The Japanese phone system is a rather colorful one, quite literally.

The Japanese term for telephone is denwa and the public phones are akadenwa. There are four kinds of public phones. The oldest and most common is the red phone which is used for local calls. A blue phone is used for both local and long-distance calls. A yellow phone accepts 100 yen coins and is also used for both local and long-distance calls. Finally a pink phone, found in restaurants, coffee shops and similar places, are for local and long-distance both but have a call-back feature that the others lack.

Although the actual use of the phones is inexpensive getting a phone put into your house or apartment is not.

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