Monday, July 11, 2016

# Car Rental ♪ Your Kansai Journey with NISSAN Rent A Car!



Thinking to do something different in your next Kansai Trip?

How about renting a car and planning your own special trip!

Worry about you don't have enough time to visit all the places you want to see in your trip? One good suggestion for you is to rent a car and you can access to all the places you plan to go easily and comfortably.

Today, we are going to take you to some interesting sightseeing spots in Kansai with the best car rental service - "NISSAN Rent A Car".

Actually some of you may worry about driving in other countries, but you can ward off your worries if driving in Japan. As you know, most of the Japanese are very polite, so their driving manners is really polite too. Also, the rental cars in Japan are in top quality condition, so don't worry, you can enjoy driving and have a safe trip in Japan!

Let's get on the car and GO!!!!!!


NISSAN SERENA (8-seater family MPV)

The rental car we choose today is the NISSAN SERENA. This famous series has always adhered to being spacious, flexible and comfortable!

*NISSAN Rent A Car - Reservation Page (English)
https://nissan-rentacar.com/english/

*NISSAN Rent A Car - Kansai Airport Outlet
Address: 1 Senshu Kuko Naka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 549-0011 Japan
Tel.: 072-456-8623
Hours: 08:00 - 21:00
AccessCounter located inside of Aeroplaza on ground floor at Kansai International Airport.
Next to Nikko Hotel entrance.
Homepage: https://nissan-rentacar.com/english/shop/osaka/shop255.html
Google Map


The Best Choice For You and Your Family - NISSAN SERENA

Look how spacious the trunk is! It's great for groups with many luggage. Moreover, it is a hybrid vehicle, so you can save a lot on gas!

Type: SERENA
Driving Wheel: Front/Fulltime 4WD
Capacity: 8-persons
Fuel consumption: 13.6km/L
Total Displacement: 2,000cc
Gas Tank: 60L

Rental Fares
6 hours - 14,256 yen / 12 hours - 15,336 yen /
24 hours - 20,520 yen / Additional Day - 15,336 yen
Extra Hour: 2,160 yen
(Note: Information above is just for reference. Conditions vary according to outlets.)


A 2 Days 1 Night Road Trip in Kansai

Checkpoints
1. Kaisai Airport
Pick up your rental car at the NISSAN Kansai Airport outlet

2. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Visit the longest suspension bridge in the world

3. Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Visit the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan. Look! How steep it is!

(Check in at a business hotel near Tottori Station)

4. Tottori
Incredible view of the Tottori Sand Dunes

5. Amanohashidate
Visit one of the best three scenic views in Japan!

Let's get going!!


Do you know where is the most popular road trip destination in Japan for visitors?

It is...........Wakayama!! Wakayama is not just a world's heritage, it is also famous for the wine and food there! Don't miss out this great place!


Checkpoint 1: The World's Longest Suspension Bridge - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

The bridge has three spans. The central span is 1,991 meters long  and the two other sections are each 960 meters long. The bridge is 3,911 meters long overall! (Information from wikipedia)

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
MAP CODE:31 169 063 * 6
Tel.: 078-784-3396
Homepage: http://www.jb-honshi.co.jp/english/bridgeworld/index.html
Google Map



Checkpoint 2: Amazing Steepness - Eshima Ohashi Bridge

What the.....Yes! The internet is talking about this picture! Wanna know the secret behind this steep bridge? Keep reading our sharing!

Eshima Ohashi Bridge
MAP CODE:109 639 847 * 4
Google Map


Checkpoint 3: The Biggest Sand Dunes in Japan - Tottori Sand Dunes

It's the biggest and the most famous sand dunes in Japan! If you go to Tottori prefecture, you can't miss it!

Tottori Sand Dunes
MAP CODE:125 733 773 * 15
Tel.: 0857-22-0581
Homepage (Japanese): http://sakyu.city.tottori.tottori.jp/
Google Map




Checkpoint 4: Amanohashidate

Wanna find out what's so special about Amanohashidate, continue reading our sharing!

Amanohashidate View Land
Monju, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto-fu, 626-0001
MAP CODE:197 172 814 * 3
Tel.: 0772-22-5304
Operating Hours (2016)

PeriodOPEN HOURs
Feb. 21 – July 209:00 – 17:00
July 21 – Aug. 208:30 – 18:00
Aug. 21 – Oct. 209:00 – 17:00
Oct. 21 – Feb. 209:00 – 16:30
Ticket Price: 850 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
Homepage: http://www.viewland.jp/en/



About GPS Navigation System

With the GPS system, you don't have to worry about getting lost in your ways. Actually we have a good news for you! Now the English GPS system is equipped in NISSAN vehicles, and you can simply use the Map Code to search for your destination. How easy is that!

Function 1: Navi Menu on the main screen
English can be found on the main menu and parts of the sub-menu
- Destination Search (by address)
- Destination Search (by telephone number)

Function 2: Sound guidance
After you set your destination, you can hear English sound guidance
(Note: Road signs and Map are displayed in Japanese only)
(You can request for the English GPS Navigation Manual when you make your reservation)

Terms that you may see on a highway
IC: Intersection of highways
ETC: Electronic Toll Collection System
CEP: ETC Card used in center areas of Japan
SA: Service Area where you can park your car, take some rest and get some food
PA: A smaller version of SA where you can take rest and use the toilet
EXPASA: New service area by NEXCO
NEXCO: Highway management comapny in Japan


Welcome to the NISSAN Rent A Car Outlet at the Kansai Airport

Don't worry about the communication, English speaking staff is available here.

Car Rental Reminder
*Reservation in advance is provided
1) Passport
2) International Driving Permit
3) Check the vehicle with the staff before departure
4) Rent a ETC card
About the ETC-Equipped Vehicles

*Without reservation
Rental service only available according to the availability of vehicles.

- Accept both cash or credit cards


About filling the gasoline

Please note that you can find these 3 common kinds of gas in Japan

Red color - Regular (Remember to use this kind for your rental car!)
Yellow color - Hi-octane Gasoline
Green color - Light oil

Gas station accepts cash and credit cards too!


The World's Longest Suspension Bridge - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji IslandThe bridge is 3,911 meters long and it has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world at 1,991 meters. Moreover, the main supporting towers rise 298.3 meters tall which makes it the third tallest supporting tower in the world!

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
MAP CODE:31 169 063 * 6
Tel.: 078-784-3396
Homepage: http://www.jb-honshi.co.jp/english/bridgeworld/index.html
Google Map

Pearl Bridge

Because the lights on the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge look like a pearl necklace to the locals, that's why the bridge is also called the "Pearl Bridge"!


How about taking a photo in front of this famous bridge?

Wataru Kun is waiting for you to visit him! He will help you to take a nice picture in return :)


A Roller Coaster Track? 

Eshima Ohashi Bridge connects Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture and Matsue in Shimane Prefecture over the Nakaumi Lake.

What is special about this bridge?


Images of Eshima Ohashi Bridge is widely circulated on the internet because it looks very steep in the pictures!! Actually................it is not that steep at all! The actual measurement, in fact, it's only 3.44 degrees on Tottori side and only 2.86 degrees on Shimane side!


So where did the pictures on the internet come from?

Follow us, we will show you how to take this incredible picture now!


Hint 1: You can only take this picture if you have your rental car!

You need to drive a bit away from the Eshima Ohashi Bridge in order to take a picture just like those ones on the internet. Glad that we have our own rental car?


Hint 2: Optical Illusions

We need to use the optical illusion technique to take such wonderful picture.


Hint 3: A Road to the Sky!

Actually it is very simple to take that picture! Just use a telescope lens and take it at a far distance where you can compress the views of the front and behind, plus taking it with a good angle, then you can make such an amazing picture too!

Eshima Ohashi Bridge
MAP CODE:109 639 847 * 4
Google Map




Driving at Sunset

How amazing the view is! Big wind turbines can be seen while we are on our way from Eshima Ohashi Bridge to Tottori Prefecture.



It takes about 2 hours to drive from Eshima Ohashi Bridge to Tottori Prefecture.


Beer time!

After arriving in Tottori Prefecture,  the front desk staff of our hotel suggested us this Izakaya where we can have some nice Japanese food and drinks at reasonable prices! You can always get good information from the local staff. So please try to ask them next time!

(Of course no driving after drinking!!!)


The Biggest Sand Dunes in Japan - Tottori Sand Dunes

Just input the Map Code of Tottori Sand Dunes, the GPS Navigation System will take you here safely! How easy is that! Parking space can be found near the Tottori Sand Dunes.

Paid Parking
Motorcycle: 200 yen
Private Car: 500 yen
Mini-bus: 1,000  yen
Bus: 2,000 yen

(Parking fees is collected for park operation and maintenance)


A Desert in Japan??

Yes, there is actually a desert in Japan! It is located in Tottori Prefecture, and the width of the dune system is about 16 km long while the length of it is about 2 km long. We suggest you to walk barefoot all the way up to the top of the sand dunes to get the best view from there!!

Tottori Sand Dunes
MAP CODE:125 733 773 * 15
Tel.: 0857-22-0581
Homepage (Japanese): http://sakyu.city.tottori.tottori.jp/
Google Map



About Tottori Sand Dunes

1) Wind Pattern
Best time to visit Tottori Sand Dunes is the time with wind speed 5 to 6 km

2) Suribachi
Sand is blown by the strong wind and it forms what the locals call Suribachi (like a bowl)

3) Sand Curtain
Sand is sliding down the sand dunes which looks just like a sand curtain!

4) Sunset at the sand dunes
Don't miss the red-gold colored sky and the deep blue ocean during sunset . A gorgeous view that you can't miss!



People always say that you need to try rolling over the sands! Okay, let's do it!!!!


How about sliding down the sand dunes? Wait for me!!


A Desert Near The Coast

Actually Tottori Sand Dunes were created by sediment deposits carried from the Chūgoku Mountains by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. Sea currents and wind help bring the sand from the bottom up onto the shore, where the wind constantly rearranges their shape.
(Information from wikipedia)

A beautiful view from the top of the sand dunes!!


Besides walking barefoot on the sands, actually you can also find other activities at the sand dunes.

Camel Riding Experience
Location: Near the entrance of the Tottori Sand Dunes
Tel.: 0857-23-1735
Hours: 09:30 -16:30
(Dec to Feb, 10:00 - 16:00)
*Closed on rainy and windy days
Picture with the camel (your own camera) 500 yen / person
Souvenir Picture with the camel 1,300 / person, 2,500 / 2 persons

Paragliding
Zero Paraglider School
Tel.: 0857-29-9098
Hours: 09:00 - 19:00
Homepage: http://www.zero-para.co.jp/
e-mail:info@zero-para.co.jp

Kyoto Air Sports
Tel.: 075-593-7979
Homepage: http://www.amy.hi-ho.ne.jp/m-miu/
e-mail:m-miu@amy.hi-ho.ne.jp


One of the Best 3 Scenic Views in Japan - Amanohashidate

The best location to see the Amanohashidate is from the View Land where you can find a observatory, restaurants and even a Ferris-wheel!!

You can go to Amanohashidate View Land by cable cars or monorail train.

This time we took the cable cars to go up to the View Land!!

Amanohashidate View Land
Monju, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto-fu, 626-0001
MAP CODE:197 172 814 * 3
Tel.: 0772-22-5304
Operating Hours (2016)

PERIODOPEN HOURS
Feb. 21 – July 209:00 – 17:00
July 21 – Aug. 208:30 – 18:00
Aug. 21 – Oct. 209:00 – 17:00
Oct. 21 – Feb. 209:00 – 16:30
Ticket Price: 850 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
Homepage: http://www.viewland.jp/en/



Matanozoki

Amanohashidate is known as a place to do "Matanozoki (view between your two legs)".

You will see the land and sky upside down, and the view just looks like a dragon climbing into the sky! That's why the view from here is called "Hiryukan" (view of the flying dragon)!


Can you see a drgaon climbing into the sky?


Do you like our road trip this time? Before we go home, we need to return our NISSAN SERENA to the NISSAN Rent A Car Outlet at the Kansai Airport.  Don't worry you can't find your way back. You can just simply ask the staff to help you enter the outlet as your home destination in the GPS Navigation System, then you can just choose it and it will show you the way back to the outlet!

Before you return your rental car, please remember:
1) Fill up the gasoline to full tank
2) Check the vehicle again (any scratches / damages etc.)
3) Throw away the garbage
4) Take all your personal belongings with you (mobile phones, charger etc)


A Road Trip in Kansai

Actually when we talk about Kansai, you may think of Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama these famous sightseeing spots. In addition to the places we introduced you today, why don't you add these places to your road trip next time! Make your perfect and unique Kansai trip by renting a car from NISSAN!!

*NISSAN Rent A Car - Reservation Page (English)
https://nissan-rentacar.com/english/

*NISSAN Rent A Car - Kansai Airport Outlet
Address: 1 Senshu Kuko Naka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 549-0011 Japan
Tel.: 072-456-8623
Hours: 08:00 - 21:00
AccessCounter located inside of Aeroplaza on ground floor at Kansai International Airport.
Next to Nikko Hotel entrance.
Homepage: https://nissan-rentacar.com/english/shop/osaka/shop255.html
Google Map

Type: SERENA
Driving Wheel: Front/Fulltime 4WD
Capacity: 8-persons
Fuel consumption: 13.6km/L
Total Displacement: 2,000cc
Gas Tank: 60L

Rental Fares
6 hours - 14,256 yen / 12 hours - 15,336 yen /
24 hours - 20,520 yen / Additional Day - 15,336 yen
Extra Hour: 2,160 yen
(Note: Information above is just for reference. Conditions vary according to outlets.)


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