Rent A Car: Explore Some Of Japan’s Untapped Destination. There Are Some Places You Can Only Go With A Car.

Dec 17 2019
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When we talk about traveling to Japan, the most popular destinations are standard tourist spots like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Mount Fuji. However, were you aware that recently there has been an increase in tourism to the regional areas of Japan? In 2017, close to 60% of visitors to Japan went to the various regions to enjoy the natural scenery. The appeal of Japan’s regional areas has gradually become more known to many around the world.

But of course, if this is your first visit to Japan, we certainly recommend that you enjoy yourself at the popular and standard tourist spots. However, if you have plans to stay for a few weeks, after visiting the more popular destinations, perhaps you might like to stretch your legs out and experience the charms and appeals of Japan’s regions? Discovering parts of the country where tourists have not yet explored would be a delightful highlight of your visit.

This article will introduce readers to the pleasures of traveling by car, recommended driving routes, and the many conveniences of using TOYOTA Rent a Car, operated by Toyota, one of the most prominent automobile manufacturers in the world! If you understand the advantages of traveling by rental car, but are worried about driving in Japan, or are concerned about the hassle of arranging for a rental car, this article is for you!

3 Advantages Of Traveling By Car

1. Save time and money
2. Flexibility and adaptability
3. You can visit places only accessible by car

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1. Save time and money

Have you ever heard of the Gujo Hachiman Castle in Gifu Prefecture, also known as the “castle in the sky”?

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Gujo Hachimanjo Castle

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Gujo Hachiman Castle is Japan’s oldest wooden castle, it is a place where visitors can see ancient town buildings typical of old Japan, beautiful autumn leaves, and a sea of clouds above the mountains. In recent years it has become quite a popular attraction for visitors to Japan, but do you know how to get there? There are a variety of methods to get there, including trains, buses, taxis, and rental cars. However, there are a limited number of available trains and buses, and it can be hard at times to catch a taxi at the station. Secondary methods of transportation from hubs such as airports and train stations can be a cause havoc with travel plans. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method, so we check out the graph below and compare and consider your options.

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Public transportation comparison chart

In the case of trains or buses, the advantage is that you would be able to keep your transportation costs low. However, due to the limited number of each available, you will need to adjust your schedule accordingly. On the other hand, by taking a taxi, you will be able to ride directly to your destination, albeit at a high cost. By using a rental car, you can not only keep your costs low, but also have the luxury to relax without worrying about changing trains or buses.

2. Flexibility and adaptability
When traveling by train or bus, you would need to walk further from the nearest station or stop, or perhaps travel further by taxi. But with a rental car, the obvious appeal is that you can travel directly to your destination. You can also take breaks to rest or use the restrooms at your leisure, and by storing your luggage in the car, you can travel light while sightseeing.

3. You can visit places only accessible by car

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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

For example, the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Ishikawa Prefecture is the only sandy beach in Japan that allows cars to drive upon it. Since driving on the sand is allowed year-round, it’s an all-season activity. Moreover, the country is putting great effort in providing “roadside stations” which are gaining notice as rest areas accessible only with vehicles. There are plenty of other places to see and experience that are available only through the use of a rental car.

The Advantages Of TOYOTA Rent a Car

1. The largest selection of outlets in Japan, all across the nation
2. Drivers get access to highly trustworthy Toyota cars
3. Easy to access, and English-language services for foreign visitors

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1. The largest selection of outlets in Japan, all across the nation

• The largest selection of outlets in Japan: with 1,200 rental outlets throughout Japan, it is the No.1 industry leader
• Each rental outlet provides convenient accessibility, through locations near train stations and airports
*Some rental outlets offer pick-up and drop-off bus services to and from the airport.

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2. Drivers get access to highly trustworthy Toyota cars
• A wide selection of cars and automobile categories
• Customers can select a specific type of car when booking a reservation (additional fees apply)

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Sapporo station in Hokkaido

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Tottori station in Tottori

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Hiroshima station in Hiroshima

3. Easy to access, and English-language services for foreign visitors
•An easy-to-read website with simple instructions

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Booking an online reservation is an easy and intuitive process, and can be made without any stress or hassle.
Information about issues that may concern customers, such as insurance or cancellation policies, are all listed in one place, so you can rest assured.

• All you need are the following 3 documents!

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International Driving Permit or foreign driver’s license *for information on required passports, click here
Passport
Credit card

• The security of English-language services (staff will be able to provide guidance on the basic steps in 4 different languages)

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Explanation of Important Items

Website includes a fully-featured English-language page
  English-language telephone operators available
  Rental outlets have information available in English (such as price lists)
  *Some outlets have translation devices available

• English, Chinese, and Korean language navigation systems available (not available with some car models)
• By registering your flight information when you book your reservation, the staff will be aware if your flight is delayed, saving you any worry or need to hurry.

Rental Procedure

You Should Make Sure You Know This! Japanese Traffic Laws

To Book A Reservation

• TOYOTA Rent a Car official website (TOYOTA Rent a Car website reservation page)
• TOYOTA Rent a Car reservation call center
Telephone:
From 8:00 - 20:00 local time (7 days a week)
0800-7000-815 *Toll-freewithin Japan
+81-92-577-0091
• Contact any rental outlet

For more information, check this website

Notes

• Customers are asked to return their rental car with a full tank of gasoline, but can also choose to be billed for a fillup.
• When accessing Japanese freeways, there is a freeway toll. You can choose to rent an ETC card which makes paying for tolls convenient. *For more information about ETC cards, click here.
• Customers can return their vehicle to a different rental outlet than the one they rented from. *However, if returning your vehicle to an outlet in a different prefecture, an additional fee will be charged.

Check Here For Recommended Routes!

If you would like to explore the country regions of Japan, WOW U can confidently introduce you to some recommended travel routes. We hope you will discover a part of Japan you had never known about before.

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