Traveller’s Tech Tips For Visiting Japan

Like a Local Guide • 17 Nov, 2021

Japan is famous for being a leader in technology and innovation, so it can be daunting to plan a trip to this incredible country without considering a few tech tips. It doesn’t really matter where you go in Japan, you’ll be sure to come across impressive tech and even more baffling functionality. Before you set off to Japan, whether it’s your first time or 50th time, use these tech tips to make the trip even better.

Get Protection

No matter where you go on your travels, one of the most important things to consider is security. When it comes to your tech, this is even more important, especially when you consider the programs you use at home may not work in foreign countries. The best tip to ensure you are secure while you travel to Japan is to use a VPN for Macs. VPN’s (or Virtual Private Networks) let you connect to a secure and encrypted server when you use the internet no matter where you are. While you travel you may need to connect to public networks to access the internet, the best protection is to use a VPN when you connect.

Get Connected

For a country known for its robotics, vending machines with almost anything imaginable, Japan isn’t the most connected country when it comes to WiFi. A simple tip for the Japan traveller is to download and utilise the Travel Japan WiFi app. This app allows you to learn and utilise the WiFi hotspots around the city, as well as access useful tips to help plan your days. Along with directions, use location information, the app also shows discounts you can access as a traveller during your time in the country. 

Rent a mobile

If you are travelling for business, or for fun and you need a phone, one of the best tips is to rent a phone for your stay. There are many providers across the country that rent phones, including a local SIM which will give you access to the internet and other services for your trip. Even if you aren’t planning on making calls, it can be a useful tool if you want to book restaurants or tours with a local number and you can avoid those huge international charges. As most things go with travel it’s best to plan ahead and book your phone before you leave. We all want a security blanket when abroad! 

Rent a Router

If the idea of having a local phone isn’t up your alley, there is an alternative tip to travelling to Japan – rent a router. These amazing tech gadgets, also known as pocket WiFi, allow almost all of your devices to connect at the same time, meaning you can be connected no matter where you are on your travels. This can be a dream for convenience. Depending on your needs, you can opt for unlimited data and make sure you have the capacity to do all you want on your trip. 

Similar to the phone, the best advice is to book ahead of time to make sure there is availability for your dates and that you can easily access a router from your local spot. The good news is that many providers deliver to airports or hotels for free with enough notice.

Travelling to Japan is an experience you won’t soon forget, from the food to the amazing sights. As far as technologically advanced countries go, Japan is right up there, so you’ll need to be prepared with the right tech on board. Before you jet off to Japan, use these simple tech tips to ensure you don’t experience any drop out’s on your travels.

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