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Tokyo: the city where the modern collides with the traditional in spectacular fashion. Book a break here and you can spend time in one of the world's most unique destinations, exploring the historic sites, sampling the world-class cuisine and snapping photos of the most inventive fashion statements imaginable. Hire a car and you’ll also be able to explore the areas surrounding Tokyo at your leisure.

Rent a Car at Tokyo International or Narita International

There are two international airports serving the Japanese capital. Tokyo International (also known as Haneda Airport) and Narita International. Of the two, Tokyo International is closer to the centre of the city, but both offer regular direct flights to and from a number of global destinations, including London, Paris and Beijing. It’s also very easy to pick up a rental vehicle from either airport, as you will find several rental agencies at both.

From Tokyo Airport, the city centre is around 30 minutes by car. From Narita International, the centre is about an hour by car.

Rent a Car in the Centre of Tokyo

Travellers who are not flying into Tokyo, or who would rather pick up their vehicle in the city, will find plenty of rental companies in the centre to choose from. There isn’t one particular area of Tokyo where car hire offices are clustered. However, you will typically find them close to major train stations. If you are travelling into the city via Tokyo Station, you'll discover plenty of car hire agencies (including ORIX and Nissan) close by.

Driving in Tokyo

To drive in Japan it is very likely that you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP). It’s also worth bearing in mind that many streets aren’t named, so you may find it easier to get around if you book a vehicle that comes with English-language satellite navigation.

The city of Tokyo is looped by a network of toll roads called the Shuto Expressway. If you think you will be using these roads, it may be worth arranging an electronic toll collection (ETC) card with your hire vehicle. This will allow you to pay your tolls once you return the car instead of making payments every time you use the expressway.

Road Trips from Tokyo

The best thing about hiring a car in Tokyo is that it gives you the freedom to discover the surrounding region. After spending some time in the city exploring the Meiji Shrine, partying in Roppongi and brushing up on your history at the Tokyo National Museum, why not hop in your hire car and leave the city limits? To reach Mount Fuji, head southwest on the Tomei Expressway – you might not feel like climbing it but you can certainly take some fantastic photos!

Other great day trips include Kamakura, home of the Great Buddha of Kotokuin, the small island of Enoshima (accessible by bridge), and Chiba Castle. All these places can be reached in around one hour by car.

FAQs for car hire in Tokyo

What’s the best price car rental in Tokyo?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Tokyo.

What’s the average car rental price in Tokyo?

On average, car rentals in Tokyo are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Tokyo?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Tokyo?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.