Public telephones accept 10 yen and 100 yen coins and, or telephone cards depending on which model you use. A local call (within Tokyo´s central 23 Wards and some other metropolitan cities) costs 10 yen per minute. If you put in two 10 yen coins and speak for less than one minute, one of the coins will be returned to you. No change is given for partial use of a 100 yen coin. Prepaid telephone cards cost 1,000 yen from vending machines, kiosks at train stations, and convenience stores. Charges for inter-city calls vary according to the distance. Domestic calls are cheaper at night and on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays.
A direct overseas call can be made from some public telephone displaying an International and Domestic Telephone sign. Even though these phones are not everywhere, they can be found at airports, hotels, and other main facilities. Direct dial calls can be made through a telephone company using the company´s access number.
A credit card call can be made from a telephone with an International and Domestic Telephone sign. Insert a 100 yen coin (returned when you finish the call) and input an access number. The telecom business is very competitive, so rates and systems often change.
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You can use your mobile phone in Japan in SoftBank Mobile or DOCOMO´s 3G (3rd Generation) service area. All you have to do is bring your own SIM card and insert it to a rental phone or your own 3G handset. Some smartphones or cell phone companies may differ, we advise to consult with them ahead of time. For more details, please check with your local mobile phone service provider. Rental phone service is also available upon arrival at Narita Airport or Kansai Airport. For further information please contact any of the following companies.
Telephone numbers starting with 0120 are receiver-paid calls under NTT´s Free Dial 0120 service. For Japan Telecom, the toll-free numbers begin with 0088, but calling areas are sometimes limited. Toll free numbers cannot be called from outside Japan.
Facsimile machines are available at most hotels. Ask the front desk or go to the hotel's business service center. Some hotel phones and the newer gray telephones have modular sockets for computer network access.