How to Enter Japan on the Residence Track Visa

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We respectfully ask that you contact your country’s Japan embassy or consulate for more information about your situation.

Summary of the Latest Information Regarding the Residence Track Visa

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  • Due to the spread of COVID-19, as of January 14th, 2021, the government has temporarily suspended the entry of foreigners who are using the Residence Track and the Business Track to come to Japan.
  • As of March 5th, 2021, this measure was to be removed after the state of emergency in Japan.
  • On March 21st, 2021, the state of emergency was officially lifted. However, there has not been any official statement announcing when the Residence Track and Business Track will be resumed.
  • If you are coming to Japan soon, we recommend that you contact and check the latest travel information with the Japanese embassy/consulate in your country.
  • For more details, please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Why Is Every Month’s Phone Bill So High? How to Lower Your Phone Bill!

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The current number of users on NTT docomo, au, and SoftBank in Japan is quite high. Within this number of smartphone users, there are those who are thinking, “Is it me, or is my cellphone bill pretty high?” or “Is there any way to lower my monthly cellphone bill?” Have you had any of these thoughts or similar ones cross your mind when staring at your cellphone bill? Such as…


How to Unlock a Smartphone From SoftBank, au, docomo


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!


Japan Prepaid SIM Data: Fixed vs. Unlimited Plans

If you’re reading this, you most likely have a smartphone and are planning a trip to Japan — that means you need data. Tourist SIM Cards are a great way to stay connected after you land in Japan, but with so many options it really can be difficult to compare. If you’re shopping around for a plan, it’s important to understand what to compare before making your decision. READ MORE

Your Complete Guide to Haneda Airport (HND)

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Haneda Airport, once the main airport in Tokyo, is now mainly taking care of domestic flights, while its cousin, Narita Airport, deals with the International ones.
It doesn’t mean you have no chance to land in Haneda though!
Haneda, being closer to the center of Tokyo, is a more desirable arrival point for visitors than Narita.
If it’s your first time in Japan, we’re sure you’re overcome with excitement to have finally arrived in the country you’ve dreamed about for so long — but your excitement quickly turns to confusion as soon as you step off the airplane at Haneda Airport.


Kansai Airport: Japan SIM Card and Pocket WiFi Rental Options Compared (2020)

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With over 13 million passengers passing through Kansai Airport (KIX) on international flights in 2018, Osaka’s premier aviation hub has established its place as the gateway to Japan’s Kansai region, signaling a growing need to stay connected during your travels with pocket WiFi or a Japanese SIM card.

If your travel plans include visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, or any number of the other must-see destinations of western Japan, then it’s important to consider where and how you can get and stay online before embarking on your journey.

Keep reading to find out what Kansai Airport Pocket WiFi and Travel SIM card services are available, and which companies offer plans that meet your personal data needs.


Kansai Airport Guide: Start Your Japan Journey on the Right Foot

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Kansai being a really rich region in terms of culture, architecture and landscape, as well as being home to the most vibrant cities Japan has to offer, it is no wonder a lot of travelers go through its International Airport (KIX), making it one of the top busiest Airport in Japan, and even Asia.

This Article is for whoever going to or interested in Kansai and its main cities (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe…), for the ones who prefer Tokyo you can check out our Complete guide to Narita Airport or our Complete guide to Haneda Airport.

Kansai being more rural than Kanto we bet you are confused and have a lot of questions regarding the area and the best ways to spend a smooth, stress-free time here starting right from Kansai International Airport.


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Prepaid SIM vs. Pocket WiFi: Japan Rental Options

So you’re coming to Japan and you want to be sure that you’ll always have internet access when you need it. Free WiFi can be surprisingly difficult to find in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. So before your trip, it’s a good idea to make arrangements so you’ll be able to stay connected wherever you go. The two main options for short-term visitors are renting a prepaid SIM card or pocket WiFi in Japan, but which one is right for you? If you’re confused about the differences between the two, we’ve broken down the advantages and disadvantages of each one. japan prepaid sim READ MORE