July 09, 2016


Ken Auto Japan Convertible Mazda MX 5 Roadster  Rental in Sendai

If you are in Japan, Miyagi, Sendai and would like to see the beautiful Tohoku area. There is awesome, way you can travel in style and comfort. Ken Auto Japan has one of the best Convertible Mazda Roadster in the Japan, for you to travel in style and comfort around the Tohoku area. Please mail us for more information on how you can travel in comfort and in fine style.

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The minimum age for driving in Japan is 18 years, and you will need a Japanese driver’s license or an International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to rent and drive a car.

International driving permits are not issued in Japan and should be obtained in your home country in advance. They are usually issued through your country’s national automobile association for a small fee. Foreigners can drive in Japan with a recognized international driving permit for a maximum of one year, even if the IDP is valid for a longer period. Japan only recognizes permits based on the 1949 Geneva Convention, which are issued by a large number of countries.

People from other countries whose international driving permits are not recognized by Japan, must obtain a Japanese driver’s license in order to drive in Japan.

GPS Navigation

Ken Auto Japan Mazda Roadster Convertible come with a GPS navigation system built into the dash. Unfortunately our GPS navigation system is not in English, but you can use your smartphone for navigation.


Gas Stations

Gas stations are found all across Japan. They traditionally provide full service, although self service stations have greatly increased over recent years. Many gas stations close during the night, while others are open 24 hours. A liter of regular gasoline costs roughly 150 yen (as of March 2014). High octane gas and diesel are also widely available. Payment is possible by credit card or cash.

Getting gas at a full service (full) station requires some simple Japanese. When you pull into the station, an attendant may direct you to a stall. Park, open your window and shut off your car. Tell the attendant what kind of gas (e.g. “regular”), how much (e.g. “mantan” for full tank) and how you will pay (e.g. “credit card”). He may give you a wet towel to clean your dash or ask to take your garbage. When finished he may ask which direction you wish to leave and then direct you out into traffic.

Self service (self) stations only provide Japanese language menus. If in trouble, an attendant should be present and able to help you. Note that when paying by cash, the change machine is often a separate machine or inside the gas station building.

Rental cars are supposed to be returned with a full tank of gasoline, however, some outlets offer reasonable rates for re-tanking cars at the outlet. When returning a car with full tank, some outlets may ask you to provide the receipt from the gas station as proof.


Parking in the center of large cities is very expensive, costing several hundreds of yen per hour. Fees decrease with the size of the city and the distance to the city center. In small towns and in the countryside, parking is often free. Parking lots in national parks or near tourist attractions sometimes charge a flat fee (typically 200 to 500 yen per use). Urban hotels usually provide parking for their guests at a flat rate (typically 1000 yen per night), while hotels outside the large cities usually offer free parking.

Besides standard parking lots, you may encounter a few unique types of parking lots in Japan. The first are elevator parking lots in which cars are stored in towers. Drivers are directed to park their car onto a lift, which will automatically store the car in the tower. When coming back, the car will be fetched by the lift and returned to you.

The second unique type of parking lot uses low barriers underneath the cars which raise up to physically block in each individual vehicle. Once you have paid your parking fee (either at a central payment machine or at the parking space), the barrier lowers and you can safely drive away. This type of parking lot is usually seen around small urban lots.


Before Departure

Rental Terms and Conditions will be prepared. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the shop staff. After confirming the contents of the Rental Terms and Conditions, please sign it and pay the estimated rental charges. Check if there are any scratches or dents on the car with the shop staff before departure. Adjust the seat and mirror, and remember to fasten both your front and rear seatbelts.

How to Return

Fill the tank when you return the car. Fill the tank at the nearest gas station before you return the car. (If you do not, the prescribed fuel charge depending on mileage will be charged.)
Please contact the shop you rented the car from in advance if you decide to rent it longer. (Please note that a prescribed penalty will be charged if you overrun your scheduled rental hours without prior notice.) After arriving at the returning shop, the shop staff will check the car if there are any scratches or dents. Any excess or deficit will then be adjusted.


Traffic Rules in Japan

Basic Rules

Keep Left
All vehicles must drive on the left side of the road.

Safety Seat for Children
Children under the age of six years old must be seated on child safety seats.

Height/Width of the Vehicle
The vehicle’s height and width may be different between a rental car and a car you drive everyday.

Fasten seat belt for all seats
It is obligated under government law to use the safety belt for all the seats of the vehicle on highway.

No Cell Phone while driving
When using cell phone, please stop the vehicle at secure location.

Speed Limit
Typical speed limits are 80 km/h to 100km/h on expressways and 30km/h to 60km/h on local roads.

The expressway (Kosoku-doro or Jidoushado, in Japanese) is probably a much quicker option for long distance travel. For the most part, you will have to pay to use them. Charges are either flat-rate or distance-based. For flat-rates, you will have to pay frequently at toll booths along the way, while for distance-based fares you will receive a ticket as you enter, and present this at the toll booth as you leave, alongside the fare. Toll booths are manned or unmanned (ETC), with manned toll booths allowing you to pay by credit card.

To use ETC, first have the ETC system mounted on your car, then use the ETC lanes when entering and exiting the expressways. As a general rule, it is not possible to create an ETC card without a credit card issued in Japan, but for those without one, you can create an ETC card by putting down a deposit and paying an annual fee.

The toll changes depending upon the road and the size of the car. For example, Shuto Expressway (“Shutoko”) in an average-sized car will cost you 500 Yen for the first 6 km and 100 Yen for each subsequent 6km. On long-distance expressways, such as Tomei, from Tokyo to Gotemba (approx. 84 km) will cost 2,500 Yen, while Tokyo to Nagoya (approx. 315 km) will cost 6,900 Yen.

Tolls are displayed on the websites for each individual company, and are searchable. Discounts are also available, for example, for traveling at certain times of the day and for using ETC.

Another distinctive feature of Japan’s expressways are its rest stops, known as parking areas (PA) and service areas (SA), with the latter being generally much larger than the former. In the past these areas had toilets, light meals, kiosks, gas stations and information desks, but recently they have come to include places to bathe and sleep, numerous restaurants, shops, cafes and dog runs. The amount of service areas conscious of architectural, interior decorating and hygiene is on the rise, and service areas themselves are becoming something to see while traveling.


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