a great rental experiencePros: Renting a car in Japan is a little adventurous, if only because one drives on the left and directions in Japanese are not so easy to follow if one doesn't speak and read that language. That is why having the rental car company switch the built-in GPS to English without extra cost and even without getting asked is a significant customer service achievement! The vehicle was ready at the appointed time, it took very little time to complete the paperwork (I had done this before, and the agent spoke just enough English for everything but to be smooth), and the return was equally unproblematic. I can highly recommend Times Car Rental.Cons: There were no problems of any kind.
Got lost, called in via international roaming and they still insistedPros: The car is good for cityCons: I called in using an international mobile to mention i will be 30mins late as the GPS (in Japanese) took me to another route and they said yes yes and ok on the phone but when we arrived they insisted to charge me for 30 mins. This is a first for me with Hertz.
Hire a car in Osaka to escape the city rush at your discretion and visit rural destinations in the Kansai region, as well as make your transport from and to the airport more smooth. Trains are busy throughout the day in Osaka and it can be stressful navigating crowded carriages if you are travelling with lots of luggage. It’s possible to drive to the peak of Mount Kongō in roughly 1h 15min; however, to reach it by public transport, you must changeover in Kawachinagano and set aside around 1h 45min. The Tōdai-ji temple is another attraction best accessed with a hire car, as trains and buses require about 1h 30min while driving directly takes only 40min.
The reception desks of Nippon Rent-A-Car, Nissan Rent-A-Car and Times are located in the Aeroplaza at Kansai International Airport (KIX). Quickly reached by a 3min walk from Terminal 1, the counters are opposite Lawson Station. Shuttle buses are available from Terminal 2, with the hire vehicles directly next to the Aeroplaza. Itami Airport (ITM) has car hire offices on the far left-hand side of the North Terminal building as you exit. Shuttle services are provided to take you to your hire car, which is a 3min drive away.
An International Driver's Permit must be obtained to drive in Japan, and this should be organised before leaving Australia as it cannot be issued overseas. Using GPS navigation is crucial unless you can read Japanese as very few of the road signs are written in English. Cars must come to a complete stop when approaching a railway crossing and check for approaching trains, even if the boom gates are up. Most highways are tolled (indicated by green signage) with charges calculated by the distance you drive on the highway.
Rush hour is at its peak between 07:00–10:00 and 14:00–19:00 in Osaka, though congestion on roads is prevalent all day. Traffic on Hanshin Motorway is often backed up and causes delays. Apply caution when driving in Osaka during winter as roads can become slippery due to snow.
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Economy car hires in Osaka are around 57% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Osaka
Some car hire companies in Osaka which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz and Europcar
On average a hire car in Osaka costs $131 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Times ($70/day), Hertz ($136/day) and Alamo ($174/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Times 6-1-5, Tsurumi, Tsurumi-ku (7 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Osaka is $6.85 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $82 and $109, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Osaka.
A Intermediate car hire in Osaka costs $118 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Osaka costs $117 per day, on average.
A Full-size car hire in Osaka costs $131 per day, on average.
In Osaka, cars are most frequently hired at Times 1, Senshu Kuko Naka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun (36 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Osaka costs $915 per week ($131 per day).
On average a car hire in Osaka costs $3,920 per month ($131 per day).
As Osaka roads are filled with traffic, compact car models are best suited to moving between lanes. Smaller cars can also navigate Osaka’s narrow alleyways and squeeze into tight parking spaces. It’s recommended to request snow tyres or chains if you are visiting during the winter and plan on driving to rural locations outside of central Osaka.
Speed limits vary throughout the centre of Osaka but are normally 30 km/h or 50 km/h. The standard limit on highways is 100 km/h. Police are known to tightly enforce speed limits across the city.
You can expect to pay somewhere between approximately ¥ 135–160 (A$ 1.85–2.15) per litre of petrol in Osaka. Most petrol stations are serviced by attendees who will fill up the car for you, these are slightly more expensive than self-service stations.
Spaces at Osaka Station City Nishi-Umeda Parking Lot cost approximately ¥ 110 (A$ 1.50) per hour, with a 24h stay priced at around ¥ 2.480 (A$ 33.50). Midosuji Car Pit Parking Lot in Chuo Ward offers 12h spaces for roughly ¥ 1.500 (A$ 20.30) on weekdays and about ¥ 2.200 (A$ 29.80) on weekends.