Exploring a new country is usually a scary and exciting thing, what with getting lost and what not, but it gets easier when you have the right tools to help you navigate this new place. The tried and tested guide maps are always useful, you can find maps in the airport or in hotels. But in this day and age, isn’t it more convenient to bring a smartphone while navigating the new area? Apps such as Google maps, Rome2Rio, Japan Rail, Navitime, and many more can be downloaded and accessed on your mobile phones while traveling but to do so you need to be connected to the internet.
If you’re visiting Japan, a portable Wifi is a great idea rather than buying a SIM in the airport or signing up for roaming on your mobile. Sure cafes, restaurants, train stations and other establishments also have free Wifi access but wouldn’t it be more convenient to have be constantly connected to the net while on the go?
Before going to Japan and getting a pocket wifi, you should consider:
When are you traveling to Japan? This is important since you have to reserve your pocket wifi before you arrive at your destination. You can reserve a unit as early as a month or at least 2 days from the day of your arrival in Japan, this is just incase the provider you chose has no available unit to rent you can always try another provider.
How many days are you in Japan? This is because you rent the unit in a per day basis.
Internet usage You can choose which rental plan you want to avail depending on how heavy your internet usage is. Global Advanced Communications offer different kinds of rental plans such as ECO Wifi (21 mbps unlimited data), Standard Wifi (75 mbps unlimited data but after 10GB speed will be slow down to 128kbps), Premium Wifi (75 mbps unlimited data) and the Super Premium Wifi (187.5 mpbs unlimited data). During my last Tokyo trip, I personally, used the Premium Wifi plan from Global Advanced Communications (GAC) and had no problem during the duration of my stay in Tokyo. If you are a heavy user, you might want to bring or rent a power bank in case the battery runs out.
So, you are now ready to place a reservation for your Wifi rental, what steps should you follow?
From personal experience, I can only comment on Global Advanced Communications (GAC). These are the steps I took from reservation, pick-up and return of the item.
- Rent the item directly from their website–> Global Advanced Communications
- Fill up their order sheet
After you place your order, they will email you and check if the item you reserved is available.
You’ll receive an email afterwards confirming your order and payment.
- Pick up from airport or hotel/ hostel/ airbnb
For those who opt for hotel/ hostel/ airbnb delivery, just pick up your package in the front desk. Be sure to ask if there is a package delivered to you, because sometimes they aren’t aware. While for those who opt for airport pick up, take note of the office hours of your location. Post offices in Narita close by 2000H while those in Kansai close by 1700H. If your arrival flight happens to be beyond those hours, get the Premium Airport delivery package from GAC. For more information, click here.
- Setting up your pocket Wifi
These are what you will receive:
1 prepaid return envelope, 1 pouch, 1 pocket wifi, 1 cord and adapter
Setting up your wifi is easy. Just check the SSID code and key indicated at the back of the device and connect to your smartphone. You now have internet connection! 🙂
- Returning the item
When returning the item be sure to insert the pocket Wifi, cord with adapter and manual into the pouch. You can then mail the items using the prepaid envelope provided by GAC. You can drop off the package in any post office within the city or you can drop it in the airport post office. For locations of the post office in Narita Airport, click here.
Renting a pocket Wifi in Japan is really easy and it saves a lot of trouble. So if you haven’t yet, go and rent one before your flight to Japan. Have a safe trip! 🙂
* This review is based on my personal experience. 🙂