What is a Designated Driving School?

What is a
Designated Driving School?

A Designated Driving School is a school that meets the standard of Article 99 of the Road and Traffic Safety Law, and is designated by the Public Safety Commission of each prefecture. There are many ways to acquire a driver’s license, yet 97.9% (as of 2016) of passer graduated from a Designated Driving School. Graduating for a Designated Driving School and then acquiring the license is the most common route in Japan. Also, a Designated Driving School provides safety and traffic lessons for the elderly and for minors. The close connection makes a Designated Driving School a traffic and safety center for the community.

What is a Designated Driving School?

The MERITS if Graduating from a
Designated Driving School

A Designated Driving School follows the standard set by the Public and Safety Commission。It also follows the set curriculum by the Road and Traffic Laws. If a student passed the graduation driving exam of the school, the student will be EXEMPTED from taking the driving exam of the License Center. If you will take the exam of the License Center without graduating form a Designated Driving School, you will be required to take the actual driving exam (which will be a burden for first-time takers).

In SOHGOH Driving School In SOHGOH Driving School

  • ENGLISH textbooks

    ENGLISH forms & ENGLISH textbooks

    Those who have difficulty in Japanese Language, you can study traffic rules, driving lessons etc. in English.

  • BARKADA DISCOUNTS available!

    BARKADA DISCOUNTS available!

    Enroll with a friend and avail our discount. 2 people 2000yen, 3 people and above 3000yen.

  • ENGLISH/ TAGALOG Interpreter!

    ENGLISH/ TAGALOG Interpreter!

    We have an English/ Tagalog interpreter ready to serve you. Feel free to consult about anything.

  • FLEXIBLE Class Scheduling!

    FLEXIBLE Class Scheduling!

    You can choose a schedule of your own convenience fit for your work and school.

  • Close to Train stations!

    Close to Train stations!

    With the free school bus, SOHGOH driving school is just a few minutes from Hamamatsu Station.

  • FREE Coupon Tickets!

    FREE Coupon Tickets!

    Free School Bus can’t reach your place? Avail our free bus・ train coupon tickets.(maximum amount is up to 15,000yen )

  • Lunch Menu ALL 400yen!

    Lunch Menu ALL 400yen!

    The School Cafeteria serves a variety of freshly-cooked lunch for only 400yen.

Foreigner-Friend Plan Foreigner-Friend Plan

Regular vehicle (Automatic) Enrollment Plan SOHGOH driving school can provide lessons for all vehicle types. Plans and prices differ per vehicle types.

Automatic
  • Automatic
  • ¥280,000

With Tax:¥308,000

  • Fees included Fees included

    The above price if for no license holder or mini- bike license holder.
    (This course is for people 39 years old and under)

    The above price is for minimum requirements ①to⑦ to finish the Regular Vehicle curriculum.
    Also, there are instances that you may require to pay separate fees.
    ①Enrollement fee
    ②Lecture classes (26hours)
    ③Driving skills lessons until graduation
    ④Finishing and Graduation exam (until passing)
    ⑤Textbooks and picture
    ⑥Aptitude and Practice Exam

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    Other Fees Other Fees

    ①Learner permit exam fee(1st Try 2,850yen、2nd and onwards 1,700yen)
    ②If you do on- the- day driving cancellation 2,000yen(tax excluded)per 1 Period

    ③Optional driving practice lessons
    School course-4500yen (with tax 4,950yen) per 1period, Road course 5,00yen (With tax 5,500yen) per 1 period
    ④Mini-bike lessons (optional) 4,500yen(With tax4,950yen) per 1 period

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    Merits Merits

    ①You will be supported by an interpreter (English/Tagalog )with an insructor license (see next page).
    ②There is no extra fee even if you

    exceeded the fixed number of driving classes until graduation
    except if you request the optional driving practice lessons
    ③We will make flexible class schedules for your convenience.

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  • Other Fees Other Fees

    ①Learner permit exam fee(1st Try 2,850yen、2nd and onwards 1,700yen)
    ②If you do on- the- day driving cancellation 2,000yen(tax excluded)per 1 Period

    ③Optional driving practice lessons
    School course-4500yen (with tax 4,950yen) per 1period, Road course 5,00yen (With tax 5,500yen) per 1 period
    ④Mini-bike lessons (optional) 4,500yen(With tax4,950yen) per 1 period

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    Please note Please note

    ①All classes are basically done by Japanese instructors so a conversation level of Japanese is required.
    ②Temporary learner’s license exam are

    only done in Japanese, if you wish to take the exam in English,
    you will need to take it at the Driving License Center.
    ③Reservations is needed for the driving skills lessons, reservation is from Monday to Saturday.
    ④You are not allowed to change course. If you want to quit the school, the amount that will be returned
    to you will be deducted by the enrollment fee, classes you already took and the processing fee for
    quiting the school.
    ⑤You can use our Free School bus service from Mondays to Saturday.
    ⑥On- the- day driving cancellation will cost 2,000yen(tax excluded)per 1 Period

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Fixed Price Plan 3 Reassurances

  • Reassurances

    No extra feeeven if you exceed the fixed number of driving skills classes

  • Reassurances

    No extra feeeven if you failed the completion exam

  • Reassurances

    No extra feeeven if you failed the graduation exam

  • Temporary learner license exam fee is (1st Try 2,850yen、2nd and onwards 1,700yen)

Conditions for
Acquiring a Driver’s License
(Regular Vehicle)

Fixed Price Plan 3 Reassurances
  • Age:18 years old and above
  • Eyesight:single eye 0.3 and above, both eyes 0.7 and above. If one eye has less than 0.3 eyesight or unable to see, the other eye should have a 150°and above field of vision and an eyesight of 0.7 and above.
  • Driving experience:none required.

Issuance of Question Form regarding Certain Diseases

  • Issuance of Question Form regarding Certain DiseasesDue to traffic safety issues, people who suffer from certain diseases that may impede them from driving safely, may not acquire a driving license.
  • Please consult the Driving Aptitude Consultation WindowThe Public Safety Commission has a driving aptitude consultation window to accept inquiries regarding certain diseases. Please contact the driving license center nearest to you before coming to this school.
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School Facilities School Facilities

We provide clean and spacious facilities for our students.

  • View
    from Inside the building

  • Car for driving lessons

  • Lunch

About Enrollment About Enrollment

After confirming the prices and the discounts, next comes the application process.
Complete the requirements needed and come to our school before the enrollment day.

  • Requirements Requirements
  • About Payment/ Loans About Payment/ Loans
  • Process of Acquiring a Driver's License Process of Acquiring
    a
    Driver's License
  •  For enrollment reservation forms For enrollment
    reservation forms
  • For enrollment reservations viaztelephone call For enrollment
    reservations
    viaztelephone call