Renting a car can be a great way to get around Japan and Myoko. Japan has an amazing highway system and great roads making it a perfect place to navigate via car.
Myoko has many buses that can take you to all the popular resort areas and tourist spots but the flexibility of your own vehicle allows you to visit any place at any time. There are also some areas that buses don’t go past that you can only reach by car.
We recommend using Nippon Rent-A-Car. They have hundreds of locations all over the country making it very easy to pick up and drop of your vehicle. They also have a huge selection of vehicles, so you can be sure to find something that suits your requirements.
Nippon Rent-A-Car have an office at Nagano Station and also Joetsu Myoko Station. If you are traveling first to Myoko via bullet train, this can be a great place to pick up your car.
We offer a 15% discount on your rental car when you use this code: COUPON CODE: XCvWoPuWnP
If you are renting a car during the winter months please read our winter advice section below.
Nippon Rent-A-Car have a full English service that makes it very easy to find and reserve a car as well as get help if you need it. Their cars can also be equipped with ETC cards for convenient highway travel which requires a toll fee. You can also add a navigation system to your car and connect your music device to most vehicles.
- 850 offices accross Japan
- Fleet of new cars
- One-way rentals
- English GPS
- ETC card rental option
If you are planning to rent a car during winter in Myoko it is very important that you follow this information.
You will need a car equipped with snow tyres. This is not optional but a total necessity. You must have winter tyres on your rental car. If not, you will find you are unable to drive in Myoko and you may even have a dangerous accident.
Snow tyres are an optional extra when booking your car. If you are collecting your car from Narita/Tokyo and other areas except those mentioned below it will cost 2,160 yen per day or 3,240yen depending on car class.
If you are collecting your car from a snowy area such as as Niigata, Nagano, Tohoku, Hokkaido etc the snow tyres are free of charge in the winter season.
DO NOT COME TO MYOKO WITH OUT SNOW TYRES.
We also highly recommend a 4WD car during winter. In some cases, a 2WD is okay but if you are staying in Akakura area as most people are a 4WD is highly recommended.
There is an additional charge of 1,620 for 4WD.
4WD and snow tyres are limited so please be sure to book in advance.
This a basic price guide of the starting costs of each class of vehicle. Please head to the Nippon Rent-A-Car website for full prices and options.
With in each class of vehicle there are many sub-classes and optional extras for each vehicle.
If you need an ETC card reader for highway use you need to reserve as an option when booking. There is a small charge of 324yen for up to 7days and 1,080 for 8 days and over.
Please also note that during peak seasons the prices increase slightly.
The peak seasons are:
Japanese golden week holiday from end of April – beginning of May,
July – August and the New Year period.
|Class||24hrs||Extra 1 day|
|Standard||From 6,696 yen||From 5,616yen|
|Luxury||From 15,120 yen||From 11,880 yen|
|Stationwagon & SUV||From 15,120 yen||From 11,880 yen|
|Hybrid||From 9,720 yen||From 8,100 yen|
|Minivan||From 12,960 yen||From 9,720 yen|
Pick up locations
Nagano Train Station
Exit through the east exit. Turn left and walk up the road. You will see Nippon Rent A Car soon on the right.
Joetsu Myoko Train Station
Exit through the west exit. You will see Nippon Rent A Car directly infront of you.