Pocket WiFi in Japan – How to Enjoy Internet Access 24/7

Are you planning to travel in Japan and are concerned about not having internet anytime and anywhere? Pocket WiFi will be your best friend during your trip.

When you travel abroad, you want to escape your life and responsibilities, relax and enjoy the city sights. However, having access to internet during your trip can be a life saver and help you to enjoy your trip more fully. If you are you someone who likes to share everything about your trip on social media or need to keep in contact with anybody, anywhere in Japan, Pocket WiFi is the best solution for having internet access anytime and enjoying your trip carefree.

When traveling, there’s so much to look forward to, from the best tourist sites to the best food in your area, and often applications and websites can be very helpful in researching and locating these place, but you need the internet to connect. One thing we’ve all experienced is a lack of easy ways to stay connected to the internet in Japan, when Free WiFi Spot are not available because of their focus on urban areas (such as metro/train stations, famous restaurants, coffee shops etc), you are left disconnected and potentially lost in the complex, meandering streets of cities like Tokyo. And importantly, going somewhere and not being able to be reached or get in touch with people and the world yourself can be difficult and dangerous. To be able to stay in touch and to use your favorite applications (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, Google Maps etc) Pocket WiFi is a must in Japan for both short and long term trips.

What is Pocket WiFi?

Pocket WiFi is a personal connection device and broadband solution for any devices that can connect wirelessly to the internet. Simply by turning on the WiFi switch, you can enjoy high-speed mobile broadband on the spot. It is the best way to get connected for a good price. Data rates are good, with most Pocket WiFi systems providing 3G/4G LTE as standard, access to 75Mbps/25Mbps speeds and potentially unlimited data usage. Another big advantage is its impressive network coverage: in urban areas (Tokyo, Osaka…), you will be rarely disconnected, even on trains and in the subway. Even in rural areas the connection is good. Pocket WiFi is usually lightweight and fits easily into your pocket or handbag. It is a solution that we highly recommend if you are traveling with several smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices that require an internet connection, it can also be used by multiple persons at one time.

Photo Credit: rok1966 via Flickr cc

Photo Credit: rok1966 via Flickr cc

Where to get your Pocket Wifi ?

Depending on the operator you choose, different types of delivery are available: airport pick-up, delivery to your hotel, or alternatively, a post office near your residence. The cost of delivery differs from operator to operator but the delivery type is up to you.

In Japan, there are a lot of different pocket WiFi packages provided by different operators. Below is a list of the best Pocket WiFi that can be used in Japan, check it out:


 

 

Japan Wireless

Econnect

Pupuru

Sakura Mobile

NinjaWifi

Rental cdjapan

WifiJp

1 day Cost

¥2.800

¥980

¥1000

¥450 + ¥3.000 activation fee

¥900

¥760

¥700

1 Month Cost

¥11.200

(¥364/day)

¥12.544

(¥392/day)

Not proposed

¥16.950

(¥565/day)

 

Not proposed

 

¥11.400

(¥380/day)

Depends

Reduction

No

15% discount if reservation:

3 weeks before

No

No

No

No

No

Degression

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Delivery Fee

¥500  or ¥1.000 for Express: 48H

¥790

Delivery¥1.000 and Airport:¥1.800

¥890 or ¥1.000 for Express:48H

¥500 

¥540

Kyoto shop: ¥500   or ¥1000 

Return Cost

NC

Included

Included

Included

Free at airport or ¥500 

Included

Included

Speed Data

3G (21/5.8Mbps)

3G (21/5.8Mbps)

4G LTE 75/25Mbps

3G (21/5.8Mbps)

 

4G LTE

(187.5/37.5

Mbps)

3G

Up to 220Mbps

3G

Up to 220Mbps

Limited or Unlimited data

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

3G/ 3 days: after limited speed 

Unlimited

Battery Life

5 hours+ free extra battery

6 hours

9 hours

7 hours

10 hours + possibility to rent a extra battery

7 hours

10 hours

Language reservation

English

Chinese

Japanese

English

English

Chinese

Korean

English

Chinese

French

Thai

Korean

Italian Russian

English

English

Chinese

Korean

Indonesian

Thai

Russian

English

French

Payment

Paypal

Paypal

Credit Card

Credit Card or Cash on delivery

Credit Card

Credit Card

Credit Card and Paypal


Other Alternatives:

Sim Card

A SIM Card can also be used by foreigners wanting to connect to the web when traveling in Japan. It has advantages and disadvantages compared to Pocket WiFi, differing in data rates and often a little more limited. You can check out our article on Sim Cards in Japan for more information.

Ines Smaili

Ines Smaili

Hi, I'm Inès, I love to travel all around the world especially in Japan, I will share with you all the information needed to have the best trip of your life!



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