Japan's Drone Restrictions

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  1. halley

    halley Well-Known Member

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    If you thought that trying to make out the FAA's drone rules was complex, check out Japan's. Actually, it's quite straightforward and they have good data available, but most of it is NOT integrated into the DJI's internal geo-fencing memory.

    First, the conceptual airspace diagram.

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    Area (A) is over 150m AGL. Written permission required; written application must be made in Japanese.
    Area (B) is over airports. Written permission required.
    Area (C) is over densely populated areas. Defined by specific government maps, examples below.
    Anywhere else (blue text), no permission required. Exceptions apply. Not over people, not over vehicles, not within 30 meters of a building, person or vehicle, not over "events" and not where cops tell you not to fly.

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    Just thought I would share a little bit of how rules differ in other parts of the world.
     
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    Where can I have a look at the map restrictions? Is it the same as the DJI No Fly Zone? I'm traveling to Japan in 1.5 month for Cherry Blossoms, starting from the south and finishing in Tokyo. From what I see on the DJI coverage map, I could fly over Lake Biwa and somewhere close to Mt Fuji (just having the mountain in my view, not fly to the mountain). Now looking for a spot to film cherry blossoms legally from the air.
     
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    Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (国土交通省) owns the data, and they publish the data I showed above at this site: 地理院地図 (in Japanese but simple interface). They publish the drone rules in English here: https://www.mlit.go.jp/en/koku/uas.html

    DJI publishes the same data at their own Google Maps based website: DJI - Fly Safe: No Fly Zones (select ASIA, JAPAN in the two dropdown lists). There is always a chance it is slightly out of date from the official maps but so far I see no discrepancies.

    Be sure to check for cherry blossom forecasts soon. Typically from the end of January in Okinawa, moving up to early May in Hokkaido. Also note that most sakura trees are planted specifically for ornamental reasons, and will have lots of people around them and under them during the peak week. Look for more rural locations where rows of sakura may be spotted uncrowded.
     
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    From what I gathered, as I'm going to Tokyo in April. Tokyo is pretty much a no fly zone. But mount Fuji is fine. Can't wait to fly there
     
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    Yes, all of Tokyo is a big NFZ by legislation. Most major cities also, but only due to the population density, not by specific laws.
     
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