1. Rent a Pocket Wi-Fi Router
What can you do if you are a regular Internet user, and you need to use the online map or open a document you saved online? In this case, I recommend you to rent a pocket Wi-Fi router to make your travel fuss-free. A pocket router provides a stable Wi-Fi connection and high-speed broadband. But of course, the speed depends on the package you chose.
Having a pocket Wi-Fi is like having a personal connection device. Just switch it on whenever you need to use it, or you leave it on for the whole day if it’s more convenient. The device is small and light, so the weight is not an issue. Do take note that it runs on battery, so you need to find out how long the battery can last and just charge it from time to time.
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Renting this device is easy. You can make an advanced booking through online websites, arrange it to be collected it at the airport you are landing, or have it delivered to your doorstep in Japan. Do take note that some companies charge for delivery fee. To purchase online, you can check out websites such as Sakura Mobile, Pupuru, Softbank, GAC, Japan Wireless, and wi-fi rental japan.
Besides booking, an alternate option is to rent it at the airport after you have landed. However, I will still recommend booking to ensure availability. Demands are high especially during peak holiday seasons.
Pocket Wi-Fi Router Rental Shops in Airports
Below is a list of airports website links that will give you a list rental shops available in the airport under ‘Wi-Fi rental’ section. Do take note that some airport websites categorizes it under ‘Cell Phone Rental’ instead.
Narita International Airport
Haneda International Airport
Chubu Centrair International Airport
New Chitose Airport
Now, the big question is: Which type of pocket Wi-Fi provider to choose?
There are many choices, but the regular NTT Docomo or SoftBank that comes with 4G LTE is sufficient for a wide coverage. Pocket Wi-Fi routers are only compatible with devices that support 3G or higher, so they are compatible with NTT Docomo or SoftBank’s 4G or 4G LTE. At Japan airports, most rental pocket Wi-Fi routers come with either one of these providers with 4G or 4G LTE. If you are renting through online websites, GAC and Pupuru are reliable as they have pretty good reviews. Besides that, Ninja Wi-Fi is also recommended for their competitive rates.
The rental cost varies according to the data allowance, rental period, speed connectivity, and coverage. Some rental shops do offer a discount for advance booking but do take note that this is not for all shops, so you need to find out the purchase options at the airport that you are landing.
The advantages of renting a pocket Wi-Fi router is that you can connect up to 10 devices, and it’s great to share it with your friends.