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Pocket WIFI for Japan
Pocket WIFI for Japan

Hi, I’ve returned from Hokkaido and tried many of your recommendations eg sanmanma in Kushiro, Panchou in Obihiro, choux cream puff at Lake Akan. They were all fabulous. I especially loved the tip I read on your blog about how we can stay at Hanayuuka and make use of the awesome onsen facilities at the higher-end sister hotel. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Btw, if your readers need a pocket Wi-Fi in future and don’t want to rent one at Changi, they can try http://www.globalmobile.co.jp/. The rates are very competitive and the daily usage is unlimited. We enjoyed very stable coverage throughout Hokkaido, except the extremely remote areas.

Thanks once again. Will recommend your blog to my friends.

By MS on September 17, 2015

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  • Lilian says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum, need your help on one more thing. Would you have any idea about their data plans or wifi router? What did you use when you go to Hokkaido and how much did you pay? Thanks again.

  • MS says:

    Hi, I’ve found some very useful information on your blog for my upcoming trip to eastern Hokkaido – thank you very much. I wonder if you have tried renting a pocket wi-fi in Hokkaido? If so, is the coverage good in the ulu places? I’ve done some research and it seems that Global Advanced Communications is very popular (though not necessarily the cheapest) and they recommend the premium pocket wi-fi for Hokkaido. Can you share your experience? Thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      You’re welcome. Glad that the info in my blog helps!

      I have never used a pocket WIFI because I am not a fan of perpetually being connected to the internet while on vacation. But most Singaporeans go for the one from Changi Airport because it’s just more convenient for us:
      https://www.changirecommends.com/owifi.aspx

      • MS says:

        Wow, that was fast. If you are a pocket wi-fi service, I’d definitely subscribe to you, heh. Agree, I prefer to be disconnected while on holiday too but I will be travelling with my parents this time and I want to be as prepared as I could for any last-minute changes on the road. Thanks!

  • MS says:

    Hi, I’ve returned from Hokkaido and tried many of your recommendations eg sanmanma in Kushiro, Panchou in Obihiro, choux cream puff at Lake Akan. They were all fabulous. I especially loved the tip I read on your blog about how we can stay at Hanayuuka and make use of the awesome onsen facilities at the higher-end sister hotel. It was one of the highlights of the trip. Thank you and keep up the good work.

    Btw, if your readers need a pocket Wi-Fi in future and don’t want to rent one at Changi, they can try http://www.globalmobile.co.jp/. The rates are very competitive and the daily usage is unlimited. We enjoyed very stable coverage throughout Hokkaido, except the extremely remote areas.

    Thanks once again. Will recommend your blog to my friends.

  • Anabelle says:

    Dear Bumblebeemum,

    Thanks for the reply! πŸ™‚ I can’t seem to find any online reviews about Tocoo’s wifi so I’m a bit worried about it’s coverage and speed. Did you rent any pocket wifi devices during your Hokkaido trips? πŸ™‚ Which one would you recommend? πŸ™‚

  • Esther er says:

    Hi

    I’d like to thank you for blogging so much information about Hokkaido which makes it easier when I am currently planning for my Hokkaido trip.

    I do have some questions and would like to ask you. Hope you don’t mind. Firstly, do you rent the pocket wifi router from tocoo? And may I know how can I purchase wifi SIM card or router cheaply in Hokkaido? I’ll be traveling to Hokkaido in June 2016 and your blog contain so much information about self drive and places of attraction which I’ll definitely be going!

    Thank you

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I don’t rent from Tocoo. Most Singaporeans find it most convenient to get the pocket WIFI from Changi Recommends because they can pick up and drop off at Changi Airport.
      https://www.changirecommends.com/owifi.aspx

      Alternatively, you can just google ‘Japan WIFI router rental’. There are many Japanese-based companies offering WIFI rental where they can deliver to your hotel or you can pick up from the post office etc. It is quite competitive so the rates are pretty reasonable across the board.

      • Cindy says:

        Hi, did u rent ur wifi router from changi? How’s the coverage in Hokkaido? Thanks alot

        • bumblebeemum says:

          I haven’t rented their router before but will probably be trying it out when I’m in Hokkaido in June. When is your trip? If it’s after June, check with me again after June and I should be able to tell you then.

          • Junel says:

            Hi there! so was the egg wifi good in hokkaido?:) Would you recommend it?

            • bumblebeemum says:

              It works well in the cities. But at rural areas, sometimes there is no reception. Having a pocket WIFI is always a good back-up especially if you do not know Japanese or you like to find places to visit or eat along the way. We did use it quite a bit to search for cafes whenever the weather was bad. :p

  • Ai says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for sharing so much with us about your experience in Japan Travels! really helps a lot! I managed to get the map codes following your instructions to the tee! πŸ™‚

    i’m wondering if i could ask you about japan mobile phones/sim cards/wifi router.
    i’m intending to buy a sim card for a wifi router that we currently own but am not sure whether it’s something you might have done before? if not do you have any experiences with sim cards?

    thanks so much for your help!
    Ai

  • Andy says:

    HI Bumblebeemun, really enjoy reading your post. I will be doing my 1st self drive in hokkaido in late May. I was thinking of getting a mobile plan in case of emergency, e.g. car breakdown. Any recommendation on the mobile plan (for hokkaido) or experience to share ?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Ermm… I haven’t gotten a mobile plan before. When I had an emergency last time, I just used my Singapore phone to call. Just made sure my phone could roam. :p If you are not going to be using the phone regularly throughout your trip, I don’t think it is economical to get a mobile plan. If it is just for emergency, you can just call with roaming when you need it. I don’t think the phone bill would be more than the cost of a mobile plan? But if you really want, you can rent a mobile phone in Japan. Just google for ‘Japan mobile phone rental’.

  • henry says:

    Hi

    Regarding wifi and 3/4G.

    Is there a cheap data SIM which I could purchase for my iPhone?
    Or I should rent the mobile router from Changi Connect?

    Regards

  • Ying says:

    Hi bumblebee mum

    Do u hv any suggestions or tips for renting Internet/wifi device for use in Hokkaido?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I have only tried the one from Changi Recommends before. It works well in cities but sometimes there is no network in the rural areas, but that’s kind of expected coz even our phone has no network in the rural areas. :p

      • Hui says:

        Hi Bumblebee Mum,

        Thank you for sharing all your travel stories, it’s amazing!

        May I know how do you navigate when there’s no network in the rural areas? Would this happen when you’re driving halfway and then the signal goes missing? I’ll be relying on google map for most of my driving routes hence needed some advice if a pocket wifi is good enough to support the journey. Thanks a lot in advance for your attention! Cheers.

  • Gelato2005 says:

    Dear Bumble Bee Mum,

    I was wondering if you can recommend a pocket Wifi rental service in Hokkaido. I rented one for Tokyo through Pupuru and it was great, but I’m not sure if they have good coverage for Hokkaido.

    Thanks for your help.

    Gelato2005

    • Queen Bee says:

      In general, I think there are bounds to be regions in Hokkaido that will not be able to be tapped because of how remote it can be. Pururu has two models of WIFI router. I haven’t tried them before, but I would think you should go for the one that says ‘Broad Coverage’.

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