Pocket Wi-Fi is essential for Japan, which is the best?

December 8th, 2018
by meizi

As free wifi is very rare in Japan,
I recommend using a pocket wifi service house the internet while in Japan

There are many times that you need Internet while in Japan, like using it to contact different people, using google maps to find where you are and where you need to go, or to share photos online. However, Japan lacks the free wifi areas to accommodate for many of these situations. The answer to this problem? Pocket Wi-Fi. They can give internet to multiple devices at anytime and anywhere in Japan.

Comparing Performance and Prices

SUSHI
Wi-Fi
JAPAN
WifiBuddy
Sakura
Mobile
NINJA
WiFi
JAPAN
Wireless
Price ¥5,092 $60.99
(¥6,721)
¥11,221 ¥7,560 ¥6,494
Speed 150Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
20Mbps
(Download)
165Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
Data Cap Completely
Unlimited
Unlimited 3GB/Day Unlimited Unlimited
Battery
Life
17 hours
(With Mobile battery)
8-13 hours
(With Mobile battery)
20 hours 9 hours 10 hours
(With Mobile battery)
Pick-up &
Return
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Last Minute
Order
On the Day 3 Days Before 1 Day Before 1 Days Before 1 Day Before

With more than 30 companies offering Pocket Wi-FI in Japan, it may be hard to choose one. Therefore I have chosen 5 that are the top of that list, rating each by their price, speed, capacity, battery life, pickup and return, and how they deal with last minute ordering. When looking at renting for 7 days, it seems on average that it would cost around ¥6,500 - ¥10,000, but these prices don’t always guarantee a good experience. Most of the companies require for orders to be at least 3 days in advance and ones that say 1 day require you to choose certain locations instead. For those who are interested there’s more detailed information below.

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SUSHI Wi-Fi

Price ★★★★★ ¥5,092
Speed ★★★★☆ 150Mbps (Download)
Data Cap ★★★★★ Completely Unlimited
Battery Life ★★★★★ 17 hours
Pick-up & Return ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
REturn at Post Boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order ★★★★★ On the Day

Price: ¥3500 (7 Day Rental Fee)
Data Speed: 150Mbps
Data Cap: Unlimited
Battery Life: 17 Hours
Pick-up & Return: Pick-up anywhere in Japan including airports, hotels, local addresses, and Sushi Wi-Fi stores. Return using the return envelope.
Last Minute Ordering: Orders can be done on the day.

Sushi Wi-Fi is the cheapest fast unlimited Pocket Wi-Fi in Japan. They let you borrow a power bank in addition to the Pocket Wi-Fi so battery life is no problem. The pickup locations include airports, local addresses, hotels, and their stores in Shibuya and Akihabara. With an additional fee same day shipping can be done for local addresses and hotels in the Tokyo prefecture. If stock is available, you can rent a Pocket Wi-Fi without a reservation at the Sushi Wi-Fi store. To return it, just come to the store or mail it back using the envelope provided by them.

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JAPAN WifiBuddy

Price ★★★★☆ $60.99 (¥6,721)
Speed ★★★★★ 187.5Mbps (Download)
Data Cap ★★★★★ Unlimited
Battery Life ★★★★★ 8-13 hours
Pick-up & Return ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
REturn at Post Boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order ★★☆☆☆ 3 Day

Price: $60.99 or ¥6,721 (7 Day Rental Fee)
Speed: 187.5Mbps
Data Cap: Unlimited
Battery: 8 - 13 Hours
Pick-up & Return: Airport or Hotel in Japan. To return put everything in the return envelope and send it back.
Last Minute Ordering: 3 Days Before

Pickup locations for Japan Wi-Fi Buddy are airports or hotels. Even though they say that their Pocket Wi-Fi is unlimited, it will decelerate to 3G speeds after exceeding a certain data cap. They include a free power bank with your rental so you can charge on the go. They also have a Silver and Platinum plan which has data caps.

Sakura Mobile

Price ★★☆☆☆ ¥11,221
Speed ★★☆☆☆ 20Mbps(Download)
Data Cap ★★☆☆☆ 3GB/Day
Battery Life ★★★★★ 20 hours
Pick-up & Return ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
REturn at Post Boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order ★★★★☆ 1Day

Price: ¥11,221 (7 Day rental of the Deluxe Plan ¥8,990 + Optional Battery ¥1,400 + Tax)
Speed: 187.5Mbps
Data Cap: Unlimited
Battery: 8 - 13 Hours
Pick-up & Return: Airport or Hotel in Japan. To return put everything in the return envelope and send it back.
Last Minute Ordering: 1 Day Before (Depends on the pickup location and season)

You can receive Sakura Mobile in your desired airport or hotel. There are 3 plans with 3 different data caps (300MB, 600MB and 3GB) per day. I think that the Lite and Regular plans have too little of a data cap. They also have SIM cards that you can rent. To return, just put everything into the return envelope and send it back using a post office.

NINJA WiFi

Price ★★★☆☆ ¥7,560
Speed ★★★★★ 165Mbps(Download)
Data Cap ★★★★★ Unlimited
Battery Life ★★★☆☆ 9 hours
Pick-up & Return ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
REturn at Post Boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order ★★★★☆ 1Day

Price: ¥7,560 (7 Days of Unlimited Plan ¥6,300 + Extra Mobile Battery ¥700 + Delivery fee + Tax)
Data Speed: 165Mbps
Data Cap: Unlimited
Battery Life: 9 Hours
Pick-up & Return: Airport or Hotel in Japan. and Shinjuku counter. To return put everything in the return envelope and send it back.
Last Minute Ordering: 1 Days Before (Depends on the pickup location and season)

NINJA Wi-Fi can be received in airports and hotels in Japan. They have two plans: 1GB per day plan for ¥800/day and Unlimited plan for ¥900/day. They also have a translation machine which they lend out for ¥500/day.

JAPAN Wireless

Price ★★★★☆ ¥6,494
Speed ★★★★★ 187.5Mbps(Download)
Data Cap ★★★★★ Unlimited
Battery Life ★★★★☆ 10 hours
Pick-up & Return ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
REturn at Post Boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order ★★★★☆ 1Day

Price: ¥6,494 (7 Day rental of Premium Plan ¥5,994円+ Shipping Fee)
Data Speed: 187.5Mbps
Data Cap: Unlimited
Battery Life: 10 Hours
Pick-up & Return: Airport or Hotel in Japan. To return put everything in the return envelope and send it back.
Last Minute Ordering: 1 Day Before (Depends on the pickup location and season)

Japan Wireless Pocket Wi-Fi can be picked up at your desired airport and hotel. They have a premium plan and a business plan. The business plan is slower than the premium plat at 75Mbps. Both plans come with a free battery. To return the Pocket Wi-Fi put everything in the return envelope and send it back.

Borrowing a Pocket Wi-Fi in Japan

Borrowing a Pocket Wi-Fi is very easy. The method may change depending the company, but most of them are straightforward and easy to do. Just enter and send the necessary information such as your name, address, contact information, etc. online and you should be able to borrow one.

Conclusion

SUSHI
Wi-Fi
JAPAN
WifiBuddy
Sakura
Mobile
NINJA
WiFi
JAPAN
Wireless
Price ¥5,092 $60.99
(¥6,721)
¥11,221 ¥7,560 ¥6,494
Speed 150Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
20Mbps
(Download)
165Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
Data Cap Completely
Unlimited
Unlimited 3GB/Day Unlimited Unlimited
Battery
Life
17 hours
(With Mobile battery)
8-13 hours
(With Mobile battery)
20 hours 9 hours 10 hours
(With Mobile battery)
Pick-up &
Return
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Pick-up at
Hotels/Airports
Return at Post Boxes
anywhere
Last Minute
Order
On the Day 3 Days Before 1 Day Before 1 Days Before 1 Day Before

When we look at all the companies, Sushi Wi-Fi is the best choice. Especially with its price, the performance and truly unlimited data are well worth it.

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