mwalsh wrote:Also, I got a pretty good deal on transport between Shinjuku and Yokohama from Tokyo Airporter - 11,000 JPY including all etceteras - and we're actually going to split that with another couple staying at the same hotel.
Sorry I didn't get a chance to chime in. I actually just returned from a trip to Japan, South Korea and Singapore less than 24 hours ago. Was out of the country for about 2 weeks.
Are you just doing that to move hotels or visit Yokohama? If the latter, that's quite a bit of $. A quick search on Google Maps for travel between Shinjuku Station and Yokohama Station, reveals options by train that tend to be about 440 to 550 JPY. Trip lengths range from ~29 minutes to ~45 minutes. Some don't even involve a change of trains (e.g. Shonan-Shinjuku Line).
For this most recent trip to Japan, instead of renting a wi-fi hotspot like I did in 2015, I bought http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/english/
. Was 3,480 JPY + tax (I think it ended up being about 3750 JPY total). Since I didn't want to wait until I got into Tokyo for service, I bought the SIM at the airport. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy to find BIC Camera at NRT (http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/english/purchase.html#bic
). Instead of getting the SIM at the plethora of counters renting out phones, hotspots, selling or renting (?) SIMs, etc., I had to take a shuttle to the another terminal and go up to the 4th floor. BIC Camera at NRT is a very small and packed store.
I was able to buy the SIM and since the store had so little room, I sat outside on a bench to swap SIMs and go thru the activation process. It took a bit but finally worked. Was cheaper for me per day than renting a wi-fi hotspot and there was nothing to return.
It's a bit funny that at http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/english/faq.html
, they ask you to return the SIM but yet it says "There is no penalty or extra charge for not returning the SIM card." No thanks. Wasn't going to bother with that. I suspect the vast majority don't bother either. The nano SIM was the typical attached to a larger card plastic card, so it doesn't seem like they're going to reuse the SIM.