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/4/15

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Fukushima

Updated September 2017

Niigata

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    Not yet Decided

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/20

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Niigata

Yamanashi

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    Not yet Decided

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/16~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    Not yet Decided

Look for a car rental in Yamanashi

Nagano

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    Not yet Decided

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/20

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/11/1~After GW

Look for a car rental in Nagano

Updated December 2017

Toyama

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/20~2018/3/20

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Toyama

Ishikawa

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2018/1/1~2018/2/29

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/10~2018/3/20

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in Ishikawa

fukui

  • ORIX Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • NISSAN Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • Times Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

  • TOYOTA Rent a Car

    2017/12/10~2018/3/20

  • Budget Rent a Car

    2017/12/1~2018/3/31

Look for a car rental in fukui

Updated September 2017

Other areas

On Tabirai Rent-a-car Booking system, there's no setup seasonal period for cars come equipped with snow tires except in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Koshinetsu, and Hokuriku area.
※For reservation method, please refer to ‘Studless Tire Q&A: What should I do if I cannot see the ‘studless tire’ notation anywhere?.’
※Depending on the area and period, rental cars with studless tires may not be available.

Reservation Method

There are one ways to borrow a rental car with studless tires with Tabirai Car Rental reservations.

When studless tires are standard equipment

※For the applicable period/area, please refer to ‘■Winter Studless Tire Standard Equipment Region/Period.’

STEP1Search in the desired period and area where you will rent a car

Search Procedure by Rental Period

STEP2In the search results, it is standard equipment when ‘studless tires’ are noted.

Procedure when Studless Tires is Displayed

STEP3Proceed to ‘Product Details’ and make a reservation

Click Go to Booking

Studless Tire Q&A

We have summarized frequently asked questions about studless tires.

Is there something to be careful of when driving on a snowy road?

On snowy roads, even when equipped with studless tires, accidents can still occur due to slipping or ice burn(※).
For that reason, please drive safely at a lower speed on snowy roads. Other cars will also run at a lower speed than normal. Please ensure you leave enough time to return the rental car.

※What is Ice Burn?
Ice burn is when the road surface is frozen with snow or moisture. Even when equipped with studless tires, it is slippery and extremely dangerous. It is especially difficult to notice at night, so please drive carefully.

What should I do if I cannot see the ‘studless tire’ notation anywhere?

Basically, the car will be dispatched with normal tires.
If studless tires are absolutely necessary, please make a request to the car rental company using the steps below.
(Because it is a ‘request,’ studless tires cannot be guaranteed)

  • ①Book your desired rental car
  • ②Log in to the ‘Reservation Information Box’ from the reservation completion mail sent after making a reservation
  • ③Use the message function and request studless tires from the car rental company
    After that, you will receive a response from the car rental company about whether they can prepare studless tires.