Effective Ways to Avoid Long Taxi Wait Times in Japan

Effective Ways to Avoid Long Taxi Wait Times in Japan

Since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a noticeable increase in foreign tourists to Japan, leading to long queues for taxi rides at many locations. This taxi shortage is especially prevalent at airports and tourist spots, where wait times can sometimes extend to several hours. A significant cause of this issue is the aging population of taxi drivers, compounded by a decrease in their numbers. From 2004 to 2022, the number of taxi drivers in Japan decreased by 31%, with the average age rising to 59 years. This age is significantly higher than the average age of 44.5 years across all industries in Japan, highlighting the severity of the aging issue among taxi drivers.


Number of Taxi Drivers

Source: National Federation of Auto Transport Workers Unions


Average Age of Taxi Drivers

Source: National Federation of Taxi and Hire Taxi Associations


Additionally, with the implementation of the "Work Style Reform Bill" in April 2024, which limits drivers' working hours, the shortage of taxi drivers is likely to become even more acute. Although there is active discussion around alternative solutions like ridesharing, a definitive resolution has yet to be reached.

In response, our company proposes practical solutions for travelers to tackle this issue themselves. Reducing luggage and opting for public transportation or walking can be key to avoiding long taxi wait times. By using our clothing rental service, travelers can minimize their luggage, making using public transit systems like subways and buses more convenient and reducing the burden when walking. Lesser luggage also makes it feasible to consider using rental bicycles.


Moreover, reducing luggage contributes to lowering CO2 emissions from airplanes. Thus, our services allow travelers to enjoy a comfortable and eco-friendly journey. For your next trip to Japan, avoid the hassle of taxi wait times and experience a smoother, more environmentally friendly mode of travel.



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