Since this is one of the most frequently asked question to us, we think it has to be addressed the best way possible. So we ask our friends who’ve visited us, “How do they get internet while traveling in Japan?”
The answers are: Pocket Wi-fi, renting a local phone, buying a local sim card, at their hotels / hostels, Starbucks, convenience stores like Family Mart, train stations, malls, and other establishments. However the most reliable one is of course, to get a pocket wi-fi.
How to Get a Pocket Wi-fi in Japan?
1. Although, it’s highly recommended to reserve the device before your trip, getting it at the airport is not that difficult because there are a LOT of wi-fi companies offering the same services. For Narita International airport, you can check the list of the wi-fi brands available and their location here. You can get one directly from their booth and just return it at the same booth or if you’re departing from another airport (which isn’t Narita or your base airport), you can just leave it to their booth at that airport. It’s just simple as that!
2. You can also reserve in advance and have the pocket wi-fi device delivered to your hotel/hostel lobby and you can just easily ship it back to them in the end. Here are some wi-fi brands that you might want to check out, just click their links for ordering information.
Sakura Mobile – they also offer data sim card (for you to use on your own phone) and mobile wi-fi router (good for sharing)
Business hours: 9:00am-6:00pm Japan Time Monday to Friday
Telephone number: +81 3-5413-7396
Business hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Japan Time Monday to Friday
Telephone number : +81-3-3560-9566
Telephone number: 03-6721-5032 / +81-3-6721-5032
Business hours: 7:00am to 11:00am (Japan time)
3. If you’ve missed your chance on reserving before hand, getting an internet at the airport, and have a mobile phone with you. Luckily, you still have chance to get internet connection by getting a local sim card at electronic shops such as Yamada Denki, Yodobashi, etc.
4. If everything else fails but you have your device with you (mobile phone, laptop, iPad, etc), try going to Starbucks, they have a leaflet on how to access their free internet.