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Driving in Japan

Driving in Japan

If you posses an International Driving Permit or have a driving license from a certain country, provided you meet certain conditions you can legally drive on the roads in Japan. If you don’t meet the conditions, you will need to get a Japanese driving license - either [Read More]


Japan Automobile Federation

Japan Automobile Federation

JAF provides a Japanese translation service for driver's licenses from abroad as well as 24-hour road services. [Read More]


All About the Manaca

All About the Manaca

The Manaca is an easy to use and very convenient travel pass and smart card rolled into one! [Read More]


How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic

How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic

★Question: Which month of the year sees the most traffic accidents? The answer is off course December. In Japan, December is bōnenkai season where groups of friends or co-workers gather to drink away their troubles of the past year. It is probably no coincidence that [Read More]


Motorcycle Licenses in Japan

Motorcycle Licenses in Japan

Motorbikes are divided into four categories according to the amount of exhaust put out. 50cc & 125cc bikes are not allowed on expressways. What are the types of licenses required?, where can you take a test?, what documents are needed?, and how much does a license cost? [Read More]


Moped Licences in Nagoya

Moped Licences in Nagoya

They are small and easy to manoeuvre and park. Mopeds are known as gendokitsuki-jitensha原動機付自転車 or “gentsuki” 原付 for short. A moped may be operated with a moped license or an automobile license. A standard Japanese driving license is valid for 50cc [Read More]


Driving with an International Driving Permit

Driving with an International Driving Permit

I recently went back to my home country to acquire an international driving license. Shortly after I came back to Japan, whilst I was driving my car, I was involved in a minor collision with a bicycle and the rider was un-hurt. However, the investigating police officer told [Read More]


TOICA – The Handy JR Pass

TOICA – The Handy JR Pass

TOICA is the name JR Central’s rechargeable contactless smart card ticketing system. Using TOICA means that you don't have to buy a ticket each time you travel - the ticket gate automatically calculates your fare! The cards can be repeatedly charged up and can also be [Read More]


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