Cars and Driving in Miyazaki

Driving is by far the easiest way to get around the prefecture. Having your own vehicle not only gives you freedom from limited train and bus schedules, but also lets you access those hard-to-get-to places with no public transportation available.

If you are going to be living in Miyazaki, the following pages will teach you everything you need to know about owning and driving a vehicle in Miyazaki.

kei carOwning a Vehicle

Everything you need to know about owning a vehicle.


470px-Japanese_Road_sign_(No_Parking).svgJapanese Driving Laws

Japanese driving laws are, for the most part, about the same as most other countries. However, there are some key differences to pay attention to, such as no turning left on a red light. And just what the heck do all those weird road signs mean? Find out here!


日本の運転免許証(ブルー)Obtaining a Driving License

International driving permits only last for one year. If you plan to stay for longer, the procedures for acquiring or converting your license can be found here.


gdp_road-position_00Taking the Driving Test

Should you need to take the driving test,  never fear! We have all the information you’ll need, from rules and procedures to maps and videos of the courses, here.


Renting a Car

If you are only visiting Miyazaki, or if you will only need a car for special occasions, renting a car is another option. There are a variety of car rental companies throughout Miyazaki. Companies near the airport will often provide a free shuttle service for travelers, and several are within walking distance of the airport as well.

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