Getting a license
If you want to get a Japanese driving license you have to go to your local Driving Test Centre and take the following items with you:
1. Alien registration card.
3. Existing drivers license.
4. One passport photograph.
5. A translation of your license (This can be obtained by contacting the JAF - Japan Automobile Federation or your local Consulate in your home country). JAF homepage: http://www.jaf.or.jp/
You will have to take an eye sight and eye blindness test at the centre and this costs from 3,900 yen for a regular license. You also need to make sure that you have 3 months driving experience in the country the license was issued and the license must have been issued at least 3 months before your entry into Japan, to be able to obtain a Japanese license.If you come from a country that does not drive on the left-hand side of the road then you will have to take a full driving test in Japan in order to obtain the license. The test itself is fairly strict and it is recommended that you take at least one or two lessons from an instructor in Japan before you take the test. An hour long lesson will cost around 5,000 yen. If you can't drive at all then a full course from beginner level will cost from 200,000 yen! Best to learn before you arrive.