Stay connected while in Japan

For people planning on visiting Japan, Japanese companies offer a lot of prepaid SIM card services with many plans.
However, as the plans are many and separated, you may be puzzled on which one is the best for your itinerary.

We provides you a list of all of the prepaid SIM card services available for getting around Japan.
The list also has their details (data capacity, period, price, and more) so that you now can see them all in one place and compare with the others easily.
Along with it, we also have pages on each service's details.
Find the best prepaid SIM card, and enjoy your wonderful experience in Japan.

I am Moamo. I'm Japanese and I work in the telecom industry, so I'm familiar with the telecom situation, services and products in Japan, such as SIM cards and Pocket WiFi, and I'm running this website in the hope that my knowledge will be useful to visitors to Japan.

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It’s possible to buy pay-as-you-go SIM cards directly from Japan’s major mobile providers at airports in Japan, but you can usually get a better deal with an MVNO. This stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator; they piggyback on existing big networks to offer some great deals and good data communication.

Where should I buy prepaid SIM Card?

The cheapest way to get a prepaid SIM card is to order it online and pick it up at the airport or at your accommodation. Prepaid SIMs sold at airports tend to be more expensive in general. There are large Electronic Stores in Tokyo and Osaka where you can buy prepaid SIM cards, but they may not have enough stock, so it is better to order a prepaid SIM card online in advance. Where to Buy A Prepaid SIM Card in Japan
NTTDoCoMo has the largest network coverage, and almost all of the prepaid SIM card services in Japan are based on their network.
NTTDoCoMo offers 4G (LTE) network under the service name of Xi, having a wide range of frequency bands: 700, 800, 1500, 1800 and 2100 MHz.
Some of the frequency bands are also used in countries other than Japan, however, the 1800 MHz, one of the most usual bands in the world, is available only in the following major cities: Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka.
As you have seen above, a usable frequency can vary from place to place, so, its highly recommended to check which band do you need for the area you want to go and which band is your device compatible with before you actually visit Japan.

Also, you have to make sure that your device must be unlocked (sim lock free)
and must support one of the following frequencies:

4G[LTE]Band 1(2100MHz), Band 19 (800MHz), Band 21 (1500MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz, limited to the Toumeihan area).
3G[W-CDMA/HSPA (FOMA)] Band 1(2100MHz), Band 19 (800MHz).
U-mobile

U-mobile

U-mobile is run by U-Next, a video streaming company and one of major MVNOs in Japan. They use NTT DoCoMo's 3G and LTE networ..

BIGLOBE

BIGLOBE

BIGLOBE NINJA SIM using NTT docomo's Network. 3 Data Plans are available.You can order from the web and pick up the product at..

WirelessGate

WirelessGate

Wirelessgate Prepaid SIM service offers access to the networks from NTT Docomo's LTE and 3G as well as to 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspot..


Japan Prepaid SIM card providers

TRAVELTECH SIM

TRAVELTECH SIM

TRAVELTECH SIM is based on Docomo network.They sells some different plans.You can pick up your SIM card in airports, hotels or..

Easygo Japan

Easygo Japan

EasygoJapan : Rental services of Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots (Pocket Wi-Fi), SIM Cards, Smartphones and others for visitors to Japan..

GENKI MOBILE

GENKI MOBILE

GENKI MOBILE is Portable Wi-Fi and SIM Card Rental Service. Their use docomo's network


Japan Rental SIM card providers

Pick up Rental Wi-Fi

LightPocket Rental WiFi

LightPocket Rental WiFi

LightPocket is a rental service for mobile WiFi routers and Data SIM card that can be used when traveling around Japan. They can deliver to your hotel or you can pick it up at the airport. Choose the plan that best suits the period of your stay! They offer reliable, reasonably priced services for international students and expats to Japan.

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Japan Rental WiFi list