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Your car MUST be equipped with Winter Tires if you will drive to the areas with icy or snowy roads.
Even when you pick up in non snow-fall areas, winter tires are required when you drive to snow-fall areas.
Please click here for more information for winter drive in Japan.
【Snow-fall areas where winter tires are equipped as a default in certain period】
Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Nagano, Niigata, Yamanashi, Fukui, Toyama, Ishikawa, Shimane, Tottori
When you pick up from non snow-fall areas, winter tires are an optional item. It is necessary to be added when you make a car reservation or request to us in advance.
※Snow mark on the right of the car picture which appears when you make a reservation is just showing the possibility of winter tires option.
As long as you cannot see "Winter Tires" in option items before/after the confirmation, winter tires are not included.
【Popular snow-fall areas】
Tohoku, Hokuriku, Zao, Yuzawa, Kinugawa, Nikko, Kusatsu, Karuizawa, Manza, Alpine Route, Shirakawago, Kawaguchiko, Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa, Tottori, Aso, etc. For more details, please refer the link above.
【Locations where Winter tires must be equipped at the time of One way drop off】
From December 1st to March 31st, If you plan to pick up from non snow-fall area and drop off at certain location listed below, all cars must equip Winter tires. If not, this service is NOT acceptable for the safety reasons.
Locations with restrictions are as below:
Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Nagano, Niigata, Yamanashi, Tochigi(Kinugawa, Nikko), Fukui, Toyama, Ishikawa, Shimane, Tottori, Kyoto(Amanohashidate, Fukuchiyama), Shiga(Kusatsu, Maibara , Omi-Hachiman , Biwa lake)
*The restrictions may be changed. Please check the updated information before your rental.
For your safety, we will decline the car rental if you will drive to snow-fall areas without winter tires.