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[Rental Cars in Hokkaido] About Informations of Rental Car Companies and Road

January 17th, 2016

Hokkaido Has Vast Land in Japan

Hokkaido has a vast land, and is almost as large as Ireland Island, the 3rd largest island in Europe. 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 I guess that readers can know the vast land.

In the Hokkaido, the convenience of public transportation varies according to each districts. A lot of rail lines have been abolished (Red lines are closed railway lines, and a part of black lines is closed railway lines at present), and a bus is a main public transport at present. In Sapporo, means of transportation such as a subway and a streetcar have developed, but only the bus is a public transport in a lot of remote districts, and a lot of fixed route buses run for local people. It is very unfortunate that there are few buses on local lines. A little-known sightseeing spot is particularly inconvenient.

Tourists Using Rental Cars Have Increased For Efficient Travel

I think it natural for tourists to want to visit little-known sightseeing spots to be satisfied with the Hokkaido fully. But most of the tourists do not have endless holidays, so a rental car is especially popular for overseas tourists to make an efficient trip in the limited period. The number of the rental cars for the overseas tourists is 6408 in 2011, and the number of the rental cars for the overseas tourists is about 30,000 in 2015, so it is said that the number of the rental cars for the overseas tourists has increased rapidly. * Hokkaido International Competitive Sightseeing Report. The overseas 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

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 the 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, 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) are famous in particular. As for car rental comparison websites, 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).

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Rental Car Companies in Hokkaido

List of Rental Car Companies in Hokkaido

Nippon Rent-A-Car Nippon Rent-A-Car is one of 6 major car rental companies in the Japan, and has a lot of business offices in the Japan, too. In the Hokkaido, they have 33 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 most of the Hokkaido and the airports. They serve a Quadrilingual car navigation, Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental is one of largest car rental companies in the world. In the Hokkaido, they have 6 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Hakodate Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Asahikawa and Asahikawa Airport. An automotive navigation system is offered in English and more non-Japanese language. The company is familiar with overseas tourists. Please enjoy a world-class service in Japan, too.
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 the Hokkaido, they have 352 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, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Nakashibetsu Airport, Kitami, Abashiri and Memanbetsu Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in most of the Hokkaido and the airports. They serve a Quadrilingual car navigation, Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese and Korean.
TOYOTA Rent a Car TOYOTA Rent a Car is a rental car company under the influence of TOYOTA. Of course, their own cars are only TOYOTA. Various Toyota Rental Lease in local districts open a business as the TOYOTA Rent a Car. In the Hokkaido, they have 80 business offices in New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Kitahiroshima, Ebetsu, Otaru, Kutcchan, Iwamizawa, Takikawa, Tomakomai, Shinhidaka, Muroran, Date, Okadama Airport, Sunagawa, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Furano, Shibetsu, Nayoro, Fukagawa, Rishiri, Rishiri Airport, Rebun, Wakkanai, Wakkanai Airport, Rumoi, Tomamu, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport, Nemuro, Nakashibetsu Airport, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kitami, Abashiri, Memanbetsu Airport, Engaru, Yubetsu, Monbetsu Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in most of the Hokkaido and the airports. They serve a Quadrilingual car navigation, Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
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 the Hokkaido, they have 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, Kitami, Memanbetsu Airport, Wakkanai and Wakkanai Airport. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in most of the Hokkaido and the airports. They serve a Quadrilingual car navigation, Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
NISSAN Rent a Car NISSAN Rent a Car is a rental car company under the influence of NISSAN. Of course, their own cars are only NISSAN. In the Hokkaido, they have 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, Jozankei Onsen, Okadama Airport, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Sunagawa, Memanbetsu Airport, Wakkanai Airport and Kitami. They also have agents in Rishiri and Rebun. One-way rentals are easy to be offered because there are the business offices in almost Hokkaido and the airports. They serve a Quadrilingual car navigation, Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
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 only HONDA. In the Hokkaido, they have 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 the Japan. Their own cars are Japanese auto manufacturers. In the Hokkaido, they have 92 business offices in Sapporo, Okadama Airport, Muroran, New Chitose Airport, Tomakomai, Ebetsu, Chitose, Noboribetsu, Eniwa, Kitahiroshima, Ishikari, Shiraoi, Mukawa, Otaru, Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, Nanae, Asahikawa, Takikawa, Sunagawa, Higashikagura, Kamifurano, Obihiro, Otofuke, Kitami, Kushiro, Akanko Onsen, Nemuro 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. The car navigation is the optional service.
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 the Hokkaido, they have 22 business offices in Hakodate, Hakodate Airport, New Hakodate Hokuto Station, Kikonai, Otaru, Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Tomakomai, Noboribetsu, Higashimuroran, Toyako, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Airport, Furano, Biei, Kitami, Memenbetsu Airport, Abashiri, Obihiro, Obihiro Airport, Kushiro, Kushiro Airport and Wakkanai Airport. 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 most of the 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. They have 5 business offices in Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, Asahikawa Airport, Hakodate Airport and Muroran. 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 the Hokkaido. Their own cars are SUZUKI, TOYOTA, NISSAN and MITSUBISHI. They have 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. There are Highway traffic Information and National Route and Hokkaido Route Infomation, too. You can get information about roadside rest areas in the Hokkaido on Hokkaido-Michinoeki. In addition, as for speeding offenses, see the map below. By the way, Hokkaido Expressway Pass only for overseas tourists are sold, and they can unlimited ride for one fixed price. Enjoy your trip and safe drive!

Road of Hokkaido
Road of Hokkaido

Map of Speeding Offenses

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