“Valid driver’s license in Japan”

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;

  • passportpassport
  • the International Driving Permit (IDP)the International
    Driving Permit (IDP)
  • Driver's license (home country)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
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
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zimbabwe
Namibia
Burkina Faso
Nigeria
Europe United Kingdom
Greece
Norway
Denmark
Sweden
Netherlands
France
Italy
Russia
Serbia
Montenegro
Spain
Finland
Portugal
Austria
Belgium
Poland
Ireland
Hungary
Romania
Iceland
Bulgaria
Malta
Albania
Luxembourg
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

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 (home country)Driver's license
    (home country)
  • Translation by JapaneseTranslation 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.

?台灣?

譯本發行處限於下列機構。自行翻譯之譯本無法使用,台灣之國際駕照亦無法使用。有關譯本之申請要領,請向各相關機構洽詢。

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.