English Guide to Y!mobile | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

English Guide to Y!mobile | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

Y!mobile is a low-cost smartphone carrier from SoftBank that has been in operation since 2014. It was born from a merger between two phone carrier brands, eAccess, and Willcom.

You’ve probably seen one of Y!mobile’s 850+ stores throughout Japan, and some of you may be interested in their service. However, as the majority of their website is in Japanese, we decided to write this English guide.
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A Complete Guide to Nasu Onsen | Historic Waters and Unique Museums

A Complete Guide to Nasu Onsen | Historic Waters and Unique Museums

Photos courtesy of Nasuonsen Sanraku (top right) and Nasu Tourism Association

Nasu Onsen is an area located in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. Boasting different types of hot springs and all sorts of tourist attractions, Nasu Onsen is known among locals as a peaceful and relaxing getaway area. In this article, we will be providing you with a complete guide to the Nasu Onsen area.

This guide will include our recommended lodges for staying in Nasu, the best places to eat, and our favorite locations for sightseeing.
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A Complete Guide to Kusatsu Onsen | Explore a Famous Onsen Town of Japan

A Complete Guide to Kusatsu Onsen | Explore a Famous Onsen Town of Japan

Photos courtesy of Nguyen TP Hai on Unsplash (top left) and Kusatsu Onsen Hotel Sakurai

Kusatsu Onsen is one of the three most famous hot springs in Japan and is a popular spot frequented by both locals and international travelers. To help first-time visitors to Japan enjoy Kusatsu Onsen 120% more, the Sakura Mobile Blog Team has created a complete guide to Kusatsu Onsen.
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A Complete Guide to Hakone Onsen | A Short Trip Away From Tokyo

A Complete Guide to Hakone Onsen | A Short Trip Away From Tokyo

Hakone is a famous onsen town, known for its hot spring water and fresh air, located only 80 minutes away from Shinjuku Station (Tokyo).

If you want to experience traditional Japanese culture while staying within a few hours of the city, put a trip to Hakone on your itinerary when you visit Tokyo.
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Guide to docomo Phone Plans | Prices, Speeds, and How to Apply

Guide to docomo Phone Plans | Prices, Speeds, and How to Apply

Are you in need of a Japanese SIM card? Have you thought about signing up for NTT docomo’s phone plans?

NTT docomo is one of the three largest phone carriers in Japan. You’ve probably seen one of their stores while walking around the streets of Tokyo.

Many people think because the company is so prominent in Japan, they’ll be set if they sign up with docomo. That may not be the case.
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Guide to docomo Hikari | Prices, Reviews and How to Apply

Guide to docomo Hikari | Prices, Reviews and How to Apply

Are you interested in docomo Hikari?

docomo Hikari is an internet service that is popular among those who use smartphones from docomo.

However, the website is completely in Japanese, so you might be struggling to understand the specifics of the service and contract.

In this article, we will be going over everything you need to know about docomo Hikari (connection speeds, prices, English support, installation process, customer reviews, etc.).
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How to Unlock a Smartphone From SoftBank, au, docomo

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Are you looking for a way to unlock the smartphone that you got from SoftBank, au, or docomo? The user login pages and official websites are all in Japanese, making it very difficult to navigate for those who do not understand Japanese.

The procedure to unlock a smartphone is also quite complicated. The unlocking procedure differs depending on how the smartphone was purchased (new or used), the carrier you have a contract with, payment method, etc.

We have the answers that you’re looking for. In this article, we will be explaining (with pictures!) how to unlock the smartphones that you have purchased from the three major Japanese phone companies: SoftBank, au, or docomo. We hope that it comes in handy!

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Guide to SoftBank Air | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

Guide to SoftBank Air | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

Setting up home internet in Japan can be a hassle!

When setting up regular fiber internet in Japan, you will probably have to let some construction workers into your place for so they can run the fiber optic wires through your walls. You may have to take the weekday off, or spend extra so they can install it on the weekend.

Also, from when you order home internet, it could take up to 2 months for the installation team to make it to your residence, and even longer if you live outside the metropolitan area. That means it will probably take a while before you’ll be able to use your super-fast fiber-optic internet.

For these reasons, SoftBank has released a new service called SoftBank Air to help relieve the hassle. In this article, we will explain what their new service is, translate some reviews, and tell you how to apply.
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How to Get a Japanese Phone Number | Online Contracts and More!

How to Get a Japanese Phone Number | Online Contracts and More!

If you are going to move to Japan for an extended period of time, we recommend that you get a Japanese phone number.

Because messaging apps like LINE and WhatsApp are popular in Japan, some may think that a Japanese phone number is unnecessary.

But, having a Japanese phone number is essential for numerous things in Japan, and can make living in Japan much harder without one.
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A Complete Guide to Ikaho Onsen – Enjoy the Gold and Silver Waters

A Complete Guide to Ikaho Onsen - Enjoy the Gold and Silver Waters

Photo courtesy of Oedo Onsen Monogatari Ikaho

Famous for its 300-meter long staircase that runs through the town, Ikaho Onsen is an onsen town that overflows with history.

In this article, we will provide you with a full guide to Ikaho Onsen.

If you are thinking of making a trip, we hope that you will use this article as a reference for sights to see, things to do, and places to stay.

Let’s get started!
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