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

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

Alongside docomo and au, SoftBank is considered one of the three big phone carriers in Japan.

Recently, more and more mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) are offering cheaper phone plans, but SoftBank continues to be one of the most popular in terms of market share and number of customers.

This article will explain the costs and services included in SoftBank’s mobile plans in more detail.

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15 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in and Around Tokyo 2022

15 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in and Around Tokyo 2022

Are you looking for a private onsen in Tokyo and/or in the Tokyo area?

In this article, we will be introducing a series of 15 ryokan and hotels that include options for a private onsen.

If you are looking to prioritize convenience, we recommend that you choose a ryokan or hotel that is located in Tokyo. With many options for public transportation like bullet trains or planes, it will be easy to visit other locations if you want to explore other parts of the country.

On the other hand, if you want to have the traditional onsen experience and immerse yourself in nature, we recommend that you reserve a ryokan located in the prefectures surrounding Tokyo. Most of the time, you will be able to get to these locations with a 1 to 3-hour train from Tokyo, making it easy to go on day trips as well.
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7 Tips on how to enjoy the best out of Tokyo Disney Land / Tokyo Disney Sea

7 Tips on how to enjoy the best out of Tokyo Disney Land / Tokyo Disney Sea

When visiting Tokyo, the main city in Japan, to spend 1-2 days to enjoy Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo Disney Land & Tokyo Disney Sea) is certainly one of the best choices because the joyfulness that is promised.

Although it is fun enough to just go there without a plan, but it will be much more fun by doing a little more research and knowing more information so that you can plan your wonderful day at the “Magic Kingdom”.

In this article, we are going to focus on providing you with 7 tips on how to enjoy the best out of both Tokyo Disney Land and Tokyo Disney Sea.
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13 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Osaka

13 Best Ryokan with Private Onsen in Osaka

Photo courtesy of Matsuba Onsen Taki-no-yu

Osaka is the second-largest city in Japan, so you might imagine that it is difficult to find ryokan with a private onsen. However, you’ll discover that if you do your research, there is a surprisingly large amount.

Both the northern and southern parts of Osaka are surrounded by mountains. If you travel about an hour by train from the metropolitan area of the prefecture, you can find many ryokan and hotels surrounded by nature.

In this article, we will be introducing you to 13 of our favorite ryokan and hotels in Osaka where you can enjoy a private onsen.
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English Guide to UQ mobile Plans | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

English Guide to UQ mobile Plans | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

UQ mobile is a mobile service provided by UQ Communications Inc. and is a subsidiary of one of Japan’s top three major mobile carriers, au.

Its best feature is that even though it is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), it uses au’s network so the network connection is stable and fast.

In this article, we have created an English guide for UQ mobile.
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English Guide to au’s Mobile Plans | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

English Guide to au’s Mobile Plans | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

“I am interested in au’s Mobile Plans and have read the homepage but it is too difficult to understand…”

This might be what you’re thinking.

In this article, we are going to explain the plans that au provides in a simple and easy-to-understand way (the unlimited data plan and the small data plan).

After reading this article, you will understand the cost, network speed, coverage, and other things you should know before registering for an au cellphone plan.

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Guide to Rakuten Mobile Plans | Prices, Reviews, and How to Apply

Guide to Rakuten Mobile Plans | Prices, Review, and How to Apply

Are you interested in Rakuten Mobile plans (or Rakuten SIM card plans)?

Offering affordable monthly plans that include unlimited data, Rakuten Mobile is a popular cellphone service in Japan.

Outside of Rakuten’s service area, the WiFi connection will change to au and then you can only use monthly 5GB of data. There also is no guarantee that all the operations on your phone will be able to work.

In this article, we will be providing all the information you need to know about Rakuten Mobile plans.

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10 Best Moving Companies in Japan 2022 | Cheap, Full-Service Movers

10 Best Moving Companies in Japan 2022 | Cheap, Full-Service Movers

Are you looking for moving companies in Japan?

In this article, we will introduce you to 10 movers that we recommend for international residents in Japan.

Sakura Mobile’s editing team has called each of these companies, one by one, checking the following points.

  • Cost
  • English support
  • Service area
  • Provided services
  • Insurance

After reading this article, you should have a mover that suits your needs.
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10 Best SoftBank Phones in 2022 | Recommendations by Price

10 Best SoftBank Phones in 2022 | Recommendations by Price

In this article, we will introduce 10 of the smartphones we recommend among the phones currently available for purchase from SoftBank.

SoftBank is one of the 3 largest mobile carriers in Japan, and they offer a wide variety of phones and phone plans.

However, with the sheer amount of different models, it’s hard to know what to choose.
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The 12 Best Ski Resorts in Japan 2022

The Best 12 Ski Resorts in Japan

Photo courtesy of Naeba Ski Resort

Are you looking for a ski resort in Japan?

Japan is famous for having light powder snow that is great for skiing and is known as one of the best places for skiers worldwide.

Places like Nagano and Hokkaido have been used for the winter Olympics in the past, and Japan continues to bring in skiers and snowboarders from all over the world.

These are not the only reasons why people come to Japan to ski; Japan’s ski resorts also attract tourists with the appeal of Japanese culture. At many ski resorts, you can have opportunities such as soaking in a hot spring. Combined with the unique experiences that you can have in the inner city of Tokyo, a trip to a ski resort can make a perfect trip to Japan.

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