Roadside stations The best place to park for free are road side stations, they are located all throughout Japan and many have hot spring bath houses which can be used for a few hundred yen, bathrooms and a restaurant. Website for more details: https://www.michi-no-eki.jp/stations/english

RV Parks There are a bunch of motorhome parks around Japan who can be relatively cheap to park at and are great places to have a fire, set up for a few days, and plug in to recharge the battery if need be. The website is only in Japanese so you will need to use google translate to see locations. If you let our team know we can call ahead for you to book a spot (which is usually required) https://rv-park.jp/

Wild Camping Legally you can sleep anywhere, However certain parking in busy city areas you may be considered a public nuisance and asked to move on. Away from the cities many Onsen (public bathhouses) have campervans and RVs parked for the night, the basic rule is if you see other people doing it, it is probably okay.

 

 

 

The Standard pickup time is 3pm - 6pm 

The standard drop off time is 9:00am - 11am 

If you want an earlier or later pick up or drop off time let us know, depending on bookings it can be possible to accommodate at a charge. 

Insurance for 1 driver
Unlimited mileage
Kitchen pack
Access to Japans free camping, road side sleeping spots
Vehicle support
24 hour roadside assistance

All our vans include roadside assistance via JAF. Should you have any trouble contact our team and if you cannot reach us call JAF and they will be right with you: 0120-119-110

 

Kitami station is a local train station, if you are on the express train get off at Seijogakuenmae station and walk across the platform to board the local, if you are on the rapid express get off it...it over shoots the station and you will need to go backwards a few stations from Noborito.

Walking directions 

From Kitami is very simple, you only need take 3 turns 

Although trains have a solid reputation in Japan for being on time, when lugging suitcases with you then can be the worse option, so we tend to recommend taking the bus:

Access via Bus (recommended/ faster)

There is a bus from a nearby station area which runs directly to Haneda Airport and it runs regularly, the seats are reserved and luggage is stored at no extra cost. Takes 40 - 50 minutes and the ticket costs around 1,200 - 1,500yen

The tickets can be reserved here:

https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/bus_stop/nrt/shibuya/dep/261/6

Access via Train 

Short version: The best way to plan this is by using Google maps, type in Dream Drive, The address is 1-8-8 Iwado-Minami, Komae 201-0005

Detailed routes:

1.From Komae Station, ride 2 stops to Noborito station and switch to the Nambu line, ride Nambu to Kawasaki station and switch to the Keikyu Kawasaki station and ride the Keikyu line to Haneda. takes around 1 hour 15 minutes if you board the train at the right time. 

https://goo.gl/maps/PNNNXLjdgExVwFWD8 

Access via Taxi

Expect to pay 8,500 - 10,000yen

Our camper vans include insurance, there is a damage waiver however which is 100,000yen, the basic insurance covers one driver.

Our insurance company can arrange insurance cover for additional drivers, and people outside this age range, please contact us for more details. 

The vehicle has third party insurance which covers as below.

- Bodily Injury/ Death (Unlimited per person)
- Property Damage (Unlimited per occurrence (Deductible: 100,000 YEN))
- Rented Vehicle (Up to market value per occurrence (Deductible: 100,000YEN))
- Road Services

You are welcome to drive as much as you like, but we recommended taking some time to chill out and smell the roses!

Although trains have a solid reputation in Japan for being on time, when lugging suitcases with you then can be the worse option, so we tend to recommend taking the bus:

Access via Bus (recommended)

There is a bus from a nearby station area which runs directly to Narita Airport and it runs regularly, the seats are reserved and luggage is stored at no extra cost.

The tickets can be reserved here:

https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/bus_stop/nrt/shibuya/for/261/4

Access via Train 

Short version: The best way to plan this is by using Google maps, type in Dream Drive, The address is 1-8-8 Iwado-Minami, Komae 201-0005

Detailed routes:

1. Take the Odakyu train from Komae to Shinjuku, then Switch to the Nartia Express if you booked ahead

2. Take the Odakyu train from Komae to Yoyogi Uehara, then switch to the Chiyoda line and ride to Yushima Station, there you transfer to Keisei Skyliner at Nippori station which takes you there directly...be warned some people make mistakes when going their route so make sure to give your self plenty of extra time.

Access via Taxi

Strictly for the ballers, expect to pay 35,000 - 40,000yen

Our friends at Mari cart have done a great job explaining this here https://kart.st/en/drivers-license/

Our vans do include a leisure battery, which means you can camp anywhere whilst still drawing power. It is a 12v charging system meaning the battery re-charges whilst you are driving. It is good for recharging phones and laptops and running the internal lights and fans without worrying about starting the car in the morning. 

Its a very large battery but if you run out you can detach the battery and recharge it at a convenience store or another wall socket, but keep in mind if you lose the battery the charge would be 30,000yen to replace it. 

Yes! We can pickup in several locations within Tokyo in addition to pickups at Narita and Haneda airports.

**Pickup at Narita

Cost: ¥10000

Pickup at Haneda

Cost: ¥5000

Train Station Pickup: Shibuya, Shinjuku or Haneda

¥4000

Train Station Pickup: at Shinagawa or Tokyo

¥5000

(please arrange pickup with us at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival)

((pickup subject to availability))

Sleeping in a car is perfectly fine in Japan as long as you are parked legally, but if it is in a crowded area you may be asked to move on, so best to stick to quiet spots. (best not to whip out the BBQ)

There are plenty of parking spaces throughout all cities in Japan and it is perfectly fine to leave your car parked there however there is usually always parking meters and in the central locations they can be quite expensive (you have to be careful around Tokyo). 

The best places to park are the roadside rest areas, which are unique to Japan, they usually have the bathhouses there and shops and they are free to spend the night in the car. Here is a link to more information: https://www.michi-no-eki.jp/stations/english We provide a map with locations to these spots and other recommended spots when you book. (most onsen away from the city center have people sleeping in motorhomes in the carparks)

Up to 15 days prior to the date of rental: 20% charge
Up to 2 days prior to the date of rental: 50%
Up to 1 day prior to the date of rental: 80%
Date of rental: 100%

We are developing new Dream Drive vans all the time, but in busy seasons the vans might not be available, here are your options:

Ronin 

Sleep: 2 adults and 1 small child (If you are happy to all share a standard semi-double mattress) 

It is something that can be organised for long term rentals (over 2 weeks plus) however since we need to send a team member up to pick it up and drive it back the cost is quite high, the charge will be 50,000yen. For rentals over 4 weeks we can pick it up for 25,000yen. 

We are planning to open a second depot in the Kansai region to reduce this cost, please get in touch if you have any further questions.

Please return with the tank refuelled. Otherwise, the refuelling charge would be cost plus 3000yen for our team to manage this.