- January 17th, 2016
[Rental Cars in Hokkaido] About Informations of Rental Car Companies and Road
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.
【道民は思った】— じわじわ笑えるシュールネタ (@jiwajiwaneta) 2013年8月19日
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.
「訪日外国人流動データ」の分析例、北海道北陸信越のバス率の高さ・関東近畿の鉄道率の高さ・沖縄のレンタカー率の高さは納得なんだけど、東北の「不明：20%」ってのすごく怖い。 pic.twitter.com/6eIVUHyKhT— FX-702P (@fx702p) 2017年1月12日
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).
List of Rental Car Companies in Hokkaido
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!
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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