By / 9th February, 2012 / Services, Transportation / Off

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The best way to explore Japan’s country-side is with your own set of wheels. We suggest you check out ToCoo! rent-a-car. They have over 800 outlets, offer services from 12 different car rental companies, have a huge choice of vehicles, and an easy-to-use English website where you can check prices and reserve your vehicle. Although you can pick up your car at the airport when you arrive, most people prefer to make their way to Nagano by bus or train, and pick up their car in Nagano City instead. If you pick up your vehicle in Nagano or Matsumoto there is no extra fee for snow tyres, you can also request ski/snowboard racks, child seats, and all cars come with GPS. There is no extra fee for dropping off your vehicle at a different location as long as it is in the same prefecture. Smaller vehicles go for 4200 yen a day and they also offer long-term discounts. Driving in Japan is remarkably easy, other drivers are courteous, just remember to leave a little extra space between you and the car ahead when you are driving on snowy/icy roads.To rent a car in Japan you will need a credit card, a valid driver’s license, plus an international driver’s license which you have to get in your home country. Click on the pic for more details.

Hakuba now has a few car rental services available but you will pay a little more for the extra convenience:

Hakuba Car Rental

Windy Car Rental

JHN Travel

For long-term, monthly car rentals, and over 2 week car rentals, we recommend Toyota Rent-a-Car.

Toyota Rent-a-Car is great for all kinds of rentals, not just long-term rentals, they have tons of options, great service, and prices, it many be possible to pick up a car at an affiliated shop in Hakuba as well. Please contact them direct for more information.