Although trains have a solid reputation in Japan for being on time, when lugging suitcases with you they 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.
Tickets can be reserved here:
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.
1. Take the Odakyu train from Komae to Shinjuku, then switch to the Narita 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. It's easy to make a mistake your first time taking this route, so be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time.
Access via Taxi
Strictly for the ballers, expect to pay 35,000 - 40,000yen
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:
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
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.
Access via Taxi
Expect to pay 8,500 - 10,000yen
Sadly not at this point, however, we are planning to open a second location at Narita this year. Luckily we are located close to Futako-Tamagwa which has a direct limousine bus (Nartia 3100yen 140 minutes // Haneda 1500yen 45 minutes)
Train travel is also available, and is a little faster but can be complicated should it be your first time traveling in Japan as it requires a transfer, the bus drops you off right at the airport.
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.
From Kitami is very simple, you only need take 3 turns
As you come out of the ticket gates you will see a McDonald's, turn right out of the south exit and walk down the road that hugs the station to the immediate right
Walk past the FastGym and cross a small road continue until you reach another road, theres a small restaurant on the corner and then a road on the left with green sidewalks painted onto the road either side,
Turn left and follow this road all the way down, about 200m
You will come to a main road, with a small police box (koban) and a gas station on your left, walk across the crossing and continue on straight, the road with green painted sidewalks continues for another 100m, past a bamboo lumber store until you reach a T junction,
Turn right at the T section and walk another 30m, you will see a group of dark grey buildings, the Depot is located on the left just after the yellow times 24 sign and before the large Grey building.
It's about 10m into the light industrial area across from the econo space containers.
Come in and say hi!
The JAF does a great job answering this here http://www.jaf.or.jp/e/for-overseas-drivers/driving-in-japan.htm
Our friends at Mari cart have done a great job explaining this here https://kart.st/en/drivers-license/
We are developing new Dream Drive vans all the time, but in busy seasons the vans might not be available, here are your options:
Sleep: 2 adults and 1 small child (If you are happy to all share a standard semi-double mattress)
5 passenger seats
Sleep: 2 adults and 2 children (mention this to us at time of booking as we need to set up the room this way)
6 passenger seats
Additionally, you can pack a tent and choose to stay at campsites
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)
Our camper vans include insurance, there is a damage waiver however which is 50,000yen, the basic insurance covers one driver aged 24-75.
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: 50,000 YEN))
- Rented Vehicle (Up to market value per occurrence (Deductible: 50,000YEN))
- Road Services
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.
You are welcome to drive as much as you like, but we recommended taking some time to chill out and smell the roses!
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.
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%
Please return with the tank refuelled. Otherwise, the refuelling charge would be cost plus 3000yen for our team to manage this.
Insurance for 1 driver
Access to Japans free camping, road side sleeping spots
24 hour roadside assistance
The Standard pickup time is 3pm - 5pm
The standard drop off time is 9:30am - 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.
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