There are two ways to get a driver’s license（運転免許 / うんてん めんきょ） in Japan. The first is to switch your driver’s license in your home country, and the other is to obtain a driver’s license in Japan. Both of them will eventually go to a facility called the Driver’s License Center（運転免許センター / うんてん めんきょ せんたー） to get their license issued.
Even if you have a driver’s license in a country other than the above and some states in the United States, you cannot switch the validity of your license. (Excluding international driver’s license) Therefore, you need to go to a driving school（自動車学校 / じどうしゃ がっこう） in Japan and get a driver’s license.
In Japan, you can take a driver’s license test in English at a facility called a driver’s license center （運転免許センター / うんてん めんきょ せんたー）. The driver’s license center is located at the prefectural capital of each prefecture.
- Koyama driving school ¥400,000〜
- Musasisakai driving school ¥400,000 ~
- Shin-Tokyo driving school ¥320,000~
●Ogikubo driving school ¥220,000~
Not recommended as it is not officially recognized. The cost of an unofficial driving school seems to be reasonable, but it does not include the certification fee, and in fact the cost is not much different from that of a certified driving school.
- Driving license switching … About ¥4800〜
- Obtaining a driver’s license … About ¥350,000 to ¥450,000
If you would like to know the time and flow required to obtain a driver’s license in Japan, please comment. If you request, I would like to summarize it as a topic.
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