Telephone services are available through home phones, mobile phones, and public pay phones. Public pay phones are usually located near a train station or a store and can be used with 10 yen coins, 100 yen coins or prepaid telephone cards. Telephone cards are available at station kiosks and convenience stores.
Telephones and international calls
If you wish to install a new telephone line at your home, call NTT at 116. Valid identification to prove your current address (your passport, resident card, driver's license, etc.) is required for the application. You may choose from different phone services, such as IP phone and hikari (fiber-optic) phone, depending on the availability in your area. Services may also be provided by other telephone companies than NTT. To learn about available phone services, call each phone company for details.
Mobile phone services are available in most areas of Japan. There are several mobile phone companies; contact each company for details of their services.
You can pay your telephone bills through an automatic debit from your bank account as well as credit cards, and can also make payments at banks, post offices, and convenience stores. Payment should be made by the due date.
You may make an international call directly from your home phone, mobile phone or a public pay phone. The rate system, calling process, and countries/regions you can call are different for each international telephone service you may use. If you wish to make an international call from a public phone, look for a gray-colored phone marked "International & Domestic."