Drive Japan trip route planner

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Do you have any troubles with travel inJapan?

It is boring to join a typical package tour.

I've traveld big cities like Tokyo. I wanna visit other area I haven't been.

I heard it is not easy to travel rural area due to poor public transportation.

I don't want to be annoyed luggage plobrems.

Transpotration fee is always too costly.

Renting a car and driveing by yourself are the best way to travel Japan!

You may have an impression that public transportation like train in Japan is very accurate and convenient. It is true for big cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. You can visit anywhere by public transportation.
However, the situation in rural area is totally different. Most of public transportation are very poor and inconvenient.
This is the reason why most of Japanese choose driving when we travel rural area of Japan. At the point of this time, only 5% of foreign tourist choose rental car to travel. But about half of Japanese use car when they travel rural area.

Good point.1
You are free from fixed transportation schedule!

Public transportation in county-side is totally different from big cities.If you miss a train or bus, you need to wait for the next one for a long time.If you join a coach tour, the schedule is fixed and you always worry about time limit to go back to the coach.
If you drive by yourself, you can control your schedules like toilet, lunch and sightseeing.

Good point.2
You can travel anywhere!

70% of Japan is mountain area. It is twice higher than world average and there are many places where are located in inconvenient area.

・Sightseeing spots located in very remote area.
Takachiho Gorge in Kyushu
UNESCO world heritage “Shiretoko” in Hokkaido

・Sightseeing spots that has no public transportation access
Mt.Kiro observatory in Shikoku
Naitai Highland Farm in Hokkaido

If you drive by yourself, you can travel sightseeing spots where it's difficult to visit by public transportation.

Good point.3
No need to worry about your luggage!

Luggages are one of the most troubling aspect of travel. Although it is shortdistance, walking with big luggages is tiring and time consuming.Additionally, your luggage will be bigger due to souveniors.At the big station, number of coin lockers are in lack and many tourlists are in trouble.

If you drive by yourself,You can just load all of your luggage and souveniors to cargo space of your car!

Good point.4
Rental car is cheaper than public transportation!

If you travel rural area, normally travel distance become longer than city and cost for transportation become more expensive. You need to pay a lot of cost for JR-Pass or Bullet train ticket if you are traveling in a big group.

If you drive by yourself, car rental will be more economical way to travel rural area!

Good point.5
Let's enjoy local restaurants!

Sometimes, nice restaurants in the countryside are located in inconvenient places.

If you join a coach tour, you are brought to restaurants which have a big car park.
If you drive by yourself, you can enjoy small cozy restaurants which are popular among local Japanese.

Good point.6
Driving in foreign country is extremely interesting.

Travel by car freely in foreign country itself is like an adventure! Especially in country side, you can feel crisp, fresh air in forests, mountain and seaside.It will be one of highlights of your travel.

Additionally, Japan is very easy to drive. Of cause they follow traffic rules and their driving moral is also good. It may be more easy to drive in Japan than you country. Drive Japan will let you know Japanese traffic rules and tips as well.

How to use Drive Japan

Japan is quite a large country.
Rental car is ideal way to travel but planning driving route is not easy.
Especially when you are visiting the area for the first time.
Don’t worry, “Drive Japan” can help them all!

Three Function of “Drive Japan”

1. Route Recommendation

We can provide you the best driving route with recommended spots to drop by.

Each driving route is planned carefully by well-experienced Japanese planners considering many points such as:
・Efficient access to your accommodation and recommended spots
・Driver-friendly route and adequate driving distance per day
・Seasonal features

2. Completely free of charge!

Since "Drive Japan" earns the commission from the hotel booking website "agoda" and rental car company as revenue,you can use it free of charge!
Only thing you have to do is to book your accommodations and rental car from provided booking links.
You can save your money to enjoy your trip more!

3. Your Driving Map “DJ MAP”

We can provide you the best driving route with recommended spots to drop by.

There are many Japan travel information website, and it may be easier to plan where to visit. However,
the most difficult and time-consuming part is planning how to connect the dots, route planning.
“DJ MAP” is special driving map customized for your own travel itinerary.
You can get daily map with recommended sightseeing spots and restaurants along your own route.
Moreover, “DJ MAP” show you the location with very convenient “MAPCODE” for each spot.
MAPCODE is numbers which you can input to GPS in the car instead of address.
You don't have to input complicated Japanese address and it navigates you to much more accurate place than using spot's phone number.
We can recommend you some secret view spots with no address nor phone number.

Check "DJ MAP" detail

5 steps to make your drive travel plan

Input your travel period and area where you would like to travel.

Choose your itinerary from recommended driving routes.

Sign up to Drive Japan for free to save your driving route and see DJ MA.

First, please book rental car. Drive Japan offers you a booking link to the most convenient car rental company's branch from you arriving station or airport.

Next, book your hotels along the driving route of your choice, following the link to booking website "agoda".

Once you book rental car and all the accommodations, you can view DJ MAP customized for your travel plan.