a VirtualTourist member from Jakarta
Is renting a pocket wifi during trip in Japan worth it?
Yes, cheaper than paying roaming charges.
Do you need wifi all the time? That's what you really need to ask yourself before you can say it is or isn't worth it.
In terms of connectivity, there is a B Communication data SIM that is cheaper. You get 1 GB for about 3000 yen for up to 1 month. I don't know how it is set up or how to get it easily. You can get it at larger electronics stores. The only problem, it wastes a lot of your time to get and prepare.
Pocket wifi? Easier to get than a data only SIM, and cheaper than a phone rental. If you absolutely need to be connected all the time, or most of the time, a good option.
Free wifi? All Starbucks offer free wifi but you need to get a user name and password first. Also, NTT East (Tokyo and Tohoku) is now offering free wifi at many locations throughout Japan. You need to get a special card with a user name and password at Narita and I think Haneda International Terminal only. It is free for 2 weeks only.
As of the beginning of this year there is one company offering SIM rental. You pick it up at Narita. I can't remember the name though, just remember reading the news release.
When I was in Japan last October, I was able to get on free wifi everywhere. Unless you need to be online all the time for the work, etc., I don't think you need wifi card.
I guess I don't need it all the time. Thanks for your advice
Ok, thank you [VT member 6bfb9]
Thank you for your information. I'll check about it.