LIke the new Data sim card option in Kansai, Data sim card vending machines are available in Tokyo. I’ve been able to acquire them in both Narita Airport Terminal 1 and 2 last year without fail. When I was there, I found 2 different vending machines carrying a different brand of Data sim card.
Narita Airport , Terminal 2
Which brand is better?Out of the 2 machine, I found UMobile’s prepaid cards to be cheaper, with the same promised speed and bigger data allocation per day. The biggest difference would be that NTT Communication Group’s Data Sim Vending machine accepts credit card while UMobile only accepts cash. However the price difference and bigger data allocation really makes this choice a no-brainer.
UMobile official website: https://umobile.jp/d/lp/prepaid/eng.html
Plans available ? How much do they cost?In the airport, the prepaid sim cards bought from the vending machines are slightly more expensive and with only 2 options.
|Service period||7 days||15 days|
|Data Speed||4G LTE/3G||4G LTE/3G|
|SIM Card size||Normal , Micro & Nano||Normal , Micro & Nano|
However, if you buy the product elsewhere, the price plan is as below.
How to use?
A simple but comprehensive step-by-step instruction is enclosed in the packaging and comes in 6 different languages (English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Tagalog & Thai)
Below is the configuration instructions in English.
Where to buy in Narita Airport?
- Narita Airport Terminal 1 Arrival Lobby :
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- Narita Airport Terminal 2 Arrival Lobby :
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- Narita Airport Terminal 3 (Doorway of Second Floor at the Main Building)
Where else can I buy?Other than buying from the vending machines in the airport, you can also purchase the prepaid cards at U-Nex stores. I tried to google where the Narita Airport SKy counter is but to no avail.
- GLOBAL WiFi Haneda Airport shop
- GLOBAL WiFi Fukuoka Airport shop
- Tokyo Tower The Tower Shop(FootTown,3F)
- Hato Bus Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal
- Hato Bus Hamamatsucho Center
- GLOBAL WiFi Kansai International Airport shop
- SHINJUKU WASHINGTON HOTEL （MAIN BUILDING １F）
- Tokyo Tower Goods Shop(Main Observatory,2F)
- Narita Airport Sky Counter
- Hotel New Otani Tokyo Business Support Center
- Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Any fine print? FAQ?For the detailed list of precautions and FAQ, check out U-NEX’s official website. The website is written in english, simplified chinese and japanese.
Is the product good?I purchased the 15 days prepaid micro sim card for my Autumn and Winter trip to Japan last year. I travelled from Tokyo to various places such as Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Matsumoto, Nagano, Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto. For both my trips, the product function extremely well without any observation of significant lag or other connection issues. Unlike B-mobile, this prepaid card does not require any phone activation and can be used immediately as it is. I even made a video call via my old HTC phone with Facebook messenger to my family in Singapore. The video quality was as good as it could get on my crappy phone and seamless!
The following day of the first connection will be the first day of the 7, 15 or 30 days usage period. That means if you’re in Japan for 16 days, you won’t need to worry that you’ll be without data on the last day!
I have always preferred using a Data sim card as opposed to renting a mobile wifi modem. Not only is it more mobile, it also minimises the need to carry around another device in my already very heavy day bag. Not to mention all the hassle of charging and returning the mobile wifi when you’re done. The only advantage of a mobile wifi is when a big group of people travel together and everyone can use the same modem. However what that meant is everyone must also stick together, because once you get separated, you would have no ways of communicating.
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