Japan Survival Guide: Transportation
Should I Rent a Car?
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If you're planning to rent a car while in Japan...

The Japanese, like the British, drive on the left side of the road; so, unless you've had practice at this, you're more likely to get into an accident. Add to that the fact that roads in Japan are often laid out in a less than logical way, and you've got some real confusion, especially if you can't understand the traffic signs on the roads.
The simple truth is that Japanese public transportation is the best way to get around Japan. Useing it, you can easily go from one end of the country to the other in a day; and the public transportation system in Tokyo -- which includes trains, subways, monorails, buses, taxis, and ferrys -- is always within walking distance of wherever you happen to be.
If you're still inclined to get a car of your own, well... remember you were warned. And good luck finding parking spaces.

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