Thanks to Japan’s efficient, reliable, and affordable public transportation systems, most people who are visiting Japan for leisure, rather than business, will likely not need to use cars or taxis during their stay.

However, taxis offer a much-needed transport link in urban areas when public transport such as buses, trains and subways are not running, or in rural areas to get from the nearest station to some sightseeing spots.

And rental cars provide freedom, flexibility, and privacy for those venturing into more rural areas with less dense transport coverage, such as Hokkaido and Okinawa, those tackling Japan's great outdoors - whether for camping, surfing or skiing - and those who just prefer to have their own wheels.