Navigating Japan's Complex Drone Regulations

As the popularity of drones grows in Japan, so do the regulations surrounding their use. Each year, these rules become more restrictive, and it can be difficult to keep up with the constantly changing laws. However, despite the challenges, some truly remarkable drone projects have been taking place in the country.

One such project involved flying over private property in Kyoto, which was adjacent to a Self-Defence Forces (SDF) garrison. Due to the strict regulations in Japan, drone flights near important national and public facilities are generally prohibited, and special permission is required to make an exception. In this case, the team had to go through an extensive process to obtain permission.

First, they contacted the SDF station and submitted the relevant documents at least 10 working days in advance. Next, they had to contact the police station responsible for the area and obtain permission from the National Public Security Department through them. In total, they needed to provide over 10 documents for the flight, demonstrating the extensive formalities that come with drone filming in Japan.

Despite the challenges, our team at DFS Productions is committed to providing high-quality drone services to our customers. We understand that navigating the regulations can be time-consuming, and we encourage those interested in our services to contact us at least two weeks in advance. This allows us to begin preparations and ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained.

In conclusion, while the regulations surrounding drone use in Japan can be complex and time-consuming, it is still possible to carry out innovative projects with the right planning and preparation. Our team at DFS Productions is dedicated to providing safe and professional drone services, and we are always happy to help our customers navigate the ever-changing world of drone regulations in Japan.