‘On the Road’ Archives

A Special JR Rail Ticket – The Seishun 18 (ju-hachi) Kippu

A Special JR Rail Ticket – The Seishun 18 (ju-hachi) Kippu

The Sei-shun-ju-hachi-kippu is the one of the most cost-effective types of travel ticket in Japan allowing users to freely travel on JR local and JR rapid trains. Travelers can freely enter and exit any JR station, explore towns and train hop around Japan. Travelling this [Read More]


Converting a Foreign Driving License to a Japanese License

Converting a Foreign Driving License to a Japanese License

If you alreay have a foreign driving license the path to converting to a Japanese license is split into 3 parts: an inspection of documents followed by a vision and colour recognition check, a knowledge test, and a practical driving test. [Read More]


Driving in Japan

Driving in Japan

If you possess 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]


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