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Narita Airport : Best Wi-Fi and Prepaid SIMs in Japan
- In our fast paced society, it’s hard to go even a day without the internet, even when traveling abroad. If you’ve forgotten to rent yourself a SIM or Wi-Fi device for your trip to Japan, don’t worry about it! Although many places recommend that you prepare a SIM or Wi-Fi router before you leave for Japan, there are several services that you can find in Narita Airport that will offer you a Japan SIM card, prepaid SIM or Wi-Fi router without having to reserve one in advance. This article will help you get yourself online in Japan in 2019, whatever situation you find yourself in.NB: This information is current as of January 2019. Renting a Pocket Wi-Fi For pocket Wi-Fi, it is probably best to make a reservation before traveling to Japan. It’s just all around cheaper and you can usually pay a fee of less than 1000 yen per day and have it delivered to the airport or pick it up at your hotel. Not making a reservation might stick you with a higher day by day cost, but if you need one, there are several pocket Wi-Fi rental shops in the arrival lobby of Narita Airport. Without a reservation, it’ll be by inventory so you’ll have to hope they have an extra or two waiting in the back for you to rent. Narita Airp. T2 B1F SoftBank Global Rental/Imoto-no Wifi XCOM GLOBAL/Telecom Square Imoto-no Wifi XCOM GLOBALJapan Wi-Fi rental has a flat rate of 780 yen per day for their device, which is great for anyone looking to keep to budget. It allows for up to five different devices to connect simultaneously and can connect to the internet from anywhere in Japan. They also have discounts if you stay in Japan for longer than one week. Imoto-no Wifi XCOM GLOBALTelecom SquareTelecom Wi-Fi offers two types of Wi-Fi plans. It’s “Wide Type” is meant for people who are traveling outside of the cities and cost 1512 yen daily, although you can get a plan for the month for 16,200 yen. Their second Wi-Fi plan is called “City Type” and is meant for people who are sticking closer to the urban areas. This plan costs 1296 yen daily but has some plans that make it a bit cheaper. Their 7-day plan is 5500 yen, 15-day plan is 9720 yen and their monthly plan is 12,960 yen. You can connect to 10 devices on Telecom so they are probably the best for large groups.Telecom SquareSoftBank Global RentalSoftBank is a major mobile network provider in Japan and as such their internet connection is fast and reliable. SoftBank has a flat rate for their device of 840 yen per day. It allows for five devices to be connected onto their unlimited 4G LTE network. SoftBank Global Rental Renting a Pocket Wi-Fi if you register in advance, and a bit over 1000 yen if you come into the airport and rent then. Purchasing a SIM Card Purchasing a SIM Card Many people prefer getting Wi-Fi routers because of its usefulness when sharing with multiple users, but it does have its pitfalls. For one, losing or forgetting to return it can be extremely expensive, not to mention trying to keep it constantly charged. Or, for lone travelers, it’s a bit much for just one person. Thus we come to the purchasing of a SIM Card. Return Wi-Fi routers Things to keep in mind before buying a SIM card Not all phones can take SIM cards from different countries. In fact, many phones come regionally ‘locked’ meaning that you’ll have to call your local provider to ask them to unlock your phone for international SIM use. Another thing to keep in mind is the type of SIM card that your phone can take. There are three types Nano, Micro, and Standard. If you purchase online, you’ll probably want to search what sort of SIM card your particular model takes. If you purchase at the counter at Narita Airport, the clerk will probably be able to provide you with the right size for your device. type of SIMs Making phone calls: Getting a SIM with voice calling and a telephone number at the Airport Normally, both Wi-Fi routers and SIMs are data only, but you can find two companies that offer voice and text in their prepaid SIMs. These are especially convenient for those who are here on a business trip and need to call or make appointments with local numbers or if you’re part of a tour group that needs a local number. It’s probably best if you get this at the airport before heading out into Japan as finding voice and data SIMs outside of the airport can be very difficult if not outright unavailable. Getting a SIM with voice calling Both companies have a similar voice and data SIMs plans for the same price for the same data usage.1GB plan: 5500 yen (plus tax) / 15days3GB plan: 7500 yen (plus tax) / 15daysBoth also have SIM sizes that seem to only come in nanoSIM for its voice and data plans but this shouldn’t be a problem as nanoSIM cards can easily be converted to a different size using SIM converters. Please be aware that you must bring your passport to show at the kiosk before renting. There is no credit card registering when sighing up for a voice and data SIM but please also be aware that you cannot add data to your plan or extend the amount of days that your SIM can be used for.JAPAN PREPAID SIM powered by TRE mobileCalls on the Japan Prepaid SIM that are under 10 minutes long are free. If your call is over 10 minutes the call may be cut off. The Japan Prepaid SIM can be found at XCOM GLOBAL kiosks are found in two different places at Narita Airport.Terminal 1: North Wing 1st floor, Arrivals Lobby Terminal 2: Basement Level 1, Train Ticket Gates LevelTelecom SquareBefore renting, please check with the kiosk about your voice service limitations and how to recharge should you run out of voice calling. Telecom Square kiosks are found in five different places at Narita AirportTerminal 1: Basement Level 1, in front of Train Ticket Gates Terminal 1: 1st Floor, Central ExitTerminal 2: Basement Level 1, Train Ticket Gates LevelTerminal 2: 1st Floor, Central ExitTerminal 3: 2nd Floor, near food court Getting a SIM with voice calling Unlimited Data SIMs In the past, buying a SIM from the airport was considered more expensive than other places but that isn’t true anymore. You can get unlimited data SIMs from the airport for about the same price as anywhere else. However, unlimited data plans do have their downfalls, such as speed after a set amount of data is consumed so please check with the staff about this before buying. You can get unlimited data SIMs from various kiosks in Narita Airport such as Telecom Square, Imoto-no WiFi XCOM GLOBAL, SoftBank Global Rental & AnyFone, JAL ABC, 7-Eleven, etc. 7-Eleven Unari-kun by JAL ABCThe cheapest of these would be the “Unari-kun” SIM plan offered by JAL ABC. There are three time length plans, all with unlimited data. They come in nanoSIM and microSIM card sizes although if you need a standard sized SIM there are adapters so you don’t have to worry. The prices are as such:7 days - 4000 yen15 days - 5500 yen30 days - 6500 yen JAL ABC Counter Affordable but not unlimited: AnyFone JAPAN The prepaid data SIM issued by AnyFone JAPAN provides 5 or 10 apps unlimited data. Apps include facebook, wechat, whatsapp, kakaotalk, LINE, Google Maps, Instagram, and more. For those who use these applications, the price is probably better than getting unlimited data plans. Prepaid data SIMs cannot be reloaded with more data, however, so you’ll probably want to be cautious outside of the aforementioned apps. AnyFone SIM 5 Apps: 1GB/7 days 3800 yen2GB/30 days 6000 yen3GB/30 days 7000 yen5GB/30 days 8000 yen10 Apps:1GB/7 days 4800 yen2GB/14 days 6500 yenYou can grab an AnyFone JAPAN SIM from the following kiosks in Narita Airport.SoftBank Global Rental and AnyFone JAPAN Rental:Terminal 1, 1st floor, central entranceTerminal 2, Basement Level 1, near railway areaTerminal 2, 1st floor, International Arrivals Gate ATerminal 2, 1st floor, International Arrivals Gate BAnyFone Japan JAPAN TRAVEL SIM and Prepaid SIM for Travel For those who are looking for something cheaper or isn’t sure how much internet they’ll need, there’s the Japan Travel SIM by Air BIC CAMERA and the Prepaid SIM for Travel by SoftBank. They are on sale at the Air BIC CAMERA kiosk on the 4th floor of Terminal 2, at the Lawsons in Terminal 3 or at any 7-Eleen in Narita Airport.These SIMs are rechargeable so their initial fee is pretty low considering. And these travel SIMs can also be bought in town should you not get one at the airport. Air BIC CAMERA Air BIC CAMERA The price of the Japan Travel SIM is as follows:Base Price: 1.5GB for 30 days – 1850 yenRecharging: 2GB for 3000 yen, 500MB for 1500 yenYou can’t add more days for this SIM and must purchase a new SIM once the time is used. The Prepaid SIM for Travel is a bit more expensive but has as campaign that gives you two more gigabites per each SIM you purchase so it might be cheaper depending on how much you intend to use. Base Price: 1GB for 31 days (Changed to 3GB for campaign running since March 2018) – 2480 yenRecharging: 500MB for 1620 and adds 31 more days to your SIM Vending Machine SIMs You’ve probably heard that you can find almost anything in Japanese vending machines and SIMs are no exception. There is a vending machine that sells u-mobile SIMs. They sell three types of SIMs.2GB for 7 days – 2500 yen3.5GB for 7 days – 4000 yenUnlimited for 7 days – 5000 yen Vending Machine SIMs Kiosks at the airport can be highly inconvenient because of opening hours usually being from 7am to 9pm and if you arrive before or after those hours you might have to skip out on internet. However the vending machines are open 24/7 so you don’t have to worry about your arrival times as you’ll always have access to some sort of SIM. Free SIMs If you register in advance, you can get a free 20 day SIM called “Japan Welcome SIM” for 0 yen from the “Docomo world counter” in the airport. With high-speed internet capacity and access to 100,000 Wi-Fi, all you’ll have to do for your free SIM is browse some advertisements, download some applications and watch some videos. If you don’t want to go through the hassle, they do have additional purchases as well. It’s great for those on a super low budget!Japan Welcome SIM NTT Docomo World Counter WAmazing for travelers from Taiwan and Hong KongAlthough they are mostly targeting travelers from Taiwan and Hong Kong, take advantage of “WAmazing”, a free SIM that provides 500MB of data for 15 days. You can charge your SIM through the convenient WAmazing app that you’ll probably need to download before you get to Japan, and you are able to pick up a WAmazing SIM at any of four free vending machines set up in all three of Narita Airport terminals. As with the Japan Welcome SIM, you can top up your data for an additional price that you pay through your WAmazing app. WAmazing Narita airport has so many ways to get you connected. Even if you forget to register for a SIM or Wi-Fi before you come to Japan, there isn’t a need to worry as you’ll definitely be able to grab something from the numerous options above. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 30. January. 2019
Best pocket Wi-Fi rental companies in Japan
- A pocket WiFi is one of the most important items if you travel abroad now. You can’t help but use SNSs like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, search with Google Maps and talk with WhatsApp and WeChat. It’s hard to travel foreign countries smoothly without the internet.You can find out which pocket WiFi rental company is the best in Japan for you to take it with the best deal. Spend your travel budget wisely. Here are the comparisons of 7 popular pocket Wi-Fi rental companies in Japan. Rental rates, data usage amount, data speed, battery life, delivery speed and how easy to pick up and return are compared under the same condition:Pick-up Location: AirportRental Term: 7 daysOption: Extra mobile batteryThese 7 pocket Wi-Fi rental companies allow you to pick up a Wi-Fi unit at your hotel, but quite a few people think it’s too difficult to get to their hotels from airports without it. Picking up at arrival airports is the most agreeable option.An extra mobile battery is as necessary with a pocket Wi-Fi router. If you connect to the internet all day, the battery of the Wi-Fi router is fully drained. What do you think if you run out of the battery and cannot search the restaurant for dinner? Take one mobile battery at least in Japan. 1. Japan Wireless Rate: 6,494 yen (7 days rental fee 5,994 yen + Shipping fee 500 yen)Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: Completely UnlimitedBattery: 10 hours continuous usePick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with the Wi-Fi unit.Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)Japan Wireless is the most recommended pocket Wi-Fi company in Japan, achieving over 200,000 rentals to customers from all over the world. It has 2 kinds of Wi-Fi routers, and both are completely unlimited 4G LTE data usage plans. You can literally use the 4G internet without data limitation. For faster data speed, longer battery and wider coverage, Premium Wi-Fi is more recommended.It offers an extra mobile battery for free and you are never charged for cancellation fee if you want to cancel for any reasons. Make a reservation at ease.Japan Wireless 2. Pupuru WiFi Rate: 6,048 yen (7 days rental fee 4,900yen + Extra mobile battery 700 yen + tax)Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: UnlimitedBattery: 8 hoursPick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.Last Minute Order: 3 Days Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)There are two 4G LTE unlimited plans in Pupuru WiFi: the Hi-Speed plan good for city areas and the Broad-Coverage plan good for suburban areas (extra fee for 200 yen per day). This Wi-Fi rental company also lends the translator device POCKETALK for 300 yen per day.Pupuru WiFi 3. Japan Rail Pass Rate: 6,750 yen (7 days rental fee 6,750yen)Data Speed: 75Mbps(Down Max)/25Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: UnlimitedBattery: 10–12 hoursPick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.Last Minute Order: 4 Days Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)Japan Rail Pass, which is also known for the economical train pass (JR Pass), offers a pocket Wi-Fi. The rental plan pricing is so simple: just choose your rental term although it does not handle extra batteries. If you take a JR Pass, this is a good option to add the pocket WiFi to your cart.Japan Rail Pass 4. NINJA WiFi Rate: 7,560 yen (7 days rental fee 6,300yen + Extra mobile battery 700 yen + tax)Data Speed: 165Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: Unlimited *Please be aware that exceeding 3GB in a day can result in a loss of speed and possibly a temporary loss of connection.Battery: 9 hoursPick-up and Return: You can pick up and return at NINJA WiFi counters in major international airport for the free option. Delivery services are also available with extra fees.Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)There are two 4G LTE plans in NINJA WiFi: unlimited usage and 1 GB per day. The Unlimited Plan has no limitation of data usage, however, its connection may be lost after using 3GB in a day according to its website. The WiFi company also serves translation devices such as ili and POCKETALK.NINJA WiFi 5. Wi-Fi Rental Store Rate: 5,120 yen (7 days rental fee 3,150yen + Shipping fee 1,080 yen + Pick-up handling fee 540 yen + Extra mobile battery 350 yen)Data Speed: 612Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: 20 GB/month (You can use 15 GB at least if you start to use from the middle of the month.)Battery: 3–4 hoursPick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with the Wi-Fi unit.Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)Wi-Fi Rental Store serves 4G pocket Wi-Fi with the cheapest plan of the 7 Wi-Fi rental companies. Its latest model device also has the fastest data speed 612Mbps (Download).If you want to use WiFi a lot of time, please note there is a data usage limitation (15~20 GB per month).Wi-Fi Rental Store 6. Global Advanced Communications Rate: 8,950 yen (7 days rental fee 7,900 yen + Extra mobile battery 1,050 yen)Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/10Mbps(Up Max)Data Usage Amount: Unlimited (the internet may be unavailable if you use more than 5 GB per day)Battery: 9 hours of continuous usePick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with the WiFi unit.Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)Global Advanced Communications offer 4 types of the devices and a long-term plan (from 120 days). Its Super Premium Wifi is unlimited data usage plan. According to the website, please note that in case you consume the data usage over 5G bytes within one day, the carrier may stop the communication line based on its fair use policy.An extra mobile battery is provided for 150 yen per day. They don’t provide any loss/damage insurance and they recommend to take travel insurance with your travel agency or credit card.Global Advanced Communications 7. Sakura Mobile Rate: 11,221 yen (7 days rental fee 8,990yen + Extra mobile battery 1400 yen + tax)Data Speed: 20 MbpsData Usage Amount: 3 GB/dayBattery: 20 hoursPick-up and Return: You can just pick up at airports/hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with the WiFi unit.Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)Wi-Fi Rental Store offers three 4G pocket Wi-Fi plans with the different data usage limitations: 300 MB, 600 MB and 3GB per day. If you connect to the Wi-Fi to use the internet in many ways including watching movies and talking through Skype and other VoIPs, the Lite Plan and Regular Plan may be not enough for you. There are also SIM cards available.Sakura Mobile Conclusion Totally, Japan Wireless is the most recommended to hire a pocket Wi-Fi in Japan since it offers latest modems with the 4G unlimited data usage at a reasonable price. Japan Wireless’s Wi-Fi is truly unlimited 4G LTE while some companies promote “unlimited” with the notice that the connection can be lost if you use over 3～5 GB per day.Pick-up and return are very easy with the company. And Japan Wireless can accept last minute orders even one day before.The actual data speed is lower than 187.5Mbps or 612Mbps like above since the speed is based on the best effort internet. However, around 10 Mbps is enough to use SNSs, online maps and other apps as fas as I’m concerned.Japan Wireless ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 28. December. 2018
Chiba Main Areas
The Boso Peninsula forms the main body of Chiba prefecture, and this is where you’ll find its endless warm water beaches and jagged mountains. Further inland, Naritaーmost famous as the home of Narita Airportーis a secret haven of tradition and history in the form of centuries-old Shinshoji Temple and quaint wooden Edo buildings. Chiba prefecture is also home to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.
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