TOKYO KART is the activity to drive on the public road in Japan.
Therefore having a valid driver’s license in Japan is mandatory.
You must have any of the driver’s license listed below:
1. Regular Japanese driver’s license (residents of Japan)
The driver’s license issued by Public Safety Commission.
2. IDP (issued by parties to the Geneva Convention under the Geneva Convention)
Driving with?the International?Driving?Permit?(IDP)
When you drive with?the?IDP, you have to present your passport and?driver‘s license (home country) ?together with?the?IDP.
If you are driving in Japan with the International Driving Permit (IDP) When a person with the driver’s license from a foreign country drives a motor vehicle in Japan, the person must have one of the followings;
- the International
Driving Permit (IDP)
- Driver's license (home country)
*When a person listed in the Japanese Basic Resident Register and/or registered as a residential alien drives a motor vehicle in Japan with IDP, he/she has to satisfy BOTH of the following conditions.
①Has stayed outside Japan for more than three (3) consecutive months and is less than one (1) year from the re-entry. (You do not necessarily have to stay in the country/region of issue.)
*In case you re-enter Japan after less than three (3) (not total but consecutive) months of staying abroad, the date of re-entry does not qualify as the “date of re-entry (initial date of calculation of the IDP’s and foreign driver’s license’s validity)” stated above.
②Has valid IDP
IDP issued by the parties (including 2 administrative districts) to the 1949 Geneva Convention. Must be accompanied by the valid passport.
*Note that you cannot drive in Japan with the IDP issued by the Japanese government.
IDP is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue (make sure to check), and you are allowed to drive in Japan for one (1) year from the date of entry to Japan (make sure to check the entry stamp to Japan on your passport). You are not allowed to drive in Japan with the IDP issued under Paris Convention (1926), Washington Convention (1943), and Vienna Convention (1968).
Parties to the 1949 Geneva Convention
Asia Philippines India Thailand Bangladesh Malaysia Singapore Sri Lanka Cambodia Laos South Korea Middle East Turkey Israel Syria Cyprus Jordan Lebanon United Arab Emirates Africa South Africa Central African Republic Egypt Ghana Algeria Morocco Botswana Democratic Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo Benin Ivory Coast Lesotho Madagascar Malawi Mali Niger
Africa Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Togo Tunisia Uganda Zimbabwe Namibia Burkina Faso Nigeria Europe United Kingdom Greece Norway Denmark Sweden Netherlands France Italy Serbia Montenegro Spain Finland Portugal Austria Belgium Poland Ireland Hungary Romania Iceland Bulgaria Malta Albania Luxembourg
Europe Monaco San Marino Vatican City Kyrgyzstan Georgia Czech Republic Slovakia America United States Canada Peru Cuba Ecuador Argentina Chile Paraguay Barbados Dominican Republic Guatemala Haiti Trinidad and Tobago Venezuela Jamaica Oceania New Zealand Fiji Australia Papua New Guinea Special Administrative Region Hong Kong Macau
|United Arab Emirates|
|Central African Republic|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Republic of the Congo|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Special Administrative Region||Hong Kong|
3. Foreign driver’s license (Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia, and Monaco
If you have the driver’s license issued in Switzerland, Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Slovenia, or Monaco, you can drive in Japan for one (1) year from the date of entry to Japan, provided you carry your license together with the Japanese translation. Bring the following two items with the passport of the driver to the shop.
- Driver's license
- Translation by Japanese
Issuance of the Japanese translation
?Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Slovenia, and Monaco?
Available at the embassy/consulate of each country and JAF branches nationwide. See the page shown below for JAF.
Taiwanese drivers need the translation provided by JAF or Taiwan-Japan Relations Association.
JAF*Please contact respective
Driver’s License Center for details.
4. SOFA Driving License for US Forces Japan
Based on the Japan-US territory agreement you are allowed to drive in Japan with the vehicle operation license issued by the US Army.