You need to have a valid driver’s license and also meet the qualifications to drive in Japan.
The detailed information is as follows. Please read through the information before departure.

Qualifications for Driving in Japan

Please check the qualifications necessary for driving automobiles in Japan.

Driver’s License

Driver’s licenses which permit driving of automobiles in Japan are as follows:

Japanese Driver’s License

Driver's licenses issued by public safety commissions in Japan

International Driving Permit

International driving permits issued by a certifying body in one of the signatory countries/territories of the Geneva Convention based on the format of the Geneva Convention

Must be able to present passport at the same time.

International driving permit

List of signatories to the
Geneva Convention on Road Traffic


Foreign Driver’s License and its Japanese Translation

Driver's licenses issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Monaco, or Taiwan, along with a Japanese translation of the license

Must be able to present passport at the same time.

Domestic driver's license of Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia or Monaco
Japanese translation of the domestic driver's license


For Customers Who Rent a Truck or Bus

Please check that your permit has a stamp in the D box for driving a car in the W4 class or BUS2 class.
D: Large passenger vehicle (10 passengers or more)

Types of vehicles that can be driven