Can iPhone Be Used in Japan?

People love their iPhones, so I'm not surprised when visitors ask me if their phone will work in Japan.

White-iphone-japanPeople have heard that their cell phones won't work in Japan for a variety of reasons, but it's mostly old news. By now, just about any smartphone you buy can be made to work in Japan.

So yes, your iPhone can be used in Japan. 

Still, there are a few things to worry about if you do decide to bring your phone over, such as:

  • Which models work
  • Roaming fees
  • Data roaming
  • Changing your data usage
  • Why WiFi won't do

There's a lot to cover, so let's get down to it.

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Where to find free WiFi in Japan

With the proliferation of smartphones and lightweight laptops, many travelers wonder where to find free WiFi in Japan. We've found a map that can show you all of the WiFi hotspots in Japan, whether you're in the middle of the city or venturing out to a remote island.

Free wifi map in japanThe bad news, however, is that greater Tokyo offers less than 400 free WiFi access points. That's for a metropolis serving over 30 million people

The point is that free WiFi in Japan is very rare, and you should come prepared for that. If you stay in an expensive Western hotel, you may get lucky. But if you plan to stay in cheap hotels, you shouldn't bet on the free Internet access.

So, that leaves you with two options. You can pay for international data roaming and bring your smartphone or iPad 3G to Japan. The cheaper option is to go to an Internet cafe. Cafes are plentiful, convenient, comfortable and serve free drinks.

If you still want to try your luck with WiFi, visit the link below.

via Visit Japan LiveMap

Need a Japanese cell phone?

WiFi in Japan is hard to come across. If you need to communicate with people, you may want to rent a cell phone. Here's how to get a cell phone in Japan.

Guide: iPad Data Plans for Japan

iPads are great for travel. You can watch movies on the plane, read tour guides, or even check your email from almost anywhere in the world. If you want to take your iPad to Japan, here's how:

15063-620x-ipad-japanYou should have a WiFi + 3G model
Free WiFi isn't very popular in Japan, so if you want to really enjoy your iPad abroad you need a model with 3G included. 

Don't go over your limit
Once you go over your data limit, prices get insanely expensive very quickly.  There are specific guides for both carriers below.

Save data, use sparingly
You don't get very much data for your money. Here are some tips for what you should and should not do:

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