After landing in Osaka today, I put my backs in the hostel and went to the local post office located at Nishinari Post Office to get the package. The JapanWiFiBuddy Pocket WiFi was waiting for me there.
This is the second time I used Japan WiFi Buddy pocket wifi rental service. Their long-term prices are great and the service is top-notch. The internet speed is great and you can high bandwidth (can even exceed 100GB a month).
How Easy is was getting the Pocket WiFi from the Post Office?
I took a few minutes train, walked about 5 minutes and reached the post office. In the post office, I showed the number on my email.
They brought the package. All you need to do is to show your passport so they can compare the name on the passport to the one on the package. That’s it, the package was delivered to me.
I just set down there checking that I got everything. I connected to the WiFi router using the password printed on the back of the device and it worked perfectly, same as the last time.
What’s in the package?
The package from JapanWiFiBuddy (‘Japan WiFi Buddy’) contains the receipt, a returning envelope, an external battery pack (I think it’s 3000mAh), two cables (two USB-C cables) so you can connect to the battery pack or charge both using the USB electric adapter. There is also a padded pouch and the Softbank Portable Pocket WiFi device itself.
Oh, there is that pink bag where you put all in when you return it.
In the picture above you can see all the accessories and the pocket Wifi. Delivered as expected and all that I need to have continuous Internet connectivity in Japan anywhere I go. I just can’t live without this in Japan and always take that package.
A Few Tips for Pocket Wifi Rentals
I just want to share a few recommendations regarding pocket wifi rentals that might help.
Airport, Hotel or Post Office delivery
First, When you order from JapanWiFiBuddy or other pocket wifi rentals services, you have the option for the package to be delivered to the airport, post office or the hotel. Most do offer all those options.
I decided to order to a nearby post office, but thinking about it, it was better just to wait an hour until the airport counter opens in Kensai International Airport and get it there.
So if you do rent a pocket WiFi and your flight is around 1-1.5 hours early, before the counters open, I think it’s better waiting. Sometimes it takes longer getting to a place and doing it after a long flight isn’t that great. Having the portable pocket router delivered to the airport is probably the best way to go.
If you are there when the counter is opened, it’s not even a question, take the airport option. If you are in a hotel and the hours of the counter don’t overlap with your arrival time. It’s better to send it to the hotel. Regarding hostels, it depends, I preferred not messing around with that and just have it delivered to a post office. It was the safest option.
Get a Big External Battery Pack
Secondly, if you are planning to stay outdoor a lot, and most tourists do. I recommend buying a high-capacity powerbank (portable external battery). I actually have two, a 10,000mAh + 20,000mAh. The 20,000 mAh can be bulky but I put it in my backpack.
The 3000 mAh that came with my JapanWiFiBuddy is nice, but won’t get me a full day of use in my opinion. It’s better to have a 10,000mAh or 20,000mAh one and just connect it to the portable Wifi device in your bag.
This way, you don’t need to worry about anything, and this is literally always-connected Internet anywhere you go.
In Japan, you’ll need to use Google Maps for car navigation or finding train and bus routes. This is essential unless you want to get lost or waste time.
When I go out from my hostel to explore Japan, there is always the Internet with me. I am able to get to more places, and faster. I can read information about places, get navigation information, send photos and videos to family and friends on Whatsapp, etc.
Disclaimer: I am NOT affiliated with JapanWiFiBuddy in any way. I am just a happy returning customer.
P.S. I plan to test the speed and share it with you. From previous experience, it’s very fast but I’ll check it again and share.
Japan Wifi Buddy website: japanwifibuddy.com.