Japanese Cell Phone Plans for Short and Long-term Students

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Cell phones are a modern necessity wherever you are, but no more so than if you are a student looking to make the most of your stay in a foreign country like Japan. Whether you are trying to navigate through streets labeled with kanji characters, arranging to meet friends at an izakaya Japanese bar, or sending the latest Mount Fuji pics to your family, it’s nice to know that the people you love—and the places you want to go—are just a touchscreen-tap or phone call away. Fortunately, there are plenty of Japanese cell phone plans for both short and long-term students. Before going to study in the Land of the Rising Sun, take a look at some of the options and decide which one is right for you.  Continue reading

Comparing the Best Deals for Haneda Airport WiFi Rentals

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Haneda International Airport continues to shed its image as Tokyo’s premier domestic airport, opting to schedule more arriving and departing international flights; and as it becomes more accessible to overseas tourists and business travelers, the airport continues to introduce services and amenities that can help you during your stay in Japan, like Pocket WiFi rentals and Data SIM Cards.

If you booked a plane ticket that will be arriving at Haneda, be sure to keep reading as we present the best deals for Haneda Airport WiFi rentals! Continue reading

Narita Airport WiFi Rental: Comparing the Best Deals

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If you’re planning a trip to Japan, there’s a good chance your final destination will be landing at Narita International Airport (NRT), just 60 kilometers east of Tokyo. And seeing how as much as 50% of all international travelers use this hub for entering and leaving Japan, it’s no wonder there are so many services and amenities catering specifically to international travelers at the airport. One such service—and an important one for your trip—is picking up a portable WiFi rental, which can easily be found at various rental counters around the airport.

But with so many companies to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the best deal on Pocket WiFi at Narita International Airport? We’ve taken the time to put together an easy-to-understand comparison to help you decide which company offers the best value for your money.

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Japan Pocket WiFi Rental: 10 Important Questions to Ask

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WiFi in Japan. It can be a bit of a problem—especially for foreign visitors. While most of Japan is “connected,” connecting your smartphone, tablet or laptop as soon you step off the airplane isn’t possible for most people. On top of that, public WiFi in Japan is very hard to find and very slow, and country regulations make renting or buying WiFi difficult unless you live in Japan for two years or more! Even with so many difficulties for travelers, you can easily stay connected with a Japan Pocket WiFi rental (also known as a mobile WiFi router, mobile router, mobile hotspot, or MiFi). But with so many companies offering this service, how do you choose the best one for you? Continue reading

Japan Pocket WiFi Guide: Unlimited vs. Pay-as-You-Go Plans

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With so many options on the market for Japan Pocket WiFi, trying to understand which WiFi device and data plan is right for your next trip can be a real headache. Should you go with a WiFi router or a SIM card? Unlimited or PAYG? Docomo or SoftBank? The more you compare competitors, the more you get confused, but look no further. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about Japan Pocket WiFi before you book! Continue reading

Japan SIM Card iPhone Guide: Staying Connected in Japan

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Your airplane ticket is booked, your itinerary is planned, and your mind is already on vacation—that means it’s time to travel to Japan! There is so much to experience in Japan, but often those experiences can be missed simply because your iPhone can’t get access to the internet during your trip. Luckily, it’s now quite easy to stay connected in Japan, but you need to know which device works with your iPhone. Find out whether your should rent a Japan SIM Card or a Portable WiFi Router with our Japan SIM Card iPhone Guide! Continue reading

Is Docomo Data SIM a Good Tourist Option for Voice+Data?

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If you’re a tourist going to Japan and want to continue using your smartphone for surfing the web and making calls, you may already be considering going with a voice+data package. This type of plan seems straight forward, but what you may not know is that there is more than one option available for accessing your e-mails and calling your friends and family. If this sounds like what you need, be sure to read on and find out which voice+data option is best for you. Continue reading

Japan Prepaid SIM Data: Fixed vs. Unlimited Plans

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If you’re reading this, you most likely have a smartphone of your own and are planning a trip to Japan—and this means you need data access for so many different amazing apps from social media to Skype to Japanese-to-English translations. But if you’re not careful, you may encounter problems. To help you avoid them, we’ll give you the scoop on Japan prepaid SIM data—and the lowdown on throttling. Continue reading

Renting vs. Buying a SIM Card in Japan: Which Is Better?

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If you travel to Japan, you will probably bring your smartphone with you. Whether you are finding train schedules on the go, figuring out how to get somewhere in Tokyo’s sometimes confusing streets using your favorite map app, or just trying to reach someone through Skype, having a smartphone in Japan just makes things easier. And, since Japan has a very modern and widespread network of cellular towers that conform to global technical standards, your phone shouldn’t have any problem getting cellular service when you’re traveling around Japan—that’s if you have a Japanese SIM card. When shopping around for a temporary data plan, you will find two main options to choose from: renting or buying. In this article we compare the two options to help you decide whether renting or buying a SIM card in Japan is best. Continue reading