Calling Japan Long Distance
The first step in calling Japan is to figure out what time it is there! Japan Standard Time is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Unlike many other parts of the world, Japan does not participate in Daylight Saving Time. So, while the U.S. is in Daylight Saving Time, Japan is 13 hours ahead of EST.
International calls require the use of a country calling code. The code for Japan is 81. Area codes range from 1 to 5 digits. Local subscriber numbers range from 4 to 8 digits. For land lines, the total number of digits in the area code and subscriber number must always add up 9. For example, for a call to Tokyo, dial the area code 3, followed by an 8-digit subscriber number. For a call to the smaller city of Toyama, dial the area code 764, followed by a 6-digit subscriber number. To find your area of calling interest, review our list of major city codes