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Japan Car Rental Mini Guide

We search for deals on car hire in Tokyo, Osaka and all other top cities from the airports or within the city centres. Car hire is extremely well catered for in Japan with leading rental agents like Budget and Europcar well represented here. Nippon, a highly reputed Japan-only car rental agent are at most major airports as are Nissan Rent a Car and Toyota Rent A Car who provide direct car rental services offering a wide range of cars at very competitive prices.

Where to pick-up car hire in Japan

Facts about Japan

  • Whilst it doesn’t look it on a map, Japan is made up of nearly seven thousand islands.
  • The metropolitan area of Tokyo has the largest population in the world at over thirty million people.
  • The Japanese name for Japan translates as ‘Nippon’.
  • The country has the highest life expectancy in the world.
  • Only Singapore has a lower murder rate than Japan.
  • Splashing a pedestrian with your car is not allowed and you may receive a fine. - See Weird Driving Laws

Cheapest car hire in Japan

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.39 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 331.74 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 54.14 EUR/day
Nissan Note

7 Days rental at 379.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 2

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 45.03 EUR/day
Mazda 2

7 Days rental at 315.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Noah

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 145.38 EUR/day
Toyota Noah

7 Days rental at 1017.66 EUR from 12/12/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 58.85 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 412.00 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.97 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 545.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Serena e-power

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 143.52 EUR/day
Nissan Serena e-power

7 Days rental at 1004.69 EUR from 21/12/2020

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Note e-Power

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.74 EUR/day
Nissan Note e-Power

7 Days rental at 530.21 EUR from 21/12/2020

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 74.14 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 519.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Aqua

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.38 EUR/day
Toyota Aqua

7 Days rental at 422.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 78.34 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 548.44 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.43 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 535.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Aqua

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 62.67 EUR/day
Toyota Aqua

7 Days rental at 438.75 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 74.14 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 519.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Aqua

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.38 EUR/day
Toyota Aqua

7 Days rental at 422.70 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 78.34 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 548.44 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 76.43 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 535.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Japan

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Japan
  • Toyota and Nissan both have direct car rental branches in Japan
  • The speed limit is just 100km/h on the motorways, one of the slowest in the world
  • Japan has an excellent road safety record thanks to the significant investment in roads and low speed limits
  • Aim to book car hire in Japan at least 4 weeks in advance for the widest choice of cars and lowest prices
 

Popular car hire destinations in Japan

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Japan

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30-50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    JPY  149.32/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    JPY

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Japan

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Nissan
261
8.6/10
1,870
€ 65.74
€ 77.97
€ 85.35
€ 120.30

Car rental agent statistics in Japan

  • 8.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    NISSAN
  • 8.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    NISSAN
  • 1,870
    Total number of reviews in
    Japan
  • 187
    Most Locations in Japan:
    NISSAN
  • 15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 11
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Japan

ItemPercent
January€ 72
February€ 73
March€ 73
April€ 72
May€ 73
June€ 74
July€ 85
August€ 85
September€ 71
October€ 71
November€ 71
December€ 74
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 60
May€ 63
June€ 60
July€ 65
August€ 64
September€ 57
October€ 56
November€ 59
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 87
March€ 89
April€ 115
May€ 86
June€ 120
July€ 129
August€ 122
September€ 87
October€ 93
November€ 90
December€ 110
ItemPercent
January€ 90
February€ 103
March€ 109
April€ 73
May€ 90
June€ 87
July€ 102
August€ 93
September€ 89
October€ 90
November€ 89
December€ 92
ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 56
March€ 56
April€ 59
May€ 61
June€ 60
July€ 70
August€ 67
September€ 58
October€ 57
November€ 59
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 102
February€ 97
March€ 97
April€ 100
May€ 102
June€ 101
July€ 107
August€ 109
September€ 96
October€ 93
November€ 102
December€ 106
ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 68
March€ 69
April€ 66
May€ 69
June€ 70
July€ 104
August€ 68
September€ 71
October€ 71
November€ 69
December€ 83
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Japan

DieselUnleaded
Dec , 2021

€ 1.07

€ 1.23

Jan , 2022

€ 1.13

€ 1.29

Feb , 2022

€ 1.14

€ 1.31

Mar , 2022

€ 1.09

€ 1.25

Apr , 2022

€ 1.08

€ 1.24

May , 2022

€ 1.08

€ 1.23

Jun , 2022

€ 1.01

€ 1.16

Jul , 2022

€ 1.05

€ 1.20

Aug , 2022

€ 1.07

€ 1.23

Sep , 2022

€ 1.03

€ 1.19

Oct , 2022

€ 1.00

€ 1.15

Nov , 2022

€ 0.97

€ 1.12

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 0.97 1.12
Oct , 2022 1.00 1.15
Sep , 2022 1.03 1.19
Aug , 2022 1.07 1.23
Jul , 2022 1.05 1.20
Jun , 2022 1.01 1.16
May , 2022 1.08 1.23
Apr , 2022 1.08 1.24
Mar , 2022 1.09 1.25
Feb , 2022 1.14 1.31
Jan , 2022 1.13 1.29
Dec , 2021 1.07 1.23

Car rental price statistics in Japan

  • € 315.21
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 120.30
    Highest daily price:
    Nissan X-Trail
  • 1,653
    Total cars available
     
  • 187
    Most popular model:
    Nissan March
  • 24
    Location with most cars:
    Hiroshima - Airport
  • € 45.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    EUROPCAR - Nagaoka - Railway Station

FAQs about car hire in Japan

How much does it cost to hire a car in Japan?

Car hire in Japan starts from just €45.00 per day for a (economy) class car from Europcar. The average price to hire a car in Japan is just €70.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Japan is a Nissan X-Trail car for a (standard) class from Nissan costing €120.30 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Japan?

We often have special offers on car hire in Japan including free additional drivers, for example, Nissan is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Akihabara Ekimae for €65.74 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Japan?

Car hire prices in Japan are kept low thanks to the 5 car hire companies across the country. With over 301 car hire locations and 7,024 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Japan.

Who is the best car hire company in Japan?

Based on over 1,870 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Japan Is Nissan who score on average 8.6/10 across all locations in Japan.

What is the most popular car hire location in Japan?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Japan is Hiroshima - Airport with 5 car hire companies and 24 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Japan?

Current fuel prices in Japan are €1.118/ltr for petrol and €0.972/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €45 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €39 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Japan?

Speed limits in Japan are in km/h and are generally 30-50 km/h on urban roads, 80 km/h on rural roads and 100 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Japan?

Europcar is the cheapest car hire company in Japan offering a (economy) class car such as the Mazda 2 for as little as €315.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Japan?

The most popular car hire category in Japan is the Nissan March available from 1 car hire companies in over 187 locations.

Useful links if renting a car in Japan

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