Cheapest car hire in Japan

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

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Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
€ 56.91
€ 80.43

Car rental agent statistics in Japan

  • 8.0/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 8.0/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 1,326
    Total number of reviews in
  • 221
    Most Locations in Japan:
  • 18
    Average wait time
  • 8
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Japan

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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Japan

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2020 0.87 1.03
Oct , 2020 0.88 1.04
Sep , 2020 0.90 1.06
Aug , 2020 0.87 1.03
Jul , 2020 0.88 1.04
Jun , 2020 0.88 1.05
May , 2020 0.87 1.04
Apr , 2020 0.90 1.07
Mar , 2020 0.95 1.11
Feb , 2020 1.03 1.20
Jan , 2020 1.06 1.23
Dec , 2019 1.03 1.20

Car rental price statistics in Japan

  • € 330.12
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 133.80
    Highest daily price:
    Mazda Biante
  • 1,463
    Total cars available
  • 226
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Note
  • 18
    Location with most cars:
    Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal
  • € 47.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    EUROPCAR - Okinawa - Naha Airport

FAQs about car hire in Japan

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

Car hire in Japan starts from just €47.20 per day for a (economy) class car from Europcar. The average price to hire a car in Japan is just €83.10 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Japan is a Mazda Biante car for a (oversize) class from Europcar costing €133.80 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 Domestic Terminal for €51.60 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 260 car hire locations and 4,523 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Japan.

Who is the best car hire company in Japan?

Based on over 1,326 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Japan Is Europcar who score on average 8.0/10 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 Fukuoka Airport Domestic Terminal with 3 car hire companies and 18 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Japan?

Current fuel prices in Japan are €1.06/ltr for petrol and €0.9/ltr for diesel as of 21 September 2020, it’ll cost on average €42 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €36 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 €330.40 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Japan?

The most popular car hire category in Japan is the Nissan Note available from 2 car hire companies in over 220 locations.

How to get the best deal on car hire in Japan

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

Most Popular Rental Cars in Japan;

Rental Agent
Make / Model
Suzuki Wagon R
Mazda 5 Premacy
7 Seater
Honda Fit
Nissan X-Trail
Toyota Rent A Car
Toyota Corolla

Mini Guide to Japan

Why Should I Visit Japan?
Japan is becoming a popular destination for tourists seeking new places to visit. It’s not cheap to get to from Europe but once there, the experience is worth the effort. It’s an archipelago nation made up of thousands of islands and is one of the bywords for economic efficiency and excellence.  It’s the land of huge, densely populated cities but also peaceful Shinto shrines and despite the throng of humanity near the coasts there are many parts of the country that are sparsely inhabited or even uninhabited.

How do I get to Japan?
Despite having three major airports serving Tokyo and Osaka, each taking flights from Europe, only Tokyo’s Narita International Airport services flights from the UK. BA and All Nippon Airlines operate the only direct flights from London Heathrow. Getting to other parts of the country isn’t difficult though with domestic flights plus a very efficient public transport system including high speed trains making the onward journey swift and trouble free.

What Should I See and Do in Japan?
There is plenty that must be done in the country. Taking tea in a traditional tea ceremony is a must. You’ll never ask for a ‘quick cuppa’ again once you see the tradition and painstaking care taken to produce a delicious cup.

Find some inner peace with an hour or so walking around a Shinto shrine. There are over 100,000 of them across the country with a sanctuary housing the deity surrounded by beautiful gardens made complete with the sounds of wind chimes and water features. Next see the bright lights and brashness of the big cities. The neon signs of Tokyo light the city up as if it’s daytime and you can spend hours looking at the wealth of shops there.

Get a complete contrast by heading away from the city centres along the coast and up the steep mountainsides to the tranquillity of Japan’s tiny and almost forgotten mountain villages. They’re a world away from what Tokyo and Osaka stand for.

What can I buy as Souvenirs?
It depends on the size and depth of your pockets for electronics and photographic equipment are cheap – just think about whether that fifty inch flat screen will go in your luggage though before you commit your yen. Try too the local Sake – a rice based spirit which is brewed a little like beer and is typically around 20% alcohol.

And What Will be on the Menu in Japan?
Probably sushi – raw fish and rice, delicious if you’re an aficionado, an acquired taste if not! Often served with soy sauce or wasabi, a hot condiment, you’ll be trying it in its spiritual home!

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

Why rent a car in Japan

Car rental in Japan is an excellent way to travel around and offer excellent value. Whilst the public transport system in Japan is excellent, for ultimate convenience Japan car hire is hard to beat. At Rhino we work with all the leading suppliers at the primary Japanese car rental locations to ensure we find you the best price on car hire in Japan.

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Fuel Prices in Japan

  • Price of petrol in Japan in September

    € 1.06/Ltr

    ($ 1.30/Ltr | 141.58/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Japan in September

    € 0.90/Ltr

    ($ 1.10/Ltr | 120.21/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Japan in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 42.40  ($ 51.92) | € 36.00  ($ 44.08)
Compact € 42.40  ($ 51.92) | € 36.00  ($ 44.08)
Full Size € 53.00  ($ 64.90) | € 45.00  ($ 55.11)
SUV € 63.60  ($ 77.88) | € 54.00  ($ 66.13)
Carrier € 74.20  ($ 90.86) | € 63.00  ($ 77.15)

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