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In Japan- Need a SIM?

You might have arrived in Japan thinking it would be easy to get a sim card with a phone number. If you’re reading this it probably means you’ve discovered it isn’t. There’s no shortage of one-time usage prepaid data sim cards if you’re in the cities but what about a sim with both data & a phone number? Or what about a prepaid data sim if you’re not in Tokyo or Osaka?

Collect a Mobal SIM Card in Japan
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Pick the sim that suits you best. Image by ATMAN on Pixabay

One of Mobal’s core services is the option to have your sim delivered before you arrive in Japan. This allows piece of mind and importantly for voice sim customers allows them know their phone numbers in advance. It also allows users to activate the sim to coincide with their date of arrival in Japan ensuring voice & data connection on arrival.

However the overseas delivery option will never work for everyone. In response Mobal have rolled-out a network of collection points in Japan to ensure anybody who is already here can simply purchase online and choose the most suitable location.

Nationwide Collection Agent Network

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Starting with the main airports Mobal’s SIMs (voice & data, data-only) can be picked up from:

  • Narita Airport– several locations in Terminal 1 & Terminal 2
  • Haneda Airport– arrivals hall
  • Kansai Airport– locations in Terminal 1 & Terminal 2
  • Fukuoka Airport
  • Nagoya Airport
  • Sendai Airport

Locations in downtown Tokyo include:

  • Asakusa – Travelex c/o Asakusa Culture & Tourist Centre
  • Shibuya– Coinspace c/o Shibuya Tourist Info Centre
  • Shinjuku– Travelex, West Exit, Shinjuku Station
  • Okubo– Tokyo Mobile Phone Shop

Locations in downtown Osaka include:

  • Dotonbori– Tonbori Base (starts 1st April)

Locations in downtown Kyoto include:

  • Kyoto Tower– JTB Tourist Info Centre


Pick up your sim overseas

In addition to the free in-Japan collection service Mobal are also committed to growing a network of collection points overseas and currently offer:

Singapore– Japan Rail Cafe, Singapore

Hong Kong– coming soon!

Note: this blog post was created in early March 2019 and the information is time-sensitive. Please check the Mobal site for updates and accurate information.

Author: Declan Somers

Thanks to the people of Japan and the efforts of a UK-based telecoms company Mobell/Mobal am happy to assist in providing a hot school meal daily for kids in Malawi, Africa through a Japanese registered NGO- Seibo.

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