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Important Rules to Drive in Japan

Important Rules 
 to Drive in Japan

Discover the most important driving rules to know before hitting the road in Japan. Learn about the unique driving laws and practices that will help you adjust to driving on Japanese roads.

Why a driver's licence translation is mandatory in Japan ?

For French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Taiwanese and Slovenian driver's licence holder the International Driving Permit is not accepted by the Japanese authorities.

It is mandatory to request a translation of your driver's license from the JAF - Japan Automobile Federation. DrivinJapan.com and its License Translation Service will take care of these administrative procedures for you. Save time and request your driver's license translation for Japan.

For motorcycles, the French B license allows driving of 125cc on Japanese territory. However, it is necessary to obtain a certificate in both French and Japanese. The request should be made to the consular section of the French embassy in Tokyo.

In Japan, people drive on the left-hand side of the road

Just like in England or New Zealand, the steering wheel is located on the right-hand side. But don't let that scare you. It may be unsettling at first, but you'll get used to it very quickly

The vast majority of cars in Japan have automatic transmissions

This makes driving easy and enjoyable. Here's a guide: P stands for 'PARKING' (necessary when the car is parked), D stands for 'DRIVE' (used to start the vehicle), and N stands for 'NEUTRAL' (which is neutral gear).

Driving in Japan is slow

The maximum speed limit in cities is 40 km/h, and on highways it ranges from 80 to 100 km/h. On other types of roads, the speed limit is between 30 and 60 km/h. There are frequent checks (police cars, radars, etc.) on Japanese roads, and fines can be very high. So be careful not to step on the gas pedal too hard

Japanese highways

Japanese highways are certainly among the most pleasant in the world. They are clean, and there are many rest areas with supermarkets, shops, and restaurants. However, tolls are very frequent and extremely expensive (around 16 euros for a journey of about 3 hours). If you rent a vehicle, don't forget to take the ETC card. This is a prepaid card that is usually offered by the rental company






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Drivinjapan.com is your partner for your trip to Japan. Since 2017, we have been assisting French, German, Swiss, Belgian, New Caledonian (and many more) tourists in obtaining a certified translation of their driver's license and travel safely and respectfully in Japan. For holders of driver's licenses issued in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Germany, Slovenia, or Taiwan, it is imperative to obtain a certified translation of the driver's license from the JAF (Japan Automobile Federation). More and more travelers are interested in exploring the Japanese archipelago by car. Renting a car is a great opportunity to discover Japan differently, by getting off the beaten track. Japan's railway network may be one of the best in the world. However, traveling by car provides a certain level of freedom by allowing travelers to stop wherever they want and discover unusual places "off the beaten tracks" and enjoy the magnificent landscapes offered by Japan.

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The scan of both sides in color of your valid driver's license

The license should not be cut off on the scan

The license should be scanned in its entirety

The scan should not exceed 2 pages

The scan should be clear and of good quality

The license should be scanned alone without any other elements (pouch, cover, etc.)

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