Tokyo Gas Stations

Gas Stations in Japan – Useful Terms and Phrases

If you decide to own a car in Japan or use Car Sharing (ORIXCarecoTimes) you’ll have to fill up on gas. Japanese gas stations / gasoline stands (ガソリンスタンド) offer self-serve stations or full-service stations where they’ll fill up the tank so you’ll never have to leave the car.

DID YOU KNOW – Gas Stations in Japan are safe. None of the 869 gas stations collapsed or broke fire during the Great Hanshin Earthquake since they were built under strict fire acts. Now, they are designated as “Support stations” for people walking home, providing them with water and bathrooms.
Full Service Station Instructions:
  1. Enter the station and wait for the staff to direct you to a space. He/She will use his hands to wave you in while saying “oorai-oorai-oorai” (alright, alright, alright) then the hand signal to stop. Turn off your vehicle.
  2. Lower your window and the station staff will ask the type of fuel you want to use to fill your tank, how much, and your method of payment. In which you might respond “re-gu-la, mantan, kaado de onegaishimasu” (Fill the tank with regular gasoline. I am using a credit card) and hand them your credit card.
  3. While your car is getting filled, the will offer you a cloth to clean your dashboard then will proceed to clean the windshield, windows, and door mirrors.
  4. Once your car is filled they will bring you your receipt and card.
  5. After payment the staff will ask you which direction you are going (Dochira ni ikimasu ka?). Potential Response: migi ni (Right) and guide you to get back on the road.


Gasoline Types Japanese Pronunciation
Regular レギュラー re-gu-la
High Octane ハイオク hai-o-ku
Diesel 軽油 kei-yu / di-se-ru

Useful Terms Japanese Pronunciation
Fill up the tank 満タン man-tan
Using Cash 現金で genkin de
Using Credit Card クレジットカードで kurejito kaado de
3000 yen worth 3千円ぶん san zen en bun
Right migi
Left hidari

Useful Links For Driving In Japan

Tokyo Gas Stations  – Lists self and full service stations, 24 hour stations, stations that offer car inspection & maintenance, car wash & gasoline price. (website in Japanese)

Gasoline Price Ranking in Tokyo (website in Japanese)

Tokyo Self Service Gas Station list (website in Japanese)

Japan Expressway Toll Calculator (website in Japanese)

JAF – Japanese Automobile Federation (English)

W-Nexco – West Nippon Expressways (English)

E-Nexco – East Nippon Expressways (English)


Renewing your Japanese Drivers License – Samezu Center

Japan Carshare with ORIX – Car Rental by the Hour

Careco Carshare – Car Rental by the Hour

Times Car Plus – Car Rental by the Hour


Gas Stations in Japan – Useful Terms and Phrases

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