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In Hokkaido, Private Trips Are on Increase and Rental Cars Are Popular for Foreign Tourists!

January 17th, 2016

Hokkaido Has Vast Land in Japan

Hokkaido has a vast land. Everything that is written on Twitter below is just right. The distance among Wakkanai, Hakodate and Nemuro is as far as Ishikawa, Wakayama and Chiba, so you would find know the vast land.

In Hokkaido, the convenience of public transportation varies according to each regions. Many rail lines have been abolished, and a bus is main public transport now. In Sapporo, Transportation such as a subway has developed, but only bus is a public transport in many remote regions and there is a lot of bus routes for local people. It is very unfortunate that there are not many buses on local lines. A little-known sightseeing spot is particularly inconvenient.

More and More Tourists Are Using Rental Cars For Efficient Travel

I think it natural for tourists to want to visit little-known sightseeing spots to be satisfied with Hokkaido fully. But many tourists do not have endless holidays, so a rental car is especially popular for foreign tourists to make an efficient trip in a limited time. The number of the rental car for the foreign tourists is 6408 in 2011, and the number of the rental car for the foreign tourists is about 30000, so it is said that the number of the rental car for the foreign tourists is increasing rapidly. * Hokkaido International Competitive Sightseeing Report. The foreign tourists have shifted from tour trips to private trips very much.

Do you think the foreign tourists that got their driver’s license in their countris can drive the rental cars in Japan? Only driver’s license holders of Swiss Confederation, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany, French Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Principality of Monaco and Taiwan are permitted to drive the cars. In addition, the foreign tourists having an international license based on Geneva Convention are permitted to drive the cars, too. Of course there is no problem if the foreign tourists got their driver’s license in Japan. Check here to read more. Unfortunately, people that got the driver’s international license in People’s Republic of China (except Hong Kong and Macau), Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Republic of Indonesia, United Mexican States and Federative Republic of Brazil are not permitted to drive in Japan.

Rental Car Companies in Hokkaido

By the way, I intoroduce some car rental companies, 6 major rental companies (Nippon Rent-A-Car (ニッポンレンタカー), Budget Car Rental (バジェットレンタカー), TOYOTA Rent a Car (トヨタレンタカー)ORIX Rent a Car (オリックスレンタカー), Times Car Rental (タイムズカーレンタル)NISSAN Rent a Car (日産レンタカー)) in Japan, and Honda Rent a Car Hokkaido (ホンダレンタカー北海道), Nico Nico Rent a Car (ニコニコレンタカー), JR Eki Rent-a-car (JR駅レンタカー). As the rental cars besed on Hokkaido, there are WORLD NET RENTACAR (ワールドネットレンタカー) and OTS Rent a Car (OTSレンタカー). As for car rental comparison website, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

List of Rental Car Companies in Hokkaido

Nippon Rent-A-Car Nippon Rent-A-Car is one of 6 major car rental companies in Japan and has many business offices in Japan. In Hokkaido, there are 31 business offices in Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Sapporo, Abashiri, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kitami, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, New Chitose Airport, Nakashibetsu Airport, Niseko, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Memanbetsu Airport, Monbetsu Airport, Rishiri, Rebun, Rusutsu, Wakkanai and Wakkanai Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental is one of largest car rental companies in the world. In Hokkaido, there are 6 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport and New Hakodate Hokuto Station. An automotive navigation system is offered in English and more non-Japanese language. The company is familiar with overseas tourists. Let’s enjoy a world-class service in Japan, too.
TOYOTA Rent a Car TOYOTA Rent a Car is a rental car company under the influence of TOYOTA. Of course, their own cars are TOYOTA. In Hokkaido, there are 83 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Okadama Airport, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Otaru, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Muroran, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kitami, Iwamizawa, Abashiri, Rumoi, Tomakomai, Wakkanai, Wakkanai Airport, Ebetsu, Monbetsu Airport, Shibetsu, Nayoro, Nemuro, Takikawa, Sunagawa, Fukagawa, Furano, Date, Kitahiroshima, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Kutcchan, Shimukappu, Rebun, Rishiri, Rishiri Airport, Engaru, Yubetsu, Memanbetsu Airport, Shinhidaka and Nakashibetsu Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
ORIX Rent a Car ORIX Rent a Car is a rental car company under the influence of ORIX Auto Corporation. Their own cars are Japanese auto manufacturers and Overseas auto manufacturers. In Hokkaido, there are 25 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Okadama Airport, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Hakodate Ferry Terminal, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Nakashibetsu, Nakashibetsu Airport, Memanbetsu Airport, Wakkanai and Wakkanai Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
Times Car Rental Times Car Rental is former Mastuda Rent-a-Car. Their own cars are Matsuda as well as other Japanese auto manufacturers and Overseas auto manufacturers. In Hokkaido, there are 30 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Iwamizawa, Otaru, Tomakomai, Tomakomai Ferry Terminal, Muroran, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Kikonai, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Wakkanai, Wakkanai Airport, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kitami, Monbetsu Airport, Abashiri, Memanbetsu Airport, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport and Nakashibetsu Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
NISSAN Rent a Car NISSAN Rent a Car is a rental car company under the influence of NISSAN. Of course, their own cars are NISSAN. In Hokkaido, there are 24 business offices in Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Nakashibetsu Airport, New Chitose Airport, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Iwamizawa, Shinhidaka, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Sapporo, Okadama Airport, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Sunagawa, Memanbetsu Airport and Wakkanai Airport . One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
Honda Rent a Car Hokkaido Honda Rent a Car Hokkaido is a rental car company under the influence of Honda. Of course, their own cars are HONDA. In Hokkaido, there are 2 business offices in Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. A cars can be rented in the Sapporo and be returned in the New Chitose Airport, and vice versa.
Nico Nico Rent a Car Nico Nico Rent a Car is a rental car franchise chain in Japan. Their own cars are Japanese auto manufacturers. In Hokkaido, there are 88 business offices in Sapporo, Okadama Airport, Muroran, New Chitose Airport, Tomakomai, Ebetsu, Chitose, Noboribetsu, Eniwa, Ishikari, Shiraoi, Otaru, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Nanae, Asahikawa, Takikawa, Sunagawa, Obihiro, Otofuke, Kitami, Kushiro, Nemuro, Nakashibetsu and Wakkanai. Some business offices serve 5 Days Plan and 1 Month Plan. They have been adopted a slogana motto “Dirt Cheap”, so the prices are cheap.
JR Eki Rent-a-car JR Eki Rent-a-car is a rental car company under the influence of JR group. Their own cars are Japanese auto manufacturers. In Hokkaido, there are 23 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Kikonai, Sapporo, Higashimuroran, Tomakomai, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Kitami, Memenbetsu Airport, Abashiri, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Wakkanai Airport, Otaru, Noboribetsu, Furano, Toya and Biei. They serve a combination of JR and the rental car. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports.
WORLD NET RENTACAR WORLD NET RENTACAR is a rental car company based on Hokkaido. Their own cars are Japanese auto manufacturers. There are 4 business offices in Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport and Hakodate Airport. One-way rentals are offered. The prices are cheap.
OTS Rent a Car OTS Rent a Car is a rental car company based on Okinawa and Hokkaido. Their own cars are SUZUKI, TOYOTA, NISSAN and MITSUBISHI. There are 2 business offices in Hakodate Airport and New Chitose Airport. One-way rentals are offered. Special characteristics are that Auris exclusive use of Char Aznable and a camping car can be rented.

Road Information

As for traffic information, distance and time required, Northern Road Navi is convenient. Highway traffic Information is here, and National Route and Hokkaido Route Infomation is here. You can get information about roadside rest areas in Hokkaido on Hokkaido-Michinoeki. Enjoy your trip and safe drive!

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