What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

Get one here for much less than you’d get at home. Used cars are cheap, especially for diplomats. - Mar 2019

Nothing too big. We have a car that we use for the Base, Disney and a few other places. Parking on the Compound is an average sized spot. - Jun 2018

A small one, for sure. Roads are narrow and parking is often in a mechanical rack system. We do not have a car and have not needed one at all, with public transportation plus great delivery services. - Mar 2018

Do not bring one, unless it's Japanese spec. Or, buy a secondhand car locally. - Mar 2017

Any. - Feb 2014

You need a right-hand-drive vehicle of any size, although some have brought their left-hand-drive cars. - Apr 2013

Buy locally, very cheap. - Jan 2011

I didn"t have a car in tokyo and had absolutely no regrets.public transportation is prolific, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. If i were to bring a car, though, I'd stick with a small car (sedan) and not an SUV. Gas is expensive and Tokyo streets/parking spaces are not sized for SUVs. - Oct 2008

You can bring a car but because it is left-hand drive, most people don't. Many people get cars here (many are passed on within the embassy community). I wouldn't recommend bringing a big car as the roads are often very narrow. - Jan 2008

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