Find cheap car rental deals in Tokyo, Japan
In Tokyo, Orbitz can help you find the perfect rental car for getting across the city to explore its 23 diverse neighborhoods, from bustling Shibuya to tranquil Shinjuku or cultural Ueno Park. A car can also help you get out of the crowds – to scenic lakes, small towns known for shrines, or into the mountains.
If you’ve got questions about renting a car in Tokyo, read on – we’ve covered the basics below.
You must be at least 18 years old to drive in Japan, and have either a Japanese driver’s license or an International Driving Permit. The permit should be obtained before leaving your home country, as they are not issued in Japan.
If you live in Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland, or Taiwan, you do not need an International Driving Permit, but you do need a Japanese translation of your driver’s license. This can be obtained from the Japan Automobile Federation, through your consulate in Japan, or through select tour operators.
Yes. You must present your Japanese driver’s license, International Driving Permit, or translated driver’s license (for those with licenses from Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Monaco, Slovenia, Switzerland, or Taiwan).
A deposit is required at pickup, but not at the time of booking. Note that most car rental firms only accept a credit card payment.
This varies, but in general for Tokyo rentals, you can book without paying, and complete payment at pickup.
Tokyo’s leading national car rental companies are Toyota Renta Car, Times Car Rental, Orix Renta Car, and Nippon Rental. International companies include Avis, Budget, and Hertz.
Tokyo draws visitors for its mix of the traditional and the hyper-modern. Highlights include lively fish markets and fresh sushi, numerous theaters, picturesque green spaces, and much more besides. Here are just a few places to start your Tokyo explorations.
Japan’s largest fish market is unlike any other in the world. It handles more than 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Watch tuna auctions take place, or walk the narrow lines and shop for goods. Dine in the restaurants, where the fish is as fresh as it can get.
Step back in time in Asakusa, Tokyo’s historic district, which is filled with temples and kabuki theaters. The Kaminari Gate was built more than 1,000 years ago, the Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s most famous, and Nakamise shopping street has more than 50 shops offering local specialties.
Hop in your rental car and head two hours north to Nikko. Visit the Nikko Futarasan jinja, a shrine dedicated to the mountain spirits and set amid a river and large cedar trees, see the Kegon waterfalls, and drive the Nikko Suginamiki Highway, the longest tree-lined street in the world.