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.
【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 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.
「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
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
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!