All About ETC Cards & Expressway Passes

This article will explain all about the ETC system. Not sure which ETC card is right for you? Keep reading and find out!


What is an ETC card?

It’s a card that can be used with the ETC system. If you use the ETC system, you don’t need to understand Japanese, you don’t need to use cash, and you don’t have to stop at toll gates, so it’s a very convenient system. The ETC card reader device is equipped as standard in all rental cars in Japan, so all you have to do is put the ETC card into the ETC device and you’re good to go! There are many different types of ETC card passes and services available, so keep reading and we’ll go through the main ones.


What is an expressway pass?

An expressway pass is a special ETC card with the pass preloaded onto it so that you can use the expressways as much as you want. There are various kinds of ETC passes, but there are 4 that you can reserve from ToCoo! Also, you can’t reserve just an ETC pass on its own, so make sure to book the rental car with it.


Each ETC option covers a different area! Keep reading to find out more.

Area Unlimited ETC Card Pickup Place
ETC Card  Nationwide × Post Office/Hotel
TEP  Nationwide Post Office/Hotel
ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass  Nationwide Post Office/Hotel
TEP Hokkaido Hokkaido Post Office/Hotel
TEP Kyushu Kyushu Post Office/Hotel
HEP Hokkaido Rental Car Outlet
KEP Kyushu Rental Car Outlet

 


About the ETC Card Types


1. ETC Card (nationwide)
You can just book a standalone ETC card only. You don’t need to reserve a rental car with it, so we recommend it if you have your own car! After you return the ETC card at the end of your reservation, your actual used toll fees will be charged to the credit card you register.  After the ETC card is returned, we will confirm the toll road usage details with NEXCO, the highway provider in Japan. If you rent a ToCoo! ETC card, you can pick it up from your hotel or a post office, but please note that rental car companies don’t offer delivery service for packages,  so you can’t get it from the outlet.
We recommend the Free ETC Card Plan!
Check it out here! → ToCoo! ETC Card Plan

ETC System Area


2. ToCoo Expressway Pass (Nationwide)
The ToCoo Expressway Pass, or TEP, is a special ETC card that is only offered by ToCoo! It’s an unlimited expressway pass for all of Japan. TEP can only be reserved from the TEP plan, and the TEP fee is paid at the time of reservation, so it’s super convenient.  All you have to do is pick it up from your hotel or a post office and basically forget about it until your return date! Total driving freedom.  You can pick up the TEP ETC card package from a hotel or post office, but rental car companies don’t offer delivery services for packages, so you can’t get it from the outlet.

Check out the plan here! → ToCoo Expressway Pass Plan


TEP Coverage Area

4. ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass (Nationwide)
The ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass is a special ETC card similar to TEP, but unlike TEP, the ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass can be added on as an option to almost any reservation. Just like TEP, the ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass fee is paid at the time of reservation, so it’s extremely convenient. You can pick up the TToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass ETC card package from a hotel or post office, but rental car companies don’t offer delivery services for packages, so you can’t get it from the outlet.
★ What’s the difference between TEP and the ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass? The difference is that the ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass can be added onto any existing plan. Because of that, it’s also a little more expensive than TEP.

More info here! → ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Passn

ToCoo! Unlimited ETC Pass Coverage Area

5. TEP Hokkaido (Hokkaido)
It’s similar to TEP, this is a special ETC card offered only by ToCoo, which offers unlimited expressway use only in Hokkaido, so we recommend it for anyone who is traveling to Hokkaido! You can reserve it under the TEP Hokkaido plan. You can pick up the TEP Hokkaido ETC card package from a hotel or post office, but rental car companies don’t offer delivery services for packages, so you can’t get it from the outlet. One advantage of TEP Hokkaido is that you can drop off the car anywhere with it!

Check out the plan here! → TEP Hokkaido


TEP Hokkaido Coverage Area


5. TEP Kyushu (Kyushu)
Similar to TEP, this is a special ETC card offered only by ToCoo, which offers unlimited expressway use only in Kyushu, so we recommend it for anyone who is traveling to Kyushu! You can reserve it under the TEP Kyushu plan. You can pick up the TEP Kyushu ETC card package from a hotel or post office, but rental car companies don’t offer delivery services for packages, so you can’t get it from the outlet. One advantage of TEP Kyushu is that you can drop off the car anywhere with it!

Check out the plan here! → TEP Kyushu

TEP Kyushu Coverage Area

6. Hokkaido Expressway Pass (Hokkaido)
The Hokkaido Expressway Pass (HEP) is an unlimited expressway pass that can only be used in specific Hokkaido expressway. This pass is only offered by the rental car companies, so not every outlet offers it. Also, if you use HEP, you have to pick up and return the car to the exact same outlet. If the outlet offers HEP, you can get it when you pick up the car.
★ CAUTION! ToCoo’s ETC card can NOT be used for HEP! If you want to use HEP, please book the HEP plan and don’t reserve any other ETC cards.

Check out the plan here! → Hokkaido Expressway Pass

出典:HEPホームページ

7. Kyushu Expressway Pass (Kyushu)
Kyushu Expressway Passis an unlimited expressway pass that can be used only on specific Kyushu expressways. This pass is also only offered by the rental car companies, so not every outlet offers it. Something to watch out for is that it doesn’t cover all the expressways in Kyushu. Please check the map below and make sure that the roads you plan to use will be covered before booking it, so that you can avoid an unpleasant surprise when you return your car.
★ CAUTION! ToCoo’s ETC card can NOT be used for KEP! If you want to use KEP, please book the KEP plan and don’t reserve any other ETC cards.。

Check out the plan here! → Kyushu Expressway Pass

出典:NEXCO

Summary

It might seem a bit complicated, but we hope this has been helpful. Check your travel schedule and choose the best ETC card for you! As always, if you have any further questions, let us know down below or from the inquiry form on our website.

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Kansai International Airport and New Chitose Airport Latest Updates

Due to the typhoon damage that occurred on September 4, 2018, Osaka’s Kansai International Airport has been temporarily closed. Additionally, New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido has also been put under restrictions due to the damage caused by the earthquake that occurred on September 6, 2018. There are also many rental car outlets which are closed temporarily. If you are preparing to travel soon, please be careful and check the details.

1、Kansai International Airport Status
2、New Chitose Airport Status
3、Information for those considering cancelling their travel plans



1. Kansai International Airport Status

Status Notes Last updated
Kansai International Airport 【KIX homepage】https://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en 2018/9/7
Nissan Rent a Car Closed until 10/8 2018/10/4
Toyota Rent a Car Reopens for business on 10/12. 2018/10/12
Times Car Rental Resuming Operations 2018/10/10
Nippon Rent a Car Closed until 10/6. Reopens for business at 8:00 AM on 10/7. 2018/10/5

 


2. New Chitose Airport Status
Note: If you already have a reservation during the following closure dates, your rental car reservation will be carried out as usual.

Status Remarks Last updated
New Chitose Airport Normal operation 【CTS homepage】http://www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/ 2018/9/10
Nissan Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Nippon Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Toyota Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Budget Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Times Car Rental Normal operation 2018/9/10
Hokkaido Travel Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Car Rental Hokkaido Normal operation 2018/9/10
Honda Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Nikku Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Samurai Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
NICONICO Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Family Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
World Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10
Karaoke Rent a Car Normal operation 2018/9/10

 


3. Information for those considering cancelling their travel plans

※If you cancel your trip, please cancel your rental car reservation as well.
Cancellation form → https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/member/login
If you can’t cancel your reservation from the website, please contact ToCoo!
【Contact】 rc-cs@coo.ne.jp

 

<Caution> Although we try to post the latest and accurate information, we do not guarantee its completeness, accuracy, or usefulness. Please check the website of each company for accurate information.

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How to use the NEW ToCoo!『Hotel Plus!』Plan

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Did you know that ToCoo! isn’t just for rental cars? The brand new「Hotel Plus!」Plan is a unique plan from ToCoo! When you book your hotel and rental car reservation at the same time from ToCoo!, you can get up to 9,000 yen off of your rental car. If you’re planning a trip to Japan, this is a must-see!

~Table of Contents~
1. How to reserve the「Hotel Plus!」Plan
2. How to use the discounts
3. Important notes



1. How to reserve the「Hotel Plus!」Plan

① Go to the ToCoo! rental car reservation site and choose the「Hotel Plus!」plan from the “Choose Promotion” drop-down menu, and hit Search.

There is a link to the hotel reservation page on the rental car reservation completion screen, so you can move to the hotel reservation page from there.
※ If you want to make your hotel reservation later, you can also get to the hotel reservation screen from the Hotel Plus! plan page.

② Please select the hotel of your choice and make a reservation.
· The discount can be used at any hotel
· Please use the same email address as the one you used for your rental car reservation

③ After you complete the hotel reservation, ToCoo! will send you an email with details of the discount within 5 days, and then the process is finished.


2. How to use the discounts

◆Detailed conditions for discount applicability

Rental Period Car Class Discount Amount Discount Breakdown
5+ days Mini-van type car
SUV
9,000yen ToCoo! options: 4,000yen
Rental fee: 5,000yen
Other than the above 6,000yen ToCoo! options: 4,000yen
Rental fee: 2,000yen
4 days Mini-van type car
SUV
8,200yen ToCoo! options: 3,200yen
Rental fee: 5,000yen
Other than the above 5,200yen ToCoo! options:\3,200yen
Rental fee: 2,000yen
3 days Mini-van type car
SUV
7,400yen ToCoo! options: 2,400yen
Rental fee: 5,000yen
Other than the above 4,400yen ToCoo! options: 2,400yen
Rental fee: 2,000yen
2 days Mini-van type car
SUV
6,600yen ToCoo! options:\1,600yen
Rental fee: 5,000yen
Other than the above 3,600yen ToCoo! options: 1,600yen
Rental fee: 2,000yen

There are 2 kinds of discounts applied in the 「Hotel Plus!」plan.
ToCoo! options discount
You will get cash back on the ToCoo! options fee charged with the rental car reservation.
The discount will be automatically applied after you complete your trip.
Rental car fee discount
The discount coupon will be attached in the email ToCoo! will send you after your hotel reservation is completed. Please print the coupon out or bring it up on your smartphone screen and show it to the rental car outlet staff when you pick up the car.


3. Important notes

Please note that discounts will not be accepted in the following cases.
・If the hotel is reserved before the rental car
*If you have already made your hotel reservation, please contact us through our Inquiry Form. We will arrange the discount for you.
・If the email address used for the hotel reservation is different from the email address used for the rental car reservation
・If the discount email does not arrive within 5 days
*If the email address is entered incorrectly, there is a possibility that the discount will not be able to be applied. If you don’t receive the discount email within 5 days of hotel reservation completion, please contact us via the Inquiry Form.
・If you don’t show the coupon to the staff at the rental car outlet when you pick up the car (the discount cannot be applied after you have completed your trip)

That’s all!

Enjoy a great trip to Japan with ToCoo!

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NOW AVAILABLE! ToCoo! Snow Tire Plan

ToCoo! Snow Tire Plan now available! Reservations are available from the URL below.
Snow Tire Plan 2018

※Snow tires cannot be added as an option, and cannot be added to a reservation. Please make a reservation from the Snow Tire Plan. From November to April in Hokkaido and December to March in the Tohoku area, all cars reserved in heavy snow zones will have snow tires as standard equipment, so all available plans already have snow tires.

Winter Driving in Japan
1. Snowy areas and seasons
2. What are snow tires?
3. Driving on snowy roads
4. ToCoo! Snow Tire Plan


1. Snowy areas and seasons

Japan is long in the north and south, so depending on the region, the climate can be very different.
When you rent a car, you need to pay attention to the places and times you want to visit and reserve snow tires as necessary.

※All rental cars in areas with heavy snow consistently every year have snow tires equipped as standard, even without the snow tire plan.
Japan snow fall map

■ Heavy snow zone (area where snow is heavy during the winter, snow tires are standard equipment)
Snowfall estimate: November – April (Hokkaido), December – March (other than Hokkaido)
■ Moderate snow zone (snow falls several times during winter; snow tires may be necessary)
Snowfall estimate: December – March
■ Snow zone (possibility of snowfall once or twice a year; snow tires may be necessary)
Snowfall estimate: December – March
■ No-snow zone (area where snow does not fall)
※Even in areas where it does snow much, there is a high possibility of snowfall in mountain areas where the altitude is high.


2. What are snow tires?
SnowTire

A snow tire is a type of tire that can drive without slipping on snowy roads. Since the groove of the tire is deep and the rubber is soft, it is possible to drive even on a frozen road. But don’t let your guard down! It’s like driving on ice, so you need to always be cautious of sliding.


3. Driving on snowy roads

Warning ① Don’t speed
Warning ② Accelerate slowly and calmy
Warning ③ Be careful of sliding on curves
Warning ④ Put more distance than usual between you and other cars
Warning ⑤ Only change lanes if you need to
Warning ⑥ Even if you don’t see snow, be cautious of frozen roads (black ice)

Even if snow is not piled up on the road, it reflects light.
It seems like there is no snow at first glance and it seems to be dry, but this is because the road is frozen.
Be careful because you may slide more than on snow. Slow down for curves.
To stop, you need to use the brakes considerably earlier than usual.


4. ToCoo! Snow Tire Plan 2018

Now available! Please check the link below for details and to make your reservation.

Snow Tire Plan 2018

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日本現在注目的新服務"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"。


來自台灣的超喜歡日本的各位,大家好。

聽我住在台北的日本朋友講,很多台灣人都非常喜歡日本。有些人甚至像在國內旅行一樣,每年都來日本好多次。

這些人中也有一部分在日本旅行會租車。最近,管理日本高速公路的公司NEXCO在販賣一種可以以固定金額自由使用高速公路的Japan Expressway pass(JEP)。

在這之前,北海道就有販賣Hokkaido Expressway Pass (HEP),九州有販賣Kyushu Expressway Pass(KEP)。Japan Expressway pass(JEP)就是各個地方的固定金額自由使用高速公路方案的日本全國版。7天的費用是20,000日圓,14天的費用是34,000日圓。

隨著日本全國固定金額自由使用高速公路方案的人氣不斷增長,在日本自駕旅行變得更加便利。但是,你知道嗎?由我們網站"ToCoo!"獨家提供的服務"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"更加便利和優惠。

通過ToCoo!可以預約日本全國主要機場和車站等約3,000家店舖的租車服務。不論在哪一家租車公司租車,都可以追加這個固定金額自由使用高速公路的服務。

當然,ETC卡的租賃服務也包含在裡面。

Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option有以下幾個優點。

①費用便宜
從一天的費用9,000日圓開始,設定有14天的費用價格,7天的費用是19,750日圓,14天的費用是33,850日圓。並且,這個費用裡面還包含有ETC卡的租賃費。

②可以在首都高速公路使用
Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option可以在日本全國所有可以使用ETC卡的道路上使用。比起不能覆蓋首都高速公路的JEP更加便利。

③不同地點租還車時也可以使用
JEP通常需要在租車店舖申請,基本上只有在同一地點租還車時才能使用。但是,"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"在不同地點租還車時也可以使用。

④還提供更加優惠的"Tocoo! Expressway Pass Plan(TEP plan)"。
預約租車和固定金額自由使用高速公路服務綁定的TEP方案時,租車費用更加優惠。

Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option Tocoo! Expressway Pass Plan(TEP plan
【使用費用】 【使用費用】
01天・・・・  9,000日幣 01天・・・・ 7,540日幣
02天・・・・  9,000日幣 02天・・・・ 7,540日幣
03天・・・・11,150日幣 03天・・・・ 8,960日幣
04天・・・・13,300日幣 04天・・・・10,380日幣
05天・・・・15,450日幣 05天・・・・11,800日幣
06天・・・・17,600日幣 06天・・・・13,220日幣
07天・・・・19,750日幣 07天・・・・14,640日幣
08天・・・・21,900日幣 08天・・・・16,060日幣
09天・・・・24,050日幣 09天・・・・17,480日幣
10天・・・・26,200日幣 10天・・・・18,900日幣
11天・・・・28,350日幣 11天・・・・20,320日幣
12天・・・・30,500日幣 12天・・・・21,740日幣
13天・・・・32,650日幣 13天・・・・23,160日幣
14天・・・・33,850日幣 14天・・・・23,630日幣
*包含註冊費: 6,850日幣 *包含註冊費: 6,850日幣


那麼,為了讓大家進一步了解固定金額自由使用高速公路服務有多便利,

接下來給大家演示一下從東京出發觀光周邊景點時的高速公路費。

敬請期待,到底可以優惠多少費用!

4天3晚,計畫一個關東的世界遺產周遊旅行。

"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"4天的費用是13,300日圓。

第一天

從東京出發去日光

首先,從日本最繁華的新宿出發。

從新宿到日光約2小時。

日光有世界遺產日光東照宮。日光東照宮還有江戶時期初代將軍德川家康的墓地。

此外,日光的紅葉也非常有名。

日光還有日本人夏天最喜歡的"刨冰"的名店"松月"。

第一天的高速公路費用是4,760日圓。

第二天
從日光出發去群馬縣。

移動時間大約2小時。

群馬縣有世界遺產富岡製絲廠和非常有名的避暑地輕井澤。

支撐日本近代化發展的富岡製絲廠在2014年時登錄為世界遺產。

輕井澤是日本著名的高級別墅區和度假區。

海拔超過1,000米,因為夏季非常涼爽,所以很有人氣。

第二天的高速公路費是4,310日圓。

第三天
是這次旅行的高潮,從群馬到山梨縣的河口湖。

移動時間大約3小時。

河口湖有大家熟知的世界遺產,日本的象徵富士山。

第三天的高速公路費是5,370日圓。

最後一天,第四天從河口湖返回東京。

返回東京前,推薦給大家的是世界遺產韮山反射爐!

這裡在1890年時為生產製造手槍的鐵而建造。

最後,在御殿場奧特萊斯購物,結束旅程。

移動時間大約3小時半。

第四天的高速公路費是4,250日圓。

四天的高速公路費共計18,690日圓。

"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"4天的費用是13,300日圓,節省了有5,390日圓。

當然,利用方法也非常簡單。

預約時,請在預約表格上選擇如下用紅線圈起來的"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"。

"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"中已經包含有ETC卡租賃服務,所以請不要再選擇其他ETC卡租賃選項。

此外,除"Tocoo! ETC unlimited pass option"以外,還有更加優惠的"Tocoo! Expressway Pass Plan(TEP plan)"。需要預約時,請點擊Tocoo!首頁上方的標題廣告,進入方案頁面後預約。

Tocoo! Expressway Pass Plan(TEP plan)

租車旅行,不需要在意時間,自由自在,是非常便利的移動方式。

經常旅行的人也好,第一次旅行的人也好,租車旅行會使你更加享受在日本的旅行。

>>>>Tocoo!租車服務請從這

 

 

 

 

 

 

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