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Car Hire in Japan

Japan is in a world of its own. This unique civilisation embraces ancient tradition and modern culture to create a special place with a wonderfully welcoming spirit and an exotic beauty that will remain with you forever. With the grace of a geisha dance or a Zen rock garden, Japan never fails to fascinate, and the energy of its cities propels you from traditional Japanese culture to a futuristic new world.

Why Should I Book Car Hire in Japan with Nova?

Make Nova your choice for quality car hire, and you will benefit from the experience of an online car hire broker established in 1997. Nova Car Hire knows how to secure the best car rental deal for you from its network of suppliers, and we also work tirelessly to ensure our quotation and booking systems are as convenient and straightforward for you to use as possible, so you can avail of the best value car hire on the spot.

Car Hire Requirements in Japan

Before you collect your hire car in Japan, make sure to have your full, valid driving licence and car hire booking confirmation voucher with you. The main driver must pay the balance (rate less deposit) using their own credit card. Keep your licence, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration documents in the rental car at all times.

Airports in Japan

Japan has 98 airports, although many of them are military operations. The principal international gateways are Narita International Airport (Tokyo), Kansai International Airport (Osaka), and Chūbu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya). The chief domestic hub is Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), Asia's busiest airport and the world's fourth-busiest airport. Other significant airports include Osaka International Airport, New Chitose Airport outside Sapporo, and Fukuoka Airport.

Japan Driving Rules & Regulations

Cars drive on the left side of the road in Japan, with most signs on major roads in both Japanese and English. Drink driving is strictly prohibited. Speed limits are between 50 km/h and 100 km/h. Roads are generally toll free, except for expressways and scenic driving routes. You'll find further information on rules of the road in Japan here.

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Image credit: Kyoto, Japan by Alejandro

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