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Japan: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

1. Japan: eSIM Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with a convenient eSIM data plan of your choosing. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage allowing you to easily upload your photos, navigate on maps, and communicate with your friends. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, choosing from a variety of data packages, validity options, and even having the option of adding coverage in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your vacation. Choose a zero-waste solution and avoid the trouble of having to manage multiple SIM cards. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GetYourGuide voucher. APN (Access Point Name): vmobile.jp Local operator: Docomo

Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

2. Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

Take the hassle out of your vacation transportation with the Japan Rail Pass. Explore the whole country with just one ticket and ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train. Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Hiroshima, and Hokkaido to Kyushu – Japan's your oyster with a 7, 14, or 21-day pass. Get your voucher mailed to your home or office address, then exchange this for your actual Japan Rail Pass at a major train station or international airport in Japan and start traveling. Use the free guide booklet to make the best of your Japan trip, thanks to insider tips and train details. Travel as much as you like for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days. The pass includes: • All Japan Rail Group shinkansen bullet trains, except the Nozomi and Mizuho departures • All Japan Rail Group limited express, express, rapid, local, trains, and Bus Rapid Transit in Tohoku • Tokyo Monorail between Haneda airport and Hamamatsucho station (no service to Narita) • Aomori Railway services between Aomori and Hachinohe (some exceptions) • Ishikawa Railway services between Kanazawa and Tsubata (local, limited departures only) • Ainokaze Toyama Railway services between Toyama and Takaoka (local departures only) • All Japan Rail Bus local lines (some exceptions, no express services), including services from JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus • JR-West ferry service between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi (JR station near the pier with ferry services for Miyajima)

Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

3. Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Japan. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you cannot connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Docomo/Softbank/KDDI

Tokyo: Narita International Airport T1 Mobile WiFi Rental

4. Tokyo: Narita International Airport T1 Mobile WiFi Rental

Access the internet anytime, anywhere with 4G LTE mobile WiFi provided by NINJA WiFi. No longer will you have to worry about finding your way without access to maps or missing important updates from friends and family. We have everything covered with our secure, easy to use WiFi routers. You can connect up to 5 devices at once to each router. Whether you are coming to Japan for business and you need to connect multiple phones, computers and/or tablets, to the internet, or are travelling for pleasure with a group of friends or family who all want internet access, we have you covered. Pick up your mobile WiFi router in Narita International Airport Terminal 1 to start using WiFi immediately. We also offer many ways to return your device, whether it be by dropping it off at any of our counters in major Japanese airports, at our counter in Shinjuku, Tokyo, or shipping it to us from anywhere in Japan. *If you wish to have a different return location than your pick-up location, please contact info@ninjawifi.com as soon as possible. Mobile WiFi is a 21st century necessity that makes travelling much more fun and easy. We offer flexible plans from 5 days to 30 days, so you can choose what suits you best. Add Full Insurance, a Mobile Battery, or a Pocketalk mobile translator to your order once you've put the device in your cart.

Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo, Furano, and Ningle Terrace Tour

5. Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo, Furano, and Ningle Terrace Tour

Explore the region of Hokkaido in the winter on this adventurous day trip from Sapporo. Marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei, visit the magical Furano's Ningle Terrace, and, depending on the season, see the roaring Shirahige Falls. Begin your day tour by meeting your driver in Sapporo. Head to Asahiyama Zoo and spend about 1.5 hours exploring and eating lunch. Renowned Asahiyama Zoo, Japan's northernmost zoo and a must-visit in winter. Unlike many other zoos, here the animals don't hide away during the cold season See adorable penguins take a walk in the snow (from December to March), clumsy raccoons crawl on top of their heads to make faces, curious seals play up and down in the glass column, and monkeys snuggle with each other to keep warm.On days when the zoo is closed, visit other attractions instead. Internet-famous trees of Biei and Four seasons color Hill of Furano area(Dec.1th to Mar.31th) Biei Blue Pond and Shirahige Falls (Apr.1th to Nov.30th) Between April 1 and November 30, your next stop is Biei Aoike. Spend around 30 minutes exploring this pond formed to intercept volcanic magma. Take a picture of the stunning blue water and compare it to the famous default Macbook photo. Next, continue to the Furano area,visit the roaring Shirahige Falls. It is 600 meters above sea level, located in the white gold hot spring town of Miei Town. It is named "White Beard Falls" because of the white whisker-like water that pours down from the crevasses in the rocks. Water gushing from the ground, lapping against the rocks, created a blue glow of spray. Here the mountains are green in summer and the snow is white in winter, and you can enjoy the contrast between the two seasons. If you're traveling between December 1 and March 31, 2024, marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei instead. See the Ken & Merry Tree. Then visit Four Seasons Hill (approx. 40 minutes),When the winter is covered with snow, this time the four seasons color hill becomes a snow paradise, there are snowmobiles, sledding and other entertainment, even novice can enjoy the snow and nature. Finish your tour with a visit to the iconic Ningle Terrace in Furano. Explore this workshop built by a character in the novels of Japanese writer Satoshi Kuramoto. Stroll through the chalets and small shops and buy a handmade souvenir to remember your Hokkaido adventure. After finding your perfect souvenir, return to Sapporo.

Japan: Mobile Wi-Fi Rental with Hotel Delivery

6. Japan: Mobile Wi-Fi Rental with Hotel Delivery

Access the internet anytime, anywhere with 4G LTE mobile WiFi provided by NINJA WiFi. No longer will you have to worry about finding your way without access to maps or missing important updates from friends and family. We have everything covered with our secure, easy to use WiFi routers. You can connect up to 5 devices at once to each router. Whether you are coming to Japan for business and you need to connect multiple phones, computers and/or tablets, to the internet, or are travelling for pleasure with a group of friends or family who all want internet access, we have you covered. Enjoy a hassle-free experience by having your router delivered directly to your hotel so you can pick it up while you check in. Return is also easy: at the local convenience store using the prepaid shipping slip included in your order. Mobile WiFi is a 21st century necessity that makes travelling much more fun and easy. We offer flexible plans from 5 days to 30 days, so you can choose what suits you best. Add Full Insurance, a Mobile Battery, or a Pocketalk mobile translator to your order once you've put the device in your cart.

Japan: SIM Card with Unlimited Data for 8, 16, or 31 Days

7. Japan: SIM Card with Unlimited Data for 8, 16, or 31 Days

Being connected to the internet is of great importance in Japan, especially for foreigners. You can use it to navigate the sometimes confusing public transport system, translate unknown words, and simply stay connected with your friends and family. With these convenient SIM cards, you can immediately get an internet connection.  This SIM card has high-speed internet access (4G LTE) and no data limits. It is available for a duration of either 8, 16, or 31 days. It works on the Docomo network, Japan’s biggest network provider. The SIM card connection covers 99% of Japan. It can be adjusted to fit as a nano, micro, or normal SIM card.  If you wish to pick up the SIM at a post office in the airport, please make sure to pick it up during the open hours of the post office. For post office collection, the staff will confirm the name on your passport and then give you the parcel.

Hokkaido: Noboribetsu, Lake Toya and Otaru Full-Day Tour

8. Hokkaido: Noboribetsu, Lake Toya and Otaru Full-Day Tour

Join a Hokkaido tour from Sapporo, exploring the wonders of Noboribetsu Hell Valley, Oyunuma Pond, and Shikotsu Toya National Park. Witness the spectacle of Showa Shinzan's volcano, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Toya, and delve into the charm of Otaru with its canal, glass arts, and winter festival. Start your tour from Sapporo, making your way to the first stop of the day, a relic of a crater in that was formed about 10,000 years ago in Noboribetsu. See Jigokudani, also known as Hell Valley, with its boiling sulfuric hot springs and volcanic steam plumes. Visit the Oyunuma Pond, the remains of a volcanic crater formed by the eruption of Mt Hiwa. Head to an observation deck to see the steaming lake. Walk to see its blue-green waters up close. As you take a stroll around the lake, smell the sulfur and see the steam rise from the source of hot springs. Watch yellow spherical sulfur floating on the surface of the water. If you wish to unwind at the outdoor foot bath, follow a long mountain road along a hot sulphur river in the woods (closed due to road reasons in winter). At noon, continue to the Lake Toyako area, a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Get 2 hours of free time for lunch and sightseeing. Then, it’s onward to Showa Shinzan, an active volcano that erupted in the early years of the Showa era (20th century). Witness white smoke and sulfurous fumes erupting from the reddish-brown mountains. While you cannot enter the mountain, you can feel the overwhelming energy of the earth simply by looking at it. Then, make a stop at Lake Touyako Observatory. Gaze out over a broad panorama encompassing the entire volcanic lake and the surrounding natural wonders scattered throughout Shikotsu Toya National Park, including Mt. Usu, Mt. Yotei, Mt. Showa, and Nakajima Island. Continue to Otaru, an atmospheric port town with a romantic canal. Take a stroll through the ancient canal streets, surrounded by warehouses built from red bricks and gray tiles from the Meiji era. Visit Kitaichi Glass workshop to see the exquisite glass arts and crafts that the city is famous for. Explore Otaru Music Box Museum, Japan's largest music box store with thousands of music boxes from all over the world on display. Taste Hokkaido's famous cheesecake at the LeTAO Head Store. In the winter, check out the Otaru Snow Light Path festival which lights up the city with shimmering lights and glowing snow statues (about 10 days in early February from 5 PM-9 PM). Additionally, many locals put lantern displays in front of their shops and homes, adding to the festive spirit. Also around February is the season of snow drifting for thousands of miles. You can see glass floats (floating balls) that used to be tied to fishing nets floating down the Otaru Canal. The mirror-like water of the canal shines with candles, lending a romantic ambience with the snowy scenery. After a day full of exploration, head back to Sapporo.

Sapporo City: Private Transfer to/from New Chitose Airport

9. Sapporo City: Private Transfer to/from New Chitose Airport

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between New Chitose Airport and your accommodation in Sapporo city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Hokkaido: Biei Blue Pond and Furano Flower Farm Day Trip

10. Hokkaido: Biei Blue Pond and Furano Flower Farm Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the serene natural wonders of Hokkaido on a day trip from Sapporo. Tour Furano’s blooming flowers, see nature in all its glory at Shirogane Blue Pond, experience tranquility, on a tractor ride through the gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, and look at handicrafts at Ningle Terrace. Start your journey with a ride on the Biei Roller Coaster Road, a 2.5-kilometer straight road with significant elevation changes, known as one of the eight scenic spots of Furano. See majestic mountains on both sides with a vast countryside scenery. Get down at your first stop, Blue Pond in Biei, formed by volcanic lava flow. Gaze in awe at its blue reflection in sunlight. In the morning, the water appears even purer and bluer, creating a breathtaking sight. Feel like you’ve stepped into a wonderland with its misty and ethereal beauty. After 30 minutes at the pond, tuck into a buffet lunch and taste Hokkaido ice cream. Then, head to Shikisai-no-Oka (Hill of Four Seasons), and admire a sprawling 15-hectare flower field resembling a rainbow carpet, with various flowers blooming at different times of the year. Then, it’s time to ride on the Shikisai-no-Oka NOROCCO (tractor bus) to explore the vast Shikisai-no-Oka. Soak in the fragrance of flowers while enjoying the beautiful scenery of hills, snow-capped mountains, and colorful fields. Continue to one of Japan's oldest flower fields, Farm Tomita in Furano, a lavender-centric field that has been transformed into a large rural farm with up to 150 flowers. The lavender season usually begins in June. In mid-August, the winter greenhouse showcases various plants such as lavender and cosmos. Saffron starts blooming in mid-April, followed by daffodils and tulips in May. From the top of the flower field, covered with lavender, enjoy panoramic views of the Furano Basin and the Tokachi Mountain Range. Next, enter a fairytale world with a 30-minute visit to Ningle Terrace, a handicraft workshop in the green forest of Furano inspired by a character from the novel by Japanese author Tomonori Ware. Smell the scent of pine trees and admire a blanket of soft white snow lining the walkways. Wander around a collection of wooden boutique cottages that serve as shops selling unique handicrafts, mostly handmade, including glass crafts, paper crafts, hand-painted artwork, and crafts made from dried lavender flowers of Furano. After a day of immersing yourself in the blooming colors of the Hokkaido region, return to Sapporo.

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4.7
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You know, this is not a tour. It is an esim card. And I purchased for 30 days option. Thr service is not done and I am still using it till now without any problem. But GYG is pretty annoying, it kept sending me the writing a review. I am happy to leave the review but after I finish my use. Can't you change some details that people can leave reviews after they finish their job? Anyway, I have no problem till now. It works well in Japan till NOW.

Excellent service. Professional and polite. Very comfortable vehicle. Clean. Driver did not have a lot of English and we knew no Japanese but we managed. Made sure we had hotel written down.

great service, driver arrived 10mins early which was no problem, and got me to the airport very efficiently, loved the car spacious and just nice all round

Very good value for money (worth it when taking several trips on the bullet train). The trains are impeccable and their punctuality is amazing.

I activated my eSim before I started traveling. When I arrived in Japan, I had direct access to the Internet. I had internet everywhere!