Nissan Rent-a-Car 🚗 3 Destinations to Visit by Car in Japan
~Exciting Places to Drive in Japan~
Road Trip Itinerary Ideas in Japan
🚗 with Nissan Rent-a-Car 🚗
especially if you aren't used to driving in other countries
or the left-hand side.
But it really isn't as nerve-racking as it seems.
You get used to it in minutes and pretty soon
you're thinking less about your anxiety
and more about how fun road trips are!
Since coming to Japan we've grown to miss driving on the open roads,
so we find ourselves renting cars and going on drives pretty often.
We know there are many out there that either do or are interested
in doing the same.
Thus we wanted to put together a short list of
ideas of places to road trip in Japan to drive to.
But before we get into the unknown treasures of Japan,
here are a few things to know when renting a car.
Things to Make Sure Before Renting a Car
⊛If booked in advance⊛
🗹International driver's license
🗹Confirm whether the vehicle is designated
🗹Expressway ETC card loan ↠ ::: Pass through toll gates with ETC :::
⊛Rent on the spot⊛
⊶ Cash and credit cards accepted
You will need an international driver's license!
How to get one
1. Copy of your passport
2. Driver's license
3. One passport-size photo
*More information Here*
- Charging T&C (English) -
* NISSAN Rent a Car Homepage (English) *
CAR RENTAL TIPS HERE!!!
JAPAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY IDEA 1
Yamagata Prefecture (山形県)
- On top of the Reiryuuzan (鈴立山)
Yamagata Prefecture is a part of Tohoku, the northeastern region of Japan. Probably the most popular place to visit in Yamagata Prefecture is Tendo, which is famous for its natural hot springs (onsens) and shogi (traditional Japanese chess). What about its local food and fruits?
What are some of the most famous things from Yamagata Prefecture though....?
If you were to ask a Japanese person what Yamagata was famous for, we're sure their first answer would be cherries.
Although there are cherries being produced all over Japan, Yamagata is the most popular in producing around 70%
of the country's production of cherries🍒✨
In Japan, you can go cherry (or other fruit) picking!! Being that there are so many places to pick cherries in Tendo,
you won't have any problem finding a place. We went to Oshokaju (Ohsyo) Orchards and had a really great time!
Normally the best time to go cherry picking is from the middle-end of May to the end of July! It's around that time you should be able to pick the most famous type of Japanese cherry, the satonishiki! You get 30 minutes to pick cherries, but the nice thing here is that you can also extend it to 60 minutes if desired! Anything big plus is there are many ways to enjoy cherries at the orchard💖🍒
🍒Cherry picking - Mid of May to Early July
🍇Grape picking - Early August to Mid of October
🍑Peach picking - Early August to Early September
🍏Apple picking - Mid of October to End of November
1) Make a reservation for fruit picking
Calendar info page (JP)
*Oshokaju Orchards (王将果樹園)
1303 Kawarago, Tendo, Yamagata
💻Official website (JP)
Since Tendo has the largest shogi piece production in Japan, we thought we'd go to the shogi museum where you can learn everything about this traditional Japanese chess-like game. Shogi was originally developed and started in India back around B.C. 300. At this museum, we learned about things like how it was introduced to Japan and the world and the manufacture of shogi pieces. You can even decorate your own shogi pieces!! This was, of course, the most fun!
★Tendo Shogi Museum (天童将棋資料館)
1-1-1 Honcho, Tendo City, Yamagata
⏰9:00am~6:00pm (Closed on 3rd Monday every month, 31 Dec, 01 Jan)
💴300yen (adults), 200yen (students (High school and up)), 100yen (Elementary and Jr. High)
★Tendo Kogen Family Land (天童高原ファミリーランド)
1321 Tamugino, Tendo City, Yamagata
MAP CODE：62 358 339 * 57
📅May to October
1 to 4 persons - 2,500 yen each (1 teacher)
5 to 8 persons - 2,000 yen each (1 teacher)
9 to 12 persons - 1,500 yen each (1 teacher)
13 - 16 persons - 2,000 yen each (2 teachers)
Plus 500 yen if you want to eat the noodles there after class
JAPAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY IDEA 2
Kanazawa (in Ishikawa Prefecture)
- Kanazawa Station
- Kanazawa is located in the central part of Japan in Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa is selected by UNESCO as a City of Craft and Folk Art, so there are plenty of unique landscapes and sightseeing spots for to visit. Moreover, Kanazawa hasn't been involved in any wars or struck by natural disasters in the last 400 years, so it's said that Kanazawa is a city of luck! It's also called "a second Kyoto" since Edo style streets and buildings can still be seen there today.
Chirihama Beach Driveway
★Chirihama Beach Driveway (千里浜なぎさドライブウェイ Chiri Hama Nagisa Driveway)
Chiri-Hama Machi, Hakui District, Ishikawa Prefecture, 925 0054
Map Code: 135182759*02
Kenroku Garden (兼六園 Kenroku-en)
Kinrokuen was first opened to the public on May 7, 1874. It was in 1922, it was named as one of the National Site of Scenic Beauty, and in 1985 it was selected as the most honorable rank equivalent to a National Treasure.
The garden is also the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle, which means you can also go to Kanazawa Castle within minutes! There is a pass which allows you to visit both Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen for 500 yen, so we recommend you getting that if you'd like to check out both!
Free admission for an early visit is available.
Please check out the date and time here.
★Kenroku Garden (兼六園)
1 Kenrokumachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Map Code: 41 529 085 * 12
07:00 - 18:00 (March 1 to October 15)
08:00 - 17:00 (October 16 to 28 February)
💴Admission: 310 yen for adults, 100 yen for children
💻Official homepage (ENG)
- 1. Gold Leaf Ice Cream🍦
Gold leaf wrapped around a vanilla ice cream cone.
2. Gold Leaf Pound Cake🍞
Both green tea and red beans pound cake and chocolate pound cake are topped with gold foil.
3. Gold Leaf Japanese Wine🍷
Specks of gold leaf added to wine.
All of the seafood is caught from a nearby peninsula, enforcing its "freshness" appeal. If you wanna try the limited menu, it's best to make a reservation in advance!
Address: 3-2-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Map Code: 41560334*82
JAPAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY IDEA 3
- Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県, Yamanashi-ken) is located immediately west of Tokyo surrounded by natural beauty such as mountains and mountain ranges that designated as national parks. The beautiful symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji is separated between Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture. The northern part and the Mt. Fuji Five Lakes are located in Yamanashi.
Camping at Mt. Fuji's Five Lakes (富士五湖)
ALSO! Glamping has started making its way to Japan, so for you glamping lovers you can also do that here at Lake Shoji🌟
★Shojiko Camping Cottage (精進湖キャンピングコテージ)
495 Shoji, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0336
⏰Information desk hours: Weekdays 9:00am〜9:00pm
💻Shojiko Camping Cottage homepage (JP)
🌟Glamping info (JP)
RENTING A CAR IN YAMANASHI PREFECTURE
There are hundreds of Nissan Rent-a-Car chain stores
all around Tokyo,
so there's no need to go to a specific one
just whatever is most convenient!
For foreign tourists,
there are services such as language support
so a language barrier doesn't need to be a concern.
Nissan Rent-a-Car Outlet Locations (ENG)