If you meet certain requirements you may be eligible to obtain a Japanese driver’s license with simplified testing procedures.
The procedure involves submitting certain documents (listed below) to determine your eligibility. Once they are approved there will be a vision and color recognition check, after which there will be exams to test your knowledge of the driving rules and driving technique.
Have a valid foreign driver’s license
Have lived in the country that issued the license for at least three months after the license was issued
At least 18 years of age
Hold a valid visa to stay in Japan
Be registered as a foreign resident at your local city, town, or ward office
Inspection of documents – followed by vision and color recognition check
Knowledge test – this is usually a ten question true/false test; seven correct answers are required to pass
Driving test – a test of skills on an enclosed course at the License Center
After passing the driving test your license will be issued on the same day; first your picture will be taken, then you will pay the fee and receive your license