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Haisai Okinawa 英語ブログ - How to rent a car in Okinawa?2009/08/29
Driving a car in another country could be difficult but if you know how, it could be fun and very useful,
especially if you can rent a car in Okinawa for a really reasonable price. Why not rent one?
We have special page for how to rent a car. So please go and take a look at it.
One very important thing you NEED to have is a driver’s license.
You have to have a proper license to drive in Japan. Here are the lists of license that are available in Japan to drive:
1) Proper Japanese driver’s license issued in Japan
Japan has concluded agreements with more than twenty countries to ease the process of converting a valid foreign driver's license into a Japanese one. Among these countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
If you hold a valid driver's license from one of these countries, you can get a Japanese license without taking a written or practical exam. All you need to do is go to the local license center with an official translation of your license, take an eye test, and prove that you lived at least three months in the license issuing country after receiving your license.
If you have a driver's license from a country which has not concluded an agreement with Japan yet, for example the United States, China or Brazil, you need to take a written and practical exam in order to obtain a Japanese driver's license. This process usually takes several attempts, even for experienced drivers.
2) Proper International Driver’s License
Foreigners are able to drive in Japan with a recognized international driving permit for up to one year after entering the country. Recognized international driving permits must be obtained in your home country, usually through the national Automobile Association, before you leave for Japan.
Japan recognizes only international driving permits which are based on the Geneva Convention. A few countries, including Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, however, issue international driving permits which are based on different conventions like Paris Convention, Washington Convention and Vienna Convention. Those permits are not valid in Japan.
3) Driver’s license in your own country
Holders of a French, German, Swiss, Italy, Belgium or Taiwan driver's license can drive in Japan, for up to one year, with an official Japanese translation of their driver's license from their respective country's embassy or consulate in Japan. People from other countries whose international driving permits are not recognized by Japan must obtain a Japanese driver's license in order to drive in Japan.
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