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    • ETC CARD : SAVE TIME AND HASSLE!

      Rent a car with Japan Experience and enjoy this special service. 



      Usually, ETC cards are not available for tourists as users must have a linked Japanese bank account in order to use the system.
      Even though most car rental agencies can offer you cars equipped with an ETC card reader, foreign-issued ETC card equivalents cannot be used in Japan and you can not register for a temporary card.

      For this reason, our partner Nissan Rent a Car has decided to offer an ETC toll card option to all its foreign customers for only 300yen per rental.


       

      WHAT IS ETC?

       

      The ETC card (for "Electronic Toll Collection") is a toll card inserted in an electronic transceiver integrated into the rental car. It then wirelessly connects with Japanese highway toll gates as you pass through them and records all the data related to your trip in a system accessible to Nissan Rent a Car.

      WHY RENT AN ETC CARD?

       

      ETC cards makes traveling by car in Japan easier than ever :

      • no more lines at toll gates, you don't even have to stop (just slow down)
      • no need to worry about finding your toll ticket or the exact amount of change needed when leaving the highway
      • your bill is recorded and updated everytime you go through a toll gate during your trip. You then only have to pay for your usage when you return the car to your rental agency.


      HOW MUCH DOES THE ETC CARD COST? 

        A one-off charge of 300 ¥ + tax (around US$3.50) payable by credit card once you arrive at the car rental agency.
       

      The ETC card option is only available when renting from the agencies listed below:
       
      • New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido)
      • Sapporo Station South Exit (Hokkaido)
      • Shinjuku Station West Exit (Tokyo)
      • Narita Aipport Terminal 1/2 Counter (Chiba)
      • Central Japan International Airport (Aichi)
      • Kansai Airport (Osaka)
      • Namba OCAT (Osaka)
      • Fukuoka Airport (Fukuoka)
      • Hakata Shinkansen Ekimae (Fukuoka)


      In order to take advantage of the ETC card option you must send an email to us after making your order as this option is not selectable from the reservation page. The cost of this option (300 ¥ + tax) will be added to the price of your car rental, payable in Japan.
       

      CONDITIONS

       
      • This offer is available only for car rental paid by credit card.
      • This offer is only available for car rentals at the agencies listed above.
      • This offer is only available for a car rental of maximum two weeks in duration
      • The pick up and drop off agency location must be the same. There is no option for an ETC card with one-way rentals.
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      Turn Journeys into Adventures with the Definitive Driving Abroad Website

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      Japan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

      Driving in Japan –
      In Japan, cars are driven on the left side of the road and have the driver’s seat and steering wheel on their right . Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited. The typical speed limits are 80 to 100 km/h on expressways, 40 km/h in urban areas, 30 km/h in side streets and 50 to 60 km/h elsewhere. Drivers usually exceed the speed limits by about 10 km/h.

      Japan’s four main island and Okinawa are covered by an efficient and well maintained system of expressways which run from the North of Honshu to the South of Kyushu . All expressways are toll roads and toll booths accept both cash and credit cards. Charges are quite high – for a standard car its 39.36 yen per mile/ 24.60 per km. (Thats around $0.50/0.40 Euros per mile) . Tolls are also rounded to the nearest 50 yen.

      Most other roads in Japan are toll free with the exception of expressways and some scenic driving routes. Road conditions tend to be good, although side streets in the cities can be rather narrow. Traffic congestion is a frequent problem in and around urban centers as is availability of parking. Japanese drivers generally tend to be well mannered and considerate however they do have a tendency to run red lights so approach junctions with caution. Also watch for cyclists who may ride up the wrong side of the road.

      Away from major attractions and Cities, Signs are unlikely to be in Roman Alphabet so it may be wise to invest in a sat nav from the rental company or try and locate a map with both Roman and Japanese alphabet place names before you depart for Japan. Most traffic regulation signs are self explanatory , though a ‘Stop’ sign has Japanese lettering –its an upturned red triangle so watch out for this.

      Some driving times, distances and approx toll road charges –

      Tokyo to Osaka – 514km, 7 hrs, 12250 JPY
      Tokyo to Nagoya -360km, 5hrs, 9050 JPY
      Osaka to Nagoya – 175km, 2hrs 30, 5550 JPY
      Osaka to Hiroshima – 341km, 4hrs 30, 8300 JPY
      Hiroshima to Fukuoka -288km, 4hrs, 7550JPY
      Fukuoka to Kagoshima, 280km, 4hrs, 6450 JPY
      Tokyo to Sendai, 370km, 5hrs, 7900 JPY
      Sendai to Sapporo, 770km, 18hrs,12,800 JPY
      Tokyo to Sapporo – 1140km, 23 hrs, 19,900JPY

      This is a useful route finder and distance calculator site for Japan-

      https://www.navitime.co.jp/en

      Japan Car Rental –
      Hertz, Europcar National ,Budget, have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as LastMinute.com

      Some local companies with English language websites–
      http://shiretoko-t.com/en/
      http://rent.toyota.co.jp/en/index.html
      http://www.nrh.co.jp/travel/en/index.html

      This is a Japanese broker site dealing with all the main Japanese companies across Japan-

      http://www2.tocoo.jp/?file=rentcar_inbound/main

      Japan Self Drive Rules –
      Japanese law requires that all drivers who do not hold a Japanese driver’s license must hold an International Driving Permit issued under the 1949 Convention. Make sure you get the correct IDP! This rule is strictly applied in Japan. A few countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan, however, issue international driving permits which are based on different conventions. Those permits are not valid in Japan.
      Instead, holders of a driver’s license from one of the above mentioned six countries can drive in Japan for up to one year with an official Japanese translation of their driver’s license from the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) or their respective country’s embassy or consulate in Japan. People from other countries, whose international driving permits are not recognized by Japan, must obtain a Japanese driver’s license in order to drive in Japan.

    • Passing throught the Toll Gate at Fukuoka Highway to Kagoshima.

      Photo taken by Kinwashi.

      Edited by kinwashi 12 Apr `16, 8:23PM
    • Welcome on Board.

      Ha..you also love Japan.

       

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    • Yes...you say it Right .

      Is this the man  that you mentioning.

       

       

    • Everywhere you can see this poster all around the streets in Kagoshima.

      Support Abe.

       

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    • So you may wanted to know, after seeing the above photo.

      The petrol kiosk you can see many over in Japan ENEOS.

      Kin.

      Why there is white plate cars and yellow plate  cars over in Kagoshima that you took this picture.

      The answer  yellow is those 600cc,  Kei car lower road tax you need to pay and  lower fuel consumption,

      The answer for the white is those higher above 1000cc. Those that can afford the tax and the fuel consumption.

    • So this another picture above taken by me.

      They do had Esso foreign brand see the price are all stated there.

      Not like here quickly took away,  selling  to us those gimmick offer and not the actual price giving voucher discount

       

      What is there hidden price nobody know.

      Eneos is their local brand.

      Edited by kinwashi 13 Apr `16, 8:41PM
    • Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area

      AP, KYODO, JIJI

      At least two people were killed and 45 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake that knocked down houses and buckled roads in Kyushu on Thursday night. The temblor logged a 7, the highest level on the Japanese intensity scale.

      Both victims are from the hardest-hit town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, about 15 km (9 miles) east of the city of Kumamoto, said Kumamoto prefecture disaster management official Takayuki Matsushita.

      Earlier, Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital said it had admitted or treated 45 people, including five with serious injuries.

      The quake struck at 9:26 p.m. at a depth of 11 km (7 miles) near the city of Kumamoto, the Meteorological Agency said. There was no tsunami risk.

      “The shaking was so violent I couldn’t stand still,” said Hironobu Kosaki, a Kumamoto Prefectural Police night-duty official.

      Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at least 19 houses collapsed, and hundreds of calls came in reporting building damage and people buried under debris or trapped inside.

      “Because of the night darkness, the extent of damage is still unclear,” he said.

      The damage and calls for help are concentrated in the town of Mashiki, about 1,300 km (800 miles) southwest of Tokyo, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said

      One of the victims in Mashiki died after being pulled from some rubble, and the other was killed in a fire, Matsushita said. A third person rescued from under a collapsed building is in a state of heart and lung failure.

      Matsushita said rescue operations were repeatedly disrupted by aftershocks.

      “There was a ka-boom and the whole house shook violently sideways,” Takahiko Morita, a Mashiki resident, said in a telephone interview with NHK. “Furniture and bookshelves fell down, and books were all over the floor.”

      Morita said some houses and walls collapsed in his neighborhood, and water supply had been cut off.

      Dozens of people evacuated their homes and gathered outside Mashiki town hall, sitting on tarps well after midnight. Some wrapped blankets around their shoulders against the springtime chill.

      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the government has mobilized police, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces troops for the rescue operation.

      “We’ll carry out relief operation through the night,” he said.

      Suga said there no abnormalities at nearby nuclear facilities. The epicenter was 120 km (74 miles) northeast of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the only one operating in the country.

      Most of Japan’s nuclear reactors remain offline following the meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant in 2011 after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake triggered huge tsunami that knocked out the plant’s reactor cooling equipment.

      Television footage showed fires breaking out in some places, with firefighters battling an orange blaze.

      Keisukei Urata, an official in the nearby city of Uki who was driving home when the quake struck, told NHK that parts of the ceiling at Uki City Hall collapsed, windows broke and cabinets fell to the ground.

      Kasumi Nakamura, an official in the village of Nishihara, said that the rattling started modestly and grew violent, lasting about 30 seconds.

      “Papers, files, flower vases and everything fell on the floor,” he told NHK.

      There were multiple aftershocks, the largest one with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 shortly after midnight, according to the Meteorological Agency.

      The U.S. Geological Survey measured the initial quake’s preliminary magnitude at 6.2. It upgraded its damage assessment to red, meaning extensive damage is probable and the disaster likely widespread.

      Footage from an NHK bureau in the area showed books, files and papers raining down to the floor. One employee appeared to have fallen off a chair, while others slid under their desks to protect their heads.

      The powerful earthquakes preliminary magnitude was 6.4 struck.

      The quake, which logged the highest 7 on the Japanese earthquake intensity scale, jolted Kumamoto at around 9:26 p.m.

      The extent of damage was not immediately clear, but reports of damaged buildings and injuries were slowly coming in.

      In Mashiki, local authorities reported the deaths of two people.

      More than 20 homes have collapsed and several people were trapped under debris. At least seven fires have been reported in the town.

      Approximately 1,800 people in Mashiki have left their homes and are spending the night in evacuation zones.

      More than 280 people were being treated for injuries at three hospitals in the city of Kumamoto, hospital officials said.

      Places around Kumamoto also recorded strong jolts ranging between 3 and lower 5 on the Japanese scale.

      A series of similarly shallow and frequent aftershocks followed, including one of a preliminary magnitude 6.4 — and upper 6 on the Japanese seismic scale — that hit the area shortly after midnight. Another measuring magnitude 5.7 occurred shortly after 10 p.m.

      The weather agency earlier said the earthquake is believed to have struck at a depth of 10 km.

      JR Kyushu suspended all operations on the Kyushu Shinkansen Line following the quake. On the Sanyo Shinkansen Line connecting the Honshu mainland and Kyushu, power was lost between Hakata and Kokura stations but operations later resumed at around 9:40 p.m.

      Following the quake, Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it found no abnormalities in its Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. The operator said it is further looking into any possible damage.

      Shikoku Electric Power Co. said its Ikata nuclear plant, which is currently idled, sustained no damage from the Kumamoto quake.

      In Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe immediately set up an emergency headquarters and instructed relevant authorities to gather information.

      At a hastily arranged news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said the government was doing its utmost to get a full picture of the situation, adding that its priority was the rescue operations.

      Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said at a press conference that Self-Defense Forces airplanes and helicopters have been dispatched to the quake-hit area to ascertain the extent of damage. Currently more than 350 military personnel have been dispatched for rescue work.

      According to the weather agency, the Kumamoto quake is the first intensity-7 quake since the Great East Japan Earthquake that wreaked havoc in the Tohoku region in March 2011.

      The Meteorological Agency warned of aftershocks.

      “Generally speaking, an inland earthquake with the focus relatively near the surface tends to be followed by many aftershocks,” Gen Aoki, director of the agency’s earthquake and tsunami monitoring division, said at a press conference in Tokyo.

      This was the first quake to measure 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Kyushu. Strong aftershocks including a jolt of upper 6 have already happened.

      The intensity 7 was felt in the town of Mashiki. Near the town, there are the Futagawa and Hinagu faults.

      The government’s task force to promote earthquake research expects a 7.0-magnitude quake to occur at the Futagawa fault over the next 30 years with probabilities of up to 0.9 percent and a 7.5-magnitude quake at the Hinagu rift with a maximum probability 6 percent.

      The agency’s Aoki said that whether the day’s temblor has a connection with the faults is unclear.

      But Keiichi Tadokoro, associate professor at Nagoya University’s Earthquake and Volcano Research Center, strongly suspects such a link.

      “The largest intensity figure was recorded only in Mashiki, possibly because the ground there is easily shaken,” he pointed out. “Chances cannot be ruled out that an aftershock of intensity 5 upper could hit the area.”

      The Futagawa fault stretches more than 64 km from the village of Minamiaso to the tip of the Uto Peninsula via Mashiki, while the Hinagu fault runs some 81 km from near Mashiki to the south of the Yatsushiro Sea, according to the task force.

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      From now onward the highway from Kagoshima going to Fukuoka.

      like what we took recently  is not possible to access by car,

      one part of the highway there it according to the news i gather.

      The only other way will be using Miyazaki highway to Fukouka its possible.

      Edited by kinwashi 15 Apr `16, 10:26PM
    • Source BBC

       

      Japan earthquake: Powerful new tremor in Kumamoto

      • 16 April 2016
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      • From the sectionAsia
      Media captionDamage has again been severe, as Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports

      A more powerful earthquake has rocked the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto in the middle of the night, a day after an earlier tremor killed nine people.

      The magnitude-7.3 quake hit at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 01:25 on Saturday (15:25 GMT on Friday) in Kyushu region. At least three people died and hundreds were injured.

      A village has been evacuated after a dam collapsed, media reports say.

      A tsunami warning was issued, and lifted some 50 minutes later.

      Japan is regularly hit by earthquakes but stringent building codes mean that they rarely cause significant damage.

      This new earthquake in Kyushu was much bigger and hit a wider area than the one that struck Kumamoto on Thursday night, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo.

      In one town near the coast, the city hall has been so badly damaged there are fears it could collapse. A hospital has been evacuated because it is no longer safe.

      A severely damaged building in Kumamoto. Photo: 16 April 2016Image copyrightAPImage captionA number of buildings in the region were severely damaged or collapsed after the quakeA road newly damaged in Mashiki, Kumamoto.Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage captionRoads have buckled and some power supplies are now disrupted

      Thousands of people have fled on to the streets and into parks - where they are huddled under blankets looking dazed and afraid, our correspondent says.

      But there are numerous reports of people trapped inside buildings, including at least 60 inside an old people's home.

      Public broadcaster NHK says the dam collapsed in the Nishihara village.

      Evacuated residents in a park in Higashi-ku in Kumamoto City, Japan, 16 AprilImage copyrightAFPImage captionEvacuated residents waited in a park in Kumamoto CityA woman takes shelter after another earthquake hit the area at a hotel in Kumamoto, southern Japan, 16 April 2016.Image copyrightReutersImage captionBitter experience has shown the Japanese where to seek shelter when a warning is issued

      Television pictures showed thousands of people filling streets and parks, looking dazed across the region.

      NHK had warned of sea waves of up to 1m (3ft).

      Japan's nuclear authority said the Sendai nuclear plant was not damaged.

      The quake was originally assessed as magnitude 7.1 but revised upwards to 7.3 later.

      Gavin Hayes, a research geophysicist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado, told the BBC that the latest earthquake would hamper the earlier rescue operation that was already under way.

      He said more damage could be expected as the earthquake had been shallower and the fault-line had been much longer.

      "The ground surface would have moved in the region of 4-5m. So, you are talking very intense shaking over quite a large area. And that's why we'll probably see a significant impact from this event."

      The Associated Press news agency said guests at the Ark Hotel near the Kumamoto Castle, which was damaged, woke up and gathered in the lobby for safety.

      Map locatorDamage from the latest earthquakeImage copyrightNHKImage captionThere are no reports of casualties, but some damage has been caused by the latest earthquakeHotel guests gather at the lobby after another earthquake hit the area in Kumamoto.Image copyrightReutersImage captionThese hotel guests gathered in the lobby after the earthquake struckThe stone wall of Kumamoto Castle is seen damaged by the earthquakeImage copyrightGetty ImagesImage captionKumamoto Castle is said to have suffered more damage in the new tremor

      Thursday's magnitude-6.2 quake caused shaking at some places as intense as the huge earthquake that hit the country in 2011, Japan's seismology office said.

      That quake sparked a huge tsunami and nuclear meltdown at a power plant in Fukushima.

      Most of those who died in Thursday's quake were in the town of Mashiki where an apartment building collapsed and many houses were damaged.

      More than 1,000 people were injured.

      Some 40,000 people had initially fled their homes, with many of those closest to the epicentre spending the night outside, as more than 130 aftershocks had hit the area.


      Analysis: Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent

      Japan is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth, accounting for about 20% of global quakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater. Seismometers are recording some kind of event every five minutes, on average.

      It is through bitter experience that Japan has learnt the strategies to mitigate damage, injury and death. Not only does it implement some the best building construction practices but it has also established an early warning network.

      This system relies on the lightning analysis of the developing quake, establishing its location and strength. Alerts are then broadcast that can give people more distant from the epicentre vital seconds' notice.

      Just 10 seconds is more than sufficient to drop and get under a sturdy table or open the doors of a fire station.

      The prospect of buildings already damaged in Thursday's quake toppling over in this latest tremor will be a concern.

    • Last night called a friend from Fukuoka.

      He told me last night got another strong earthquake.

      Just imagine at that distance still can feel it.

      How strong is this quake.

      He told me this is very serious. at Kumamoto.

      They did not expect this king of thing can happen there.

      News told this morning came another wave of earthquake again.

      According to experts there will be more coming this few days and they expect rain to come.

       

      This will make rescue effort  more difficult.

    • KUMAMOTO—Kumamoto Castle, one of the most popular foreign tourist destinations here, was severely damaged in the April 14 earthquake centered on Kumamoto Prefecture.

      Two “shachihoko” (a fabled fish) that decorated the main castle tower were missing. The fixtures had probably fallen from the roof during the shaking of the earthquake, castle officials said.

      About 100 meters of the 242-meter “Nagabei” (long wall), a designated important cultural property, collapsed. Several turrets near the Sudoguchi Gate were missing stones or were cracked.

      The earthquake also dislodged some of the plaster coating on the wall of the Uto turret, another important cultural property.

      Stone walls near the Hohoate Gate collapsed, blocking a passageway into the castle.

      Six separate stone walls of the castle were confirmed to have been damaged by the quake.

    • Now this attraction,

      We just went last month today its not possible entry to tourists according to News.

      So sad for those who wanted to visit.

      Just dont know when can they visit..

    • Kyushu Shinkansen, also some time to recover Kyushu road

      (2016 04/16 06:30)
      In Kumamoto earthquake was observed maximum seismic intensity 7 in Kumamoto Prefecture mashiki, Kagoshima Prefecture is 15 days, aftershocks followed. But has not been confirmed damage in the prefecture, Kyushu Shinkansen and Kyushu Expressway will not stand the prospect of resumption, the impact on public life and the economy are concerned. 
      Kyushu Shinkansen, it takes a long time to restoration work of the deadhead train that derailed in Kumamoto city, is 15 days all day, Kagoshima center - became suspended service in Hakata whole line. According to JR Kyushu, not been able to embark on recovery work in and the impact of aftershocks. Seen that there is also time-consuming to the inspection of electrical equipment, it does not foresee the resumption. 
      Kyushu Expressway is Nankan (Kumamoto Prefecture) - had been closed to traffic in Ebino, Ueki, Kumamoto Prefecture to 2 pm - reduced to Matsuhashi. According to the West highway, Ueki - Matsuhashi has a large damage, such as glue surface collapse, the release does not foresee.
       
      (Full article is dated 16 Minami Nippon newspaper or, mobile site can be found at)
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    • Three year ago i visited this highland the above pictures.

      At Kaze no Oka Nobura.

      The pension i had stayed once before and now last month i went again one more time.

      But today make many different after this Kumamoto earthquake.

      According to News this area  Minamiaso village a landslide  effected by this earthquake.

      Minamiaso somewhere around this area of the pension.

      Hope it's not affect.

       

      Edited by kinwashi 17 Apr `16, 11:07PM
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