Taking advantage of travel data in English while in Japan is a snap, thanks to the Japan Accommodation and Restaurant Search site. You can use your smart phone to acquire hotel or restaurant information, or get precise directions from your current location to where you want to go using GPS. Railway and subway schedules and fees are also readily available.
But while access is easy, and connection speed among the top 3 countries in the world, using your phone from home could cause your head to spin when you see your next phone bill! International roaming charges tend to be outrageous when connecting to overseas service providers.
One way to avoid these unwelcome charges is to use rental phone services that include smartphones in their flat-rate pricing. You can rent and return phones at major airports, or you can have the phone delivered to you at an additional charge. Advance reservations are required.
Another option would be to rent a Wi-Fi router. This "handy hot-spot" lets you easily connect up to 5 devices to the Internet, and, like the rental phone, has flat-rate pricing. Wi-Fi router can be picked up and returned at any of Japan's 5 international airports with an advance reservation.
Both rental services provide customer service in English.
Renting a smartphone or a router is the smart way to get around Japan!
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