How to Deal with Traffic Stops in Japan

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you choose to drive in Japan, at some point you will have to interact with the police; whether it’s a simple safety checkpoint, a traffic infraction, or worst case an accident. Most scenarios are just like their counterparts in other countries, but there are some minor differences to laws...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Get Your Car Inspected in Japan

Apr 22, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Over the years, we’ve told you about the process of getting a driver’s license and buying cars and motorcycles in Japan, but we’ve never gone into detail on the inspection and taxation process that all vehicle owners must deal with every two years or less. It can be a real...[ Click to read more ]

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Converting your Foreign License to a Japanese Driver’s License

Jan 01, 2018 By Ray Proper

Each prefecture in Japan has different rules and requirements for driver licensing. For the most accurate information please contact the licensing center in your area directly. You can find your local center by clicking this link, where we have prepared a list for you. Foreign license conversion in Japan can be divided...[ Click to read more ]

Traffic Congestion Monitoring Sites for Japan

Dec 27, 2017 By Admin

  If you are traveling around Japan you may find these sites interesting.  Using these sites you can see areas of congestion on expressways in real time, in English! Image courtesy of Jimi Okelana

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Recognizing the Signs For Novice, Disabled, And Elderly Drivers in Japan

Jan 21, 2014 By First Admin

Did you ever wonder about those four strange magnets, a yellow and green leaf, an orange and yellow leaf, a blue and white clover, or a yellow and green butterfly, sometimes conspicuously attached to the front and rear of cars all over Japan? I was really hoping for a conspiracy,...[ Click to read more ]


Obtaining International Driving Permit (IDP) from Japan

Jan 09, 2014 By Ray Proper

You can get an International Driving Permit (IDP) based on your Japanese driver’s license. The permit is valid for one year from the date of issue and must be used in conjunction with your Japanese License.  The process of getting an IDP generally takes one hour, and requires a visit...[ Click to read more ]

Obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Nagoya

By Ray Proper

You can get an international Driving Permit (IDP) from Japan based on your Japanese driver’s license. The permit is valid for one year from the date of issue and must be used in conjunction with your Japanese license. The process takes less than one hour, and requires a visit to the...[ Click to read more ]

International Drivers Licenses in Japan

Oct 16, 2013 By Ray Proper

We are still getting reports that drivers presenting International Driver’s Permits at the licensing center are being told to come back once their existing permit expires. Drivers need to understand that although there is one law, there are different interpretations of it by police in each prefecture. We recommend that...[ Click to read more ]