Helping Tourists to Japan by Creating Special Driving Routes that will Allow Visitors to Hokkaido Enjoy Their Time to the Fullest!

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As the number of foreign visitors to Japan steadily increase, we want to help those that come that are looking to take to the road!
We foresee a huge problem on the horizon as visitors wishing to drive increase, repeaters who don’t want to look around Tokyo and Osaka for the hundredth time; but want to visit more local areas.
That’s why we created Drive Japan(https://drivejapan.co.jp/). In order to help solve these problems, we create amazing easy to use routes for visiting drivers.

Our main aim of this crowdfunding project is to raise money so we can add to our repertoire, routes in the ever-popular Hokkaido, complimenting our routes in Kyushu and Okinawa.
We hope that by helping foreigners coming in to Japan to take trips around the lesser known parts, Drive Japan will help with the overtourism problem that many large cities face such as Osaka and Kyoto face. In addition to this, we also hope that the restaurants and places of interest off the beaten track are invigorated by an increase of business from those that are coming to drive around these places!

We hope that you can help us achieve our goal! We need your help to make this all come true!

Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)
Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

2019.7.8

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As the number of foreign visitors to Japan steadily increase, we want to help those that come that are looking to take to the road!
We foresee a huge problem on the horizon as visitors wishing to drive increase, repeaters who don’t want to look around Tokyo and Osaka for the hundredth time; but want to visit more local areas.
That’s why we created Drive Japan(https://drivejapan.co.jp/). In order to help solve these problems, we create amazing easy to use routes for visiting drivers.

Our main aim of this crowdfunding project is to raise money so we can add to our repertoire, routes in the ever-popular Hokkaido, complimenting our routes in Kyushu and Okinawa.
We hope that by helping foreigners coming in to Japan to take trips around the lesser known parts, Drive Japan will help with the overtourism problem that many large cities face such as Osaka and Kyoto face. In addition to this, we also hope that the restaurants and places of interest off the beaten track are invigorated by an increase of business from those that are coming to drive around these places!

We hope that you can help us achieve our goal! We need your help to make this all come true!

Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)
Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

2019.7.8


Hello, I'm Takujiro Oto and I run Drive Japan, a company that looks to help foreigners with creating drive routes around certain areas of Japan. We are a company that are currently creating free driving routes to help accommodate visitors to Japan, specifically in Kyushu and Okinawa! However, we now want to add another point where we can help, Hokkaido, and we need YOUR help to do so! But how did we get to this point and why Hokkaido? Please read on to find out more!


■Why start this all?    

I worked in Singapore for 4 and a half years until Feb 2018, working at a travel agency focused on Japan. At this travel agency, we had a large clientele base that enjoyed tours where they would be free to drive themselves, and I was in charge of both sales as well as helping the customers as an assistant on these tours.
The more I went, the more I discovered. A lot of the comments that I had from these customers were things such as:

“I never knew how many wonderful and different things you could find!”
“The public transport in the region really is poor! Travelling for yourself is really the way to go!”
“Even as a foreigner, travelling around Japan in a rental car is such a satisfying experience!”

I had a multitude of guests from families, to new couples, to long time partners. I was able to explore all over, learning what each type of customer enjoyed. After a few times I became attuned to these customers, leading to a higher satisfaction rate, and with that we had repeaters coming 5, 10 times just to go on these trips. And they also had the same feeling--that they had tasted freedom--and they couldn’t go back to bus tours.


■Tours no matter what are expensive    


But one big sticking point was that Rental Car Tours are expensive.
One customer came in one day as was super enthusiastic about the trip after I explained everything, but then when it came to the pricing, their spirits dropped and told me,

“I would love to use this service but with 4 people in my family, it’s just too expensive. I’ll look at making the trip myself.”

And with that he left and went about to make his own trip.



■Information both lacking and overabundant    

There are a lot of different travel sites available to foreigners, but this doesn’t mean that route planning is in anyway easy or trouble free.
When talking about trips in the north in Hokkaido to the south in Kyushu, whenever I talk to foreigners that have came to travel, I always end up saying the same things about their planned route,

“You drove 400km non stop? You must be exhausted!”
“You came all the way to 〇〇〇 but didn't stop at XXX! That’s a shame!”
“You’re staying at 〇〇〇 for 3 nights? There’s not so much to see, you should’ve stayed a night at △△”
“If you’re going to 〇〇〇 you’ll have to go back the same way you came!”


And I always think to myself, “if only you had been able to speak with me, in 3 minutes I could’ve corrected your route or given you better advice.


From there, I decided not to just think but act, and started work on Drive Japan.
By creating an Online Travel Route search site, I feel like we can take away a lot of the problems that are attached to planning a trip.

By using a route that has been designed by professionals that know how to deal with the overabundance of information, we plan to help your trips safer, more efficient, and most importantly more comfortable.
This is a site where anyone, with any budget can find their dream driving route!
With that we were selected by Global Innovation college at Startup Hub Tokyo as well as joining in at startup events in Denver, USA. I am confident that this service will make a lot of people happy!





The truth is that in Japan, we’re seeing a massive increase of driving tours of about 140%! How incredible is that?
The main reasoning behind this are:

①You can go to places not accessible by public transport or that would take too long to go
②You can eat at small restaurants with delicious food that wouldn't normally be included on tours
③You’re free to explore on your own time and not set to a time restriction
④You don’t need to worry about luggage restrictions.
⑤It can be extremely economical
⑥Its extremely fun to drive in another country


And these are just a few examples. There are a ton of merits that lead to the driver to be extremely satisfied with their journey! For those that try this, they always have the same response, they never wish to return to their past methods of using bus tours and getting around via public transport.




The Downsides to Making Your Own Trip   

It’s not the easiest thing for foreigners to create a travel route, especially those that wish to go on a rental car trip.
First they need to understand where they wish to go, check that each place is correct, and then choose the order in which they will visit. Then after weighing up each place, choosing an order, and making sure there’s enough time in the day to do so, they need to pick the place the settle down for the night. That’s not even including the seasonal changes that might occur!
With this all in mind, we can safely say that for a normal visitor, it would be a massive time sink to pick and plan a route.
Even in your own country planning a trip like this can be difficult, so when thinking about a different country you can understand the increased difficulty.


The Drive Japan Team

Recently, there has been a boom in information sites for foreign visitors to Japan. And yet with this abundance of information, there is no real how-to section, with the focus mainly being on the locations themselves.
Time is money as they say, and spending an inordinate amount of time to collect all this information and collate it in a way that it makes a drivable course can take days or even weeks! Without doing your homework, it can be a struggle to benefit from the charms and merits of a self-made driving trip!



"Drive Japan" has two main selling points, “a search engine for travel routes” and “Daily Drive Maps”.


■Travel Route Search Engine    

A search engine able to help you find the best route depending on your schedule and destination.
①The User enters the location such as Hokkaido or Kyushu and date of arrival/departure.
②Choose from a variety of route plans that come up.
③According to each departure point/ arrival point it is possible to be redirected to book accommodation to suit your needs.



Example route

■Daily Drive Maps    

①A User that has booked via the site can receive a detailed drive map that matches their itinerary.
②Each day has information about the different locations that you will visit as well as our recommendations for restaurants. We also split our recommendations based on the season!
③Receive a MAPCODE for each specific spot on your adventure, making it much easier for you to explore! Instead of trying to put in complicated addresses, that sometimes are incorrect, and might even lead you to the middle of a lake, we’ll give you MAPCODEs that are easy to use and leads you to places like car parks that makes your travelling much easier.

In regards to making these routes, Mr Oto will be in charge of making them using his many years of experience from working on tours in Hokkaido to create the best routes possible.


■Costs    


Drive Japan is unique in that it offers the ability to search a route for free! And what’s more if you book a hotel and rental car through us, we will also create a Daily Drive Map just for you!
The money you would spend on guidebooks can now be used towards paying for car and accommodation.
Per day a rental car can cost between 6000-20000 yen, depending on the season and type of car. Hotels can range from 1500 to 10000 Yen depending on where you stay.



With the money that is raised, we have several things that we wish to do. We hope that you are able to help us.

■Creation of routes and collection of correct MAPCODEs    

This is the most important part of our work. There are a large number of travellers that have used incorrect MAPCODEs that are given out by tourist associations and municipalities that in fact turn out to be incorrect. With this, and the fact that many tourists don’t understand Japanese, a large amount of their precious touring time is lost.
We do not want to have this happen when we advise travellers via our website, so we wish to check each location carefully and make sure each present code is the best it can be. Therefore we need to check and confirm a selection of the 600 codes we plan to be giving out.
We are planning to make in total around 40 different types of routes from overnighters to two week-long trips! Each route will start at Chitose Airport and will be able to cover from Abashiri and Shiretoko in the east and Hakodate in the South.


■Filming of the location    

In order to convey the areas beauty to the travellers that are thinking about going to Hokkaido, we wish to film the areas that we go to.



This project we hope will have many benefits to both Japanese people and Foreigners.

■For Foreigners   

①Have an increased feeling of travel satisfaction due to being able to travel freely.
②Have the stress of planning a trip in a foreign country reduced, as we help you!
③With Daily Drive maps, have a way to get around with up to date travel information and save valuable time that you can spend not driving.
④Have less chance of getting into trouble, as all routes are checked to a high standard.

■For those living in Japan    

①We hope that it will lead people to explore Hokkaido more, with repeat visitors travelling all over!
②Hopefully lead to a downturn of Overtourism found in places like Sapporo.
③People are able to access places that were unknown to them previously unavailable to them via public transport, leading to a boost of local economy.


Kikuchi Gorge, an area only accessible by car



The money that we receive be it 1000 yen or 100,000 yen will be handled with the utmost care. We see this as being an amazing opportunity to help foreign visitors learn more about Hokkaido. So when it comes to using the money, we will be using the main part on the cost of gasoline and so on, with as little money as possible on accommodation, meaning no big hotels when there is a small motel or guest house nearby!




The following is our roadmap for the future of this project! We hope that you can take a look and see that we are looking to have as quick of a turn around as possible!





The following are that which we are looking to offer as returns for backing the project!
Please don’t hesitate to send us anyway questions if you want anything clarified!

3000 Yen Plan

・Thanks Mail
・Name included on the Drive Japan About Us Page
・Behind the scenes stories from our time in Hokkaido (Currently planned to be PDF)

5000 Yen Plan

・Thanks Mail
・Name included on the Drive Japan About Us Page
・Behind the scenes stories from our time in Hokkaido (Currently planned to be PDF)
・T-Shirt with the Drive Japan logo!

Current Design

1000 Yen Plan

・Thanks Mail
・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!

3000 Yen Plan

・Thanks Mail
・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!
・Map of the Best Restaurants collated by Mr. Oto, who was previously a tour guide catering to high paying travellers!
・Collation of 10 different MAPCODEs of places in Japan that you wish to travel to but are worried about getting wrong.

10000 Yen Plan

・Thanks Mail
・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!
・Map of the Best Restaurants collated by Mr. Oto, who was previously a tour guide catering to high paying travellers!
・Collation of 10 different MAPCODEs of places in Japan that you wish to travel to but are worried about getting wrong.
・An hour consultation to help you choose the best route for your travel!
・A handwritten thanks mail sent from us via a postcard bought in Hokkaido personally to thank you!

150,000 Yen Plan (Limited to Hokkaido Only)

・A handwritten thanks mail sent from us via a postcard bought in Hokkaido personally to thank you!
・Your corporate logo displayed on our site for a year.
・A introduction aimed at tourists from the stand point of a well versed tour operator! Once written you are free to use however you wish! (This can be written in English, Chinese, and Korean by our native staff.)


■All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!(pdf)   

This will contain tips and helpful information such as ①essential driving rules ②how to use parking and highways ③how to use gasoline stands.

■Map of the Best Restaurants collated by Mr. Oto, who was previously a tour guide catering to high paying travellers!(pdf)   

Drive Japan's Mr. Oto, after working as a travel agent for 4 years in Singapore, he picked up a ton of information that normal travelers wouldn't know! This includes amazing restaurants specifically in Sapporo!

■Collation of up to 10 different MAPCODEs   

With this return, we'll find out and collate up to 10 different locations' MAPCODES in Kyushu/Okinawa/Hokkaido

■T-Shirt with the Drive Japan logo!   

Receive a special Drive Japan T-Shirt which helps us get even more known! This return is only available to those living in Japan.
Preliminary Design subject to change

■An hour consultation to help you choose the best route for your travel!    

Mr. Oto with his many years of travel agency work, is looking to help those that are travelling to Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Okinawa an hour consultation!

■Your corporate logo displayed on our site for a year.   

We will put your logo on our Drive Japan homepage for a year. With this, it is necessary to talk with us before choosing a plan with this return.

■A introduction aimed at tourists from the stand point of a well versed tour operator! Once written you are free to use however you wish!   

With a multitude of different members of staff, we will write an introduction that you can use to entice tourists to your facilities! This is available in English, Chinese Traditional and Korean!

Japan is an amazing place to travel to. This country has an amazing climate, a beautiful culture, gorgeous scenery, delicious food and some of the best sightseeing spots in the world. After living abroad I was able to realise this.

For those that have driven in another country, I expect you to have many different anecdotes about your trip. It is often said that the most important part of the journey is not the destination but how you get there. With Drive Japan, we want to make sure that how you get to your destination is the most memorable thing on your trip to Japan.
When I was founding Drive Japan, I always had in the back of my mind, what does it mean to drive in a different country? And then when I was able to go to the USA, I tried it and wrote down my experience.
I wrote:


I was able to visit the Rocky Mountain Nation Park, and it was brilliant, and the travel agent that introduced me to the town of Boulder gave me some great advice. But you know what, I stopped off at a small town whose name I can’t remember, at a small local run coffee shop whose name I can’t remember, and that coffee was maybe the most memorable of all. I felt like an adventurer!


I had felt it, the feeling of what it’s like to drive in another country on vacation, and I loved it from the bottom of my heart. If people are able to feel this way about Japan, I can be extremely happy. I want people to experience this!

Hokkaido is one of the best places to try a self driving tour out. It’s beautiful and I hope that you can help us to help you make an amazing tour possible!
We hope that you can help us achieve our goal!



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    Nozomi

    応援しています。対応地域拡大、おすすめルート拡大、応援しています。

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    1. Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      のぞみさんっ!!超絶っ!ありがとうございますっ!いつか素敵な北海道旅行にご招待させて頂きますっ!

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    Kento Kobayashi

    がんがん攻めていきましょう!!

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      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      ありがとうっ!粛々と!やるべきことを進めていいもの提供する!

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    Kazutoshi Kamegaya

    微力ながら応援させていただきます!!

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      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      かめがやさん!!ご無沙汰してます!超うれしいです!!あざますっ!!

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    Norimasa Sasaki

    音さーん
    頑張ってください。
    北海道は何か一緒に企画出来たら嬉しいです。

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    1. Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      佐々木さんっ!!ありがとうございますっ!!めっちゃうれしいです!北海道版できた際にはぜひ何かできればと!

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  5. 木村

    音ちゃんがどんどん輝いていくのを見ていてとても気持ちが良いです。いつも良い刺激をもらっています。ありがとう。離れていてもいつも応援しています(^^)

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    1. Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      あずちゃん、ありがとう。あずちゃんにそう言ってもらえたら嬉しいけど、ほんっと悩みと試行錯誤の日々です。けど、ドライブ旅行は絶対意義があるはずだから、どうにかして普及させたいと思う!
      応援ありがとうっ!!

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    Wataru Iwamura Rock

    Jack社長!お久しぶりです。Rockです!
    なんかすごいことやってますね!
    学生時代に一度だけ行ったことある北海道。また行きたいと思ってますが、なかなか行けず。。あの北海道の素晴らしさは海外の方にも楽しんでほしいすね!北海道行く際はドライブジャパンにお世話になりたいと思います。微々たる支援ですが、応援してます!

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    三ツ本 譲

    がんばれー!しかし、ここのサイトからファンの中でもマックス見づらいからもったいないな。

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  8. Catherine

    Hoping your goal will be reached! Catherine Garau

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  9. Catherine

    Bravo à Drive Japan! Je vous apporte mon soutien depuis Collioure, France!
    Huguette Garau, Alex’s grandma

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    小山 慶一郎

    音さん
    頑張ってください!応援してます!!
    おやま

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    後藤 春鷹

    たく、がんばってね!
    シャツはXLサイズを希望します。

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    小泉 朋美

    音さん、シンガポールではお世話になりました。服部朋美(旧姓:小泉)です。旦那の実家が北海道なので、クラウドファンディング以外にも協力できることがあればご連絡ください!

    応援してますよーーー

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    Mohit Budhiraja

    Great work. I love travelling Japan country side. Wish you success ahead.

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    1. Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      Thank you very very much!! We really want to make self-drive travel in Hokkaido more convenient and memorable. Really appreciate from bottom of our heart!

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    三好 悠介

    音さん、微力ですが支援です。がんば!

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    Kyoji Yoshikawa

    音さん、プロジェクトが成功する事を期待しています。全力で応援しますので頑張ってください!
    吉川恭司

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      Takujiro Oto (Drive Japan)

      吉川さんっ!!ありがとうございますーっ!!いいもの作ってもっと多くの方によりよい旅の思い出を作ってもらいたいと思います!

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After Graduating from University, he joined an internet advertising company. After working 6 ½ years of advertising, he had learnt a lot about Online Marketing. With this, he had the urge to work abroad, and after studying for half a year in the Philippines, moved to Singapore to work at a Travel Agent aimed at visitors to Japan.
This company looked at a different type of tour, a type of tour where the customer looks at driving themselves around set locations, and for about 4 ½ years spent about 200 days on accompanying tours and helping with sales.
With this, he was able to learn about Japan even more, and found a new respect and interest in Hokkaido as well as how popular it is for those renting cars for tours.
After seeing the bad sides of that style of tour company, he decided on creating a web service that would be of much benefit to those that wish to travel to Japan on a driving tour. Drive Japan URL:https://drivejapan.co.jp/

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・Thanks Mail
・Name added as a supporter on the Drive Japan Website!
・Special "Behind the Scenes" stories from our research trip in Hokkaido! (Planned to be PDF)

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Helpful Guide for Driving in Japan! 1000yen

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・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!
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A Helping Hand in Getting Around in Japan! 3000yen

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Receive a map of recommended restaurants in Sapporo, Hokkaido collated by Mr. Oto, a long time lover of Hokkaido and tour operator that has years of experience in the area!

<This return contains>

・Thanks Mail
・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!
・Name added as a supporter on the Drive Japan Website!
・Map of the Best Restaurants collated by Mr. Oto, who was previously a tour guide catering to high paying travellers!
・Collation of 10 different MAPCODEs of places in Japan that you wish to travel to but are worried about getting wrong.

Consultation with a Pro! 10000yen

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・All you need to get by driving in Japan Manual!
・Name added as a supporter on the Drive Japan Website!
・Map of the Best Restaurants collated by Mr. Oto, who was previously a tour guide catering to high paying travellers!
・Collation of 10 different MAPCODEs of places in Japan that you wish to travel to but are worried about getting wrong.
・An hour consultation to help you choose the best route for your travel!
・A handwritten thanks mail sent from us via a postcard bought in Hokkaido personally to thank you!

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・Your corporate logo displayed on our side for a year.
・A introduction aimed at tourists from the stand point of a well versed tour operator! Once written you are free to use however you wish! (This can be written in English, Chinese, and Korean by our native staff.)

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