Drivers who hold a foreign driving license must have one of the following in order to drive in Japan: 1) An international driving permit; 2) A valid foreign driver's license AND a Japanese translation of that license (applicable countries and regions only).
Size: 148mm (width) x 105 mm (length)
Issuing Countries: Signatories to the Geneva Convention
Treaty Name: Convention on Road Traffic of 19 September 1949
Period of Validity: One year from date of issue
Required Information: surname; given name; place of birth; date of birth; address
Photo: Passport-style photo of driver
License Classes: Permitted vehicle classes are marked with a stamp
Motorcycles, with or without a side-car, invalid carriages and three-wheeled motor vehicles with an unladen weight not exceeding 400 kg (900 lbs).
Motor vehicles used for the transport of passengers and comprising, in addition to the driver's seat, at most eight seats, or those used for the transport of goods and having a permissible maximum weight not exceeding 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs). Vehicles in this category may be coupled with a light trailer.
Motor vehicles used for the transport of goods and of which the permissible maximum weight exceeds 3,500kg (7,700lbs). Vehicles in this category may be coupled with a light trailer.
Motor vehicles used for the transport of passengers and comprising, in addition to the driver's seat, more than eight seats. Vehicles in this category may be coupled with a light trailer.
Motor vehicles of category B, C, or D as authorized above, with other than light trailer.
International driving permits issued according to the Paris Convention (1926), Washington Convention (1943) and Vienna Convention (1968) DO NOT permit holders to drive in Japan.
The Japanese translation is only valid if issued by the relevant embassy or consulate in Japan, or by the Japan Automobile Federation. In Taiwan the translation must be issued by the Japan Automobile Federation or the East Asia Relations Commission ＊.
Japanese translations has also issued by The German Automobile Federation(ADAC) for German license holders.
Please take sufficient care regarding the type of license and the period of validity.
If drivers are unsure of the rules, they should contact their local driving license issuing authority.