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Getting Around in Utsunomiya

Getting a Japanese driver's license

There are two ways to get a driver's license in Japan: convert a driver's license issued overseas to a Japanese license, or pass a driver's license examination. Both procedures can be completed at the Driver's License Center (Unten Menkyo Center).

Inquiries Tochigi Prefectural Driver's License Center
Location Kanuma-shi Shimo-ishikawa 681
Phone 0289-76-0110

Please be aware that a Japanese translation of a foreign driver's license required for application for its conversion must be a certified translation from your embassy, consulate or the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

Inquiries Tochigi Chapter of the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF)
Location Utsunomiya-shi Imamiya 2-4-6
Phone 028-659-3322
Office Hours 9:00 - 17:30 (closed on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and during the year-end and New Year period)


Public transportation in Utsunomiya City includes JR and Tobu Railway lines as well as Kanto Jidosha, Toya Kotsu and JR Bus Kanto bus lines with JR Utsunomiya Station as a starting point of bus services. Additionally, a community bus service (Yuppi Bus) is available in the Kami-kawachi and Kawachi districts.

Inquiries Phone URL
Kanto Jidosha 028-634-8131 http://www.kantobus.co.jp/
Toya Kotsu 028-661-2251 http://toya108.jp/
JR Bus Kanto 028-648-0489 http://www.jrbuskanto.co.jp/
Kanto Jidosha General Services Division ( for Yuppi bus service) 028-632-6110 http://www.city.utsunomiya.tochigi.jp/kotsu/buskotsu/004624.html

Taxis are available at taxi stands in front of stations, among others. You can also call a taxi company for pick-up service. Taxi fares vary depending on the company, the size of the vehicle, the distance traveled and the time of day. Rates are raised late at night.