Sending and receiving is available at any hour at major hotels.
KDDI has facilities in Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, and
There are plenty of Internet cafes in Tokyo and in the major cities
in Japan. The main ISPs are ASCII,
Jeton and Starnet. Many hotel
telephones and the new grey telephones are equipped with modular
sockets for computer network access.
The Japanese mobile network utililizes Personal Digital
Cellular System (PDC) technology, which
is not compatible with GSM or
other mobile services.
Visitors to Tokyo can rent handsets under NTT’s
‘Do Co Mo’ agreement.
For details contact NTT Hibiya Building, 1st Floor,
1-1-6 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8019 (tel: (0120) 680
100 (toll-free in Japan).
Handsets can also be hired from many other companies in Japan, including
Phone (tel: (3) 5225 2125; fax: (3) 5225 2124) and Rentafone
Japan (tel: (0909) 272 8987 (toll-free in Japan); fax: (7) 5812
Letters can be dropped at the Central Post Office
in front of Tokyo Station or the International
Post Office, which is near exit A-2 Otemachi subway
station, and have English-speaking personnel.
to Europe takes from 4 to 6 days. All of the main post
offices have Poste Restante facilities and can
hold mail for up to 10 days.
Post office hours:
The International Post Office and Central
Post Office are open weekdays until 19:00
and Saturday until 17:00.
The English-language daily newspapers in Tokyo
include The Asahi Shimbun, The Japan Times,
The Daily Yomiuri, and The Mainichi Daily News.
World Service and Voice
of America can be received. Sometimes the frequencies change
and the most current information can be found online.
Country code: 81.
Outgoing international code: 001.
Full IDD service.
Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co Ltd
(KDDI) produces phonecards for international
calls which can be purchased at convenience stores for
¥1000, ¥3000 and ¥5000. Credit cards can also be used
in some phone boxes.