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Going on a car rental holiday in Japan lets you see the best of both worlds: ancient culture and the most advanced technology.  In the cities of Kyoto and Nara, you’ll see sacred temples and shrines, kabuki, traditional tea ceremonies and Japanese drama.  When you drive your rental car to the cities of Tokyo and Okinawa, however, you’ll find towering skyscrapers and all types of modern technology.  One thing that all the towns of Japan share is their penchant for delicious food; it is where you shall find unbelievably fresh sushi, traditional ramen noodles and the most delectable tempura.  The best time to visit Japan is during the first four months of the year, when the cherry blossoms, known locally as sakura, come out. 

Going around Japan

Japan has one of the most advanced public transportation in the world.  Most tourists use the rail because it covers the major towns of Japan.  If you intend to use the train, purchasing a Japan Rail Pass (JRP) is very economical since it allows unlimited number of rides within a certain period.  Using the train is great when moving around the cities, but if you intend to see the beautiful, remote towns, you would have to rent a car to go the distance.  You would need to present an international driving permit in order to drive a car hire in Japan and you need to have this handy at all times. 

From the Airport 

The largest airport in Japan is the Narita International Airport, which services the capital city of Tokyo.  It is located 7 kilometers from Narita downtown and 57.5 kilometers from Tokyo central.  To go from the airport to the main city area, you can use the train or the bus.  You can also pick up a car rental at the Narita International Airport.  This allows you to move at your own pace. 

Places to See

When you go on a car rental holiday in Japan, it’s advisable to see the traditional parts of the country before indulging in modernity.  You would wish to drive your rental car to Takayama, a very traditional city that was built in the 16th century.  You’ll love the charm of quaint, old taverns, morning markets, handicraft shops and hillside shrines.  To see impossibly gorgeous sights, drive your car hire to the Shiretoko National Park which is found in Hokkaido.  It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 because of its wonderful ecosystem and wide biodiversity.  Go around the town in your car rental to see hot waterfalls, hot springs and placid lakes.  Kyoto is the city you should drive your rent-a-car around if you wish to experience the best of ancient Japan, while Tokyo is your bet to see the best of modern Japan.

Nearby Country

Japan doesn’t share borders with any other country, but it is a great jump-off point to another fantastic car rental holiday destination, China.  China has remarkable ancient architecture, most famous of which is the Great Wall of China. 

Car Rental Services Directory in Japan 


Kyoto Railway Station

Mazda Counter

44-1 Kamitonoda-Cho


601-8002 Kyoto


4-8 Karuizawa-Higashi


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