Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world so you can easily get access to high-speed internet in many places in its big cities such as restaurants, coffee shops, and train stations. Going online can help you navigate the streets of Tokyo and find the way to its beautiful spots or checking the route and the timetable of the railway and aviation. However, it may be difficult if there are no locations with free Wifi available near you. If you want to make most of your time in Japan, you should rent a pocket Wifi when being in Tokyo.
Pocket Wifi, which fits easily into your handbag or pocket, is a small portable box that functions as your own personal hotspot. You can connect to various devices including smartphones, laptops, iPads, and digital cameras. It is available to rent at main Japanese airports or via the internet for delivery to your hotel or to the address you will be staying at.
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Before choosing a Pocket Wifi Rental provider, you need to consider:
When will you visit Tokyo?
You should rent a pocket Wifi at least one month before arriving in Tokyo to ensure its availability, especially when your holiday falls into the peak seasons including the cherry blossom bloom.
How many devices do you want to connect?
If you travel in Tokyo in a group with many devices and rent a small data plan (3-5GB), you may need to top up multiple times. It means that you can save more by renting a larger data plan. With more than 8.5 hours of battery life, Premium 4G LTE pocket Wifi of Japan Mobile Rental can be the best choice for you.
If you only use one device to navigate the streets on Google maps, you should take Eco Wifi Rental provided by Global Advanced Communication into consideration. It has 3G speeds and can run up to 4-5 hours of battery life.
Remember that some of the pocket wifi rentals have data caps. You should read all details of the contract and be mindful of the data usage.
Do you travel on a budget?
It is great that you don’t worry about the expenditure of the wifi rental. However, there are lots of companies offering Wifi pockets but an expensive one does not always go with the best service. They have dead spots somewhere when the connection is limited.
Companies offer rental Wifi pocket in Tokyo
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Rental service is available upon arrival at Narita Airport or Kansai Airport. You can consider four pocket Wifi providers, which are partners of the Japan National Tourism Organization. They consist of G-Call, JAL ABC, Pupuru and Vision Inc.
For G-Call , the rental fee is 900 yen per day with tax included and you will be charged for delivery to anywhere in Japan or for receiving at Narita or Haneda Airports. It offers 4G LTE and 3G with the download speed of 75Mbps and 9.2 Mbps, respectively.
JAL ABC provides data communication service with a fee of 1,290 yen per day. You can pay 210 yen per day for extended warranty fee. The pocket Wifi has a maximum download speed of 7.2 Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 5.7 Mbps.
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Pupuru has two options: 400 yen per day for its pocket Wifi LTE with data usage of 10GB and 800 yen per day for its unlimited data Wifi Walker. Its LTE Internet has a maximum download speed of 75Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 25 Mbps.
Vision Inc offers rental fees of 900 yen per day excluded tax for its two pockets having 4G LTE network. They have a maximum download speed of 75 Mbps and 187.5 Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 25 Mbps and 37.5 Mbps.
Where to get and how to pick up wifi rental pocket?
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Picking up the Wifi is very easy. All companies can deliver your rental Wifi pocket to airports, hotels, office, or other places that you prefer. However, we recommend you to pick it up when arriving at Narita or Haneda airports. You just need to go to the Wifi counter and show your Wifi reservation number and passport to receive your Wifi package. The package includes Wifi portable router, AC charger, USB Cable, Set-up Guide and return form for customers.
Renting Pocket Wifi is a convenient and cheap way to keep connected in Tokyo. You will not get lost in the streets of Tokyo and can fully enjoy your trip.