Kansai Airport: Japan SIM Card and Pocket WiFi Rental Options Compared

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With over 13 million passengers passing through Kansai Airport (KIX) on international flights in 2018, Osaka’s premier aviation hub has established its place as the gateway to Japan’s Kansai region, signaling a growing need to stay connected during your travels with pocket WiFi or a Japanese SIM card.

If your travel plans include visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, or any number of the other must-see destinations of western Japan, then it’s important to consider where and how you can get and stay online before embarking on your journey.

Keep reading to find out what Kansai Airport Pocket WiFi and Travel SIM card services are available, and which companies offer plans that meet your personal data needs.

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Getting WiFi in Japan: An Introduction to Pocket WiFi

Have you thought about how you will getting WiFi in Japan during your upcoming trip? You could spend hours researching what you need to know about Japan WiFi, digging through online forum answers that may or may not be true, or you could save time by learning about the benefits of using Pocket WiFi! READ MORE

Prepaid SIM vs. Pocket WiFi: Japan Rental Options

So you’re coming to Japan and you want to be sure that you’ll always have internet access when you need it. Free WiFi can be surprisingly difficult to find in Japan, even in big cities like Tokyo. So before your trip, it’s a good idea to make arrangements so you’ll be able to stay connected wherever you go. The two main options for short-term visitors are renting a prepaid SIM card or pocket WiFi in Japan, but which one is right for you? If you’re confused about the differences between the two, we’ve broken down the advantages and disadvantages of each one. japan prepaid sim READ MORE

Free WiFi in Japan: Locations, Restrictions and Alternatives

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, hotspots offering free WiFi in Japan are becoming much easier to access.

Among notable changes, since 2015 Mount Fuji climbers can access free WiFi at the top of Japan’s most iconic mountain, and starting 2018, all Shinkansen bullet trains are slowly but surely getting equipped with free travel WiFi services for commuters in Japan.

Despite this renewed interest in making the city more appealing for tourists, it is still sometimes a challenge to find and connect to a free hotspot in Japan.

Keep reading to learn where you can find free WiFi hotspots in Japan, important points to consider when using them, and a reliable alternative to these sometimes risky, free Japan WiFi connections.

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Japanese Cell Phone Plans for Short and Long-term Students

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. READ MORE

MVNO Japan Comparison: Which Japan MVNO Is Right for You?

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When it comes to wireless data In Japan, you have the choice of going with one of the big three network operators, all of which require lengthy contracts, Japanese credit cards, and a Japanese billing address. For tourists, short-term residents, or anyone who doesn’t have a Japanese credit card or billing address, MVNOs are the way to go. Keep reading to find out what they are and how to pick the best one for your wireless needs with our Japan MVNO comparison.

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How to Get Internet in Japan: Choosing Between Broadband & Mobile Services

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Japan is one of the most connected countries in the world. With 144 million smartphones among 127 million people, nearly everyone has access to the internet. Coupled with some of the fastest home broadband speeds found anywhere in the world, this makes Japan a great place to use the internet at home or on the go. If you’re looking for a way to use your computer in Japan, you need a traditional broadband connection, a smartphone data SIM for tethering, or a high-speed mobile router. Keep reading to find out which option is right for you during your long-term stay.

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Cruises Around Japan: Keep your Internet Afloat on your Trip

Japan is becoming more popular with different kinds of tourists from all over the world. While many people might prefer to be whisked around by planes and trains, there’s also something to be said for taking it slow and soaking in the beautiful blue of the Pacific ocean and experiencing a culture like no other. We’ll let you in on the awesomeness of cruises around Japan, highlight the perils of cruise ship connectivity and give you a few tips on how to keep your internet connection from being lost at sea.

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Japan MVNO Carriers: Advantages and Disadvantages

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Japan is in the middle of a mobile phone revolution thanks to a set of recently introduced regulations.

It used to be impossible for mobile phone users in Japan to unlock their handsets, which meant that every phone was tied to a network with no possibility of using them elsewhere. This effectively locked customers into one of the big three service providers and stifled competition. This all changed when regulations were introduced in 2015, and it is now possible to use any unlocked handset with a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

The advent of Japan MVNO carriers is great news for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the traditionally lengthy and costly contracts available from the incumbent networks.

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Docomo Coverage Makes Climbing and Hiking in Japan Easier

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Japan is a country of mountains. Nearly three quarters of the land is considered mountainous, and two thirds is forested. This makes Japan an excellent place to walk and hike, with trails for beginners and experts alike. Some of the popular locations have well-appointed cabins for overnight stays or extended rests, and will even offer the most Japanese of services – vending machines!

Despite these modern conveniences, hiking in Japan, not to mention mountain climbing there, still means planning your trip carefully and being able to keep in touch with civilization when necessary. Staying connected means packing the newest piece of hiking technology, your mobile phone.

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