When Touristing in Tokyo – Cell Phone Access
Having never been a tourist in Tokyo myself I don’t have a lot of the common points of information that many people often ask me – where are the cheapest hotels? What kind of train ticket packages do you recommend? What kind of cell phone coverage can I expect in Japan? Where do I withdraw cash from international ATM machines? …and so on. But the one thing I has managed to gather is that a lot of foreign tourists visit the Softbank store in Ginza to get Internet access to their cell phones for the duration of their visit to Japan. The Softbank store (It’s one of the biggest cell phone service providers in Japan) in Ginza makes creative use of a statue of their main spokesperson, a white dog starring in a long running series of commercials where he plays the father of a family (I don’t know the story so don’t ask!). At first I thought it was a real and very well behaved dog that was sitting there at the back entrance of the Softbank store in Ginza. There is another one at the front.
If you need phone access, you can do worse than visiting this store, and there’s lot of stuff to see in the neighborhood as well! Softbank’s English website is here, although I have never met a foreigner who could interpret their maps so I include a proper map you can print out and show the locals should you need to find the store on your first day in Tokyo!