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 charge for internet connection.
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 (laptops, tablets, smartphones) 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 tablets and smartphones.
- 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 - fine for email and basic internet use but not fast enough for moving images ( eg YouTube / Skype).
If renting just the pocket WiFi- Yen 5900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day.
If also renting a phone - Yen 3900 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 faster (fine for moving images) but the service area is rather more limited (unlikely to work in the countryside or on trains).
If renting just the pocket WiFi- Yen 6900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day.
If also renting a phone - Yen 4900 for up to one week, then Yen 300 per day.
The rental charge includes shipping both ways and unlimited use (no extra data charge).
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.
(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).