How to LEGALLY fly DRONE in TOKYO Japan and AVOID FINES $4500

How to LEGALLY fly DRONE in TOKYO Japan and AVOID FINES $4500

How to fly a drone in Tokyo Japan and avoid being arrested or fined. Flying drones in Tokyo is illegal and you need to obtain permission from the Japan Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MILT). It’s important know Japan drone laws rules and regulations. This is a Japan Drone Guide for Travelers coming to Tokyo.

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– Must NOT fly above 150 meters (492 feet)
– Must NOT fly within 9 km of airports
– Must keep at least 30 meters (98 feet) away from people, buildings and vehicles
– Must NOT fly at night
– Must always maintain Visual Line of Sight (VLoS) when operating the drone
– Must NOT transport hazardous materials such as explosives on the drone
– Must NOT drop any objects from the drone
– Must NOT be flown in any of Metropolitan Tokyo’s 81 public parks and gardens
– Must NOT fly over densely populated areas like cities (4000 people per square kilometer or more)
– Must NOT fly over densely populated areas such as festivals and events


If any of the rules above are violated, the drone operator is liable for fines up to a 500,000 JPY.

*Please note that the drone laws are always changing. This is not a definitive guide and you must check with the local authorities and the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism directly for the most up to date laws and regulations.

—– The MILT drone application consists of 10 parts —-

1. UAV flight Permit, Approval Application Form
2. Route of the flight
3. Manufacture, Name and Weight of UAV
4. Statement of Conformity about Function and Performance of UAV
5. Unmanned UAV
6. Additional Compatibility of UAV
7. List of Operators of UAV
8. Compatibility of operators of UAV based on the application
9. Additional Compatibility of operators of UAV
10. Flight Manual

*The application is in Japanese. I had to get help from Maiko.

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  1. Stefan rhys on April 24, 2021 at 1:36 am

    So long .. it’s almost not worth flying in Tokyo, I flew my drone in Kyoto, Osaka and around Mt Fuji, much more worth it

  2. D V on April 24, 2021 at 1:37 am

    how does the police know you are flying? does the dji app tells the police you are flying?

  3. Tim Durgan on April 24, 2021 at 1:38 am

    How do people get the shot of Shibuya crossing if you can’t fly above a densely populated area?

  4. Drone RangerMiura on April 24, 2021 at 1:39 am


  5. Erik Zunder on April 24, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Hope you don’t mind asking me, maybe you read this, maybe you don’t.
    I’m living in tokyo and i want to fly my mavic in tokyo.
    I’m wondering if it’s possible to fly over shinjuku…
    i know you post "Must NOT fly over densely populated areas like cities"
    But even the place where you are flying it, it’s the city… so….

  6. El Guiñolo on April 24, 2021 at 1:40 am

    This is bullshit. If you fly your drone above 300 m, none can hear it or see it. Problem solved.

  7. Fred MIRANDA KLEBER a.k.a flaken on April 24, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Hi, great for you! But for me, as I am from Argentine, I don´t know hoy the process will be 🙂

  8. VRad Travels on April 24, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Paolo, if i understand their rules correctly, i don’t need a permission if i don’t fly to any of the restricted areas, crowded places and stuff?

  9. nikko camara on April 24, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Hi Paolo! Im currently residing here in osaka. Im planning to buy dji mavic pro and intend to fly it in osaka castle and some parks here in osaka. Did the permit only valid on specific location that i wrote in the permit? and is it only available for specific date that i wrote in? How long the permit would last? Thankyou Paolo.

  10. William Hung on April 24, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Hi, would you be able to help me fill out the Japanese Drone Application or know anybody willing to provide this service? I am willing to compensate

  11. Paco Klein on April 24, 2021 at 1:47 am

    can i fly my drone at the beach in japan as long as there is nobody around?

  12. Steven He on April 24, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Hello, Paolo. I’m going to Japan next week. Is it allowed to fly a drone without permit near Mount Fuji or Lake Kawaguchi? My hotel is in Lake Kawaguchi. I’m thinking if I should bring my mavic pro 2.

  13. k n on April 24, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I can never understand foreigners obsession with wanting to film Japanese people. Do they even get permission from each person? Its always creepy to see foreign tourists taking pictures of random people in the streets

  14. Geo Perspective on April 24, 2021 at 1:48 am

    The footage was class!

  15. Rodrigo Shinzato on April 24, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Hello Paolo !
    I live in Aichi, Toyohashi city… I was looking to buy a Dji mavic air2 is heavier than 200gr…
    I Dont speak japanese very well so, i just wanted to know if i can fly at beach or places with not many pleople.
    Or if everythime that i wanna fly that drone i will need to do all that procedure?
    Thank you

  16. クルマ好きのKIMI on April 24, 2021 at 1:51 am


  17. Droneas gr on April 24, 2021 at 1:53 am

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  18. 城死 on April 24, 2021 at 1:54 am

    ドローン少年…? あっ…

  19. Emidio Battipaglia on April 24, 2021 at 1:56 am

    How can i get the permission being a tourist from overseas?

  20. drone e imagens hobbies on April 24, 2021 at 1:58 am

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  21. Q2 Japan on April 24, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Really helpful breakdown. Thanks!

  22. Phil Nolan on April 24, 2021 at 2:02 am

    I think it will be easier to just avoid Tokyo and take my Mavic Mini out side of Western Tokyo.

  23. Tiki Swain on April 24, 2021 at 2:02 am

    How much dji phantom 4

  24. Raheel yousaf on April 24, 2021 at 2:02 am

    hey can you please tell me the price of dji fpv in japan?

  25. Mangesh Hulaji on April 24, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Nice video 👍🏻
    One point question

    How to prepare a flight manual ?
    Could you please provide details or link in which I can find the instructions or way to prepare flight manual.

  26. Andrea Sidoti on April 24, 2021 at 2:06 am

    So youn have to get a permission but once you get it you have to atil follow all the rules you have mentioned at the beginning right? so pretty much fly on rivers only, because everywhere else in tokyo is considered a highly populated area.

  27. Adimas Guntur on April 24, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thank you very much.

  28. JioJus on April 24, 2021 at 2:08 am

    With that permission you can fly it even in a no fly zone? (the red zone in the map)

  29. Xeriox01 on April 24, 2021 at 2:09 am

    but can I fly anywhere else? I have a mav mini (US) and I saw Japan doesn’t allow drones over a certain weight.

  30. Heeman Park on April 24, 2021 at 2:09 am

    planning on getting a mavic air mini. still need to do all the legal stuff? i only plan on flying it at the beach to get the beach scene…

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  32. Laura's Records on April 24, 2021 at 2:11 am

    What does the form asks? Did it ask for reason to fly the drone?

  33. れん on April 24, 2021 at 2:11 am

    I have a 199g dji mavic mini. Do I need to apply even if I use this to fly in Tokyo?

  34. Sergei Meza on April 24, 2021 at 2:15 am

    What does the permit allow?

  35. Di RECs on April 24, 2021 at 2:16 am

    If I understand correctly, this is a permit to fly a specific flight path on a specific day then? You have to file a flight plan every time weeks in advance!?

  36. Space Cat on April 24, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Okay, so I tried this route in 2019 and failed. I’ll save you some time if you’re trying to fly a bit in Tokyo over the red densely populated areas. I did everything through the new web form, and everything was fine until I got to the "Aircraft selection" on page 3. Google translate of what it told me – "The adaptation standard over the dense area of ​​people and houses of aircraft name [MAVIC PRO] does not meet the application standard." – Same goes for Mavic AIR, and I suspect most of the drones. Same goes for flying without line of sight, I got a similar error message. And believe me, I tried lots of different combinations: one day only, different flight paths, different flight purposes, etc. and nothing worked. The only application type I could actually go through was nighttime flying. And it’s not like you’re gonna film much during the night in a not-so-populated area anyways.

  37. N Besselink on April 24, 2021 at 2:18 am

    how do I get this without being able to read proper japanese?

  38. Philip Credo on April 24, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Does the same permit also apply for other places like Hiroshima?

  39. ALTN8NRG on April 24, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Looks like you have to plan ahead. 🙂

  40. Paolo fromTOKYO on April 24, 2021 at 2:21 am

    More details on flying a drone in Tokyo –

  41. abhijeet wahla on April 24, 2021 at 2:21 am

    YOU ARE A LEGEND!! Any sort of question i have you have a video answering it!! You may not see this comment but keep up the great work!!!

  42. Ichiro Matsuo on April 24, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Now you can apply online to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Drones weighing less than 199g can be flown even in densely populated areas. I’ll put a link.

  43. Fluterra on April 24, 2021 at 2:22 am

    All that work and your video was way overexposed.

  44. Vengeance U on April 24, 2021 at 2:23 am

    Can you do a New video on drones in Japan?

  45. Alexander Palamarchuk on April 24, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Hi! What about drones less than 250grams? (Mavic mini)

  46. KrixTon Gold on April 24, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Im a kid buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttttttt Can I get a permit?

  47. Michael Chan on April 24, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Can I fly in beaches of Okinawa?

  48. Cyrus Delute on April 24, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Magandang gabi kuya

    Does the permission grants can only be use once?
    Or once you have permit you can fly your drone anytime?

  49. James Drake on April 24, 2021 at 2:32 am

    So most of the cool shit that people would like to fly their drone over in Tokyo (and from the looks of it much of Japan) you can’t. Doesn’t seem like it’s worth the risk.

  50. Kyz3rr on April 24, 2021 at 2:32 am

    how about Osaka???

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