Whether you are coming to Japan for business or pleasure, carrying a mobile phone can be almost as important as your passport. It doesn’t have to be said that Tokyo is a crowded place, and trying to arrange appointments with new found friends or business colleagues could see you wasting invaluable time without a mobile phone.
Since owning a phone line can be outrageously expensive in Japan, cell phones are your easiest and most inexpensive option. As a foreigner new to Japan, you may have problems buying one as many salespeople and storekeepers will speak very little English.
Having your own phone will go a long way towards establishing and maintaining contacts during your stay in Japan.
It will also be a lot cheaper than using Japanese payphones which can cost an arm and a leg for longer calls. If there is one thing you can’t live without in Japan, it’s contacts and networking and a cell phone is probably your biggest and best tool for success.