Japan Guide - Post and telephone
Japan's postal system is highly efficient, easy to use, and ordinary mail is not that expensive.
If you are visiting a friend in Japan you should be aware that addresses do not seem to follow the logical order that they do elsewhere. Before the 1950’s numbers were assigned by date of construction rather than by numerical order of streets. To make things even more complicated addresses are given by an area rather than the street itself. The best way to find the place your going is to get landmark directions from a friend. The other option is to take a taxi (if it’s not too far) as Japanese taxi drivers seem to be able to navigate their way to any destination. Be careful though -- taxis are not cheap!
The Japanese telephone system is also well developed. In recent years public phones are becoming much rarer with the widespread use now of mobile phones, but they can still be found and are often very reliable. Local calls cost Y10 for three minutes. If you want to make an international call, you'll need a handful of coins or a pre-paid phone card. The phone cards are much easier. You can buy a "terefon kado" at any convenience store and often in machines next to the public phone. They are very convenient and always display the numerical value that you have remaining.
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