how to call Japan from Australia

Quick answerNeed help figuring out how to call your friends and family back in Japan? You've come to the right place.

When calling a phone number from Japan, the country code of +81 needs to entered, followed by the Japan area code and a local (or mobile) number in order to complete the call.

e.g - To dial the Japan number (03) 3350 4511 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial:

+81 3 3350 4511

If calling from a landline, replace the + sign with 0011 followed by 81 (Japan country code) and then the Japan area code and local number.

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Understanding international dialling codes can be quite tricky. You need the country code, the area code. It also helps to have a plan with unlimited international calls. Even knowing when to remove a zero or add a + sign to the number can be a damn-right headache!

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calling Japan from an Australian mobile

  1. Enter the + on your dial pad.* This is usually done by holding down the 0 key
  2. Enter the Japan country code (81)
  3. Enter the Japan area code
  4. Enter the Japan local number

* Your phone automatically converts the "+" into the correct international exit code (depending on what country the phone is being used). This allows callers to use the same stored number no matter what county they are in. This is a great feature if you’re travelling abroad, using international roaming and calling your contacts while abroad.

Also remember to remove the first 0 if the area code/mobile number starts with 0

For example:

If you want to call a landline number in Japan:

(03) 3350 4511 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +81 3 3350 4511

calling Japan from a mobile, plus 81 country code, 3 area code, 33504511 local number

If you want to call a mobile number in Japan:

For example, 090 1613 1747 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: +81 90 1613 1747

calling Japan from a mobile, plus 81 country code, 9016131747 mobile number

calling Japan from an Australian landline

  1. Enter the Australian exit code (0011)
  2. Enter the Japan country code (81)
  3. Enter the Japan area code
  4. Enter the Japan local number

Also remember to remove the first 0 if the area code/mobile number starts with 0

For example:

If you want to call a landline number in Japan :

(03) 3350 4511 from an Australian landline, you’d dial: 0011 81 3 3350 4511

calling Japan from a landline, 0011 exit code, 81 country code, 3 area code, 33504511 local number

If you want to call a mobile number in Japan:

For example, 090 1613 1747 from an Australian mobile, you’d dial: 0011 81 90 1613 1747

calling Japan from a landline, 0011 exit code, 81 country code, 9016131747 mobile number


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Japan calling codes explained

Australian exit code (0011)

This number dials you out of Australia, allowing you to call international numbers. It is the same number no matter where you call in the world.

Japan country code (81)

This is the international code to dial into Japan.

Japan area code

This code lets you dial into a part of the country. It’s generally area or city specific and normally comes attached the local number.

Local number

This is the telephone number you want to call.

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Japan area codes

If you're dialling a landline number from Japan, then you need to make sure you include an area code.

If calling a mobile number from Japan then no area code needs to be added, just leave the number as is.

Most landline numbers come with their area codes already attached. But in case it doesn’t, here are the different area codes around Japan.

Area/CityArea CodeArea/CityArea CodeArea/CityArea Code
Akita96Kurashiki86Osaka66
Aomori177Kure823Sakai72
Asahikawa166Kurume942Sapporo11
Chiba43Kyoto75Sasebo956
Choshi43Machida427Sendai22
Fukuoka92Matsudo47Shimonoseki832
Funabashi47Matsumoto263Shizuoka54
Gifu58Matsuyama89Takamatsu878
Hachioji42Mito292Takaoka766
Hakodate138Miyazaki985Tokyo3
Himeji79Morioka196Toyama764
Hiroshima82Nagano262Toyonaka6
Ichikawa47Nagaoka258Toyota565
Kagoshima99Nagasaki95Tsu592
Kanazawa76Nagoya52Ube836
Kasugai568Naha98Uji774
Kawaguchi482Niigata25Utsunomiya28
Kawasaki44Ogaki584Wakayama73
Kishiwada724Okayama862Yamaguchi839
Kitakyushu93Okazaki564Yao729
Kobe78Okinawa98Yokkaichi748
Kofu552Omiya48Yokohama45
Kumamoto96Omuta9445