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Sakura Mobile

Sakura Mobile offers reliable, reasonably priced cellular phone services for international students and expats to Japan. Forget about the hassles of dealing with Japanese contracts and huge cancellation fees – the sign-up process with Sakura Mobile can be done online entirely in English.

These benefits and more:

  • English customer support
  • No 2 years contracts
  • Pay your bill with your credit card from home or pay at your local convenience store
  • No need to buy a new phone with your contract
  • Cheaper international calling fees

Sakura Mobile also has a range of eSIMs aimed at both short and long term visitors. The price scales with the length of your stay and how much data you want, starting with a 3-day, 1GB eSIM for ¥2,100.

Sakura Mobile work with NTT Docomo to ensure reliable coverage around the country. Getting set up was a little clunky due to the website user interface, but not too hard. Instructions are emailed to you, and you follow the link sent to open up your QR code — the process takes about 15 minutes. In terms of speed, Sakura test at a solid speed, but slower than most of the other eSIMs we tested.

Our tests


Test 1: CTCSCI Tech Ltd: 2.4/3.88/166
Test 2: 0.78/10.3/149
Test 3: Verizon Tokyo: 0.81/17.5/127
Test 4: Rakuten Mobile Inc.: 0.69/4.38/157
Test 5: Web: 92.1/Na/135

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