Portable WiFi

  • Portable WiFi

    Posted by Nick on April 12, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    I understand you can hire portable Wi-Fi boxes on arrival in Japan. Are they worth having ? I have free Wi-Fi in my hotel and on my cruise so it’s really being out and about for maps and translations where I would need this facility. Is Wi-Fi readily available in parks ,shops,transport and restaurants ? I’m thinking it would be not needed but then again I may have missed something.

    alliejay replied 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Josh Grisdale

    April 12, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    I know @schroth-sensei has first hand experience he could share.

    You can download Google Maps data as well as language sets on Google translate (app), so you could get by without if you really want to.

    Some restaurants might have it, but a lot don’t.

    I’d suggest you first contact your local provider and see what your plan offers overseas. Some offer X gb of roaming data etc.

    You can get a Japanese Data SIM card as well. The main benefit of portable wifi is that several people can share it, so if you are traveling as a group it can be cheaper than getting a SIM card for each person.


    • alliejay

      April 13, 2024 at 1:48 am

      Seconding @joshgrisdale on the share ability of a hotspot. I travelled with my husband and we could both use our phones and tablets from it.

  • alliejay

    April 13, 2024 at 1:47 am

    I have rented a WiFi hotspot in Japan twice and I think it’s totally worth it. We used it mostly for maps and if we needed to translate anything.

    I used Japan wireless: https://www.japan-wireless.com/en

    you pick it up at the airport and then drop it off in the mail on your way home. Couldn’t have been easier.

    have a wonderful trip!

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