Japan Vandle Card virtual credit card website: https://vandle.jp/
Due to Japan’s strange payment habits and strict laws, applying for a Japanese credit card, whether virtual or physical, can be very difficult.
I’ve summed up three difficult points
- Identity of applicants recognized by the Bank of Japan
- Japanese mobile phone number for receiving SMS
- Ways to add funds to a virtual credit card
In the years I’ve been studying in the U.S., applying for credit cards in the U.S. has been a no-brainer at all; my national passport and long-established credit history are enough for me to apply for most credit cards. However, foreign passports are not used for credit card applications in Japan. For example, foreign students or foreign nationals working in Japan for a long period of time may apply for credit cards using documents that are specific to their status. The variety and comprehensive coverage of government-issued identification documents in Japan make it difficult for foreign nationals who are not long-term residents to apply for a Japanese bank card.
A Japanese mobile phone number is something that is necessary to sign up for a virtual credit card, and Japanese mobile phone numbers require real name authentication. The SIM cards you get when you travel in Japan are basically pure data cards with no fixed phone number. Even though some phone cards have a calling feature, they are usually callback or VoIP.
One of the most difficult problems is how to top up your virtual credit card, because most of the ways to top up your Japanese virtual credit card are through your Japanese bank account or credit card or through 711 convenience stores. And topping up in all three ways means you’ll have to live in Japan for a long time.
Vandle Virtual Credit Card Pros and Cons
- No authentication is required to apply for a Vandle Virtual Credit Card
- You can use bitcoins to add funds to your virtual card
- Creating a virtual credit card is free
- The Vandle Virtual Credit Card is issued by a Japanese bank and can be paid for on Google Play
- If you can provide acceptable identification, you can apply for a Vandle physical card for an additional 700 yen
- Multiple virtual cards can be created at the same time
- Must have a Japanese SIM card capable of receiving SMS verification codes
- The maximum monthly spending limit is 120,000 yen, which I feel is a bit low
- Mobile app only, no PC web management
- If you need to download the Vandle app, you must use a Japanese Apple Store or Google Play account
- A Japanese IP address is required to access the official Vandle website
Steps to sign up for a Vandle Virtual Credit Card
Download Vandle APP
You’ll need to have a Japan regional account for the Apple Store, but if you don’t have one, you can search for a registration tutorial online.
The Vandle APK file name for the Android version is jp.kanmu.vandle.android, and if you don’t have a regional Google Play account in Japan, you can find this app through a third-party app marketplace. The Vandle app can be downloaded and installed through APKCombo, a third-party application marketplace.
Sign up for a Vandle account
Open the app and click on the “ログイン” button to enter the registration interface.
You must enter a Japanese mobile phone number, but if you enter a landline number, an error will be displayed.
Receive and enter SMS verification code
Complete mobile number verification
Set username and password
That completes the registration.
Adding funds to a Vandle virtual credit card
Click on the “チャー” button to find the bitcoin logo. Enter the top-up amount, which must be an integer multiple of 1000.
Once confirmed, you will be taken to the next screen where the system will confirm the bitcoin transfer amount and wallet address, and the transfer will be completed within 20 minutes.
Once the transfer is complete, click on that button at the bottom to see the recharge progress, which is usually done within half an hour.
These are all the steps to register and top up your Vandle virtual credit card. I hope this helps you.