If you will stay short-time in Tokyo, you can buy prepaid phone to make a phone call, send message to your friends in Japan.

How to apply for your prepaid phone?

(Below example is for Softbank prepaid phone)

First, you need to bring your personal Id to Softbank mobile shop.
1) Passport
2) Certificate of Alien Registration/Residence Card

Second, choose which rate and phone do you need.
1. Prepaid Card:
   1) 3000yen
   2) 5000yen
2. Prepaid phone:
    Around 3000yen
total price: Around 6000yen

Expiry period: 60days
Voice call: 9yen / 6 sec
Unlimited mail: 300yen/1month (It will save time to let store staff to help you set it up)

If you want to extend your expiration date, you need to go to Softbank mobile shop or convenient store to buy prepaid card. After that, you can continue to use your phone number in next 60days. Otherwise, you just can pick up phone call and receive message in 1year.

Why I chose Softbank prepaid phone instead of Au?
Because my friends who use Softbank phone (not include prepaid phone user) can call me for free during 1pm-9pm everyday.

Prepaid phone can not connect to website. But you can upload your photo or video to Facebook via prepaid phone mail.

How to set it up ?

If you need to English-Speaking staff’s help, you can review below Softbank store info in Tokyo.

Softbank shop:

SoftBank Ginza

5-7-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
30-seconds walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station
A2 Exit, on Chuo St.
<Business Hours>
SoftBank Ginza map

SoftBank Omotesando

Alteka Plaza 1F
1-13-9, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station, on Omotesando St.
<Business Hours>
10AM-8PM (Contract applications/upgrades/repairs)
SoftBank Omotesando map

SoftBank Roppongi

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Roppongi Building 1F
4-9-7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Roppongi Crossing, next to Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ ATM
<Business Hours>
SoftBank Roppongi map

SoftBank Shibuya

Kiyama Building
27-4 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3-min. walk from the JR Shibuya Station Hachiko Exit
<Business Hours>
SoftBank Shibuya map


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