How to Change Japanese Car Navigation to English 

Last Updated on 12月 16, 2021 by Carusedjp

Any car driver who has been lost before can attest to the indispensable quality of the built-in navigation system in their dashboard. It allows you to track down specific areas and even helps you pass through routes that are unfamiliar to you. Needless to say, it is a convenient accessory to private and commercial vehicle drivers.

Also known as a GPS (Global Position System), the car navigation system gathers information about the vehicle’s position, then synchronize it with the existing road maps. However, if it is in a language that you do not understand, you won’t find any use to it. This is the dilemma of people who bought their vehicles from a Japan used car auction. 

Well, you should not worry. In this post, we will show you the ropes and tricks in changing the Japanese language to English setting on Toyota and other JDM vehicles. 

Step 1: Switch Off the Vehicle


The first thing you need to do is turn off the vehicle. Doing so will allow you to switch off the navigation system as well. 

Step 2: Browse Through the Menu

Once you start your car again, you must look for an option on the menu which says, “English.” It is worth noting that some JDM cars offer the option of modifying the language of the GPS as soon as you start the vehicle.

Step 3: Locate the Language Button

In some cases, the navigation system’s language goes back to Japanese after every boot. So, we recommend that you look for that Language or LANG button on the menu. Do this as soon as you’ve modified the language to English. Keep in mind that this step is essential in ensuring that the GPS won’t go back to Japanese. What it does is set the default language to English.

Step 4: Check the Navigation System

You need to perform this extra step if you still can’t use the navigation system after changing the language to English. It is possible that the system is DVD-based. In this case, you need to buy a language disc in English to be able to use your car’s GPS.

Pro Tips for Changing the Japanese Language to English Setting on Toyota and Other JDM Cars

Tip 1: Use Google Translate

It can be difficult to go through the menu, especially when everything is in Japanese. One of the best workarounds for this is to use the Google Translate app. Go to the Play Store, then download the application on your phone. All you’ll need to do is use the camera feature of the app and point your smartphone to the words you want to translate. Once you’ve done this, the language will appear as English on your phone’s screen.

Tip 2: Bring Your Vehicle to a Service Center

If you’ve been pulling your hair out, trying to change the navigation system’s language to English, then this is the best option for you. There are service centers that offer this service, and you can easily find one by performing a quick Google search. They should be able to offer you the appropriate software for your vehicle make and model. Once you’ve installed the SD card, all you’ll need to do is restart the system and it will be in English.

Frequently Asked Questions About a Car’s Navigation System

How to change a car radio language from Japanese to English?

It is important to note that there are stereo displays that do not come with a navigation system. If your Japanese car has one, chances are you won’t be able to change the language to English. After all, JDM vehicles do not have provisions for language modification in their basic accessories. In this case, it is best to fit a replacement or at least a band expander. Doing so will allow you to change the frequencies, which will let you pick up radio transmissions in your area.

I have a Toyota car. How do I change the GPS language from Japanese to English?

Keep in mind that the user interface of a navigation system varies, depending on the model. That said, here is an instructional video that shows a general walkthrough that should apply for most Toyota vehicles:

Credits to Digital media Star

I have a Honda car. How do I change the navigation system from Japanese to English?

As we’ve mentioned, the steps are not the same for every vehicle, even from the same manufacturer. That said, here is an instructional video that shows you how to change the GPS language on a Honda City/Grace:

Credits to video owner Upul Jayasinghe



Here at, we understand that our customers are struggling to use the navigation system in their car. Rest easy that when you contact our team when you make a purchase, we will provide you with accurate information about the condition of the car. In our best abilities, we will assist you in importing the ideal used Japanese car for your needs.



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44 thoughts on “How to Change Japanese Car Navigation to English ”

  1. I have a used suzuki from japan with a Clarion GCX513 which I need to change to english language, please could you help me?
    Thank you in advance
    Douglas M. Brisbane

  2. I have a 2001 Toyota Celsior (Lexus LS430) that I purchased from Japan. I must say, I was amazed that no one offers a translation service even for a fee. I too have run around the net without any luck.

    I however have a hard time believing that it can be that difficult, especially that variants of the same vehicle are available in the UK and the US. I at least expected a situation where the operating system language can change like any other computer.

  3. Is there any way of changing or resetting the car language of a honda stepwagon from japanese to english? All the key buttons are written in japanese? Anyone with the know how, i will be glad.

    • Thank you for your message.
      Unfortunately, we do not have the information for every car.
      The easiest way to get the info is to contact directly the maker.

    • Unfortunately, we don’t provide this kind of service.
      Nevertheless, you might be able to find tutorials on youtube (if your device can be changed to English version).

  4. I have Toyota Vanguard.2011 and need to change Japanese to English of navigation and screen.Please advise.

  5. Hello I used the Google translate application but there is no language setting in my car it’s Tooyota Land cruiser 2001

    Please anyone can help me to change the Japanese language to english

  6. I hae a toyota ipsum 2006 and using google translate i cannot find a translate function. ANy hints, also the fm seems to only go up tp about 90fm and not higher.

  7. I bought a 2018 Nissan Leaf imported from japan. How do I change radio and navi instructions from Japanese to English? Also I need help in changing the console language to English.

  8. Dear All

    Currently i have buy a CRV 2018 with Honda multi car Av system Gathers VRU-195 CVI
    please let me know how i can change the language – Japanese to English

  9. Can you please advise how to change language on radio,satnav and other electronic equipment on Japanese imported volvo v70 from Japanese into english

  10. Hi I have just purchased a 2009 nissan elgrand rider autech s I don’t want to remove the lovely carwings equipment but wondering if any part canbe converted to English? I have managed to connect phone via Bluetooth but I am unsure how to answer or make a call any information will be appreciated Regards Richard


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