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Japan: 4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Japan – known for anime, cherry blossom trees & the crazy number of (reasonably priced) vending machines.

The country is also known for sumo wrestling, the shinkansen train & technological advancements.

Whenever I watch some anime or manga, which is rare, I always feel like going to Japan, get some groceries & certainly buy leek for the authentic anime grocery shopping experience.

But you are probably not going to Japan just to get some leek (at least, I hope not).

If you can, you certainly want to go to Mount Fuji (do not call it Mount Fiji 🤪).

And the many stunning castles or temples across the country, such as Kinkaku-Ji, Kiyomizu-Dera & Osaka Castle.

And anime and manga lovers want to go to Akihabara – even those who are not into those things, like myself, will still be in awe by all the stores nearby.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in Japan – and I only mentioned a handful of things to do!

What you should not do, in many cases, is roam internationally in Japan – International roaming can be expensive.

That is why I always recommend local prepaid SIM cards, eSIMs & even travel eSIMs so that you can enjoy low rates for data, minutes & SMS.

Most Japanese mobile operators do not offer prepaid SIM cards to tourists because of a low prohibiting travelers from getting voice-enabled SIM cards.

Yes… if you get a SIM card in Japan, it will always be data-only… with one exception.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Japan?

You can get a Japanese (tourist) SIM card for 4500 JPY (31.35 USD) from SoftBank in their stores. The MVNOs (Bmobile, IIJmio (Japan Travel SIM) & Mobal) sell SIM cards for between 1980 JPY (13.80 USD) to 16 500 JPY (115 USD). SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including (Tokyo) Haneda Airport (HND).

With almost all of the options mentioned above, you can pre-order your SIM card so that they are waiting for you at the airport or a post office close to your accommodation (or it can be delivered there too for a slightly higher fee).

Unlike some other countries in East– and Southeast Asia, (prepaid) SIM cards are not as accessible as in other countries, but it is still doable.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Japan. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Japan Guide (logos of SoftBanbk, B-mobile, IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM & Mobal)

Original publication: 13th of December 2019. Last updated: 24th of October 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Japan?

Anyone 18 years or older living in or visiting Japan can buy a Japanese SIM card from SoftBank and various Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs – Bmobile, IIJMio (Japan Travel SIM) & Modal) with some restrictions.

The main restriction is that short-term visitors cannot buy voice-enabled Japanese SIM cards.

This means that SIM cards mentioned in this guide are data-only and targeted at tourists.

While regular prepaid SIM cards are available, although barely after the pandemic, you cannot get them without a Japanese Residence Certificate (Jūminhyō – 住民票).

Besides that restriction, you are free to use (select) Japanese SIM cards.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Japan).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Japan?

You can get a Japanese SIM card in (select) Softbank stores. Resellers, like convenience stores and electronic shops, also sell SIM cards. It is also possible to get SIM cards at select airports, including (Tokyo) Haneda Airport (HND) and (Tokyo) Narita International Airport (NRT), or get them delivered to post offices or your accommodation.

Normally, I do not include online-only mobile operators or SIM card providers in my guides because they can be inconvenient.

However, as Japan is a special case where most mobile operators do not offer prepaid services (to travelers), online-based mobile operators are included.

Mostly because most can ship your SIM card to your accommodation (private or hotel), nearby post offices & airports (with some options, you have to pre-order your SIM card before going to Japan. Else, your SIM card will not be available).

You can buy a Japanese SIM card delivered to/in the following airports:

  • Chitose – New Chitose Airport (CTS)
  • Chubu/Tokoname (Aichi) – Nagoya/Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)
  • Fukuoka – Fukuoka Airport (FUK 🗿)
  • Kagoshima – Kagoshima Airport (KOJ)
  • Kansai – Kansai International Airport (KIX)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT)

You can expect to pay the following for Japanese (travel) SIM cards:

  • SoftBank Japan: 4500 JPY
  • Bmobile Japan: 1980 JPY & 2970 JPY
  • IIJmio Japan Travel SIM: 1990 JPY & 3020 JPY
  • Mobal Japan: 3990 JPY, 5990 JPY, 7490 JPY, 7500 JPY, 12 000 JPY & 16 500 JPY

Note: most SIM cards have open pricing, meaning that retailers can set the price (but the ones mentioned above are the suggested prices). Actual prices may be slightly higher or lower than above.

However, if a retailer is charging you significantly more, be sure to try another reseller.

For up-to-date JPY:your currency (let's say HKD) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Can You Use Your Phone in Japan?

Japan uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Japan. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Japan, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU Regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Japan.

But be aware, Japan uses some uncommon frequencies that are used in the country only, but you should still be fine if you bought your phone in ITU regions 1 and 3).

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Japan or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Japan (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Japan

Japan has one mobile network operator and four Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • SoftBank Japan
  • Bmobile Japan (NTT DoCoMo MVNO)
  • IIJmio Japan Travel SIM (NTT DoCoMo MVNO)
  • Mobal Japan (NTT DoCoMo MVNO (data-only) & SoftBank MVNO (with calls/SMS)

The following frequencies are used in Japan:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in 2012 (yes, about a decade ago)
  • 3G: 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – not for Rakuten Mobile
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 18 & Band 19 – not the usual Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 11 & Band 21), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2500 MHz (Band 41) & 3500 MHz (Band 32 & Band 42)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78), 3700 MHz (n77) & 4900 MHz (n79) – not for prepaid customers (yet)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Japan, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Japan

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are available in Japan. All Japanese mobile operators (NTT DoCoMo, AU, SoftBank & Rakuten Mobile) offer both services.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Japan (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

But, as you recall from the Can You Buy a SIM Card in Japan section, travelers cannot get voice-enabled SIM cards.

Mobal is the only exception (maybe because it is an American-based company?).

I only got its data-only SIM card in the past, so I do not know if it supports VoLTE and VoWiFi too.

5G NR in Japan

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Japan since May 2019. It is available on the NTT DoCoMo, AU, SoftBank & Rakuten Mobile networks. However, prepaid customers, including tourist SIM card users, cannot use 5G NR.

Best SIM Card in Japan

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Japan, I recommend going with Bmobile or Mobal. Both use the NTT DoCoMo network, which is the best in the country. Moreover, Bmobile and Mobal have generous data allowances.

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Best eSIM in Japan

Bmobile offers eSIMs for its travel SIM cards.

Note that the Japanese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Japan without personal detail capturing, you can get the Japan (Moshi Moshi) eSIM from Airalo.

Japan Moshi Moshi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these two options:

  1. Japan/Moshi Moshi 1 GB eSIM for 7 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Japan/Moshi Moshi 3 GB eSIM for 30 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Airalo Moshi Moshi eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Japan eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Japan eSIMs from Nomad.

Japan eSIMs Nomad
Japan Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

By the way, the 5 GB Japan Nomad eSIM for 30 days is the most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers, while the 3 GB for 30 days variant is very popular.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Japan eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Japan eSIMs Compared guide.

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Finally, you can get Japan eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Japan eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Japan eSIMs Compared guide.

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

With these eSIMs, you can skip Japan's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Japan!

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TIP: check out my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Japan, including ones not mentioned above.

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Japan and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Just like in Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Asian countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Japan).

The Asialink eSIM can be used in 13 14 countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Japan and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparion of several eSIMs for Japan.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Japan

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Japan, I recommend going with SimCorner's Japan Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Japan and 20+ countries, including neighboring China, South Korea & Taiwan.

You have the following three Japan Travel SIM cards:

As you can mostly get tourist SIM cards in Japan, it may be more convenient getting a SIM card from SimCorner instead.

Japan Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner
Japan Travel SIM Card (Unlimited Data) SimCorner
© SimCorner

You have these two Asia SIM cards:

Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards can be used in Japan and the following other countries:

  • Azerbaijan 2
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Guam 1
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan 1
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait 1
  • Kyrgyzstan 2
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia 1
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar 1
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand 2, 3
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

1 for the 8 day version only
2 for the 15 days version only
3 only 500 MB in Thailand – better get the SimCorner Thailand Travel SIM Cards instead

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card (new: also available as an eSIM) 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Japan and 100+ countries, including most of the ones mentioned above (Asia) and in the Americas, Europe & Oceania:

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner
International Travel eSIM SimCorner
© SimCorner
  • Åland Islands
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo, the Republic of (Brazzaville)
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

Instead of spending between 0.34 USD to 384 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

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SIM Card Registration in Japan

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Japan. This will be done at the point of purchase.

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Remember, SIM cards purchased by tourists cannot make calls because only those with a Japanese Residence Certificate can purchase voice-enabled SIM cards.

Japan Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Japan

Japan is not the cheapest country in East Asia, but it is also not the most expensive in the region.

However, the same cannot be said about mobile data rates – they are not too high (but high for Asian standards, nonetheless).

The average price for 1 GB of data in Japan is 528.26 JPY (3.85 USD), around the Asian average of 1.47 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

In fact, Japan is the second most expensive country for mobile data in East Asia, behind South Korea, but ahead of Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia & China.

Some data-featured prepaid plans can be generous in Japan, but that is not always the case.

While the prices for data-featured plans are low, will you also get slow speeds in Japan?

Not really.

Japan's median mobile download speed is around 39 Mbps.

For reference, the global median is around 31 Mbps at the moment.

Japan has the third slowest median download speeds compared to its (indirect) neighbors, behind China (92.53 Mbps), Taiwan (58.83 Mbps), Macau (54.76 Mbps) & Hong Kong (48.09 Mbps), but ahead of the Philippines (22.35 Mbps) and Russia (21.24 Mbps).

But the competition is fierce in this neighborhood 😜.

Japan's mobile download speeds have increased by 10.2% year on year.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Japan.

That would be NTT DoCoMo, with an average download speed of 52.9 Mbps. Followed by AU (47 Mbps), SoftBank (41.9 Mbps) & Rakuten (27.5 Mbps).

The mobile operator with the best 5G NR speeds is also NTT DoCoMo, with an average download speed of 84.1 Mbps. Followed by AU (53.2 Mbps), SoftBank (51.1 Mbps) & Rakuten (35.4 Mbps).

Unfortunately… 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet) 🥲.

So what about coverage? Which mobile operator has the best coverage?

Honestly, the four mobile operators cover almost all of Japan – even the new Rakuten (98.8% – 99.6% availability score).

So which mobile operator is winning the 5G NR race in terms of coverage?

Currently, NTT DoCoMo has the best 5G NR reach (2.8 on a 10-point scale), ahead of SoftBank (2.5), AU (2) & Rakuten (0.5).

Regarding 5G NR availability, in the places where 5G NR should be available, NTT DoCoMo is winning the race (4.3%), ahead of SoftBank (4.1%), AU (3.7%) & Rakuten (1%).

So what about overall network performance by the Japanese mobile operators?

NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank are the winners of the Japan Mobile Experience Award of April 2022.

Basically, you cannot go wrong with NTT DoCoMo or SoftBank.

Luckily for you, the MVNOs easily accessible to tourists are mostly on the NTT DoCoMo network and some on the SoftBank network, so you will be fine 🤪.

But… for the best overall performance, especially on 4G/LTE, NTT DoCoMo is the clear winner (best 4G/LTE coverage and the fastest 4G/LTE speeds).

With reasonable SIM card prices, practically perfect nationwide coverage, good mobile download speeds, and average mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Japan.

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Currency in Japan

10 000 Japanese Yen Bank Note
© Bank of Japan/日本銀行

Japan uses the Japanese Yen with the symbol JPY (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as ¥. For example, 25 JPY = ¥25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between JPY and USD (US Dollars):

  • 10 JPY = 0.07 USD
  • 100 JPY = 0.70 USD
  • 1000 JPY = 7 USD
  • 10 000 JPY = 69.70 USD
  • 100 000 JPY = 696.70 USD

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Japanese Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through SoftBank Japan, Bmobile Japan, IIJmio (Japan Travel SIM) & Mobal Japan, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Japan to offer to us.


SoftBank Japan

SoftBank Japan Logo
© SoftBank Japan

SoftBank Japan, just SoftBank, is the third-largest mobile operator in Japan.

It is currently the only mobile operator offering prepaid services (or a travel SIM card) to travelers (NTT DoCoMo has prepaid options for residents only, while AU Japan and Rakuten Mobile discontinued their prepaid lines altogether).

SoftBank has the best 5G NR availability.

But you cannot use 5G NR with the SoftBank tourist SIM card.

SoftBank uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in 2012 (yes, about a decade ago)
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 18 – not the usual Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 11), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2500 MHz (Band 41) & 3500 MHz (Band 42)
  • 5G NR: 3700 MHz (n77) – not for prepaid customers… yet
  • VoLTE: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a tourists
  • VoWiFi: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a tourists

This is what you will learn about SoftBank:

* Coverage
* How to Get a SoftBank SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – SoftBank Japan

SoftBank has excellent coverage throughout Japan.

While this is true for all the other Japanese mobile operators, it is still remarkable.

Below is SoftBank's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – SoftBank Japan

You can get a SoftBank tourist SIM card for 4500 JPY in SoftBank stores. Resellers, including electronic stores, sell them too. SoftBank tourist SIM cards are also sold at airports, including (Tokyo) Haneda Airport (HND) and (Tokyo) Narita International Airport (NRT).

SoftBank Japan Tourist SIM Card
© SoftBank Japan

While SoftBank has regular prepaid SIM cards, which is uncommon for Japanese mobile operators nowadays, you need to have a Japanese Residence Certificate (Jūminhyō – 住民票) to get one, which is why they are not mentioned in this section.

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While SoftBank does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to those with tourist SIM cards.

Note that the Japanese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and for physical SIM card.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Japan (Moshi Moshi) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days most popular with PTW readers).

Japan Moshi Moshi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Japan eSIMs from Nomad.

Japan eSIMs Nomad
Japan Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The 5 GB Japan Nomad eSIM for 30 days is the most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers, while the 3 GB for 30 days variant is very popular.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Japan eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Japan and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Japan (including ones not mentioned above.)

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Note that SoftBank offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

But as you can only get data-only SIM cards in Japan, the features will not be available to you 😓.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – SoftBank Japan

SoftBank top-up vouchers are sold in SoftBank stores convenience stores throughout Japan.

To top up your SoftBank SIM card, call 1400 and follow the instructions.

Call 1400 to check your SoftBank balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – SoftBank Japan

SoftBank has only one data-featured plan for the tourist SIM card.

For 1650 JPY, you get 500 MB (without 5G NR access) for 31 days.

This plan can be purchased multiple times, and each activation extends the validity of your tourist SIM card by 31 days.

APN/Internet Settings – SoftBank Japan

  • Name: SoftBank
  • APN: plus.4g
  • Username: plus
  • Password: 4g

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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B-mobile Japan

B-mobile Japan Logo
© B-mobile Japan

B-mobile Japan, just B-mobile and not to be confused with Bmobile in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, or Trinidad & Tobago, is an NTT DoCoMo MVNO.

It is one of the MVNOs offering SIM cards to tourists.

NTT DoCoMo network, which B-mobile uses, uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in 2012 (yes, about a decade ago)
  • 3G: 800 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 19 – not the usual Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 11), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 3500 MHz (Band 42)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 3700 MHz (n77) – not for Bmobile customers… yet
  • VoLTE: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a Bmobile customer
  • VoWiFi: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a Bmobile customer

This is what you will learn about B-mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a B-mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – B-mobile Japan

B-mobile is an NTT DoCoMo MVNO, meaning B-mobile uses the NTT DoCoMo MVNO network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

NTT DoCoMo has the best coverage in Japan (although all Japanese mobile operators have BASICALLY perfect nationwide coverage).

With B-mobile, you do not get full access to the NTT DoCoMo network, but it is still extensive.

Below on the left, you have NTT DoCoMo's coverage and a coverage map for another NTT DoCoMo MVNO on the right produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – B-mobile Japan

You can get a B-mobile SIM card for 1980 JPY or 2970 JPY from resellers, such as AEON, Bic Camera, Yamada Denki & Yodobashi Central. They can also be delivered to various airports, including the Tokyo ones, and post offices for 370 JPY. Delivery to your accommodation will cost 520 JPY.

The following two B-mobile SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
1980 JPY5 GB10 days
2970 JPY7 GB21 days
B-mobile Japan SIM Card Prices

Delivery to any prefecture and airport will take one business day (you can place your order at least one week before arrival so that it will be waiting for you at the airport's post office).

Delivery to your accommodation, hotels, or private addresses in Hokkaido, Kagoshima & Okinawa will take two business days – even longer for remote islands (up to six business days).

The B-mobile SIM card can be delivered to the following international airports:

  • Chitose – New Chitose Airport (CTS)
  • Chubu/Tokoname (Aichi) – Nagoya/Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)
  • Kagoshima – Kagoshima Airport (KOJ)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT)
B-mobile Japan SIM Card (5 GB 10 Days)
© Bmobile Japan
B-mobile Japan SIM Card (7 GB 21 Days)
© Bmobile Japan
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It is possible to get a B-mobile eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Note that the Japanese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Japan (Moshi Moshi) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days most popular with PTW readers).

Japan Moshi Moshi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Japan eSIMs from Nomad.

Japan eSIMs Nomad
Japan Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The 5 GB Japan Nomad eSIM for 30 days is the most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers, while the 3 GB for 30 days variant is very popular.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Japan eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Japan and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Japan (including ones not mentioned above.)

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Note that NTT DoCoMo, the network Bmobile uses, offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

But as you can only get data-only SIM cards in Japan, the features will not be available to you 😓.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Bmobile Japan

You can top-up your Bmobile SIM card online – the same page can be used for checking your balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Bmobile Japan

Bmobile has one data-featured plan with no apparent name.

For 500 JPY, you get 1 GB of data (without 5G NR access) until midnight.

However, each plan extends the validity of your SIM card by another day.

Suppose your SIM card has expired, and you still want to use it.

In that case, you can purchase the plan within two days of expiry (any later, and it will stay deactivated permanently).

APN/Internet Settings – Bmobile Japan

  • Name: b-mobile
  • APN: bmobile.ne.jp
  • Username: bmobile@4g
  • Password: bmobile

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM Logo
© IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM)

IIJmoi, with the Japan Travel SIM, is an NTT DoCoMo MVNO.

It is one of the MVNOs offering SIM cards to tourists.

NTT DoCoMo network, which IIJmoi Japan Travel uses, uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in 2012 (yes, about a decade ago)
  • 3G: 800 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 800 MHz (Band 19 – not the usual Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 11), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 3500 MHz (Band 42)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78) & 3700 MHz (n77) – not for IIJmoi Japan Travel customers… yet
  • VoLTE: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a IIJmoi Japan Travel
  • VoWiFi: Yes, but you cannot make calls as a IIJmoi Japan Travel

This is what you will learn about IIJmoi Japan Travel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a(n) IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM) is an NTT DoCoMo MVNO, meaning IIJmoi uses the NTT DoCoMo MVNO network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

NTT DoCoMo has the best coverage in Japan (although all Japanese mobile operators have basically perfect nationwide coverage).

With IIJmoi, you do not get full access to the NTT DoCoMo network, but it is still extensive.

Below on the left, you have NTT DoCoMo's coverage and a coverage map for IIJmoi on the right produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

You can get a(n) IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM card for 1990 JPY and 3020 JPY from resellers, including Bic Camera, Joshin & Yodobashi Camera. SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including (Tokyo) Haneda Airport (HND) and (Tokyo) Narita International Airport (NRT).

IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Stores
© IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM)

The following three IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM) are available:

PriceDataValidity
1990 JPY1 GB30 days
3020 JPY2 GB3 months
3020 JPY3 GB30 days
IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Card Price

The IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM card is available at the following international airports from these resellers:

  • Chitose – New Chitose Airport (CTS – from Kiosk)
  • Fukuoka – Fukuoka Airport (FUK 🗿 – from Global WiFi)
  • Kansai – Kansai International Airport (KIX – from Global WiFi)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND – from Global WiFi & JAL ABC)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT – from BLUE SKY & JAL ABC)
IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Card
© IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM)

Apparently, it is possible to get IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM cards (the 2 GB/3 months variant) in other countries, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States, but this is not something I can confirm (I do not buy local SIM cards in other countries 🤪).

IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Airport Stores
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IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM has no eSIMs.

Note that the Japanese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and for physical SIM card.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Japan (Moshi Moshi) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days most popular with PTW readers).

Japan Moshi Moshi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Japan eSIMs from Nomad.

Japan eSIMs Nomad
Japan Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The 5 GB Japan Nomad eSIM for 30 days is the most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers, while the 3 GB for 30 days variant is very popular.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Japan eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Japan and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Japan (including ones not mentioned above.)

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, local travel eSIMs & regional travel eSIMs for every country (lookup tool)
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Note that NTT DoCoMo, the network IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM uses, offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

But as you can only get data-only SIM cards in Japan, the features will not be available to you 😓.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

IIJmoi top-up vouchers are sold by various resellers (7-Eleven, Bic Camera, Don Quijote, FamilyMart, Kiosk, Lawson, Ministop, Nojima, University Co-op &Yodobashi Camera) throughout Japan.

Note that you can get any IIJmoi voucher, like the ones below (including Bic SIM ones), for your IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM (mostly because there are no vouchers specifically for the Japan Travel SIM).

IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Top-Up Cards
© IIJmoi (Japan Travel SIM)

IIJmoi (and Bic) top-up vouchers can be redeemed online – the same page can be used for checking your balance (or this one).

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM has only one data-featured plan with no apparent name.

The following plans are available, which can be activated online.

PriceDataValidity
1500 JPY500 MB30 days
2300 JPY1 GB30 days
3000 JPY2 GB30 days
4100 JPY3 GB30 days
5400 JPY5 GB30 days
9400 JPY10 GB30 days
IIJmio Japan Travel SIM Plans

APN/Internet Settings – IIJmoi Japan Travel SIM

  • Name: iijmio
  • APN: iijmio.jp
  • Username: mio@iij
  • Password: iij

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Mobal Japan

Mobal Japan Logo
© Mobal Japan

Mobal Japan, just Mobal, is an NTT DoCoMo MVNO and a SoftBank Japan MVNO.

Surprisingly, it is one of, if not the only, MVNO allowing tourists to make calls (legally, of course).

How they manage to do it – I do not know… but it works!

Anyway, if you get the Mobal data-only SIM card, you will be on the NTT DoCoMo network (the best in Japan).

You will be on the SoftBank Japan network instead if you get the voice-enabled Mobal SIM card.

This is what you will learn about Mobal:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Mobal SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Mobal Japan

Mobal is an NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Japan MVNO, meaning Mobal uses the NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Japan networks and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

NTT DoCoMo has the best coverage in Japan (although all Japanese mobile operators have basically perfect nationwide coverage).

With Mobal, you do not get full access to the NTT DoCoMo network, but it is still extensive.

In the case of SoftBank Japan, you should get full access, but that is not something I can confirm yet (I only got Modal's data-only SIM card, using NTT DoCoMo).

Below on the left, you have NTT DoCoMo's coverage and a coverage map for another NTT DoCoMo MVNO on the right produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Mobal Japan

You can get a Mobal SIM card for between 3990 JPY to 16 500 JPY online, and it can be picked up from various convenient locations, including at airports (Travelex), train stations & tourist information centers. Mobal SIM cards can be shipped for free to select destinations 1, allowing you to have your SIM card before going to Japan.

1 to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom & the United States

Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM Card (Data-Only) NTT DoCoMo SIM Card
© Mobal Japan (data-only)
Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM Card (Regular) SoftBank Japan SIM Card
© Mobal Japan (voice-enabled)

Note that Mobal is the only MVNO on this guide with a few voice-enabled SIM cards (using SoftBank Japan).

If you remember from earlier, SIM cards sold to tourists must be data-only because only nationals and those with a Japanese Residence Certificate (Jūminhyō – 住民票) can purchase voice-enabled SIM cards.

How Mobal manages to do this… I do not know, but it works!

Anyway, the following six Mobal SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes 3Local SMS 4Validity
3990 JPY“Unlimited”, 3 GB/day (24 GB) 1N/AN/A8 days
5990 JPY“Unlimited”, 3 GB/day (48 GB) 1N/AN/A16 days
7490 JPY“Unlimited”, 3 GB/day (93 GB) 1N/AN/A31 days
7500 JPY“Unlimited”, 7 GB 2AllowedAllowed30 days
12 000 JPY“Unlimited”, 7 GB 2AllowedAllowed60 days
16 500 JPY“Unlimited”, 7 GB 2AllowedAllowed90 days

1 while you can use more than 3 GB in a day, your speeds may be reduced for the coming 48 hours – you are better off using less than 3 GB/day for the best performance
2 +unlimited data @ 200 Kbps (annoyingly slow!) after exhausting your data allowance
3 @ standard rates (39 JPY/minute for local calls, 65 JPY/minute for calls to Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States) & 200 JPY/minute to any other country (if you use dial prefix 0063)
4 @ standard rates (29 JPY/SMS for local texts & 140 JPY/SMS for international SMS (to any country))

Mobal Japan SIM Cards

The Mobal SIM card can be picked up at the following international airports (if you ordered them online before arrival):

  • Chubu/Tokoname (Aichi) – Nagoya/Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)
  • Kansai – Kansai International Airport (KIX)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND)
  • Tokyo – Tokyo-Narita International Airport (NRT)

Mobal SIM cards can also be picked up from these non-airport locations:

  • Kyoto – Kyoto Tower JTB Kansai Tourist Information Center
  • Nagoya – Nagoya City Sakae Money Transfer Plaza Travelex
  • Osaka – Pivot BASE Dotonbori
  • Tokohama – Yokohama Station Keikyu Travelex
  • Tokyo – Shibuya Mark City Building (Play! Diversity Shibuya Coin Space (4th floor))
  • Tokyo – Shinjuku Station (Travelex Keio Shinjuku)
Mobal Japan Pick-Up Points
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Mobal has no eSIMs.

Note that the Japanese mobile operators require your identification (passport) for (future) eSIMs and for physical SIM card.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Japan (Moshi Moshi) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days & 3 GB/30 days most popular with PTW readers).

Japan Moshi Moshi eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Airalo links above will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.

Or get the Japan eSIMs from Nomad.

Japan eSIMs Nomad
Japan Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The 5 GB Japan Nomad eSIM for 30 days is the most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers, while the 3 GB for 30 days variant is very popular.

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Japan eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Japan and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (new)
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Japan eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Japan (including ones not mentioned above.)

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Note that NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank, the networks Mobal uses depending on the type of SIM card you have, offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

But as you can only get data-only SIM cards in Japan, these features will not be available to you 😓.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Mobal Japan

Mobal top-ups are sold by FamilyMart, Lawson & Ministop throughout Japan.

Note that the Mobal unlimited data-only SIM cards cannot be extended, and no credit can be added because it is unnecessary (which also means the SIM cards become deactivated after 8, 16, or 31 days).

However, the voice-enabled SIM cards are also long-term plans (which will be discussed in the next section), for which you can top up your SIM card (or pay for your plan online).

You can check your balance online.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Mobal Japan

Mobal has only one data-featured plan: Japan Unlimited SIM Long Term Plans. it is a data bundle (without 5G NR access).

It can only be added to the Mobal voice-enabled SIM cards (SoftBank Japan)

Japan Unlimited Long Term Plans can be activated online:

PriceDataValidity
1480 JPY1 GB1 month (until 1st of month)
2980 JPY5 GB1 month (until 1st of month)
3280 JPY10 GB1 month (until 1st of month)
4380 JPY30 GB1 month (until 1st of month)

It is recommended to purchase a plan as early on in the month to get the most out of it because plans expire on the first of each month, regardless of when it was activated (even if it was done on the 28th (February), 29th (February leap year), 30th or 31st.

These plans do not have call or SMS allowances, but you can call and text with them (after adding extra credit to your SIM card.

You will be charged 39 JPY/minute for local calls

International calls to Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States) are charged at 65 JPY/minute

International calls to any other country than the 26 mentioned above will cost 200 JPY/minute (if you use dial prefix 0063)

Local texts will cost 29 JPY/SMS. International SMS to any country will cost 140 JPY/SMS.

APN/Internet Settings – Mobal Japan

  • Name: Mobal (data-only/NTT DoCoMo & voice-enabled/SoftBank Japan)
  • APN: ppsim.jp (data-only/NTT DoCoMo) OR sb.mvno (voice-enabled/SoftBank Japan)
  • Username: pp@sim (data-only/NTT DoCoMo) OR data@jp (voice-enabled/SoftBank Japan)
  • Password: jpn (data-only/NTT DoCoMo) OR data (voice-enabled/SoftBank Japan)

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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