The best way to explore the Izu Peninsula is with your own set of wheels. We suggest you check out ToCoo! rent-a-car. They have over 800 outlets, offer services from 12 different car rental companies, have a huge choice of vehicles, and an easy-to-use English website where you can check prices and reserve your vehicle. Although you can pick up your car in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, or even the airport, some people prefer to make their way to Izu by train, and pick up their car in Shimoda instead. They have options for child seats, and all cars come with GPS. There is no extra fee for dropping off your vehicle at a different location as long as is within the same prefecture. Smaller vehicles go for 4200 yen a day and they also offer long-term discounts. Driving in Japan is remarkably easy, roads are well marked in English, and other drivers are courteous. To rent a car in Japan you will need a credit card, a valid driver's license, plus an international driver's license which you have to get in your home country. Click on the pic for more details.
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Event announcements, sight-seeing recommendations, bar and restaurant reviews, and other commentary from Shimoda and the surrounding area on the Izu peninsula.
Driving in Japan doesn't have to be daunting. Nexco Highways Japan has an excellents site for people who want to be in the driver's seat. With information on tolls, rest-stop details, recommended tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping along the way. A great way to plan your travels, and keep you from getting lost. Check it out here