To drive a car in Japan, you can either obtain an international driver’s license overseas before arriving in Japan or transfer your overseas driver’s license to a Japanese driver’s license. An international driver’s license is valid for one year after entry into Japan or until the international driver’s license expires, whichever comes first. You will not be able to renew your international driver’s license in Japan. To continue driving in Japan after that, you will need to transfer your regular overseas driver’s license, if it is still valid, to a Japanese driver’s license.
General Information on Driving in Japan.
Japan Driver’s License – A comprehensive service designed to take the hassle out of the driver’s license conversion process. – http://www.japandriverslicense.com – (Tokyo – 03-5449-7220 / Nagoya – 052-973-3973).
National Police Agency of Japan’s procedures in relation to driver’s licenses. Japanese version only available – http://www.npa.go.jp/annai/license_renewal/
To access an English language ‘Rules of the Roads’ booklet (price = 1000 yen), please contact the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) – http://www.jaf.or.jp/e/ - (03-3436-2811).
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department – http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/foreign/submenu.htm
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Driver’s License Telephone Service – (03-5463-6000).
Driving Schools (English Language Assistance and Courses Available):
Koyama Driving School (Tokyo Area) – http://www.koyama.co.jp/english.htm
Tokyo Driving School – www.tokyodrivingschool.com – (03-3427-4227) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org