Prepaid or Month by Month cellphone plans in Japan? + more misc questions
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 29, 2012 10:11 PM Last Post By: jonallen1966
Sep 27, 2012 9:24 PM
Prepaid or Month by Month cellphone plans in Japan? + more misc questionsHello,
In early November, I will be traveling to Japan to see my family again and I was wondering since I am on a phone plan with a company that I LOVE right now in Canada, and I don't want to give it up and I will have to be suspending it because I don't want to bring it with me to Japan and pay outrageous international fees, is there a way that i can get on a prepaid plan there?
I'm also going to be going to Russia, South Korea, and POSSIBLY Shanghai, China by boat if I can so I don't know if I have to get a different SIM card each time I go to those countries? I'm wanting to go for like 1-2 weeks in each country I visit, and I'm going to be in Japan basically for 12 weeks - approx 84-85 days. . .
Also, is there a ferry that will take me from Japan to these countries? I read on travel wiki that there are ferries/boats that will take me there in less than 3 days, which is awesome. Plus Japan is really close to Korea, and Russia and somewhat close to China. . .
So please, if anyone can answer my questions that would be great!
Sep 28, 2012 4:05 AM
1You can travel by ferry from Japan to Korea and from Korea to China. I think it would be an awkward route if you tried to include Russia too. Besides, I'd recommend to spend more time in China and see more than Shanghai. In fact, you don't see very much of China there, it's very modern and cosmopolitan in most parts.
South Korea otoh, is small and travel distances are short. You could spend there 2 weeks but I'd rather limit it to one week upto ten days, and use more time for China. Minimum three weeks in China would allow you to explore more of the intererior.
Do you need to go back to Japan before you fly back home?
Sep 28, 2012 3:23 PM
2Oh I see. I still want to visit Russia though, that's on my bucket list! I wanted to board the trans siberian highway, but it's probably too much. . .
And I am going to be in Japan for 85 days, and during those 85 days I plan to travel to Korea, Russia, and China, but I will still come back to Japan. It would be boring for me and my family to just be in Japan for 85 days straight roaming around.
So then I should be taking a boat from Japan to Korea (Jeju Island) an then taking the boat from Korea to Shanghai? Is there a price range? Do I just go to the pier, and buy a ticket to board the boat from Korea to China? Or do I have to buy ahead of time?
Sep 29, 2012 12:40 PM
3Actually there is a ferry from Japan to Korea to Russia but you can also get to Russia by train from Beijing. I believe it is DBS.
I can't answer your questions about ferries to China and Korea but without a clearer idea of how long you intend to travel and your budget, it is hard to provide much useful information. I do know that the ferry from Japan to Shanghai area takes about 48 hours and the cost is about the same as the cost of flying.
You could travel from Japan to China, then take the train to Russia (Manzhouli-Zabaikalsk crossing) then the train to Chita and pick up the transSiberian from there to Vladivostok and take the ferry from Vladivostok to Korea and from Korea back to Japan. Tickets for the ferry to/from Russia should be arranged in advance. But such a trip would take several weeks.
Note that November through February is not really the time to be traveling in this part of the world as it will be bitter cold in NE China and Russia.
Regarding phones, what type of phone do you have? can your phone be unlocked so that it can be used in Asia? If so, perhaps family in Japan can assist you with obtaining a pay as you go phone for the 12 weeks that you will be there. Renting a phone is really the only other option and it's an expensive one. Try searching the ThornTree for more information about phones in Japan.
Regarding Korea, I don't know about phone service there.
Regarding China and Russia, you should be able to purchase a cheap phone and also a local SIM card for each of these countries though whether you would really need a phone depends greatly on where you are going. I seriously doubt that you would need one in Russia and perhaps not in China either. Who would you be calling?
Chinese visa should be obtained in advance and is going to be a bit of a problem as single entry Chinese visas are good for one entry within 90 days of issuing and are notoriously difficult to obtain while traveling in places like Japan and Korea when you don't have residence there.
Russian visa must also be obtained in advance but it has different issues. It is date specific, requires an invitation and accommodations voucher and the application process isn't always easy to understand.
Sep 29, 2012 10:11 PM
4you will be unlikely to get a monthly rental contract in Japan on a tourist visa and without a resident's card.
can you live without the cellphone for a few months?
(4 star Hotel)
From US$155.60 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$22.12 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$5.94 per night