As Hakuba can be a bit car-centric, renting a car is the perfect way to get around Hakuba in both the summer and winter.
Renting a car in Hakuba
We recommend renting a 4WD vehicle with studless tires from the following four rental companies at the major airports. With a car, you can come and go as you please, and in most cases travelling with a rental vehicle will be close to half the price of public transport, depending on the size of your group and the car that your rent.
The second best place to rent a vehicle is in Nagano to get a newer car with a proper English navigation system and avoid having to take the bus or taxi from Nagano to Hakuba.
Toyota Rent A Car, Nissan Rent A Car and Times Car Rental are located near the bullet train station, making it easy to transfer. Using a nationwide rental company is also helpful if you want to return the vehicle to a different location, such as the airport.
If you are our guest, please let us arrange for the perfect vehicle for your holiday, or you can stay at one of our accommodations that includes a rental car on select dates during the winter.
If you want to rent a vehicle after you arrive in Hakuba, there are two rental car companies to choose from. All vehicles from these local shops will have 4WD and ski racks included.
Windy Car Rental - open year-round and the most experienced rental shop in Hakuba.
Freedom Car Rental - is temporarily closed for the 2021/22 season due to the borders being closed.
It is not possible to drive in Japan with just your driving licence issued in your home country. Japan only recognises International Driving Permits based on the 1949 Geneva Convention. Before arriving in Japan, you must obtain your International Driving Permit from the National Automobile Association in the country which issued your licence. If you are unsure if you hold the correct license, please have a read through this website.