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National Car Rentals in Kyoto: All you need to know

There is no better way to see everything Kyoto has to offer than by getting behind the wheel of your National rental car. Don't spend time waiting for the bus or hailing taxis to go to the sights. When you have the keys to your own ride, you can go wherever you want to go, when you want. Make your upcoming trip to Japan even more enjoyable with a National rental car.

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With all there is to do and see in and around the area, you'll want to take in more than the block your hotel is on while on your visit. Whether you are hoping to try that latest chophouse across town or check out some of the best local favorites, you'll want your own car to see as much as possible during your visit. Wherever you drive to in , if you want to get the most out of your time in the city, having your own car is key.

Founded by a couple dozen independent car rental agents in 1947, National has grown from 60 locations in the U.S. to over 2,000 international locations. National offers everything compact to luxury cars, allowing you to pick the ideal car for your upcoming holiday.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get a Kyoto National car rental at a great price?

CarRentals.com always tries to get you the lowest price, no matter when you book. But reserving well ahead of your trip can help keep spending low. Make sure to keep the car under one driver's name and read the mileage policy to avoid any surprise fees.

Do I need to bring anything special when I pick up my car in Kyoto?

Make sure to present your driver's permit and a credit card in your name.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Kyoto?

National's minimum age to rent a car in Kyoto is 21. Make sure to check National's policies, as there could be additional fees if you are under 25 in most cases or for higher category cars in particular.

Is there a particular vehicle I should get for my trip to Kyoto?

That depends on how many people you are traveling with and what you'll be doing when you visit Kyoto. Compact or economy vehicles are easier to park and good for short commutes. If you are traveling with coworkers, then a SUV or mid-size vehicle is going to have enough room for all of you and offer a more comfortable ride. Those looking for a bit of extravagance on their trip can choose a higher-end category like a Cadillac or Audi or similar.

Is insurance required when you rent a car in Japan?

You are required to have insurance before you rent in Japan. Many of the major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover) typically cover your car rental. However, many of them have limitations, such as not covering large vehicles, like premium models or some SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to . Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can purchase Collision Damage Coverage through CarRentals.com at checkout.

Does National require a deposit at the time of booking my rental car?

National requires a deposit when you reserve your rental car. National will block the deposit on your credit once you book your vehicle for your trip to Kyoto. Please note that the deposit will vary greatly based on the make and model of the car.

Do I have to return my National rental with a full tank?

At CarRentals.com, we advise a full to full policy. You receive the vehicle with a full tank, and you will want to refuel up to the amount you picked the car up with. For a cheaper rate, it is best to fill up your tank before you bring the car back to National. Stations near or around airports or car rental places tend to have higher prices.

Why should I get unlimited miles?

Kyoto definitely has its charms, but you may want to hit the road after you've checked off all the activities in Kyoto.

Can I get a one-way rental from National?

National typically offers one-way rentals. You may find it easier to drop off your rental car at a different location. Don't forget there is typically an additional charge when you choose one-way.

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With so much to do and see in Kyoto, having the keys to your own vehicle lets you explore at your own pace. When you are ready to discover more of Japan, you can go wherever you like, without waiting for your ride to pick you up or having to be committed to a bus schedule.

Before your next getaway, book your National Kyoto rental car and zip off to take in all the items on your itinerary. Go through CarRentals.com and hit the streets in Kyoto, Japan.