If you’re planning a trip to Japan you should start thinking how to stay connected and I found renting a pocket WiFi a great way to be online during my travels without having to buy a new SIM card. Public WiFi hotspots are still not very common in Japan and having a pocket WiFi is very useful if you are travelling with multiple devices (phone, a tablet, laptop and so on), plus it’s really simple to collect and drop off. It’s also light, easy to transport and fits comfortably in your pocket.
What is a Pocket Wifi and why rent it in Japan?
A pocket wifi is a small portable wifi router which can provide WiFi connection to several devices while you are on the go. Prepaid sim cards are heavily regulated in Japan and it is not very easy to get one straight from the stores. I suggest that you book your Japan pocket WiFi rental online maybe a week in advance to ensure availability (specially if you’re travelling during Sakura season as I did). This way it’s so easy to be always connected, you can easily communicate with family and friends, upload to social media whenever you want, research things on the go and get GPS directions from Google Maps.
If you’re planning to travel to Japan you might consider a router from Japan-Wireless.
Japan-Wireless provides rental pocket WiFi:
-Fast speed 4G internet
-Unlimited data usage
-Wide area coverage
-Friendly and speedy customer support
-Best price guarantee
-Flexibility for pick up date/locations (last minute order is available)
Their Business WiFi plan gives you download speeds of up to 95Mbps and unlimited data on the SoftBank network. There is also a Premium WiFi option that has download speeds of up to 187 Mbps and it is just a few hundred yen more expensive.
How to rent and use a Pocket Wifi?
It’s actually fairly simple to rent a pocket WiFi router for your trip to Japan. All you need to do is fill out an online application to select the device you prefer, the rental period, your preferred pick-up location and your details.
Once you’ve got the router you just switch it on, connect to it from your devices and that’s it, you have the internet at your disposal. Just before you leave Japan you can return the router in the prepaid envelope provided, just pop it into a post box.
The Pocket WiFi battery lasts around 8 hours for continuous usage. I usually turned it on when going out from my accommodation and keep it on until I was back in the evening. Never had a flat battery. However you can extend the battery life by using the power bank that you get in the package with the pocket WiFi.
And if you want to save some money…
I know that many of you are going to visit Japan soon so if you want to rent a Pocket WiFi from Japan-Wireless you can get it for a cheaper price.
Very kindly Japan-Wireless is offering 10% discount for my readers.
You just need to use the promo code “05cn10”.
To know more and rent your pocket WiFi visit