Guide to using ETC Cards in Japan
What is an ETC Card?
- ETC stands for ‘Electronic Toll Collection’
- It is a card used to pay road tolls effortlessly
- Insert it into the ETC card reader that is installed in the rental car
- When entering a tolled road, pass through the ETC gate and your toll will be payed wirelessly as you pass through the gate
How Do I Use an ETC Card?
- Add the ETC Card rental option while reserving a car through our website. It will be listed under the 'Choose Extras' step of the reservation process.
- If you have already made a reservation and forgot to select the ETC Card rental option, you can add it later when you arrive at the shop.
- Before you depart, our staff will ensure that the ETC Card is correctly inserted into the ETC Card Reader
- When approaching a tolled road, you will see several gates. Do not be overwhelmed, just simply drive through the gates labeled with the large letters 'ETC.' Slow down as you pass through the gate, so that the card is properly read, and so that you don't hit the gate arm. Your ETC Card reader will notify you that the toll was payed, and the gate arm will automatically raise. Continue to drive through, and you are done!
The ETC Card rate is ¥350 for 10 days and ¥1080 for 10+ days. This will be added to your total rental price. After you have completed your trip and have returned your vehicle, the shop staff will check the accrued toll charges on the ETC card and bill you that amount.
Hokkaido Expressway Pass
If you are frequently using highways, tolls can rack up fast! Customers renting from the New-Chitose Airport location, can now take advantage of the Hokkaido Expressway Pass. This pass allows you to access all of the Expressways in Hokkaido on a flat-rate scale. See pricing details below! (ETC Card must be rented with the Hokkaido Expressway Pass; HEP)
For more information please refer to: http://www.driveplaza.com/trip/drawari/hokkaido_expass/en.html