Car rentals in Tokyo: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to get around Tokyo whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. See the famous sites around the area and park in front of the popular restaurants in Tokyo. We've collected the most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Tokyo. Find out how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How do I find a great deal on a car rental in Tokyo?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book the cheapest rates. Just type in your travel dates and go down the variety of rental suppliers, choose the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Tokyo has to offer. You can also:
- Compare weekly and daily rates from all the different suppliers
- Book as far in advance as possible. You'll usually save more and get the car of your choice
- Learn about any cost for mileage limits, fuel policy, and additional drivers. That way you can make sure you know the total cost before you book
- Don't get more vehicle than you'll need. Commonly, the smaller the class the lower the rate
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Tokyo rental car.
What rental companies have outlets in Tokyo?
We have around a dozen rental car suppliers in the Tokyo area. You'll find well-known companies like Hertz and Enterprise and wallet-friendly suppliers like Dollar and Thrifty. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which one is best for your next trip.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Tokyo?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Tokyo. If you're having a little trouble picking the right car, make sure to read over the chart below. We've compared the most popular vehicle categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Luxury||If you really want to go all out on your getaway to Tokyo||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|SUV||Families with plenty of luggage and a need for space||Toyota RAV4, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle||Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Tokyo?
Normally, the age limit for car rentals in Tokyo is 21. But, you may find that there is an additional charge if you're under the age of 25 or for higher category rentals. Read over the terms to find what the exact price is before you book your rental.
Is insurance required to rent a car in Tokyo?
Almost all countries require driver's insurance. You might be able to buy additional insurance through rental car supplier for your trip, if you know your insurance won't cover your rental during your trip.Although many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, provide some insurance, there may be restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you reserve a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check car rental supplier's policy before you decide.
What is the difference between all the fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will need to search for a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||You'll have a full tank when you get your automobile. Use as much gas as you need and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, you'll only need to refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Check with the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||You usually pay more for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't have to fill the tank back up when you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll need to locate a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy do you recommend?
We usually recommend that customers opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy is the most straightforward, and you simply top off the tank before you bring it back.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Tokyo?
Unlimited miles is a great choice if you plan to do some sightseeing or visit several customers all over Tokyo. You can cruise wherever you like without incurring additional charges. Make sure to read your rental agreement to see if there are any restrictions.
What is Tokyo famous for?
There is tons to see and do in this city. Some of Tokyo's most popular attractions are:
- Tokyo National Museum
- National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
- Tokyo Tower
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Lucky for you, you'll be able to drive to the one you want or see all of them.
Know before you go
Make sure you check out a few items before you leave the car rental lot. You should:
- Walk around your car and determine if there is any damage or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and wipers
- Figure out how to work the entertainment and GPS (if available). It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are driving around a new area
Book your Tokyo car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. No matter the situation, CarRentals.com has a rental car that can suit your requirement and not deplete your travel fund.