Get Connected in Japan
For many first-time visitors to Japan the most important task is to go online and start exploring by means of their smartphone or mobile device. However with most mobile providers offering 2-year contracts and elaborate deals created for the majority Japanese audience- it can be hard to find the perfect solution for you.
This article intends to solve that problem by showcasing several short & long-term sim options that are designed specifically for a non-Japanese audience.
How Long in Japan?
Depending on the length of stay you can narrow down your options so choose the duration which best describes your circumstances & choose your own adventure!
Staying 1 Month or Less
If you are visiting Japan for 1 month or less you have 2 options to choose from.
Sim Card Geek
Choose from a variety of short-use data-only SIMs from SIM Card Geek- a dedicated portal site offering sim cards that start from 1GB all the way to Unlimited Data. Choose the SIM that best suits your needs- from 7 days to 31 days. In addition to SIM Cards you can also advance purchase your Suica Travel Card – ideal if you want to board a train on landing in the airport. Free Worldwide Delivery and option to collect in Japan!
To order click HERE
Choose either a data-only Prepaid SIM or a Voice & Unlimited Data SIM for 30 days.
Through a simple online process you can have your SIM delivered or collected at the Japanese airport of your choice on arrival in Japan.
For those who only need data there is a choice between a 3GB or 10GB data sim.
Mobal also have a 30 days plan that gives you a Japanese phone number with Unlimited Data.
To purchase you need to buy the SIM and activate it online. For more details see the Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM website- click HERE
Staying 1 Month or More
If you plan to stay in Japan longer than one month you are either going to manage by purchasing multiple data sim cards- which is complicated by short expiry dates- or go for the only no-contract voice & data SIM offered by Mobal.
Choose from 60, 90 days or an “Ongoing” plan and get a Japanese phone number with free incoming calls & texts as well as 20 hours a day free calls on the Softbank network (one of Japan’s main carriers). In addition for 4,500 yen per month (not including the initial SIM cost of 3,000 yen) you get 7GBs of fast data after which the data slows down.
The initial plan payment must be made by means of a credit or debit card but cash payment is accepted from the 2nd payment.
For more details- click the Mobal website HERE
A SIM with a Warm Heart
In addition to offering the only no-contract, no termination fee SIM available online for overseas visitors the Mobal SIM comes with a heart-warming component. On the company website they say that, “You don’t just travel the world, you make it a better place”. That’s because Mobal guarantees that the majority of its profits to go charity.
With a large part of their business being to provide Data and/or Voice Sims to overseas visitors they even registered a fundraising non-profit organisation in Japan to help spread their charitable message.
In addition in April 2018 they helped launch Japan’s first non-profit coffee subscription service- The Warm Hearts Coffee Club
Warm Hearts Coffee Club
How does getting freshly roasted, organically grown & fairly traded coffee delivered to your home sound? Good right? How about knowing that 100% of the cost of the coffee you had delivered was sent back to the country where the coffee was grown to provide meals to hungry children. Really good right?
That’s exactly what the Warm Hearts Coffee Club is doing. It’s raising funds for children in Malawi, Africa while providing a livelihood to coffee growers and providing vital school meals for children in nursery & primary schools.
The coffee itself is Arabica and is grown on the highlands of Northern Malawi overlooking Tanzania. Roasted in downtown Tokyo the coffee can be delivered as beans or ground. Truly heart-warming coffee. To order your bag simply click HERE
About Seibo Japan
Started as a response to the malnutrition in children in the aftermath of terrible flooding in 2015 this Japanese registered charity- funded by public donations and the support of Mobal- is now providing a daily meal in school to almost 15,000 children in Malawi, Africa.
If you want to know more about the activities of Seibo Japan check out their website- click HERE