Just a short post about driving in Japan. My friend and I rented a BMW and drove about 5 hours to Kusatsu Onsen. Driving here is not really that unique of an experience. Driving on the other side is fine. The freeways here are called expressways and they’re more like super extensive toll roads. Cars are equipped with an ETC card reader. In the BMW you install your ETC card in the rear view mirror. People normally get ETC card when they sign up for a credit card and it just bills to your credit card. I didn’t keep track of the total for toll roads but I think in 5 hours of driving we probably had to pay about ¥6000 ($60) in tolls.
The most important thing to mention about driving in Japan is how incredibly SLOW it is. The speed limit on the expressways is 80KPH!!! Even the “fast” people only go 100KPH! And on surface streets and mountain roads its even worse. Speed limits of 40KPH are normal. Its pretty infuriating and it takes forever to get anywhere. Best to take the train 😂.