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The BEST pocket WiFi rental for Japan (2022-2023 guide)

What’s the best pocket WIFi rental for Japan?

Staying connected in a foreign country helps you to travel deeper.

Once you’re online your smartphone becomes your best travel buddy and will help you find your way in any foreign city.  

You’re also not restricted to tourist restaurants or bars because you can use your travel buddy is there to translate the menu items.

In this post, we will cover all you need to know about a Pocket WiFi rental in Japan.

Today it’s easier than ever to stay connected abroad and a high-tech country such as Japan is no exception.  

Buying a local tourist SIM is one way to stay connected but renting a pocket WiFi for Japan has several advantages.

Renting a pocket WiFi device, or a WiFi egg as it is often called in Japan is the easiest way to share your connection if you’re traveling with friends or family.  It also means that you keep your existing phone number and you will not have to change any settings in your phone to get this to work.  You just need to connect to the WiFi network broadcasted by the device.

This makes the process very simple and also very failsafe.  There’s no risk that your phone will not be compatible with Japan’s network and there’s no risk that by changing the settings in your phone you will encounter problems connecting to the mobile network once you are back home.

We will discuss these benefits even further later in this article.

Many tourists rent a pocket WiFi for Japan and this has attracted many parties who offer this. 

All of them work very professionally and they have made to process to rent, collect and return your WiFi device very simple and straightforward.

Here’s our guide with everything you need to know about renting a pocket WiFi router in Japan.

All information is accurate at the time of writing (October 2022).

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Pocket WiFi Device: the essentials

If you are short on time or you don’t want to read the complete post, these are our top choices:

  • The cheapest option for short stays is this Lucky WiFi device.  It costs 650 JPY/day and can be rented for 1 to 14 days. Additional packages of 10, 20, or 30 days can be added to extend your rental to your trip duration.
  • The fastest devices are offered by Fon.
  • The WiFi device with the longest battery life is offered by Sakura mobile.  You could also opt for Japan Wireless. Don’t forget to use our special promotional coupon “JWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.
  • If you plan on using lots of data, you should order your WiFi egg Japan with Japan Wireless. Don’t forget to use our special promotional coupon “JWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.
  • Click here to get some background on these top selections or continue reading to get all the details about Pocket WiFi devices for Japan.
Japan Pocket WiFi Device
You can also use a Mobile WiFi device to connect your laptop to the internet in Japan

What is a Pocket WiFi device?

A pocket WiFi device is sometimes also referred to as Mobile WiFi, Mobile Hot Spot, Wifi egg or MiFi.

It’s a portable WiFi router and it operates in the same way as the WiFi router you have at home.  All devices that support WiFi can connect to this device such as your smartphone, your laptop, tablets, …

These devices are very compact and lightweight.   

They will easily fit in your pocket and weigh on average 100 to 250 grams.

Pocket WiFi or SIM card

Buying a tourist SIM card is an alternative to renting a WiFi egg in Japan.

Both have advantages and disadvantages, we will look at them here.

A Pocket WiFi is more secure

By using a portable WiFi device, you can guard your phone and those of your friends and family members against the threats posed by public WiFi networks.

Hackers may put themselves between you and the connection point thereby reading along with everything you send over the connection.

If you use your Pocket WiFi you can safely enter your credit card details to book hotels or tickets for all those fantastic experiences in Japan.

It is easy to share your connection with a pocket WiFi device

It is true that you could set up your mobile phone as a hotspot but this would quickly drain your phone’s battery.

A WiFi hotspot is specially designed for this purpose and even when it is constantly being used the batteries still last 8 hours. 

Most devices can support at least 10 simultaneous connections.

A pocket WiFi is easier to set up

Actually, you don’t have to do anything at all.  You will be provided with the network name and the password and all you have to do is connect your phone to this network.  You will be ready in seconds.

A SIM card needs to be installed in your phone and, depending on the phone and your SIM might require you to follow some extra steps to set up the network with the given APN (Access Point Name).

With a pocket WiFi, you keep your current phone number 

Unless you have a pocket WiFi device of your own, but then you probably wouldn’t be reading this post, or you have a dual SIM phone, you will need to replace your home carrier’s SIM with the Japanese tourist SIM.

This means you can no longer be reached on your known number and you won’t be able to make traditional phone calls.

You could still call using Skype or other similar voice-over-IP solutions.  

This is no issue if you rent a portable WiFi device as you can leave your home carrier’s SIM card in your phone.

A pocket WiFi is one more device to carry and charge

As their name suggests, most pocket WiFi devices easily fit in a pocket, but it remains an extra device that you need to carry along and that you will need to charge on a daily basis if you use it for several hours a day.

You must weigh the above benefit against the trouble of carrying and charging an extra device.

Mobile WiFi device
There’re all kinds of Pocket WiFi devices but most are about this size

How to rent a pocket WIFI

Renting a pocket WiFi device is easy and straightforward. 

It can be done in advance from the comfort of your own sofa at home or you can choose to stop at one of the stalls at the airport on your arrival.

The advantage of doing it in advance is that you can take all the time you need to compare the various options.

Depending on which operator you place your order with it will be ready for pick-up at the airport, it will be waiting at your accommodation or it will be mailed to your home.

To be safe we advise reserving your pocket WiFi at least one week before your arrival

Why rent a WiFi device

Being connected in Japan turned out to be priceless. 

We used our smartphones a lot in Japan. 

Not only to find our way around but we also supercharged them with a lot of useful local apps.

Here are just a few of the many apps that turned out to be very useful during our trip

  • XE Currency provides real-time conversion rates between the Japanese Yen and your home currency.  
  • Metro app.
  • Japan train app (Hyperdia).
  • Disney and Universal Studios wait times: the waiting times can be very high in both parks and this app will help you move strategically through the park to the places with fewer crowds.
  • Payke, a shopping app for foreigners.  Scan the barcode of any product and the app will display the product description in 7 different languages including English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Here is a list of more interesting apps for your Japan trip.

Even if you will only use your phone occasionally to go online it is still better to rent a WiFi device. 

Roaming costs tend to go through the roof and a few megabytes of data will probably already costs more than what you would pay to rent a pocket WiFi in Japan.

Japan also counts numerous free WiFi hotspots so we have put those to the test to see if they work and if they can replace a pocket WiFi device.

Read the results of our test below.

Free WiFi in Japan

A lot of places offer free WiFi.

If you want to avoid the cost of renting a pocket WiFi in Japan, you could try to rely on the public hot spots. 

You find free WiFi in the Tokyo Metro, Starbucks offers free WiFi to all its customers (there was a time you used to register in advance but this is no longer necessary) and most restaurants have free WiFi as well.  

Cities like Osaka and Tokyo are also adding WiFi hotspots in major public spaces by transforming public phone boots into WiFi hotspots. 

Here’s an app that you can install on your phone to show you the nearest free WiFi hotspots.

We tried some of these hotspots but only had moderate success. The Tokyo Metro hotspots didn’t seem that reliable, they usually did not work for us, WiFi offered by restaurants was usually of excellent quality and very fast.

The free WiFi hotspots are a nice and welcome initiative but weren’t always that reliable.

If you use free WiFi hotspots you also need to be aware of the security risks

Hackers may put themselves between you and the connection point thereby reading along with everything you send over the connection.

The WiFi hotspots are useful but weren’t always working and even if they would, they would still only cover a small part of the city.  If you’re used to using your smartphone a lot when traveling, our advice is to foresee in your own means by renting a pocket WiFi or by buying a tourist SIM card for the duration of your vacation in Japan. 

Lake Kawaguchiko Kachi Kachi Mountain Japan
Use a pocket WiFi device in Japan to access the internet in even the most remote places (Kachi Kachi Mountain)

The best Pocket Wifi for Japan -The top choices

If you are short on time or don’t want to read the whole post, you can find the top choices here:

The cheapest

If you’re not concerned about speed and data volumes but just want the cheapest option for your trip then these are our recommendations:

The Lucky WiFi device is the cheapest with a daily price of 650 JPY. You can select an initial rental period of 2 weeks and add extension packages of 10, 20, or 30 days.  (Once your rental has started you can also extend it online)

The device has good download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and unlimited data (with a fair usage policy of 3GB).  

Know that for longer rentals other options may be cheaper.  Lucky Wifi has a fixed price/day while other devices such as H.I.S. unlimited Pocket WiFi become cheaper the longer you rent.  Mobal’s WiFi device costs 4980 JPY/month, that’s only 160 JPY/day, but needs to be rented for a minimum of 3 months.

Click here for more information and to order your WiFi Pocket Device from Rakuten:
Lucky WiFi Pocket device

The need for speed

The fastest devices in our comparison are offered by Fon.  If you need to have an ultra-fast internet connection at all times then you need to rent either the W05 offered by Fon or the 601HW offered by one.

The first device is the fastest one but it will only achieve its lightning-fast speeds in metropolitan areas.

If you want to enjoy super-fast internet in all of Japan you should rent the 601HW device. 

The 601HW device has no fair usage policy so you can surf, stream and play online endlessly.

Click here for more information and to order your Fon Rental WiFi:
Fon Rental WiFi

Battery Life

Are you a heavy internet user?  Will you be online from early in the morning until late at night?  Most batteries last 6 to 10 hours but that could be less if you use it intensively. 

To avoid that the device will let you down halfway through your day you could opt for a device from Japan Wireless whose batteries last 20 hours. (thanks to the included power bank)

Click here for more information and to order your Japan Wireless Tourist WiFi Device:
Japan Wireless WiFi Device

You can use our special promotional coupon “JWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.

For data-hungry internet users

Not all unlimited data plans are equal. 

Most unlimited data plans have a Fair Usage Policy which will throttle down your speed as soon as you have used a certain amount of data in one day or in one month.

One plan in this list offers only a meager 500MB of high-speed data per day.

This is a really poor offer and it’s clear that such plans are better avoided, certainly if you will be sharing your connection with other users.

A daily limit of 3GB should be sufficient for most users,  it allows you to browse the internet for 36 hours, stream 600 songs, or watch 6 hours of standard-definition video.

If 3GB sounds too restrictive we have good news, there are also truly unlimited plans where you will never run into any limitations, simply because there aren’t any.

Our favorite unlimited plans are those from Japan Wireless, they combine fast connection speeds with unlimited data usage.  

You can use our special promotional coupon “JWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.

Click here for more information and to order your Japan Wireless Device:
Japan Wireless WiFi Device

Japan Pocket WiFi Device
A Pocket WiFi device for sale in Japan

What to watch for when renting a pocket WiFi in Japan

These are the most important differences between the different devices.

In our detailed overview further down in this article we discuss these aspects for each of the devices

Data Limits

Some pocket WiFi routers have unlimited data plans, others are restricted to a certain amount of data per day or for the rental in total. 

Note that even those with an unlimited data plan usually have a fair usage policy which caps your speed as soon as you reach a certain threshold.

In our below overview, we will give you all the details we can find about the included.

Devices that can connect simultaneously

The portable WiFi devices that can be rented in Japan support somewhere between 5 up to 15 simultaneous connections. 

This should be more than enough for most users but those planning to share the device with many users better keep an eye on this.

Duration

For most providers, the duration of your rental includes both the day you pick up your device as well as the day you return it. 

This means that the day you collect the device will count as a full day even if you would only collect it at 10 PM.  The same goes for the day you return the device.

Battery life

The batteries of these pocket WiFi devices last anywhere between 6 to 20 hours.

If you plan to use the device intensively, it is best to choose a device with sufficiently long battery life so that you do not break down on the way. 

With some of the providers you can also rent a mobile battery but that would be one more thing to carry around.

Loss and damage fees

Breaking or losing any of the items will incur certain compensation fees.  We have listed the fees below to give you full disclosure.

If you want to have peace of mind you can often opt to take out insurance that will cover these fees.

How does a Japan Pocket WiFi device work?

The device broadcasts a secured WiFi signal and all you need to do to start using the device is connect your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to this signal.

To connect to the network broadcasted by the pocket WiFi device you will need the name of the network (known as SSID) along with the password.  Sometimes these can be found on a sticker attached to the back of the device but in most cases, there will be a display with a menu in which you can find this information.

The last step is to connect your device.  The network should show under the list of available WiFi devices in your smartphone, laptop, or tablet.  Click on the network, choose to connect, and enter the password.  You should normally only connect your device once.

As with any router, the closer your phone or laptop is to the router the better and faster the connection will be.  

If you’re using the Pocket WiFi device daily I would advise charging it every evening.

Lake Kawaguchiko Fall Colors Mt. Fuji Japan
Fall Foliage at Lake Kawaguchiko

Pocket WiFi in Japan – The details

Below is an in-depth overview of the different Pocket WiFi devices that can be rented.

Lucky (SoftBank) WiFi  – booked through Rakuten 

Lucky WiFi makes use of the SoftBank network, similar to that other trusted brand in Japan, Ninja WiFi. The device is also similar to that used by Ninja WiFi.  The battery should last for an impressive 24 hours with continuous use.

The booking must be made at least 4 days in advance.

Pick-up / Drop-off: The WiFi device will be shipped to your designated address.  It comes with a return envelope so you can mail it back on the day of your departure.

Duration: Anywhere between 1 day and unlimited days. 
You start by selecting an initial duration between 1 and 14 days.   If you need more days you can add 1 or more additional packages of 10, 20 or 30 days in the fourth step.

Speed: 4G LTE with an advertised download speed of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed of 50 Mbps

Fair usage policy: If you exceed 3GB per day the speed will be reduced

Simultaneous connections: Up to 15 simultaneous connections at once

Compensation fees: No information is given

 650 Japanese Yen/day 

Click here for more information and to order your Ninja WiFi device:
Lucky WiFi Pocket WiFi

Ninja (SoftBank) WiFi  – booked through Klook

Ninja WiFi is a trusted brand in Japan, they consistently get good reviews and offer support in English and Japanese. Their devices make use of the Softbank network. The battery of the device should last for approximately 9 hours with normal use.

The booking must be made at least 4 days in advance.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up and return locations in all major airports. (Narita airport, Haneda airport, Kansai airport, and more…. ) Pick-up and return are always free.  It’s possible to collect the device in one airport and return it to another.  When you order the device you’re requested to add your flight details and when and where you want to collect and return the device.

Duration: Anywhere between 1 day and 90 days.

Speed: 4G LTE with an advertised download speed of up to 187,5 Mbps and upload speed of 37.5 Mbps

Fair usage policy: If you exceed 3GB per day the speed will be reduced

Simultaneous connections: Up to 5 simultaneous connections at once

Compensation fees: If you lose the related equipment listed below, you will be charged the following fees.

WiFi router: 42,000 JPY
USB cable: 540 JPY
Special pouch: 1,080 JPY
Charge cable: 1,080 JPY

 777 Japanese Yen/day 

Click here for more information and to order your Ninja WiFi device:
Ninja WiFi Device

Selfie pictures Japan

H.I.S unlimited pocket WiFi (booked through GetYourGuide)

This portable WiFi device for Japan can conveniently be ordered through GetYourGuide with free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance. 

The device connects to the Softbank network which covers 99% of Japan (population-based).  The battery of the device should last for approximately 8 hours with normal use.

Over more than 300 reviews this device gets a raving score of 4.8/5.

For the device to be sent to your hotel or hostel you need to order it at least 3 days in advance.  It is also possible to place your order closer to your arrival date but then you will need to collect the device at the office in Harajuku.

Pick-up / Drop-off: The device will be waiting for you at the hotel or hostel that you provide during the booking.  The device cannot be delivered to AirBnB or private addresses, if you’re staying in an Airbnb you can collect the pocket WiFi at the H.I.S. office in Harajuku. The package will contain a prepaid envelope that you can use to return the device at the end of your trip.

Duration: Anywhere between 3 days and 100 days.

Speed: 4G LTE speed with an advertised download speed of up to 187,5 Mbps and upload speed of 37.5 Mbps

Fair usage policy: I’ve contacted H.I.S to inform about their fair usage policy and they informed me that the usage is truly unlimited with no limits on the amount of data you can use at high speed.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 10 simultaneous connections at once

Compensation fees: A flat fee of 25,000 JPY applies to lost devices.

The price is variable and ranges in between 253 JPY/Day to 1.166 JPY/Day depending on the length of your rental.

For a 2 or 3 week rental the price ranges in between 465 and 553 Japanese Yen/day.

Click here for more information and to order your unlimited Pocket WiFi device:
Unlimited Pocket WiFi

Odawara Castle Hakone Japan
Odawara Castle

Mobal WiFi device 

Mobal is an American company specializing in communication solutions for international travelers. 

They have WiFi devices for long-term stays with a monthly plan.  The initial contract is for 3 months.  If you cancel your contract before these 3 months you have to pay a termination fee of 3000 JPY.

They have a very informative website and offer English support in case you have any additional questions. When we contacted them they got back to us within 2 hours.

The device can connect to the Softbank, Docomo, and AU networks, meaning you will have excellent coverage wherever you go.  The battery lasts 10 to 12 hours.

It’s best to place your order 5 days in advance as this is how long it can take to ship it to your destination.

Pick-up / Drop-off: The device will be shipped to your address in Japan and is yours to keep after 3 months.  If you cancel your plan within the first 3 months you have to return the device.

Duration: Starting from 3 months (you can cancel before these 3 months but that will impose a early termination fee)

Speed: download speed of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed of 50 Mbps.

Fair usage policy:  After 100GB in a calendar month the speed will be reduced to 384 kbps.  The threshold will be reset on the 1st of each month.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 10 simultaneous connections

Compensation fees: There’s a 12-month warranty and a money-back guarantee in case you’re not satisfied.

 4,980 JPY/Month (3-month minimum / 3,000 JPY early-termination fee if canceled earlier)

Click here for more information and to order your Fon Wifi Device:
Mobal WiFi device

Geisha, Japan
Geisha

Fon WiFi device 

Fon is a well-known international wireless company.  Fon started offering wireless services in Spain in 2006 and is today active in more than 15 countries.  They have a partnership with Softbank and Au in Japan.

You can choose between two different devices, both have insanely fast connection speeds.  This is how they compare:

 W05601HW
Networkau WiMax 2.0Softbank 4G LTE
Connection SpeedUp to 758MbpsUp to 612Mbps
Battery lasts9 hours6 hours
Fair Usage Policy10GB over the course of 3 consecutive daysNone
Simultaneous connections1013
Price1,000 JPY/day900 JPY/day
Order this deviceOrder this device

Both speeds are amazingly fast and it must be said that these speeds will only be reached in optimal conditions. 

Still, if you only achieve half of this speed, it will still be sufficient for any day-to-day use.

In terms of network, Softbank is seen as more reliable than Au.

This is mostly because Au uses frequencies that result in less good coverage inside of buildings or underground.

WiMax 2.0 is only available in Japan’s major cities.  Outside these cities, the device will fall back to WiMax which is considerably slower.  The 601HW device will be better if you want to have a fast connection speed across the whole of Japan.

For both devices, the booking must be made at least 3 days in advance.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up and return locations in all major airports. (Narita airport, Haneda airport, Kansai airport, and more…. ) Pick-up and return are always free.  It’s possible to collect the device in one airport and return it to another.  When you order the device you’re requested to add your flight details and when and where you want to collect and return the device.

Duration: Anywhere between 1 day and unlimited days.

Speed: These devices have extreme fast connection speeds because they use multi-channel WiMax connections.  Don’t worry about the technical details, just know that depending on which device you would take you will enjoy download speeds of 612Mbps or 758Mbps.

Fair usage policy: The W05 device has a fair usage policy in place.  If during any 3 consecutive days you use more than 10GB of data your speed may be temporarily reduced.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 10 or 13 simultaneous connections at once depending on which device you choose

Compensation fees: In case of malfunctions you will need to bear the costs of repair.  If the device is damaged beyond repair you will be charged 42,000 JPY to replace it. During the rental process, you can choose to take out insurance that fully covers these costs.

601HW: 900 JPY/Day 

W05: 1,000 JPY/Day

Click here for more information and to order your Fon Wifi Device:
Fon WiFi device

Use your permanent internet connection to share crazy Japanese experiences instantly with your friends at home. (Robot Restaurant in Tokyo)

Sakura Mobile

Sakura Mobile is a Japanese company that specializes in wireless service for all who are visiting Japan. 

They have simple and cost-effective solutions with English support for both short-term and long-term visits.

The short-term plans can be used for rentals for up to 90 days. 

If you need the device longer you can use one of the long-term plans. 

If you apply for one of these long-term plans you will need to provide your passport details during the ordering process or you can choose to collect the device at Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, or Kansai International Airport where you will then need to present your passport.

 Short-term: UnlimitedLong-term: S PlanLong-term: M PlanLong-term: Home Plan
NetworkDocomo 4G LTEDocomo 4G LTEDocomo 4G LTEDocomo 4G LTE
Connection SpeedUp to 20MbpsUp to 20MbpsUp to 20MbpsUp to 1Gbps
Battery lasts15 hours15 hours15 hours15 hours
Fair Usage PolicyNone10GB/Month30GB/MonthUnlimited
Simultaneous connections15151515
PriceStarts at 299 JPY/day (for 90 days, for shorter plans the price/day is more expensive)3,480 JPY/month (+ tax) + a one-time activation fee of 5,500 JPY4,980 JPY/month (+ tax) + a one-time activation fee of 5,500 JPY6,480 JPY/month (+ tax) + a one-time activation fee of 5,500 JPY

All rentals must be made at least 3 days in advance. If you need the device faster you can request express shipping for a fee.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up locations in all major airports and you can also have your device shipped to postal offices, a friend’s house, your hotel or an Airbnb location.  It’s also possible to collect the device in the Sakura Mobile office in Shinjuku.

You will get a prepaid envelope together with your pocket Wifi device that you can use to return it at the end of your stay.

Duration: The short-term plans can be used for rentals of 2 to 90 days. If you need your device longer you can apply for one of the long-term plans.

Speed: All plans use the same device which can handle connection speeds up to 20Mbps.

Fair usage policy: All plans have a fair usage policy except for the unlimited plan (see table above). If you exceed the fair usage policy your data speed will be temporarily reduced to 200 Kbps.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 15 simultaneous connections at once

Compensation fees: This is the fee you will need to pay if you break or lose any of the items. Optional insurance covers 70% of these costs.

Pocket WiFi: JPY 30,000
AC adapter: JPY 2,000
USB cable: JPY 1,000
Portable case: JPY 1,000
Extra portable battery: JPY 5,000

The prices for the short-term plan are variable and range between 299 JPY/day to 2,450 JPY/day.  The longer you rent the lower your daily price.

Click here for more information and to order your Sakura Mobile WiFi Device:
Sakura Mobile WiFi Device

Japan Wireless WiFi device Japan
A Japan Wireless set rented in 2015

Japan Wireless Pocket WiFi device

Japan Wireless is Japan’s trusted brand for wireless solutions since 2013.  They have been recognized by Lonely Planet as Japan’s most reliable pocket WiFi provider.

With your rental, you will receive a compact carrying pouch and every rental also comes with a backup mobile battery ( a power bank) for free! An instruction manual is also included which explains how to connect to the pocket WiFi device. You will probably never need it as the steps are very straightforward…  You just need to switch on the device and connect your phone.  

 Premium (501HW)Business
NetworkSoftbank 4G LTESoftbank 4G LTE
Connection SpeedUp to 187MbpsUp to 95Mbps
Battery lasts20 hours (with free power bank)18,5 hours
(with free power bank)
Fair Usage PolicyNoneNone
Simultaneous connections105
Price
The longer your rental, the cheaper the day price becomes.
603 JPY/day - 3,160 JPY/day568 JPY/day - 2,570 JPY/day

You can use our special promotional couponJWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.

All rentals made at least 3 days in advance are shipped for free. If you need the device faster you can request express shipping for a fee of 500 JPY.

Pick-up / Drop-off: There’re pick-up locations in all major airports and you can also have your device shipped to postal offices, a friend’s house, your hotel, or an Airbnb location. Alternatively, you can collect your device in the office in Shibuya or Ueno.

Regarding airports: The order page is very user-friendly and lists the opening hours along with the pick-up places. Make sure to choose a location that will be open at your arrival time.  It is best to provide at least another 2 hours after your scheduled arrival time in case of delays, queues at immigration, etc.

You will get a prepaid envelope together with your pocket Wifi device that you can use to return it at the end of your stay.

Duration: There is no limit to the number of days you can rent the devices. The longer you rent the device the cheaper the day price becomes.  If you rent for more than 30 days the day price will be even less than what is shown in the above table.  For rentals longer than 5 months you can request a special long-term rate.

Speed:  The premium device achieves download speeds up to 187Mbps, for the business device the max download speed is 95 Mbps.

Fair usage policy: Both devices offer unlimited data at high speed. There is no fair usage policy so your connection will never be throttled down.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 10 simultaneous connections for the premium device and 5 for the business device.

Compensation fees: This is the fee you will need to pay if you break or lose any of the items. Optional insurance covers 75% of these costs.

Mobile-Wifi router (Premium Wi-Fi/ Business Wi-Fi):

  • Body (Including SIMcard) JPY 40,000
  • Back cover of Router JPY 2,000
  • Built-in Battery JPY 4,000
  • Mobile Battery JPY 2,000
  • AC adapter (plug-in): JPY 1,000
  • USB Cable JPY 1,000
  • Plastic Zipper Pouch JPY 1,000

The day prices become cheaper the longer that you rent the device.  

For 2 weeks the Premium device costs 11,050 JPY and the business device 9,980 JPY.

For 3 weeks the Premium device costs 14,150 JPY and the business device 13,080 JPY.

You can use our special promotional coupon “JWWAPITITRAVEL”  to take an additional 15% off the price.

Click here for more information and to order your Japan Wireless WiFi Device:
Japan Wireless WiFi Device

Golden Temple KinkakuJi, Kyoto, Japan
Golden Temple in Kyoto

Ninja WiFi device (booked through Viator)

Ninja WiFi is a trusted brand in Japan, they consistently get good reviews and offer support in English and Japanese.

Their devices make use of the Softbank network.

All rentals must be made at least 2 days in advance. 

Pick-up / Drop-off: The device can be picked up and returned at the international terminal of Haneda airport (Ninja WiFi Counter).

Duration: The devices can be rented for 3 to 30 days.

Speed:4G LTE with an advertised download speed of up to 187,5 Mbps and upload speed of 37.5 Mbps

Battery life: 9 hours + approx. 9 hours extra with the power bank.

Fair usage policy: If you exceed 3GB per day the speed will be reduced.

Simultaneous connections: Up to 10 simultaneous connections at once.

Compensation fees: A fee of up to 420 USD can be charged in case the device is broken or lost.

The prices are variable but always range around 737 JPY/day.

Click here for more information and to order your Telecom Square Mobile WiFi Device:
Tokyo Haneda

 

Conclusion

Staying connected in Japan is priceless and the best way to do so is by using a pocket WiFi device.  Once you’re online you will be able to navigate the cities with Google Maps and look up great, and non-touristy, places to eat.  You will even be able to shop like a local with the very helpful Payke app.

It really helped us to travel deeper and get a better, less touristy experience of Japan.

There’re many providers and all of them have slightly different options.  Because we found it difficult to choose the best device ourselves, we put quite a bit of work in this overview to help you choose the best device for your needs.

All information is accurate at the time of writing (October 2022).

We will regularly update this article but if you notice any changes we would appreciate it if you let us know so we can update our post.

Enjoy Japan!