How to Get an ETC Card in Japan

Oct 19, 2023 By Justin Hanus

To pay the expressway tolls in Japan, it helps to have an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) card. This allows you to make automatic cashless payments instead of needing to stop...[ Click to read more ]

Big Traffic Brother Is Watching You

Aug 30, 2023 By Justin Hanus

In many places the eternal battle between motorist and traffic cop is carried on like a game of cat and mouse with law enforcement lying in wait for its prey...[ Click to read more ]

Converting your Foreign License to a Japanese Driver’s License

Apr 01, 2021 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. Foreign license conversion in...[ Click to read more ]

Safe Driving Tips for Winter in Japan

Dec 20, 2016 By Jason Gatewood

Driving in Japan presents its own set of challenges, especially for those used to roads and traffic “back home.”  The most obvious challenge for many is that the traffic moves...[ Click to read more ]

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Disconnect Your Car Battery Before Long Trips

Nov 08, 2015 By Ray Proper

The expat lifestyle in Japan often means long durations of time spent abroad, and away from your vehicle. Before you go we wanted to remind you of a few things...[ Click to read more ]

Using Jumper Cables

Aug 27, 2015 By

If your battery dies you may be able to use jumper cables to jump start it using another vehicle.  This guide will give you an idea of how to use...[ Click to read more ]

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Buying Gasoline in Japan

Aug 25, 2015 By Ray Proper

Got a car?  You are going to need gas!  This is a basic guide to buying gas in Japan.  Most stations around Japan are "full-service," so the staff will come...[ Click to read more ]

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No Spare – Using a Puncture Repair Kit to Fix a Flat Tire

Feb 04, 2014 By Ray Proper

In recent years, many Japanese Car Manufacturers have struggled with interior designs trying to get more space for more driver/passenger comfort. The Japanese consumers put more and more pressure on...[ Click to read more ]

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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,...[ Click to read more ]


International Driver’s Licenses in Japan

Oct 16, 2013 By Ray Proper

We are still getting reports that drivers presenting International Driving Permits (IDPs) at the licensing center are being told to come back once their existing permit expires. Drivers need to...[ Click to read more ]