Okinawa car hire

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Okinawa car hire information

Pick-up locationOkinawa
Car types
Hire locations19
Airport locations10

Cheap car hire in Okinawa

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Okinawa

  • Cheap car hire in Okinawa offers great flexibility for touring the area. There are some roads you will likely encounter, as they are primary to the city. One such road is Route 58. This is a major north-south road that runs the length of the island. It is the main route for getting around Naha and the southern part of the island. It can be busy, especially during rush hour, so it is important to allow extra time for travel. Another main road is Route 331, which runs along the east coast of the island. It is a scenic route that offers beautiful views of the ocean. It can be narrow and winding in some areas, so it is important to drive cautiously.
  • There are two toll roads that you will likely come across when driving your hire car in Okinawa. The Okinawa Expressway is a major toll road from Naha to the island's northern area. The other toll road in Okinawa is the Naha Airport Expressway. This toll road connects Naha Airport (OKA) to the Okinawa Expressway. It is a convenient way to get to the expressway if you're arriving or departing from the airport. If you plan on using these roads, make sure to have cash or an ETC card to pay the tolls. If you're hiring a car, most car hire companies have ETC cards available to lend to you.
  • The drunk driving laws in Okinawa, Japan, are very strict and carry severe penalties. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.03% or higher are considered to be driving under the influence. If caught driving under the influence, penalties can include imprisonment and fines. It is recommended to not drink and drive and instead use alternative transport means or designated drivers when consuming alcohol.
  • Car hire in Okinawa offers travellers considerably more freedom of movement for travelling around this fascinating island than would otherwise be possible. Although Japan is justifiably famous for its excellent public transportation, it cannot cover everywhere you might like to go, and it is here that you will find hiring a car presents some major advantages. Attractions on Okinawa can be very spread out and hard to reach without a vehicle.
  • There are 13 airports on Okinawa, but only Naha Airport (OKA) serves international routes. Car hire in Okinawa is very straightforward, and several major international and Japanese car hire companies can be found at Naha Airport, including Budget, ABC, Europcar, Nissan, Nippon Car Hire, Orix and Alamo. Okinawa Rent-A-Car, located on the arrivals level of the airport, is immediately available to travellers on arrival. Other agencies also serve the airport but are located nearby rather than inside the airport building itself. If you contact your preferred agency on arrival, they will pick you up and take you to their offices.
  • Naha is a relatively small city and getting around should not present too many problems. You should be sure to keep your International Driving Permit, local driving licence and passport on you at all times while driving in Japan. Traffic in the city is generally orderly, and drivers tend to be respectful of road rules. The same is usually true of pedestrians, and you will not need to worry much about jaywalkers or other such minor traffic hazards.
  • Naha city is quite small, and the biggest difficulty you are likely to face is rush-hour congestion. As the city is not large and is well served by public transport, many residents prefer not to drive inside the city, which is well set up for both pedestrians and patrons of the buses and monorail. The drivers of the city, however, tend to conglomerate at rush hour, which is from 06:00-07:00 in the morning and 19:00-20:00 in the evening, and, perhaps surprisingly, it registers as the slowest rush-hour traffic in the country. Outside the city, driving is very straightforward and you are unlikely to face any significant difficulties. Something to bear in mind when driving outside the city, however, is that many roads on the island are subject to tolls, which you need to pay to pass.
  • Book your car hire in Okinawa at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Okinawa are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Okinawa

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Okinawa?

    When considering car hire in Okinawa, smaller cars are preferable over larger ones for maneuverability and ease of parking. Fuel economy may also be a consideration, as cutting down on petrol expenses makes pretty obvious sense, especially if you intend to do a lot of driving during your stay.

  • What’s the speed limit in Okinawa?

    Unless specifically signposted otherwise, the official speed limit on Okinawa is 100 km/h on expressways and 60 km/h on other roads. There are few police officers enforcing these limits, but speed cameras are in operation on many routes.

  • Where are the best places to park in Okinawa?

    An advantage of Okinawa car hire is that many hire companies can secure free parking in certain locations in Naha city for drivers of their vehicles. Normally, parking in the city costs and prices can vary. There are a number of car parks and some metered on-street parking. It is illegal to park outside of designated areas in the city and you should be sure not to park anywhere illegally, as there are quite stiff penalties for doing so and these are strictly enforced.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Okinawa?

    The average price of fuel in Okinawa is R84,54 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 014 and R1 353, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Okinawa?

    Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Okinawa.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Okinawa?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Okinawa?

    An Economy car hire in Okinawa costs R1 023 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Okinawa?

    A Compact car hire in Okinawa costs R1 168 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Okinawa?

    A Mini car hire in Okinawa costs R772 per day, on average.

  • What are the child car safety seat laws in Okinawa?

    Child car safety seat laws in Okinawa mandate that children under six years of age and weighing less than 18 kg must be secured in a proper child car seat while in a vehicle. Children who are too large for a car seat should be secured with a seat belt. For cheap car hire in Okinawa, make sure to book any required seats in advance.

  • How old should I be to hire a car in Okinawa?

    To book a hire car, you need to be at least 18 years old, as that is the required age for driving in Japan. Some Okinawa car hire companies may have additional requirements, such as a minimum age of 21 or 25 or a minimum number of years of driving experience.

Okinawa car rental reviews and directory

Budget

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9.3

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10.0

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9.3

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3-2 Senaga

+81 50 5536 4485

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10,0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Traffic in Okinawa can be horrendous, particularly around rush hours. But this Budget office was expedient and checked the car with me.

1 out of 1

Avis

7,0

Cleanliness

10.0

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7.0

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8.0

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7.0

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3-2 Senaga

+81 50 5536 4485

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4,0 Mediocre

Feb 2024

KAYAK
There's not any plug charger for cell phone. GPS on the car can not find some place, we have to use our own Google maps in our smartphone.

1 out of 1

Alamo

10,0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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10.0

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3-95 Toyosaki

+81 98 840 2980

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Nippon Rent-A-Car

7,0

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3-95 Tomigusuku-shi,Okinawa

+86 10 6064 1387

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Nissan Rent-A-Car

6,0

Okay

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2~2~12 Matsuyama

+81 988 622 250

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3~8~17 Kanagusuku

+81 988 582 523

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Umaii Hiroba Gourmet Hall 2nd Floor

+81 989 263 323

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Times

4,4

Mediocre

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2203-1 Hirara Shimozato, Miyakojima-shi

+81 980 73 0515

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222-289 Higashi-ushitane, Moriyama, Ishigaki-shi

+81 980 84 4141

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400-7 Hija Ushirohara, Yomitanson, Nakagami-gun

+81 989 215 656

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ORIX Rent a Car

10,0

Wonderful

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904-0414 沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字前兼久269-2, 269-2 Maeganeku, Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa 904-0414, Kunigami-gun Onnason (Okinawa), Japan

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Hertz

8,5

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1 37 Aza Miyagi Chatancho

+81 98 926 0100

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2-15-11 Akamine Nahashi

+81 98 857 0100

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Toyota Rent a Car

8,0

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Okinawa City Character Ori 1-12-27 Okinawa Toyota

+81 98 939 0100

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keddy by Europcar

6,4

Okay

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Go To Times Car Rental Counter- 321-1 Mizugama Kadenacho

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Thrifty

6,0

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2-13-1 Akamine

+81 98 857 0100

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You I Rent A Car

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2 Chome-16-19 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa

+81 98 859 2922

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3 Chome-25-17 Gushi, Naha-shi, Okinawa-ken

+81 98 859 2922

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Sunnycars

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3-53 Toyosaki, Tomigusuku-shi

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2 travellers who hired a car in Okinawa gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6,0

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