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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 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Wagon R

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Suzuki Wagon R

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 57.98 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 405.88 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Fit

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 47.93 EUR/day
Honda Fit

7 Days rental at 335.53 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Noah

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.47 EUR/day
Toyota Noah

7 Days rental at 542.32 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Noah

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.47 EUR/day
Toyota Noah

7 Days rental at 542.32 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.52 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 416.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 104.60 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 732.20 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  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  154.80/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

Car rental agent statistics in Japan

  • 7.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    NISSAN
  • 7.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    NISSAN
  • 1,240
    Total number of reviews in
    Japan
  • 67
    Most Locations in Japan:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 11
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Japan

ItemPercent
January€ 73
February€ 73
March€ 73
April€ 72
May€ 73
June€ 74
July€ 85
August€ 85
September€ 73
October€ 72
November€ 72
December€ 75
ItemPercent
January€ 61
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 60
May€ 63
June€ 60
July€ 65
August€ 64
September€ 58
October€ 57
November€ 58
December€ 61
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 87
March€ 89
April€ 115
May€ 86
June€ 120
July€ 129
August€ 122
September€ 86
October€ 86
November€ 84
December€ 75
ItemPercent
January€ 105
February€ 103
March€ 109
April€ 73
May€ 90
June€ 87
July€ 102
August€ 93
September€ 93
October€ 92
November€ 94
December€ 99
ItemPercent
January€ 57
February€ 56
March€ 56
April€ 59
May€ 61
June€ 60
July€ 70
August€ 67
September€ 60
October€ 59
November€ 59
December€ 60
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 97
March€ 97
April€ 100
May€ 102
June€ 101
July€ 107
August€ 109
September€ 96
October€ 93
November€ 93
December€ 99
ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 68
March€ 69
April€ 66
May€ 69
June€ 70
July€ 104
August€ 68
September€ 69
October€ 69
November€ 67
December€ 66
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Japan

DieselUnleaded
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

Nov , 2021

€ 1.12

€ 1.28

Oct , 2021

€ 1.08

€ 1.24

Sep , 2021

€ 1.03

€ 1.20

Aug , 2021

€ 1.03

€ 1.19

Jul , 2021

€ 1.03

€ 1.19

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
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
Nov , 2021 1.12 1.28
Oct , 2021 1.08 1.24
Sep , 2021 1.03 1.20
Aug , 2021 1.03 1.19
Jul , 2021 1.03 1.19

Car rental price statistics in Japan

  • € 335.51
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 107.46
    Highest daily price:
    Honda Stepwagon
  • 832
    Total cars available
     
  • 184
    Most popular model:
    Honda Fit
  • 17
    Location with most cars:
    Aomori - Railway Station
  • € 47.9 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ENTERPRISE - Aomori - 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 €47.90 per day for a (mini) class car from Enterprise. The average price to hire a car in Japan is just €66.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Japan is a Honda Stepwagon car for a (intermediate) class from National costing €107.50 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, Niconico is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Fukuoka Airport - International for €45.45 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Japan?

Car hire prices in Japan are kept low thanks to the 3 car hire companies across the country. With over 85 car hire locations and 4,678 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Japan.

Who is the best car hire company in Japan?

Based on over reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Japan Is who score on average /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 Aomori - Railway Station with 3 car hire companies and 17 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Japan?

Current fuel prices in Japan are €1.159/ltr for petrol and €1.01/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €46 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €40 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?

Enterprise is the cheapest car hire company in Japan offering a (mini) class car such as the Suzuki Wagon R for as little as €335.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Japan?

The most popular car hire category in Japan is the Honda Fit available from 2 car hire companies in over 68 locations.

Useful links if renting a car in Japan

Other Car Hire Locations in Japan

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Car Hire Fukuoka
€46.4
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €46.4 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €56.0 per day
Mini 5 4 2 from €49.1 per day
Car Hire Osaka
€51.6
 
 
Mini 5 4 2 from €58.4 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €62.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €51.6 per day
Car Hire Yokohama
€58.4
 
 
Mini 5 4 2 from €58.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €70.8 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €63.5 per day
Car Hire Tokyo
€51.6
 
 
Economy 3 5 2 from €51.6 per day
Estate 5 5 5 from €87.9 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €62.1 per day