The intricacy of roads in Tokyo could be confusing to anyone, and navigating public transport is no easy feat. In such a huge metropolis, taxi prices are significantly higher, so renting a car from Tokyo car rental can be a cost-effective option to explore Japan. You may be hesitant about the heavy traffic and parking challenges, but most rental cars come equipped with GPS navigation systems that will help you get where you need to go. With your rental car, you can comfortably head to Enoshima, which is 77 km (47 miles) away, or Kokotu-In, located 59 km (36 miles) away conveniently and at your own pace.
At the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, you’ll find that both Terminal 1 and 2 have different car rental companies at the terminal lobby on the first level of the airport. You’ll also find a rental car center in the International Terminal on level 2 of the arrivals lobby. Once you get here, you can pick up the car of your choice from several Tokyo car rentals, such as Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar, and Times.
The first thing you should know about Tokyo is that cars drive on the left side of the road. Signs on major roads and highways are in Japanese and English, but you may want to make sure the rental car has a good English navigational system because most rural roads have signage in Japanese. Crossing the orange line between lanes is prohibited and be wary of bicycles at city intersections and sidewalks. When venturing into rural roads, you may encounter carts or animals. Stopping at red signs and before crossing railway lines is mandatory, even if there’s no approaching train. Drunk driving is taken very seriously in Japan, so be careful and have a designated sober driver.
The Shuto Expressway, also known as the Capital Expressway, is a network of busy roads in Japan, which can be quite congested during rush hour. Surprisingly, the city center has a good flow of traffic most of the time, unless there’s a major concert or event. Depending on your itinerary, keep in mind that Tokyo's rush hour lasts from 7am to 9am and then 5pm to 7pm.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Tokyo are around 29% cheaper than airport locations on average
Compact rental cars in Tokyo are around 13% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Tokyo
Some car rental companies in Tokyo which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Avis and Hertz
On average a hire car in Tokyo costs C$ 64 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Nissan Rent-A-Car (C$ 64/day), Europcar (C$ 66/day) and Alamo (C$ 91/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Nissan Rent-A-Car Shinjuku Station West Exit 160-0023 (6 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Tokyo. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Tokyo is C$ 6.11 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 73 and C$ 98, depending on the car size.
Compact (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Tokyo.
The only car rental company onsite at Narita airport is Avis.
A Compact car rental in Tokyo costs C$ 68 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Tokyo costs C$ 121 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Tokyo costs C$ 56 per day, on average.
In Tokyo, cars are most frequently rented at Budget Narita International Airport (55 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Tokyo costs C$ 451 per week (C$ 64 per day).
On average a rental car in Tokyo costs C$ 1,932 per month (C$ 64 per day).
Apart from expressways and highways, Tokyo has some narrow roads that may be hard to navigate. That being said, you should reserve a compact car from car rentals in Tokyo. This mostly applies to rural roads, so if you intend to venture out and experience the outskirts of the city, a compact car will do you justice. Rural roads can be gravel or dirt roads, so depending on how much time you’ll be spending outside the city, having a four-wheel-drive or a compact SUV might be preferable.
Speed limits in Tokyo are listed inkm/h. On expressways, expect to drive at limits of 100km/h (63mph), 40km/h (24mph), 30km/h (18mph) on side streets and 60km/h (37mph) on other roads. Pay attention to traffic signs when going to the countryside to ensure you’re keeping at recommended speed limits.
Parking in Tokyo City Center can be expensive, and the spaces can be few and far between. Still, you can park on the street as long as there’s a passenger in the car. You might find it more convenient to park in the smaller towns in the countryside where parking is free. You can also park in the parking lots at national parks or close to other tourist attractions where you’re likely to get a flat fee of around ¥200 ($1.90) to ¥500 ($4.75).