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Drone Laws in Japan

Summary of Drone Laws in Japan

Hobbyist Drone Laws For Residents of Japan

Drone Operations in Japan are currently regulated.


  • Hobbyist drone flights are allowed in Japan
  • Hobbyist Japan drone pilot license is not required within the limits below, but permission is required for flights
  • Hobbyist Drone registration is required in Japan for hobbyists flying a drone over 100g
  • Drone Remote ID is required in Japan for hobbyists
  • Drone Insurance is not required but recommended for hobbyists’ drone operations in Japan

Read below for more details on Hobbyist Drone Laws in Japan and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Commercial Drone Laws For Residents of Japan

Drone Operations in Japan are currently regulated.


  • Commercial drone flights are allowed in Japan
  • Commercial Japan drone pilot license is required for categories 2 and 3 and permission must be obtained
  • Commercial Drone registration is required in Japan for commercial drone operators
  • Drone Remote ID is required in Japan for Commercial Drone Operators
  • Drone Insurance is not required but recommended for commercial drone operations in Japan

Read below for more details on Commercial Drone Laws in Japan and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Visitors To Japan

Drone Operations in Japan are currently regulated.


  • Foreign visitor drone flights are allowed in Japan
  • Foreign visitor drone pilot license is not required
  • Drone registration is not required but you must apply for a permit in Japan for visitors/tourists
  • Drone Remote ID is required in Japan for tourists
  • Drone Insurance is not required but recommended for tourist drone operations in Japan

Read below for more details on Drone Laws in Japan for Visitors (Tourists) and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Government Drone Operators in Japan

Drone Operations in Japan are currently regulated.


  • Government drone flights allowed in Japan
  • Government drone pilot license is not required
  • Drone registration is required in Japan for Government operations
  • Drone Remote ID is required in Japan for Government operations
  • Drone Insurance is not required for Government drone operations in Japan

Read below for more details on Drone Laws in Japan for Government Drone Operations and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in Japan

Drone Regulator in Japan: Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism

Official website explaining Drone Rules in Japan: Flight Rules Explained (English)

Contact Information

If you need additional details we have not covered or specific case assistance, you can contact the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) directly at:

  • Address: 2-1-3 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8918
  • Phone: +81-50-5445-4451
  • Emailhqt-jcab.mujin@ml.mlit.go.jp
  • Help Desk for Unmanned Aircraft
    • Tel: +81-50-5445-4451
    • Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (JST) on weekdays, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and year-end/new-year holidays (Dec 29 – Jan 3)

Please continue reading for more details on Japan Drone Laws.


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Japan

The Japanese agency responsible for drone safety, JCAB, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details, click on the link above.

Are drones allowed in Japan?

JCAB states that drone use is allowed in Japan, subject to strict JCAB regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Japan:

JCAB defines “UA/Drone” as an airplane, rotorcraft, glider, or airship that cannot accommodate anyone on board and can be remotely or automatically piloted. (Excluding those lighter than 100g. The weight of a UA/Drone includes that of its battery.)

Important Notice regarding registration and remote ID

The mandatory registration of Unmanned Aircraft became effective on June 20, 2022. No flights of unregistered Unmanned Aircraft weighing 100 g or more are allowed after June 20, 2022. Please be sure to register your Unmanned Aircraft. Also, Unmanned Aircraft of 100 g or more are subject to the control of the Civil Aeronautics Act, including the scope of the flight permission system from June 20, 2022.

In addition to displaying a registration ID on the Unmanned Aircraft, the aircraft must have a remote ID function. The RID equipment installed in the Unmanned Aircraft transmits the aircraft’s identification information via radio waves even during a flight, enabling you to identify whether or not it is registered and ensuring safe skies.

As of June 20th, 2022, all drones over the weight of 100 grams are required to be registered. Follow this link to register and pay the fee (900 to 2,400 yen for the first drone, depending on the application method). Your drone must also be equipped with a remote ID function or equipment.

Prohibited Airspace for Flight (No-fly Zones in Japan)

Any person who intends to operate a UA/Drone in the following airspaces must obtain permission from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism.

(A) Airspace around airports. (airspaces above approach surface, horizontal surface, transitional surface, extended approach surface, conical surface, and outer horizontal surface.)
* As of September 18, 2019, Airspace below the approach surface, transitional surface, and above the airport premises is added to a no-fly zone at the following airports: New Chitose Airport, Narita International Airport, Tokyo International Airport, Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Naha Airport.
(B) Airspace at or above 150m above ground level.
(C) Above Densely Inhabited Districts (DID) defined and published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

* For further details of (B) and (C), please refer to:

Online Maps 1 and Online Maps 2

Please click “OK”; you can confirm the areas of (A) and (C).
Green area : (A) Airspace around airports
Red area    : (C) Densely Inhabited Districts

JCAB Illustration of restricetd and unrestricted drone operating areas
JCAB Illustration of restricted and unrestricted drone operating areas

Operational Limitations

When operating a drone in Japan, it is essential to adhere to the following rules:

  1. Do not operate UA/Drones under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  2. Fly and operate UA/Drones after preflight actions.
  3. Operate UA/Drones to prevent collision hazards with airplanes and other UAs/Drones.
  4. Do not operate UA/Drones in a careless or reckless manner.
  5. Fly and operate UA/Drones in the daytime.
  6. Operate UA/Drones within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS).
  7. Keep a 30m or more operating distance between UA/Drones and persons or properties on the ground/water surface.
  8. Do not operate UA/Drones over event sites where many people gather.
  9. Do not transport hazardous materials such as explosives by UA/Drone.
  10. Do not drop any objects from UAs/Drones.

If you intend to fly a UA/Drone regardless of rules [5] to [10] above, you must obtain approval from the Regional Civil Aviation Bureau in advance.

Exception

Requirements stated in “Airspace in which Flights are Prohibited” and “Operational Limitations” are not applied to flights for search and rescue operations by public organizations in case of accidents and disasters. (Exception for part of the rules.)

Penalty

If the above rules are violated, the UAV operator is liable for a fine of up to 500,000 yen. (* If [1] is violated, the UAV operator is liable for imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up to 300,000 yen.)

Permission & Approval

You must submit an application in Japanese for permission or approval to the Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for at least ten days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) before you fly a UA/Drone.


Can tourists fly drones in Japan?

Yes, tourists are allowed to fly drones in Japan, but applying to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism at least ten days in advance is necessary. Upon approval, they must follow all MLIT regulations and Japanese drone laws.

You can send the application via post or online. You can also bring it to the office or email the application form. FAX is generally not accepted unless it is an emergency, such as a natural calamity.

If you plan to fly a drone in Japan, you must submit an application for permission or approval to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism at least ten days before your intended flight date (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). The application must be submitted in Japanese.

To apply for permission or approval, you can use the DIPS (Drone Information Platform System) online. Please note that all the information and forms on the DIPS website are available only in Japanese. If you prefer to start the process before arriving in Japan, you can request permission or approval through the DIPS online system.

Here is a step-by-step guide to the application process:

  1. Create an Account: Begin by creating an account on the DIPS website. Provide accurate information about the registrant, the drone, and the drone operator.
  2. Fill out the Application Form: Complete the application form with the required details. Make sure to provide all the necessary information accurately.
  3. Submit the Application: After filling out the application form, submit it through the DIPS system.
  4. Feedback and Correction Requests: After applying, you will receive feedback from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. In some cases, they may request corrections or additional information. If you receive correction requests, make the necessary changes and resubmit the corrected application.
  5. Approval and Electronic Written Permission: You will receive an email notification once your application is approved. If you opted for it during the application process, you can download the electronic written permission via the DIPS system. It is essential to carry this permission document when you operate the drone.

According to the law, private property includes midair above the land. Hence, you need to ask for permission beforehand from the owner(s) of the place(s) you want to fly a drone. The private property also includes forests, mountains, public transport stations and rail tracks, riversides, schools, shrines,  temples,  riversides, and so on.

Violating these rules can result in fines of up to 500,000 yen or other penalties.

It is important to follow the operational conditions outlined by the MLIT (see general Japanese Drone Laws above), and ensure that your drone has Japanese TELEC certification.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Japan

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be operated by hobbyists subject to the following guidelines:

  • Permission is required to fly in airspace A, B, or C.
    • Aerial space surrounding airports. 
    • At or above 150m, airspace 
    • Districts with a High Density of Inhabitants (DID) 
  • Maximum Height Maximum 150m / 492ft > 150m / 492ft requires permission 
  • Maximum Range: None must always remain within the operator’s line of sight unless approval for a beyond-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operation has been granted. 
  • There is no upper weight limit for take-off. 
  • Although a license is not required, you must apply in Japanese to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for at least ten days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) before flying a drone. 
  • Unless prior approval has been granted, operations must be conducted during the day. 
  • Drone labeling is not required; it is recommended. 
  • Liability insurance for drones is not required; it is recommended.

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Japan

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be operated by hobbyists subject to the following guidelines:

  • Permission is required to fly in airspace A, B, or C.
    • Aerial space surrounding airports. 
    • At or above 150m, airspace 
    • Districts with a High Density of Inhabitants (DID) 
  • Maximum Height Maximum 150m / 492ft > 150m / 492ft requires permission 
  • Maximum Range: None must always remain within the operator’s line-of-sight unless approval is granted beyond-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operation. 
  • There is no upper weight limit for take-off. 
  • Although a license is not required, you must apply in Japanese to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for at least ten days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) before flying a drone. 
  • Unless prior approval has been granted, operations must be conducted during the day. 
  • Labeling your drone is not required, but it is recommended. 
  • Liability insurance for drones is not required, but it is recommended.

Useful published information on flying drones in Japan

f you want to gather more information on flying drones in Japan, there are several useful resources available. Here are some recommendations:

  1. Official Websites: Visit the official websites of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for the most accurate and updated information on drone regulations in Japan. JCAB’s “Flight Rules Explained” section is particularly helpful, as it provides detailed explanations in English.
  2. Online Communities and Forums: Engage with the drone community in Japan by joining online forums and communities. These platforms allow you to connect with experienced drone pilots who can provide valuable insights and share their experiences. It’s a great way to stay updated and learn from others’ knowledge.
  3. Local Aviation Authorities: If you have specific questions or need clarification on certain regulations, it’s advisable to contact the local aviation authority responsible for drone safety in the region where you plan to fly. They can provide accurate information and guidance based on the latest regulations.

Remember, it’s essential to stay informed and comply with the drone laws in Japan to ensure safe and responsible drone operations.


Authoritative Sources of Information on Japan Drone Laws

We will attempt to keep an updated list of online authoritative links to regulators and other official websites here:


Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Japan…


NOTE: This page is about the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model Aircraft, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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43 responses to “Drone Laws in Japan”

  1. Fatih Taskin

    Hello friend, i have pilot license in my own country “Turkiye” and i want to fly on my vacation Japan in April…
    I have made “UA registration application” mlit page but i dont know how i can get permission to fly in red areas on the page? and what i have to write logicly?
    After i pay the fee, can i get permission to fly above Tokyo? Or in the map, somewhere’s are not red or green, onyl white. Is that mean i dont need to permission to fly there? but inside the Tokyo city.

    1. Editorial Team

      Faith, you will be allowed to fly over some parts in Tokyo. Unfortunately there are many restricted zones in the city as you will see from the online maps. You can contact MLIT and the regulator to request permission, but few tourists have been able to get this permission.

  2. ben

    I live in Japan ( Niiigata near non densely populated area ) and as far as I can tell there is no place that is not controlled by a private entity that you wont need permission from. I think if you have remote ID and your not flying in the densely populated areas ( most of Japan , check the online map ) and are more than 30 meters from property ( is that really possible ) and away from airports / no higher than 150 meters… then technically its possible to fly without the 10 day advanced permission. Then you just need one person from the river mountain park or whatever authority to complain and call the police and you face a 300K yen fine for not having permission from the privately owned / controlled land. no management of park riverside authority etc will risk giving you this permission in case of rare accident and fear of being in trouble. This is why my homemade RC plane sits gathering dust. This is of course before you get into potential fines for operating radio equipment that does not conform to Japan regulation. You also need to drive to the remote location that is not in a densely populated area and park. so local knowledge of where to park is required as parking on a public highway is illegal. The answer for me to all this will be for me to eventually ask my wife’s relative who owns a rice farm who of course will say yes fine whatever ! The more general answer to the problem is probably , just take you hard earned money and spend on a holiday in a more relaxed country? Vietnam ? or Malaysia ? or maybe its just a nightmare everywhere these days ?

  3. Adam

    I leave for Japan in two days. I applied to register my drone and will hopefully hear back before I leave. But I have a question:
    When you say, “it is necessary to apply to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism at least ten days in advance.”

    Do you just mean:
    1. I only need to apply to register the drone, and abide by the other laws as normal?
    Or
    2. Is there another application I need to fill to operate as a pilot in addition to registering my drone? If so, for each flight? and where can I find that?

    1. Editorial Team

      Adam, visitors must apply to the MLIT. Once approved, you follow the laws as pertains to Japanese citizens. You will need permission to fly in Zones A, B, C which are restricted areas, else follow the standard rules.

  4. Donny

    How do I go about requesting permission to fly in high densely populated areas such as Tokyo and other cities. Thank you

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Donny you must contact the JCAB.

  5. HT

    After a successful registration, how long does the registration remain valid?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Registration is valid for 3 years.

  6. Roger

    I am a traveler from Hong Kong and want to register my drone for compliance with Japan laws. However the registration experience is not very good. Firstly, it does not accept English characters for the names. Secondly, there is no selection of Hong Kong in the country list or phone number.

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Roger, please get in touch with the regulator. You can see from the comments that some have had similar difficulties from other locations

  7. NecoByteZ

    Hello everyone, just a clarification…

    | “Although a license is not required, you must apply in Japanese to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for at least ten days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) before flying a drone.” |

    *Does it mean that I must apply for every flight that I make for recreational purposes?
    **If so, does this cover all areas, or only if I fly the drone on public areas, such as lakes, rivers, etc? (I will fly the drone in the school ground to record the sports festival, the principal gave me an OK, I’m a teacher btw.)
    ***Or, does applying to Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism means that I must register the drone, and only apply permission if flying (A), (B) or (C)?

    1. Adam

      I am also confused by the wording here.
      Do I need to fill out an application for each flight if I’m just doing some simple hobbyist flights in remote/rural areas as a tourist?
      Or is registering my drone and following the guidelines sufficient?

      1. Editorial Team

        Register with MLIT. Follow standard rules (as applies to all Japanese). Get permission to fly in restricted areas.
        Have a great time, and please come back and share your experience.

        1. Hendrik

          Do you need permission each time your drone lifts off?

          I see this for Izu skyline, but don’t have insurance, nothing about flight range, and my drone has remote id no photo of registration number.

          2. Precautions for drone photography
          ・Please attach a document confirming your insurance coverage, a document showing the flight range, and a photo of the aircraft showing the registration number.

          Honestly I think if you want to use a drone in Japan as a hobbyist tourist it’s nearly impossible.

  8. Dan

    Hi, where is everyone planning to fly their drones in Japan?
    I am going in a week. I am almost done with the registration process but I checked with some locals recently and Osaka as well as Kyoto is pretty much a no fly zone. Tokyo is for sure a no fly zone. So unless people are making a trip out of densely populated areas just to fly, I am curious to know if that’s the case? As most people don’t go to Japan to go to less populated areas. Or am I missing something?

    1. Eric

      It’s pretty much a no fly zone for most of the urban areas in Japan. It’s highly restricted unless you go to the countryside

      1. Henno

        Even in the country side you must ask permission before lift off.

  9. Simon

    I think the new DJI Avata has a remote id function, but I can’t find it in your menu. As I’d like to fly it in my vacation next month. Please update. Thanks

    1. FrankieCCF

      Don’t see any improvement after 26/10 firmware update on my dji mini 3 Pro. Still no clear instruction on where to write RID!!!

  10. Eric Charles Jones

    Hello,

    I got a question for you guys. I tried registering my Mavic Air 2S.
    I registered on-line and mailed the office a back and front copy of my residency ID in Japan showing age, address, etc. I received an email from the (DIPS-REG) site stating there was a deficiency in the application found.

    The problem is I don’t know what this deficiency is and it was not explained in the email.

    My Japanese is nonexistent, I have been calling the office but only receive a voice message in Japanese. Is there any other way to give them my information?

    Looking for clarity,

    Eric Charles Jones

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Eric, it’s best if you try to enlist the help of someone who speaks Japanese.

      1. Eric

        Thanks but that is not always possible with people busy during working hours and no reliable way to contact this government office.

        I’m curious. Are there any paid companies or agencies that act as an agent to help foreigners register their drone in Japan? I have tried 4 times and my applications has been rejected often without stated reasons.

        Additionally, after two months of trying to get through to the help desk with the number provided on the English site, no one spoke English sufficiently enough to give assistance.

        1. Merlin at Drone Laws

          Eric, hopefully someone on this site can provide some assistance

    2. Chris

      Hi Eric

      Have you figured out what “deficiency” on the provided detials you sent on the form. I am having this issue aswell. I don’t know what I am missing at all and it’s getting frustrating.

      Thanks
      Chris

      1. Eric

        Sorry,

        I have not looked at this site in awhile. To be honest, I just started the process again with another email account After, the 3rd time I was successful . It was driving me utterly crazy.

        I did get through to the ministry’s help desk at one point. Unfortunately, my Japanese is rudimentary and their English was nonresistant.

        This was the best step by step registration outline I found online. Read it thoroughly first then follow the steps:

        https://www-apollomaniacs-com.translate.goog/ipod/howto_ar_drone_flightrule_dips_register_en.htm?_x_tr_sl=ja&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc

        Best of luck!!!!

  11. Chanawat Morewang

    Does anybody who own DJI drone have a Remote ID in the Safety menu like in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHb5mCfP9a8&t=82s ? This menu seems necessary to register your drone before flying in Japan but my Mavic Air2 doesn’t have Remote ID option eventhough the one in Japan have it . I bought and use drone in Thailand BTW .

  12. GP Boey

    Anyone successfully register Mavic Air 2 with Japan DIPS-REG website to fly a drone in Japan? My registration complete till before payment, worried Mavic Air 2 is not qualified. but DJI claims that firmware V01.01.0920 supported RID for Japan requirement.

    1. Chanawat Morewang

      Mavic Air 2 should be qualified as in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHb5mCfP9a8&t=91s . But I have a problem that I cannot find the Remote ID in the Safety menu , do your Mavic Air 2 have it ?

  13. Phillip

    Is the DJI mini2 subject to requiring an external RID?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      We understand the DJI mini 2 does not have a remote ID function built in, so since it is over 100g you must add remote ID equipment to it.

      1. Phillip

        Actually, checked with DJI Japan since and with the lasted firmware update the Mini2 has remote ID capabilities (this firmware update was specifically to address the updated Japanese law) other models are included as well, although is worth noting that the Mini is not.

        1. Merlin at Drone Laws

          Thanks for this update

  14. Justin Kayce

    I have to request permission 10 days prior to every flight I plan to fly?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      That is the recommendation for flights that require permission.

  15. Aakash

    How much cost drone license ???

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      The drone registration costs 900 to 2,400 yen depending on the application method (for the first drone). Please see the link provided above for more details

  16. ThatguyinJapan

    This screws up owning a Mavic Mini at all in Japan and now, it appears, I’ll have to get a 40,000 ¥ RID thing? This rule change completely focused on the 199g Mavic Mini. You can’t even sell it if someone knows you have to pay an extra 40k.

    1. Phillip

      Yeah, unfortunately the Mini needs an external RID.

      The Mini2 has RID capabilities (confirmed with DJI Japan) and just needs the latest firmware update, then it can be activated in Settings.

  17. Sal

    You need to register the drone (provided is on the government’s list of safe drones), and you also need to buy a +¥40,000 Remote ID (RID) device, if your cheap or “older” drone does not have a built-in one.

  18. Cristian

    Following June 20th 2022, all drones over the weight of 100 grams are required to be registered. The process is not as hard as I thought and the English instructions are well put together. Follow the link below to register. Beware, there is a fee.

    https://www.mlit.go.jp/koku/drone/en/

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Thanks Cristian. Updated above

  19. Lee

    From June 2022 drones 100 grams + will require registration in Japan.

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43 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Japan”

  1. Hello friend, i have pilot license in my own country “Turkiye” and i want to fly on my vacation Japan in April…
    I have made “UA registration application” mlit page but i dont know how i can get permission to fly in red areas on the page? and what i have to write logicly?
    After i pay the fee, can i get permission to fly above Tokyo? Or in the map, somewhere’s are not red or green, onyl white. Is that mean i dont need to permission to fly there? but inside the Tokyo city.

    Reply
    • Faith, you will be allowed to fly over some parts in Tokyo. Unfortunately there are many restricted zones in the city as you will see from the online maps. You can contact MLIT and the regulator to request permission, but few tourists have been able to get this permission.

      Reply
  2. I live in Japan ( Niiigata near non densely populated area ) and as far as I can tell there is no place that is not controlled by a private entity that you wont need permission from. I think if you have remote ID and your not flying in the densely populated areas ( most of Japan , check the online map ) and are more than 30 meters from property ( is that really possible ) and away from airports / no higher than 150 meters… then technically its possible to fly without the 10 day advanced permission. Then you just need one person from the river mountain park or whatever authority to complain and call the police and you face a 300K yen fine for not having permission from the privately owned / controlled land. no management of park riverside authority etc will risk giving you this permission in case of rare accident and fear of being in trouble. This is why my homemade RC plane sits gathering dust. This is of course before you get into potential fines for operating radio equipment that does not conform to Japan regulation. You also need to drive to the remote location that is not in a densely populated area and park. so local knowledge of where to park is required as parking on a public highway is illegal. The answer for me to all this will be for me to eventually ask my wife’s relative who owns a rice farm who of course will say yes fine whatever ! The more general answer to the problem is probably , just take you hard earned money and spend on a holiday in a more relaxed country? Vietnam ? or Malaysia ? or maybe its just a nightmare everywhere these days ?

    Reply
  3. I leave for Japan in two days. I applied to register my drone and will hopefully hear back before I leave. But I have a question:
    When you say, “it is necessary to apply to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism at least ten days in advance.”

    Do you just mean:
    1. I only need to apply to register the drone, and abide by the other laws as normal?
    Or
    2. Is there another application I need to fill to operate as a pilot in addition to registering my drone? If so, for each flight? and where can I find that?

    Reply
    • Adam, visitors must apply to the MLIT. Once approved, you follow the laws as pertains to Japanese citizens. You will need permission to fly in Zones A, B, C which are restricted areas, else follow the standard rules.

      Reply
  4. How do I go about requesting permission to fly in high densely populated areas such as Tokyo and other cities. Thank you

    Reply
  5. I am a traveler from Hong Kong and want to register my drone for compliance with Japan laws. However the registration experience is not very good. Firstly, it does not accept English characters for the names. Secondly, there is no selection of Hong Kong in the country list or phone number.

    Reply
    • Roger, please get in touch with the regulator. You can see from the comments that some have had similar difficulties from other locations

      Reply
  6. Hello everyone, just a clarification…

    | “Although a license is not required, you must apply in Japanese to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism for at least ten days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) before flying a drone.” |

    *Does it mean that I must apply for every flight that I make for recreational purposes?
    **If so, does this cover all areas, or only if I fly the drone on public areas, such as lakes, rivers, etc? (I will fly the drone in the school ground to record the sports festival, the principal gave me an OK, I’m a teacher btw.)
    ***Or, does applying to Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism means that I must register the drone, and only apply permission if flying (A), (B) or (C)?

    Reply
    • I am also confused by the wording here.
      Do I need to fill out an application for each flight if I’m just doing some simple hobbyist flights in remote/rural areas as a tourist?
      Or is registering my drone and following the guidelines sufficient?

      Reply
      • Register with MLIT. Follow standard rules (as applies to all Japanese). Get permission to fly in restricted areas.
        Have a great time, and please come back and share your experience.

        Reply
        • Do you need permission each time your drone lifts off?

          I see this for Izu skyline, but don’t have insurance, nothing about flight range, and my drone has remote id no photo of registration number.

          2. Precautions for drone photography
          ・Please attach a document confirming your insurance coverage, a document showing the flight range, and a photo of the aircraft showing the registration number.

          Honestly I think if you want to use a drone in Japan as a hobbyist tourist it’s nearly impossible.

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  7. Hi, where is everyone planning to fly their drones in Japan?
    I am going in a week. I am almost done with the registration process but I checked with some locals recently and Osaka as well as Kyoto is pretty much a no fly zone. Tokyo is for sure a no fly zone. So unless people are making a trip out of densely populated areas just to fly, I am curious to know if that’s the case? As most people don’t go to Japan to go to less populated areas. Or am I missing something?

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  8. I think the new DJI Avata has a remote id function, but I can’t find it in your menu. As I’d like to fly it in my vacation next month. Please update. Thanks

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    • Don’t see any improvement after 26/10 firmware update on my dji mini 3 Pro. Still no clear instruction on where to write RID!!!

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  9. Hello,

    I got a question for you guys. I tried registering my Mavic Air 2S.
    I registered on-line and mailed the office a back and front copy of my residency ID in Japan showing age, address, etc. I received an email from the (DIPS-REG) site stating there was a deficiency in the application found.

    The problem is I don’t know what this deficiency is and it was not explained in the email.

    My Japanese is nonexistent, I have been calling the office but only receive a voice message in Japanese. Is there any other way to give them my information?

    Looking for clarity,

    Eric Charles Jones

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      • Thanks but that is not always possible with people busy during working hours and no reliable way to contact this government office.

        I’m curious. Are there any paid companies or agencies that act as an agent to help foreigners register their drone in Japan? I have tried 4 times and my applications has been rejected often without stated reasons.

        Additionally, after two months of trying to get through to the help desk with the number provided on the English site, no one spoke English sufficiently enough to give assistance.

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    • Hi Eric

      Have you figured out what “deficiency” on the provided detials you sent on the form. I am having this issue aswell. I don’t know what I am missing at all and it’s getting frustrating.

      Thanks
      Chris

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  10. Anyone successfully register Mavic Air 2 with Japan DIPS-REG website to fly a drone in Japan? My registration complete till before payment, worried Mavic Air 2 is not qualified. but DJI claims that firmware V01.01.0920 supported RID for Japan requirement.

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    • We understand the DJI mini 2 does not have a remote ID function built in, so since it is over 100g you must add remote ID equipment to it.

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      • Actually, checked with DJI Japan since and with the lasted firmware update the Mini2 has remote ID capabilities (this firmware update was specifically to address the updated Japanese law) other models are included as well, although is worth noting that the Mini is not.

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    • The drone registration costs 900 to 2,400 yen depending on the application method (for the first drone). Please see the link provided above for more details

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  11. This screws up owning a Mavic Mini at all in Japan and now, it appears, I’ll have to get a 40,000 ¥ RID thing? This rule change completely focused on the 199g Mavic Mini. You can’t even sell it if someone knows you have to pay an extra 40k.

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    • Yeah, unfortunately the Mini needs an external RID.

      The Mini2 has RID capabilities (confirmed with DJI Japan) and just needs the latest firmware update, then it can be activated in Settings.

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  12. You need to register the drone (provided is on the government’s list of safe drones), and you also need to buy a +¥40,000 Remote ID (RID) device, if your cheap or “older” drone does not have a built-in one.

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