This article continues from Guide For People Who Plan to Drive in Japan | Part-1 . If you haven’t read it yet, go read Part-1.
Major Rent-A-Car Companies in Japan
The following rent-a-car companies have websites in English. You can also rent a GPS that supports English and Chinese.
Depending on the type of car, the basic fee for 24 hours for a standard type (4 to 5 passengers) is approximately 10,000 yen. In addition to this, you add options such as insurance, GPS, and a child seat.
Gas Stations in Japan
In Japan, there are two types of gas stations: regular gas stations and self-service gas stations. Self-service gas stations are less expensive because you fill up the gas by yourself. If you prefer a regular gas station, avoid gas stations with the word 「セルフ (serufu / “self”)」 written on them.
Hazard lights for “Thank you”?
There is a culture that you turn on the hazard lights to show your appreciation. For example, when other cars stop to let you in the road from the parking lot. You turn on the hazard lights to show your appreciation to the car behind you for letting you in.
When you give way, the car in front of you may turn on its hazard lights, this is not a signal to stop, but “thank you”.
Headlight flashing in Japan
Is the headlight flashing illegal in your country? Is it legal? What does it mean?
In Japan, headlight flashing is usually done when you are giving way to another car, such as when it is about to make a right turn. (This is especially common among drivers of large vehicles such as trucks).
However, it is illegal to use headlight flashing for the purpose of tailgating.
Which side is the gas tank on?
You can check a triangle near the gas gauge. The triangle indicates which side of your car the gas tank (filler) is on. Remember this so you know which side to park on at the gas station.
To learn more about traffic rules in Japan
- Traffic Rules in Japan
- Traffic Rules in Japan | Heisei Car Rentals
*If you travel to the Shikoku or Okayama area, this rent-a-car company is recommended!
Just in case of emergency