Internet in Japan: Pocket WiFi vs SIM Card

“How can I connect to the Internet in Japan?”

“What is a Pocket WiFi and how does it work?”

“What are the differences between a Pocket WiFi and a SIM Card? “

Comparing the different ways to connect to the internet in Japan can be nerve-wracking! That’s why you will find in this article all the needed informations concerning Pocket WiFi and SIM Card.

Pocket WiFi and SIM Card

Connecting to free WiFi hotspots thanks to the app Town WiFi can be a good idea, but you may also want to have a constant access to the internet. If so, you have 2 options available: renting a WiFi router (Pocket WiFi), or using a prepaid SIM Card.

Here are the main differences between these 2 options:

Buying or renting Pocket WiFi and SIM Card

You can buy a Pocket WiFi or a Sim Card online before your trip. We recommend Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM, the SIM Card that you can get unlimited data with no contract or termination fees. You can find more informations about Mobal Japan Unlimited SIM on this article.

If you’re already in Japan, you can find SIM Card and Pocket WiFi in airports (Haneda, Narita..) or in shops such as BIC Camera, Yodobashi Camera, LABI, or Don Quijote.

Finally, before coming back, you may be asked to return the device to the provider, so don’t forget to ask about the return procedure before leaving Japan!

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