Kansai Airport Prepaid SIM Card Price include Vending machines

Updated :2023/11/16

prepaid sim card vending machine at Kansai Airport

Stores at Kansai airport offering prepaid SIM cards/pocket WiFi routers are closed early in the morning and late at night.
There are only a few shops offering them outside of the airport.
If you arrive at such time, one of your choices would be purchasing a prepaid SIM card through vending machines, which are available for 24 hours a day.

Kansai Airport has two international terminals.
You can find such vending machines easily at the terminal 1 while you might not be able to find vending machines at the terminal 2.

Notes on Purchasing A Prepaid SIM Card Through Vending Machines

Prepaid SIM cards might be sold out due to a sudden increase of the demand.
Prices might be a bit expensive (exclusive prices at airports).
They will not issue any refund even after you found that your phone is not compatible with the SIM card.

Prices sold at vending machines are lower than that of shops at the airport.
However, if you want more chaper one, you are better off to go to electronics retail stores such as Yodobashi Camera or Bic Camera outside of the airport. They sell data only prepaid SIM cards offered by various vendors.

We recommend you to pre-order a pocket WiFi router or a data SIM card through online stores before you actually coming to Japan.
Most of rental service providers can send the data SIM card you pre-ordered to any places in Japan.
Plus, their prices are very reasonable as they can cut operating costs.
Furthermore, several of them can give you a full refund after you found that your phone is not compatible with the SIM card.

Kansai Airport Terminal 1 Prepaid SIM Card Vending Machine

Terminal 1 South Exit H

Terminal 1 International Arrivals Gate 1F Internet & Telephone

Data CapacityUsage daysPrice
UNLIMITED 7 ¥4,500
UNLIMITED 15 ¥6,000
UNLIMITED 30 ¥7,000
3GB 30 ¥3,000
7GB 30 ¥4800

These prices were given to us by a visitor to Kansai airport.
Please be aware that this is not official data, so please just be aware that the prices are in this price range.

Will Your Mobile Phone Properly Work in Japan?

Prepaid SIM cards sold through vending machines at airports are very useful for international travellers, it's crucial to ensure that your smartphone is compatible. You only need to check two things to see if it can be used in Japan without problems.

If you find that your's is not compatible with the bands or if you have a slightest concern on it, you are better off renting a pocket WiFi router.

While most smartphones released after 2020 are designed to be compatible with various global frequencies, some may still have limitations.

1. SIM Lock

Ensure your smartphone is not SIM-locked. If your smartphone is SIM-locked, it will only work with the SIM from your contracted carrier.
For iPhones with iOS 14 or later:
Check from the home screen under "Settings."

For Android:
The process varies by device. If your device allows checking through the settings, follow these steps:
Open "Device Information / Terminal Information" in the settings.
Open "SIM Status."
Confirm "SIM Lock Status."
If you're unsure whether your device is SIM-locked, contact your carrier for clarification.

2. Compatibility with Japan's Frequencies

To be connected with the internet in Japan, 4G or 5G enabled devices are required.

BandFrequency Area
Band 1 2100 MhMost Area
Band 19800 MhzRural Areas, Mountains, Lakes
Band 211500 MhzAll Cities (incl. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya)
Band 31700 MhzTokyo, Osaka, Nagoya

Check if your smartphone supports the frequencies used in Japan, especially the 4G Band 1 (2100MHz).

You can easily verify this using services like willmyphonework.net

Voice Call Prepaid SIM

Japanese laws are very strict on SIM cards with voice call and basically require residency status.
Setting up a SIM card (eSIM) can be a bit cumbersome.
If your smartphone doesn't support all the frequencies in Japan, there might be places where you can't get connected.
For those who dislike the hassle of setting up or require stable communication with good speed, renting a Pocket Wi-Fi is a recommended option.

Prepaid SIM Card Vending Machines