If you are going to visit Japan, I definitely recommend that you rent a portable Wi-fi.
Although Japan has an image of being technologically advanced, there are actually very few places in Japan that offer Wi-Fi. And if you rely on cell phone data, the roaming charges can be astronomical.
This article introduces how to get your own portable Wi-Fi in Japan.
Why you need portable Wi-Fi in Japan
The reason you need portable Wi-Fi (also called “pocket Wi-Fi”) is because there are very few places with free internet access in Japan. Whereas in other countries most cafés offer free Wi-Fi, this is not the case in Japan.
Even if you find free Wi-Fi on the street, you usually need to input much personal information, including a Japanese phone number to access it, and there is usually a time limit.
In addition, renting a portable Wi-Fi router has many addition benefit.
- It can be shared with multiple devices and people
- You can connect to the internet anywhere
- You can access fast Internet speed
- It’s easy to set up
What is Ninja Wi-Fi”?
I recommend the company called “NINJA WiFi” where you can easily rent a portable Wi-Fi.
NINJA Wi-Fi is a service that rents Mobile WiFi Routers that can connect multiple devices—smartphones, tablets, notebook PCs ,etc.
How much does it cost?
|900yen + tax/day
|1GB per day plan
|800yen + tax/day
|5GB per day Plan
|900yen + tax/day
I personally recommend Unlimited Plan.1gb because it is only 100 yen more and gives you much more freedom.
How to get portable Wi-Fi
The general flow is as follows.
- Go to【NINJA WiFi】
- Choose the Pick-up Day and Drop-off Day
- Choose the airport
- Pay on credit card
- Pick-up at the airport
- Drop-off at the airport
Step①Go to Ninja Wi-Fi
This is the official website of Ninja Wi-Fi.
Step②Choose the Pick-up Day and Drop-off Day
Before you arrive in Japan, you can order portable Wi-Fi from your country.
Go to the website and choose the Pick-up Day and Drop-off Day.
Step③Choose the airport where you want to Pick-up and Drop-off
Pick-up and Drop-off is available at all airports in Japan, so you can choose the airport where you want to pick it up and drop it off.
Step④Choose Data Plan
Choose the Data Plan you want.
I highly recommend the unlimited plan!
Step⑤Pay on credit card
You can pay through your credit card.
Step⑥Pick-up at the airport
When you arrive at the airport, portable Wi-Fi is ready.
This is at Tarminal 2 Narita airport▼
You can say your name and show your passport at the reception.
- Watashi no namae wa〜（My name is〜）
- Wi-Fi wo onegai shimasu.（Please give me Wi-Fi）
Portable Wi-Fi is in a small pouch.
It is very compact and easy to carry.
After entering the password, you can connect to the internet.
Step⑦Drop-off at the airport
When you go back home, don’t forget to drop-off the portable Wi-Fi at the airport.
At Narita airport, there was a return box like the photo below.
Wi-Fi in Japan
Please enjoy your visit to Japan with portable Wi-Fi!