Drone flying etiquette in Japan – Don't be stupid, guys.

Drone flying etiquette in Japan – Don't be stupid, guys.

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I seem to get the same kinds of questions about drone flying in Japan, so I thought I’d make a video addressing them all. Not just the rules, but the unspoken etiquette you should take note of if you’re thinking of taking flight.

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  1. John D. on August 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for the always amazing video, Hannah. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. elisha himmelberger on August 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    crash your drone and i will subcribe

  3. Kristine Solina on August 16, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Hannah, I’m gonna be moving to Japan next month and I’m thinking of getting a drone. Any recommendations where I can get one? I’m gonna be moving to Sasebo in Nagasaki. Thanks! I love your drone footages!

  4. The Simple Environmentalist on August 16, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    "also HI videos pausers! What up?" I’m always a video pauser lol. Very excited to go read about your Q&A. I’m OBSESSED with your cinematography and editing!

  5. Bryson W on August 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Previously when I was here, she was together with a Japanese guy. Are they still together now? Just being curious.

  6. TheEyeofMobius on August 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Bad behaviour will even turn an advocate into someone personally opposed to you. I like drones and don’t mind them but a guy once decided to hover one 5 metres above my head. I asked him to not have the drone directly above me and he immediately began arguing with me under the presumption that I was an anti-drone advocate. The truth is, I don’t tolerate inconsiderate assholes.

  7. Jakub Walczak on August 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Can’t focus on what you’re saying because I’m watching the humidifier all the time, it’s so cool.

  8. Apure Guria! on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I love the way you invite people to see your phone and know more about their own country through drones. Just beautiful. Never thought about it.

  9. Rakkii 00 on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Actually Japan law is really strict concerning drones, so that some people already say it’s a dying hobby 🙁
    To legally fly you drone, you have to get the authorization of the local authorities or landlord.
    If you don’t have it and somebody reports you, you can get a hefty fine.
    Flying over farmland/rice fields? You need to ask the land owner. Same goes for houses, shrines etc.
    Wanna fly in the mountains? Yes, even these have an owner. Usually this goes through the local city hall.
    Also, flying over roads, or even crossing them, is a no-go without authorization of the police department…
    I, and many other, really hope the laws will get reworked…
    So, where can you just fly? On your onwed land, but! You can not fly within 30m to other peoples houses. The neighbours house is just 10m away? Bad luck, no fly…

    That being said… going off the grid to fly your drone won’t usually cause any trouble. Avoid people, don’t fly too low and most importantly, don’t crash!!! because that can get you into trouble and is a reason for the strict laws in Japan right now. (Causing accidents or fire hazards (batteries))

  10. michael hernandez on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Hi! 😂
    Personally I notice a whole bunch of things, not just those "subliminal" messages. Just don’t always comment.

  11. 佐藤浩治 on August 16, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    そうですよ  まず北朝鮮ではダメですwww 中国では軍事的な施設の近くで飛ばすのはスパイとみなされます。
    某国のスパイとみなされる場合も無きにしも非ずw   人がいる場所人の上には飛ばさないのが賢明です。

  12. Travel with Jean on August 16, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Great work Hannah ! Love your philosophy of taking care, being cautious and not wanting to disturb. This is the way to go, despite what the promotional videos can communicate. Can’t wait to see your next one now 😉

  13. ネイティブさいしょにんげん on August 16, 2021 at 10:08 pm


  14. calikalbo calikalbo on August 16, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Hahahaga…Another white chick in Japan who thinks she’s an expert on everything Japanese. I live here too and trust me you’ll never be excepted as anything else but a foreigner no matter what you’re Japanese friends say.

  15. Adimas Guntur on August 16, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    So, I saw a red painted area (aside from geo zones) in DJI map. I suppose thats a no fly zone right? That means, other than that zone should be okay to fly then? (No over 150m, close to crowd, crowded tourism spot and no drone sign)

  16. PEAKY BOWY X-TRAIL on August 16, 2021 at 10:12 pm


  17. TheTishbite on August 16, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Or in the US and especially the West and South. Your drone many be fired upon even if it is illegal to do shoot one down. I think this is not a problem in Japan? So it’s always good to be in sight of your drone.

  18. Padil Lost on August 16, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    i love that shirt! where can i get one lol

  19. Kit Francis on August 16, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Great tips! All pilots can help avoid harsh regulation changes by respecting the people, places, and culture!

  20. nischay verma on August 16, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Can tell me japanese drone company name

  21. Michela Eriu on August 16, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Non-related question, but do you wear circle lenses? Your eyes look really big and beautiful 😀

  22. TBone Stake on August 16, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Great Video about flying drones in Japan.
    I think people are welcome as long as you ask people who own the area or land because it is their private property.

  23. Marquis Kish on August 16, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I feel like this video is commentary on human behavior everywhere: "Be respectful, be kind to others, follow the rules, and practice common sense." 🤷🏻‍♂️

  24. Viaje ni Bree on August 16, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I always love your commentaries. Very well said!

  25. kriss sato on August 16, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    10 years in the past… i think you are really gentle here.

  26. 前川次郎 on August 16, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    既に Rakkii 00 さんが指摘しているが、今後、日本国内での drone 使用は締め付けが厳しくなる…それでも聡明な貴女なら容易に切り抜けられるはずだ。

  27. diddy_dante on August 16, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Me lives in Amsterdam and can’t fly drones because the airport is like freaky close to the city where I live so I basically can never fly a drone

  28. Kenneth Wong on August 16, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing the info. Last December, when I was on a tour bus in Kyoto that goes around Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, and Ginkaku-ji, the tour guide told us drones are not allowed in temple grounds. And I also saw signs at the temple entrances indicating that. It makes sense. The Japanese temples are very calm, almost like places where time is suspended. I for one wouldn’t like a buzzing drone hovering overhead if I were visiting one.

  29. Trav Sformation on August 16, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I really respect your approach, and great tips on smiling and showing them the drone-view & what you’re recording! Although it might not work quite as well for me, I tend to look a bit like a hobo 😂
    Also, Hi from a video pauser! 😄

  30. Minhvisual on August 16, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    I heard that you need permission to fly if your drone is over 200 gram?

  31. Lemi from Japan on August 16, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Hello Hannah san.
    Thank you for being a role model by being respectful to our culture and environment as a Influencer.💚

    It helps a lot. I’m planning to fly a drone and make videos of Japan. Arigatogozaimasu for all your wonderful information!😆

  32. Gavin Tan on August 16, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Hannah, I thought of your video because I recently watched it.
    Unsure if you’ve heard about the new regulations that you’ve got to painfully register your flight plans each time you fly.

  33. ThatGirl711 on August 16, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Made an account at Project Innovate only to find that, "The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are thirteen (13) years of age or older and legal residents of the United Kingdom, Germany and France!" Thanks Hannah, thought you’d be looking out for us Aussies!

  34. Jack Horn on August 16, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Can’t enter the giveaway if you’re from Australia?

  35. Clonenotcrafter YEET on August 16, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    This channel is the wholesome content that helps with my anxiety

  36. Natsuki Seven on August 16, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve been watching her videos for a year and a half now and felt her face has gradually been getting similar to Japanese for some reason. I’m impressed by how she shows her respect for Japan and Japanese. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

  37. Forbeszy's Gaming & Paintball on August 16, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Should have figured drones were an issue. I like some of the things they can do artistically, but do see how they get annoying.

  38. DRIFT on August 16, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    What’s stupid is the insane paranoia and ridiculous rules surrounding drones.

  39. vincent c on August 16, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I’m mad, miss an opportunity to possibly.. possibly win a DJI drone. Damn it

  40. dsssd kasdj on August 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Do you break with metron?

  41. Binkoro's Channel on August 16, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Great advice about how to interact with people overlooking nearby!

  42. IAMDIMITRI on August 16, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I was travelling with a drone in Japan, but I never had the chance to go outside of the populated areas. So I never flew a drone there.

  43. Georgi Baev on August 16, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    You are boring like most Japanese as well

  44. Dexcellent Productions on August 16, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Great stuff Hannah as always. Keep them coming

  45. Japanese Journey on August 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Sick people make sick videos!

  46. Rob Cantle on August 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    As usual Hannah, I love your videos.

    This one is particularly good as I’ve recently also become a drone user with my DJI Magic Mini (I just spent 6 weeks in U.K. and Ireland where the mini is perfect because it is 249gm so you don’t have to register it).
    Some places are harder than others to fly because of rules or just the amount of airports etc in a small space, but as you rightly say, the rules are rules, so follow them so we can all keep flying and getting cool shots. There are plenty of other apps that compliment what the DJI app provides to help you identify if you are allowed to fly or if weather conditions are ideal (even then they can get away on you – it happened to me in Ireland).
    You are a great advertisement for Brissy and Queensland. Keep it up! Rob

  47. Martial Bachoffner on August 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I like your mindset!

  48. Oriental Pearl on August 16, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    You’re right again. I know of lots of youtubers that ignored the rules on this one and ruined it for use all. You got some nice footage by the way. Way to go.

  49. zaldabus on August 16, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Just recently picked up the Mavic Air 2 here in Japan and I’ve been going through info online. I’m curious, how much notification/permission process do you typically go through before flying? Read through a few Japanese blogs describing the process to fly a drone and even for a remote place that meets the standard rules for a non-restricted flight it seems like there’s multiple steps of paperwork/approval/notice/etc that are supposed to be followed. Is it just my imagination or does even a single flight plan require a massive amount of effort?

  50. ebonysebony on August 16, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Love the bloopers at the end I do it too! And show you that is not all smooth sailing behind the scenes!

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