If you are bringing your laptop computer to use the internet, bear in mind that-
- in Japan you will find very few free WiFi hotspots that you can use without a password.
- many of the major hotels in Japan (especially Tokyo) charge Yen 1000 or more per day for internet in rooms (usually LAN modem, not WiFi).
We have some pocket WiFis (also known as MiFis / portable WiFi routers), which you can use in your hotel room or when you are out and about.
You just switch on, enter a password to connect, and you can get a wireless connection to the internet with up to 5 devices (computers, iPhones, iPads) in a 10 metre (30 foot) radius.
Compared to a USB WiFi connection (dongle) or mobile data card, pocket WiFi's have several advantages- ;
- there is no need for software installation.
- you can use with with iPhone / iPad.
- you can use up to 5 devices at the same time.
There are various types in Japan and we have selected two for our customers (with good feedback from users) :
Type A) B-Mobile pocket WiFi, working off the Docomo 3G cell phone network.
This has has a wider service area (and customers have said they have used on trains) although it is a little slower (300Kb/s) - fine for email and basic internet use- pages should load in 5-10 secs.
If renting with a phone - Yen 3900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day
If renting just the pocket WiFi- Yen 5900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day
Type B) BIC Wimax pocket WiFi, working off the data-only Wimax broadband signal.
This is much faster (apparently it can be up to 40Mb/s - usually about 10Mb/s) but the service area is rather more limited (unlikely to work in the countryside or on trains)
If renting with a phone - Yen 4900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day
If renting just the pocket WiFi- Yen 6900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day
The rental charge includes shipping both ways and unlimited use (no extra data charge).
Our rental fees are rather cheaper than other rental services.
Here is a price comparison for one-week rental :
JCR - Yen 12,000-13,600 (weekly $150- $170 @ $1= Yen 80 )
Telecom Square - Yen 12,005 (Yen 1575 per day + Yen 800 for delivery )
Pupuru - Yen 9975 - 17,325 (Yen 7350 (x 2 if rental spans two months) plus shipping Yen 1050 plus "basic charge" Yen 1575))
Global Advanced - Yen 7700 (Yen 5500 up to 3 days, then Yen 550 yen per day )
And here is what you would pay for a week of internet in your room at ten top Tokyo hotels :
Four Seasons Yen 13,965 (Yen 1995 per day)
Mandarin Oriental Yen 12,600 (Yen 1800 per day)
Westin Yen 12,600 (Yen 1800 per day)
Hilton Yen 11,760 (Yen 1680 per day)
Okura Yen 11,025 (Yen 1575 per day)
Prince Hotels Yen 11,025 (Yen 1575 per day)
InterContinental Yen 11,025 (Yen 1575 per day)
Conrad Yen 10,500 (Yen 1500 per day)
New Otani Yen 8820 (Yen 1260 per day)
Sheraton Yen 7000 (Yen 1000 per day)
To check the cost and details of internet connection in the most popular 100+ hotels in Japan , click here
Coming from abroad with a laptop (or another electric appliance) you may need an adaptor so that the plug you have fits into a Japanese electrical socket- to check, click here.
If your plug cannot be used in a Japanese socket and you do not have a travel adaptor, we offer for sale two types of adaptors -
- an A-A + C-A adaptor for European two-pin, Danish three-pin, and North American plugs that need an adaptor. Yen 300
- a multi-type adaptor for others (British three-pin, Australian two-pin and three-pin, etc). You can use this in any country you go to. Yen 1000
(Note that for laptops there should be no need for a voltage converter, as almost all laptops are multi-voltage and will operate on voltages ranging from 100 to 240 volts and also 50Hz to 60Hz - this may not be the case with other appliances you have).