Hokkaido Prefecture car hire

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Top tips for hiring a car in Hokkaido Prefecture

  • What vehicle you use in Hokkaido Prefecture will depend on when you plan on travelling there. If you visit during Japanese winter, then you will probably need a vehicle that is designed to drive safely in snow, so you may want to consider a 4x4 vehicle or an SUV. If you are travelling there in summer, then you may want to go for the comfort of a saloon car, or a more compact car if you plan on driving around the cities.
  • We recommend that when selecting your hire car, that you get some additional features added to the vehicle. Summer in Hokkaido Prefecture gets hot, so we recommend asking that your hire car has air conditioning, as you will need it to stay cool when temperatures get close to 40 degrees Celsius. If you need any specialist equipment, such as easy access seats or ramps, we recommend that you get in touch with the hire company directly to make any requests. You may want to add a GPS system to help you get around the local area, as signs will be displayed in Japanese, and the GPS can be set up, so you know where you are going.
  • Most hire companies are happy for you to pick up the vehicle in one place and then drop it off in another location, but they will demand that you clarify where you will be leaving it off. This is a very convenient way of travelling through Hokkaido Prefecture, especially if you plan on travelling on from your end destination. However, it may cost a little more to be dropped off in a different location, especially if it is very far away from the original pick-up point.
  • By choosing to use a hire car in Hokkaido Prefecture, you are able to travel onwards immediately after arriving in the airport or port, as you will be able to arrange a pick-up time for the vehicle. If you think that you will arrive in later than expected, then you should try and advise the local hire company, so they can hold on to the car for you.

FAQs about hiring a car in Hokkaido Prefecture

  • What is the most popular car hire in Hokkaido Prefecture?

    Compact (Toyota Corolla Axio or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hokkaido Prefecture.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Hokkaido Prefecture?

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture are Asahikawa (50% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture) and Kushiro (50%).

  • Should I hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture?

    Hiring a car in Hokkaido Prefecture offers you the perfect way to get around and visit the local area. Hiring a car lets you take your journey into your own hands, as you get the freedom to decide where you go and when you depart. You can travel door to door and stop off at any of the fabulous sights that you would like to see. Hiring a car may also be more comfortable than travelling on public transport, getting you there faster and more relaxed, as you and any of your travel companions can hang out and not have to worry about speaking quietly, like you are expected to do on trains and buses.

  • What is driving like in Hokkaido Prefecture?

    Driving in Hokkaido is easier than other parts of Japan, as there is generally less traffic, and fewer traffic lights. The roads are wide and there are few road accidents or speeding incidents compared to the busier parts of Japan. The busiest city is Sapporo, which is famous for its nightlife and its parks, but you may also want to go and visit Niseko, which is a famous area for skiing. If you are travelling in winter, you will need to comply with all the local laws, including snow tyres and/or four-wheel drive.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture?

    You will need to be at least 18 years old to hire a car in Hokkaido Prefecture and the rest of Japan. There may be a surcharge applied to drivers under the age of 25. You will need to show the hire company an International Driver’s Permit when you arrive to pick up the car, and showing only your original driving licence will not be enough to get the keys to your car. You cannot get your International Driver’s Permit in Japan, so you will need to organise this before you arrive.

Car hire directory

  • toyota

    Toyota Rent a Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    82 Locations

  • nippon

    Nippon Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    32 Locations

  • orix

    ORIX Rent a Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    29 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

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  • nissan

    Nissan Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    28 Locations

  • times

    Times car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    28 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    27 Locations

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    24 Locations

  • jrhokkaido

    JR Hokkaido Rent a Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    19 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    19 Locations

  • allcar

    All Car car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    18 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Hokkaido Prefecture

    17 Locations

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Economy

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