In Japan, you must first prove you have a parking space within 2 km distance of your residence before a car is sold to you.
The Proof of Parking Space is in the form of a “Parking Space Certificate” and it is issued by the local police station.
Japan may be the home to one of the world’s biggest automobile company, Toyota Motor Corporation, but the country has an official law that states that anyone planning to buy a car must have a parking space.
Yes, you heard that right… Parking by the roadside is prohibited in the country. So, before a car can be sold to you in Japan, you must be able to prove to a dealership that you have parking space that is within 2 km distance of your residence.
The Proof of Parking Space is in the form of a “Parking Space Certificate” (chushajo shomeisho) and it is issued by the local police station.
According to the central Tokyo police station, anyone willing to get a parking certificate must prepare documents like Map of the location of the parking area and surrounding + Confirmation stamp with personal seal.
Normally, getting a parking spot requires paying a monthly fee to rent a parking space. And like house rents, monthly parking space rental differs according to locations.
The Japanese Underground Parking garage is an innovative solution that is specifically designed to accommodate a number of cars and vehicles.
In addition, you can legally hire or buy a car while in Japan if you have a valid Japanese license, or an international driver’s license or a foreign driver’s license that is at least 3 months old and is approved by the Japanese authorities.