Hiring Foreign Drivers!
Being a taxi driver enables you to use your language skills to convey the best of Japan and its great hospitality culture.
Hinomaru Kotsu already has a number of foreign national employees.
We look forward to welcoming you to become part of our at-home style workplace,
where senior employees and colleagues alike will be ready to help you with any queries that you may have.

Foreign Drivers Working at Hinomaru Kotsu

  • Mr. LOGER WOLFGANG(from Austria) Wanting to know the parts in deep Tokyo and becoming a driver It was about 30 years ago when I came to Japan. Without realizing it, I have spent more time in Japan than in my home country, Austria. After I arrived initially, I worked in Niigata as a chef for an Italian restaurant for about 26 years. Recently, however, my wife moved back to Saitama, where she grew up. As a result, I started looking for work in that area and came across a job ad by Hinomaru Kotsu.
    I am applying for this position because I like driving; moreover, since I am working in the city, I want to use this opportunity to learn more about Tokyo. Although I have visited famous sightseeing spots, I want to try to venture into the deeper parts of Tokyo. I don't have any experience as a taxi driver. However, seeing that at my age, I will not be able to continuously take on new challenges, I want to give this job everything I have.
  • Mr. MUHAMMAD REHAN(from Pakistan) Becoming a driver, from working in an embassy In Pakistan, I worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, I came to Japan as I was transferred to the Pakistinian Embassy in Japan. It happened eight years ago. Afterwards, I married my Japanese wife. We have a son, who is 4 years old now.
    After the contract with the embassy ended, I looked for work on a website for foreigners in Japan. I wan to continue to live in Japan, and it's also the hope of my family. Subsequently, I found the recruitment ad by Hinomaru Kotsu. I have a Japanese driver's license and, thinking that this is a job that I can do, I applied.
  • Mr. RICARDO ANDRE UEHARA(from Brazil) I moved to Japan when I was 23 years old.
    From banker to taxi driver.
    For about half a year since joining the company, I found it really hard to get used to the language, communication, and local geography. Customers tend to notice if you are feeling uncertain, so I had to do my best not to show any of my uneasiness. However, in actual fact, all Japanese customers are very kind. I keep a daily journal to review all the establishment names and area names, making sure to study every day.
    My most memorable encounter was with a customer on my first day of being deployed. I was extremely nervous. However, as the customer had worked in Brazil for three years, we got on really well. At the end, he said to me, "Good luck!" which I found very encouraging.
  • Mr. KIM KOOG CHOONG(from Korea) No stress.
    Relaxing with consecutive days off every five days.
    The work basically follows the pattern: work, day off, work, day off, work, day off, day off. I have two consecutive days off every five days. On these days, I let my hair down and go out for a nice drink. I might drink on my own at home, or go out in Shinjuku to have a drink with my friends. This is what I enjoy doing the most, so I work hard with this goal in mind.
    As I am a taxi driver, I do not drink every day. However, by setting myself a reward like this, I can concentrate on my work without building any stress.
    I love being at home on my own. I am really pleased with my job at Hinomaru Kotsu, as it allows me to continue with this lifestyle without pushing myself too much.

Work Schedule

  • 233 days off per year.
    Enjoy a fulfilling private life too.
    The system based on working every other day requires you to work only 11 times per month, 12 times at the most. Including rest days after night shifts, you get two days off per week, and you can take four consecutive days off twice. This allows you to generate a lot of personal time, allowing you to enjoy a fulfilling private life.
    One of the advantages of being a taxi driver is the number of days off that you can get, a benefit that is not often seen in other jobs.

Daily workflow

  • 07:00Going to work/Roll call So that customers can ride our taxis with peace of mind, our drivers inspect their vehicles every morning with scrupulous care. All cars have built-in navigation systems, so it is important for them to be tested as well. Once the inspections are complete, then we do the roll call. We say "Good morning" and "Thank you very much" in a loud voice to put everyone in a business-like, professional frame of mind. The office then shares the notices for the day, such as important points to remember, reports, etc.
  • 10:00Business activities Once the inspections and the roll call are completed, the taxis leave the depot, setting the start of the working day. In the mornings, we operate our taxis mainly targeting customers commuting to work or housewives going shopping. This time is also busy with pick-ups and drop-offs at the airport. Hinomaru Kotsu offers a "Fixed Price Airport Taxi" service for transporting customers to and from Narita and Haneda Airport, so the company employs many drivers who can speak foreign languages.
  • 12:00Lunch Drivers can take a lunch-time break wherever they wish. Hinomaru Kotsu's motto is "Safety First, the Business Second," so breaks are also important. Once you feel properly refreshed, as a driver it is important to think about the route to take in the afternoon, by taking into consideration any events, etc. taking place on that day.
  • 13:00Business activities In the afternoon, we also have many customers using our taxis for sightseeing. Hinomaru Kotsu offers a "Tokyo Sightseeing Taxi" service with English-speaking drivers, which enables you to use your language skills. The company also offers a "Wagon Taxi" service that allows large groups of people to enjoy a leisurely sightseeing trip, allowing taxi drivers to take a step up in their duties.
  • 16:30Break / Dinner Before it gets properly busy in the evenings, we take a break and an early dinner. Also, if necessary, we use this time to go to a gas station to fill up the tank.
  • 19:00Business activities From the evening onward is the best time for taxi drivers to earn money. We operate our taxis targeting customers going back home from work, heading out to their evening shift work, on their way back home from drinking, those who have missed the last train, etc. From the evening to night-time, we pick up customers on the streets, but we also get dispatched to booked customers through the radio. The company has dedicated Hinomaru Kotsu taxi ranks, so we can also operate our taxis using them as a base.
  • 03:00Back to the garage Once the working day is done, we clean the cars. When doing the interior, we clean everything carefully, the window glass, seats, etc. We then record our mileage in our daily report, process credit card receipts, etc. Hinomaru Kotsu has a system for processing daily reports and payments automatically, aiming to reduce the paperwork to be done by the employees.

Training

  • Even if you are inexperienced, you can rest assured.
    We offer a minimum of 28 days of top-class training within the city.
    The company offers full training on the local geography, driving skills, business revenue, etc. provided by former top-selling drivers, who are fully knowledgeable about the job.
    These training sessions also allow you to obtain your Ordinary Vehicle Class 2 Driver's License, which is essential for becoming a taxi driver. This requires taking a theory test and a practical test. Trainees are taught thoroughly to ensure that they can pass these exams, giving great peace of mind to those who do not yet possess an Ordinary Vehicle Class 2 Driver's License.
    Also, the training cost, which generally amounts to ¥200,000, is fully covered by the company.
    During training, acquiring good driving skills is important. However, as taxi drivers are also customer-facing, it is very important for them to learn how to communicate with customers. This is why Hinomaru Kotsu's instructors always place great importance on having good communication with their trainees. In particular, when teaching foreign drivers, they train them not only on how to ensure smooth communication with customers, but also on how to provide great Japanese-style hospitality.
    The training sessions are used to teach the trainees thoroughly, enabling them to make their debut as splendid taxi drivers. Even if you are inexperienced, please rest assured, and let us take care of everything.
  • Salaries are paid even during the training period.
    Daily salary: ¥12,000 (maximum)
    Even during the training period, trainees are considered as full time employees.
    Salary paid: ¥12,000 per day x 28 days = ¥336,000 (*). (*This is the maximum amount. The actual amount will vary depending on the date of joining the company and the date of signing the contract.)
  • During the training period,
    we offer highly nutritious lunch boxes.
    We place great importance on the health of our drivers. This is because good health leads to safe driving. We provide lunch boxes for our drivers, also to enable them to build good working relationships with one another.

Salary

  • Average salary
    1years since joining ¥302,276 3-5years since joining ¥329,306
    Annual income example (Monthly salary of ¥180,0000 + allowances + commission)
    4 years since joining 26 years old
    Annual income: ¥4,562,657
    7 years since joining 46 years old
    Annual income: ¥5,849,580
  • For six months after being deployed, we guarantee a monthly salary of ¥300,000. We guarantee a monthly salary of ¥300,000.
    Of course, this salary can increase even more depending on how hard you work.

Application requirements

People with resident status, with no work restrictions.
Permanent resident: People who have been granted permanent residency from other types of residency, by fulfilling the appropriate criteria.
Spouse, etc. of a Japanese national: The spouse of a Japanese national or second-generation settler (people with a Japanese mother or father).
Spouse, etc. of a permanent resident: The spouse of a permanent resident, or children of a permanent resident.
Long-term resident: People who are third or fourth generation settlers, people not of Japanese descent who are married to a person of Japanese descent, the spouse or children of Japanese orphans remaining in China, etc.
People who have had a Japanese Ordinary Vehicle Driver's License for three years or more.
People who have had a foreign driver's license for three years or more may be able to convert their license into a Japanese driver's license for the same time period. Please contact us for details.
JLPT N3 or above
Those who do not have JLPT certification will undergo Japanese language testing at the company when applying.
Those who have certification other than JLPT, please contact us.
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