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Country Code: 81

1 - Dialing prefixes
2 - Types of numbers
3 - Length of numbers
4 - Emergency services
5 - Operator services
6 - Directory services
7 - Special services
8 - Long distance carrier selection (Myline)
9 - Non-geographic area codes
10 - Decommissioned area codes
11 - Area codes (市外局番 "shigai-kyokuban") of selected major cities
  • 12 - See also
  • 13 -
  • Dialing prefixes
     0 National area code prefix
     00 Carrier selection prefix
     010 International call prefix
     184 Prefix to withhold caller ID
     186 Prefix to provide caller ID
    
    Types of numbers
     1xx Special numbers
     00xx Carrier selection codes
     0x 1-digit geographic area codes
     0xx 2-digit geographic area codes
     0xxx 3-digit geographic area codes
     0xxxx 4-digit geographic area codes
     0xxxxx 5-digit geographic area codes
     0x0 2-digit non-Geographic area codes (excluding 010)
     0xx0 3-digit non-Geographic area codes (01x0, 0570, 0800, 0910, 0990)
    

    Note that, for international calls to Japan, the first "0" digit should not be used. So, for example, to call 090 1111 1111 from the United States, 011-81-90-1111-1111 should be used. To call from Europe use 00-81-90-1111-1111.

    Length of numbers
     Special numbers are 3 digits long
     Geographic numbers are 10 digits long, including the leading zero
     0x0 Non-geographic numbers are 11 digits long, including the leading zero
     0xx0 Non-geographic numbers are 10 digits long, including the leading zero
    
    Emergency services
     110 Police
     118 Maritime emergencies
     119 Ambulance, Fire brigade
     171 Earthquake assistance
    
    Operator services
     100 NTT operator
     106 Operator assisted collect call service
     108 Automated collect call service
     113 NTT technical faults hotline
     116 NTT customer service and general enquiries
    
    Directory services
     104 NTT national directory enquiries
     0057 KDDI international directory enquiries
    
    Special services
     114 Automated number-busy check
     115 Telegram service
     117 Speaking clock
     136 Information on last incoming call
     177 Weather forecast
    
    Long distance carrier selection (Myline)
    With the exception of 001, all carrier selection codes are four digits long. They are dialed before the phone number to select a specific carrier.

     001 KDDI (international)
     0033 NTT Communications
     0036 NTT East
     0037 Fusion Communications
     0039 NTT West
     0041 SoftBank Telecom (international / former Japan Telecom)
     0056 KDDI (international)
     0061 SoftBank Telecom (international / former Cable and Wireless IDC)
     0071 Verizon Japan
     0077 KDDI (national)
     0080 T-Systems
     0081 Fusion Communications (former TTNet)
     0088 SoftBank Telecom (national / former Japan Telecom)
     0089 T-Systems
    
    Non-geographic area codes
     0120 NTT Freedial, tollfree services
     0130 Automated information services
     0140 Disaster relief wireless communications
     0160 Disaster relief satellite communications
     0170 NTT Dengon Dial, chat line services
     0180 NTT Telegong, TV/Radio show feedback dial-in
     0180 NTT Teledome, automated information services
     0190 NTT Angel Line, automated directory services via PC/modem
     0190 NTT Annai Jozu, automated directory services via telephone
     0800 Other tollfree services
     020 Paging services
     030 Mobile telephony services (legacy systems, PDC, J-CDMA, UMTS)
     040 Mobile telephony services (legacy systems, PDC, J-CDMA, UMTS)
     050 IP telephony service (via internet service providers)
     0570 Navi Dial, non-geographic wireline
     060 Universal personal number services
     070 Mobile telephony and data services (PHS)
     080 Mobile telephony and data services (PDC, J-CDMA, UMTS)
     090 Mobile telephony and data services (PDC, J-CDMA, UMTS)
     0910 Private circuit access, local rate services
     0990 NTT DialQ2, premium rate services
    
    Decommissioned area codes
     0150 formerly used for maritime wireless communications
     0450 formerly used for maritime wireless communications
     0750 formerly used for maritime wireless communications
    
    Area codes (市外局番 "shigai-kyokuban") of selected major cities
     011 Sapporo
     0138 Hakodate
     0166 Asahikawa
     017 (next digit 7) Aomori
     018 (next digit 8) Akita
     019 (next digit 6) Morioka
     022 Sendai
     023 (next digit 6) Yamagata
     024 (next digit 5) Fukushima
     024 (next digit 9) Kōriyama
     025 Niigata
     026 Nagano
     027 (next digit 2) Maebashi
     027 (next digit 3) Takasaki
     028 (next digit 6) Utsunomiya
     03 Tokyo
     04 (next digit 2) Tokorozawa
     04 (next digit 7) Kashiwa
     042 (next digit 6) Hachiōji
     042 (next digit 7) Machida, Sagamihara
     043 (next digit 2 or 3) Chiba
     044 Kawasaki
     045 Yokohama
     046 (next digit 6) Fujisawa
     046 (next digit 8) Yokosuka
     047 (next digit 3) Ichikawa, Matsudo
     047 (next digit 4 (3 for west part of the city)) Funabashi
     048 (next digit 2) Kawaguchi
     048 (next digit 6 or 7 or 8) Saitama
     049 Kawagoe
     052 Nagoya
     053 Hamamatsu
     0532 Toyohashi
     054 Shizuoka
     055 Kofu
     0564 Okazaki
     0565 Toyota
     0568 Kasugai
     058 Gifu
     0586 Ichinomiya
     059 (next digit 2) Tsu
     059 (next digit 2) Yokkaichi
     06 Osaka, Higashiōsaka, Suita, Toyonaka, Amagasaki
     072 (next digit 2) Sakai
     072 (next digit 6) Takatsuki
     072 (next digit 8) Hirakata
     073 Wakayama
     0742 Nara
     075 Kyoto
     076 (next digit 2) Kanazawa
     076 (next digit 4) Toyama
     077 (next digit 5) Ōtsu
     0776 Fukui
     078 Kobe
     079 (next digit 2)Himeji
     0798 Nishinomiya
     082 Hiroshima
     083 (next digit 2) Shimonoseki
     083 (next digit 9) Yamaguchi
     084 Fukuyama
     0852 Matsue
     086 (next digit 2 to 9) Okayama
     086 (next digit 4 or 5) Kurashiki
     087 (next digit 8) Takamatsu
     088 (next digit 6) Tokushima
     088 (next digit 8) Kochi
     089 (next digit 9) Matsuyama
     092 Fukuoka
     093 Kitakyushu
     0942 Kurume
     095 (next digit 8) Nagasaki
     0952 Saga
     0956 Sasebo
     096 Kumamoto
     097 Ōita
     098 Naha
     0985 Miyazaki
     099 Kagoshima
    

    Geographic numbers are 10 digits long including the leading 0 and the area code. Consequently, densely populated areas have shorter area codes, while less populated areas have longer area codes. For example:

     06 xxxx xxxx (Osaka)
     075 xxx xxxx (Kyoto)
     0742 xx xxxx (Nara)
     04992 x xxxx (Niijima island, Tokyo pref.)
     082486 xxxx (Takano, Hiroshima pref.)
    

    Area codes increase from north to south; Sapporo in Hokkaidō (the northernmost prefecture) has 011 , and Setouchi's 09973 is far to the south in Kagoshima. When the telephone system was devised, Okinawa was still under U.S. occupation, so when it was returned to Japan in 1972, its telephone numbers were squeezed between Miyazaki (098x) and Kagoshima (099x) and begin with 0988, 0989, and 0980.

    During the 1990s, when plans were being drawn up to amalgamate mid-sized cities and towns into larger municipalities, telephone numbering systems were merged in advance. For example,

     07442 x xxxx Kashihara (Nara prefecture)
     07444 x xxxx Sakurai
     074452 xxxx Takatori
     074454 xxxx Asuka
     etc.
    

    became:

     0744 2x xxxx Kashihara
     0744 4x xxxx Sakurai
     0744 52 xxxx Takatori
     0744 54 xxxx Asuka
     etc.
    

    Many of these towns have in fact refused to merge, leaving callers with more digits to dial when making local calls. This is partially balanced by not having to dial an area code for the neighboring city.

    See also
    Telephone numbering plan
    List of dialing codes in Japan
    Telephone information page of the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO)
    See also +81 (Deerhoof) Code
    References from Telephone_numbers_in_Japan
    Categories: Telephone numbers by country
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