Holders of Swiss, German, French, Belgian, Monaco and Taiwanese licenses must carry the “Japanese translation” at the same time as the original of the relevant license. Please organise the translation before arrival in Japan. In Germany you can contact ADAC to organise the translation.
Anyone with driver’s license issued in a country other than the above, please carry your international driver’s license. It is valid for one year from the date of issue. More info here.
Everyone must also carry their passport.
Please do not forget to bring both your original driver’s license and international driving permit with you. (A copy or data of either are not valid for you to drive in Japan.)
No. In Japan, public restrooms are everywhere, and public parking lots and loading stations often have restrooms, and they are very clean. If you need to use the restroom while traveling, you can stop at a convenience store or service parking lot to use a clean restroom. You will have no difficulty finding a convenience store or such a location.
It’s a great place for a campervan road trip in all seasons. April, with its beautiful cherry blossoms, is warm and pleasant; May, October, and November are especially pleasant in the car, with temperatures neither too high nor too low. In May, October, and November, temperatures are neither too high nor too low, so you will feel especially comfortable in your car. In particular, November is my personal favorite time of year because of the relatively large number of sunny days and beautiful autumn foliage. In summer, you can enjoy the natural coolness of the mountains at high altitudes. However, since the temperature does not drop even at night in summer, be careful where you go, such as staying at campgrounds near high elevation areas.