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Japan: SIMs for travelers to Japan

It is impossible to get a Voice enabled SIM card without a permanent address once you reach Japan, but data only SIM cards are available for travelers to Japan

 

Getting a Japanese SIM card
The process getting a SIM card is quite painful, anyone who intends to buy a voice-call-capable SIM card (prepaid or postpaid) needs to show a proper identification which indicates that he/she has a residential (permanent) address in Japan. A hotel address is not sufficient for this purpose. However, this law does not apply to data services and data-only SIM cards.

 

SIM at airport

Data Only SIM cards are available at Narita International Airport, where you can get a  SIM card through vending machines .The airport will have two such machines, for Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, with only credit cards accepted for added ease. users will need to register their information in order to activate the service. However, it can be done by scanning their passport information at the vending machine.

Data SIM cards outside the airport:
To obtain a data plan at a cheaper price, head to an electronics store in downtown Tokyo such as Yodobashi Camera.  They offer data only SIM card by various vendors, without throttling the bandwidth, and the price is better.  A 1gb card for 3000 yen, 2gb for 4000 yen or 3gb for 5000 yen.

 

Mobile carriers
Japan has 4 networks on :
  1. NTT DoCoMo
  2. au
  3. SoftBank
  4. Y!Mobile (owned by SoftBank)
 The B-mobile (MNVO)  utilising Docomo network, seems to have found a way to get voice on their SIM card for non-residents, but at a very high price. More recently, SoftBank has started rental services for smart phone and sim card.

 

Best packages for travelers from India:
Name
b-mobile PAYG SIM
Price
¥9,980 (tax included)
Data
3GB
Voice & Data amount
60 min. of international and/or local calls
Usable period
Max. total usage of 60 min. call or 7 days whichever comes first
Link to product
Network
Softbank
Name of product
Rent a 3G SIM card
Local calls
¥ 110 / min.
International call (India)
¥450/min
Incoming calls
FREE
Local SMS Sending
¥ 15 / message
Local SMS Receiving
FREE
International SMS Sending
¥ 150 / message
International SMS Receiving
FREE
Web
¥ 0.32
Rental Fee
¥ 110/day
Administration fee
¥ 315/contract
Damage or Loss of Sim
SIM card
¥3,240
SIM card holder
¥540
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