What is Times ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #31


Hello World !

This is SHINTA+, Japanese writer.


What is ‘Times’ ??

I want to know it !

This page is
  • To introduce ‘Times’ as service provider well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘Times’, as popular Japanese service provider and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘Times’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • What is coin parking ?
    • History
    • How to use it
    • Other services, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘Times’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Times in Japan, after reading this page.

What is Times ?

‘Times’ is a service provider of metered parking in Japan.

The fee is generally charged per hour or half hour basis. As it was paid by coins in most of cases, Japanese call metered parking as ‘coin parking’.

‘Times’ is No.1 operator of ‘coin parking’ in Japan. We can see yellow colored signboard of Times all over Japan.

Introduction of Times
  • Service provider of metered parking
  • No.1 share in metered parking in Japan
  • Yellow signboard is trademark of ‘TIMES’
  • Times provide parking for more than 500,000 cars

Deep Diving into Times in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Times in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

Japanese call ‘Metered Parking’ and ‘Coin-Operated Parking’ as ‘Coin Parking’.

Even it consists of English word, ‘Coin’ + ‘Parking’, this word is commonly used in Japanese Society, rather than pure Japanese word ‘Jikan-Kashi Chusha-jo’ (時間貸駐車場).

Author’s research

Park 24 co.,Ltd. as operator of ‘Times’ was established in 1985. Then 1st ‘coin parking’ was placed in 1991.

In 1990’s, the number of ‘Times’ parking is drastically increased. And still now, the number of parking are increasing year by year.

  • 1991 First metered parking opened
  • 1995 Number of parking over 10,000
  • 1998 Number of parking over 20,000
  • 2005 Number of parking over 100,000
  • 2015 Number of parking over 500,000

Sauce : Times webpage

We can see car parking of ‘Times’ in various places in Japan.

  • Park
  • Shopping mall, Shopping area
  • Residential area
  • Hotel
  • Hospital
  • City hall, etc

Author’s research in Yokohama city

There are mainly two types of ‘Times Parking’ in Japan

Times with Gate

  • Entering
    1. Get ticket
    2. Parking a car
  • Exit (at gate)
    1. Insert ticket to machine
    2. Paying parking fee

Times without Gate

  • Entering
    1. Parking a car
    2. Tires are locked
  • Leaving
    1. Input Parking lot number at machine
    2. Paying parking fee
    3. Tires are unlocked

Author’s research

Other than metered parking, ‘Times’ make various businesses and activities.

  • Car sharing business (No.1 share in Japan)
  • Car rental
  • Sharing car parking
  • Training of driving

The field of ‘Times’ is getting large year by year.

Reference : park24 webpage


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I Hope this article help you to clear your question about Times in Japan.


I hope you have clear understanding of Times !

Thank you for your reading !