It used to be easy to buy data-only SIM cards for tourists in Kyoto, but with the closure of Bic Camera, we recommend either buying your SIM card in Tokyo, ordering one online, using an eSIM, or order a pocket wifi online. Here are the details.
- Bic Camera, which is the best place in Japan to buy SIM cards, has closed their Kyoto branch. So, consider buying a SIM card at Bic Camera in Tokyo.
- You can also buy a SIM card online to pick up at the airport when you arrive.
- If your phone can be used with one, an eSIM is an increasingly popular option.
- Finally, you can order a pocket wifi online and pick it up at the airport when you arrive is a great option and everyone in your group can log onto the same unit.
- How to Buy a SIM Card in Tokyo
- Internet In Japan For Tourists: Wifi, Pocket Wifi, SIM Cards, Rental Phones etc
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, you might save money with Japan Rail Pass – see if it's worth itfor you
- A prepaid Suica card makes travelling around Kyoto easy – here's how
- World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance. Buy at home or while traveling and claim online from anywhere in the world