Driving in Japan isn't as difficult as it seems, but the paperwork and rules of the road might be a cause of concern. After you get used to driving on the left side of the road for a day or two, it is easy to navigate the roads of Akita. But, there are many things you have to do before you even start driving.

Below is a list of things that you should be aware of when you drive in Japan. Before you start driving, make sure that you do have all the things listed such as insurance and an international driving permit from your home country. Also, learn Japan's rules of the road and keep yourself and those around you safe.

Before you start driving

On the road

After 1 year

After 3 years


External links

Rules of the Road Issued by the Japan Automobile Federation in various languages.

Togashi Repair Shop Great place to bring your car for maintenance and repairs.

Traveling in Japan
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Cars Driving DrivingBuying a carWinter drivingSpeeding ticketsDrinking and drivingRoadside Station
Licenses International Driving PermitChanging to a Japanese license (Car Course Elements) • Renewing your Japanese license
Other Transport Trains • Akita Nairiku Line • Shinkansen • Buses • Ferries
Airports Narita International Airport • Haneda Airport • Akita Airport • Odate-Noshiro Airport • Sendai Airport • Kansai Airport
Leaving the Country Residence Card • Travel insurance • Buying flights & travel agents