Daily Life in Japan

Driver’s License、Traffic Rules

Driver’s License

You must hold the following licenses in order to drive in Japan. With ② and ③ you can drive for up to one year.

  • ①Japanese driver’s license
  • ②”International driving permit” stipulated in the “Geneva Conventions.”
  • ③Driver’s license issued in your country or region, and a translation of the license into Japanese(Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Monaco, and Taiwan)

How to get a Japanese driver’s license

You need to go through a process at the Ibaraki Prefectural Driving License Center to get your driver’s license.

The Ibaraki Prefectural Driving License Center information (Japanese)

Acquiring a driver’s license in Japan

At the Driving License Center you will take the following tests

※Many people attend a “driving school” before taking the tests.

List of driving schools in Ibaraki Prefecture (Japanese)

If you will change your driver’s license from your own country to a Japanese driver’s license

Only those who have been in their own country for at least three months from the date of their driver’s license in their own country may apply.

Ibaraki Prefectural Police: Switching from a foreign driver’s license to a Japanese license
Ibaraki Prefectural Police: partial exemption from tests under Foreign Licenses


Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department: Foreign Driver’s Licenses and International Driving Permits

Japanese Traffic Rules

Japan has its own traffic rules.

Ibaraki Prefectural Police: Traffic rules and manuals

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department: Traffic Rules