Which Pocket WiFi Rental Company is the Best in Japan 2019?

Comparing pocket WiFi rental prices, data usage amount, data speed, battery life and how easy the services are.

Which Pocket WiFi Rental Company is the Best in Japan?

Wondering which pocket WiFi rental company you should choose in Japan? A pocket WiFi is one of the most important items to travel Japan. Let’s compare the prices, device specs and other services.


A pocket WiFi is one of the most important items if you travel abroad now. You can’t help but use SNSs like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, search with Google Maps and talk with WhatsApp and WeChat. It’s hard to travel foreign countries smoothly without the Internet.

I’d like to find out which pocket WiFi rental company is the best in Japan for you to take it with the best deal. Spend your travel budget wisely.

Here are the comparisons of 7 popular pocket WiFi rental companies in Japan. Rental rates, data usage amount, data speed, battery life, delivery speed and how easy to pick up and return are compared under the same condition:

Pick-up Location: Airport

Rental Term: 7 days

Option: Extra mobile battery

These 7 pocket WiFi rental companies allow you to pick up a WiFi unit at your hotel, but quite a few people think it’s too difficult to get to their hotels from airports without it. So I believe that pick-up at arrival airports is the most agreeable option.

I think an extra mobile battery is as necessary as a pocket WiFi router. If you connect the Internet all day, the battery of the WiFi router is fully drained. What do you think if you run out of the battery and cannot search the restaurant for dinner? Take one mobile battery at least in Japan.

*The information in this article is the one as of July, 2019.



1st. Japan Wireless

 

Japan Wireless

 

1. Japan Wireless
Rate ★★★★ 5,180 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 187.5Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★★★★ Completely
Unlimited
Battery Life ★★★★☆ 10 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★★★ 1 Day Before

 

Rate: 5,180 yen (7 days rental fee 5,980 yen + Shipping fee 500 yen – Discount 1,300)

(The latest information: special discount for 300 yen is available for every customer now as of July, 2019 and here is the exclusive 1,000 yen discount coupon only for our readers!)

Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: Completely Unlimited

Battery: 10 hours continuous use

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

Japan Wireless is the most recommended pocket WiFi company in Japan, achieving over 200,000 rentals to customers from all over the world. It has 2 kinds of WiFi routers, and both are completely unlimited 4G LTE data usage plans. You can literally use the 4G Internet without data limitation. For faster data speed, longer battery, and wider coverage, Premium Wi-Fi is more recommended.

It offers an extra mobile battery for free and you are never charged for a cancellation fee before shipping if you want to cancel for any reasons. Make a reservation at ease.

Coupon code: JWWMAUTUMN19

 


2. SUSHI Wi-Fi

 

SUSHI Wi-Fi

 

2. SUSHI Wi-Fi
Rate ★★★★☆ 6,092 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 187Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★★★★ Unlimited
Battery Life ★★☆☆ 5 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★★★ 1 Day Before

 

Rate: 6,092 yen (7 days rental fee 5,092yen+Shipping fee 1,000 yen)

Data Speed: 187Mbps(Down Max)/TBD(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: Unlimited

Battery: 5 hours

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order:1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

SUSHI Wi-Fi also offers pocket WiFi rentals with the unlimited data usage plan, and you can get a 10% discount if you place an order 1 month before your rental date (the information is as of July, 2019). There is a special rate plan for long-term rentals over 3 months. The same-day delivery is available under a certain condition while it takes an extra fee.

 


3. Pupuru WiFi

 

Pupuru WiFi

 

3. Pupuru WiFi
Rate ★★★★ 5,670 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 187.5Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★★★★ Unlimited*
Battery Life ★★★☆☆ 8 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★ 3 Days Before

 

Rate: 5,670 yen (7 days rental fee 4,650yen + Extra mobile battery 700 yen + tax)

(The latest information: shipping fee is for free as of July, 2019)

Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: Unlimited*

*From the standpoint of quality network maintenance and fair use of radio waves, data speed of the device will be limited in the case of large-capacity communication that occupies an extremely severe network (according to the website).

Battery: 8 hours

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order: 3 Days Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

There are two 4G LTE unlimited plans in Pupuru WiFi: the Hi-Speed plan good for city areas and the Broad-Coverage plan good for suburban areas. The latter one is a little more expensive thanthe Hi-Speed plan. This WiFi rental company also lends the translator device POCKETALK for 400 yen per day.

 

 

4. NINJA WiFi

 

NINJA WiFi

 

4. NINJA WiFi
Rate ★★★☆☆ 7,560 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 187.5Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★★★ Unlimited*
Battery Life ★★★☆☆ 9 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★ Pick-up and Return at Counters in Airports
Last Minute Order  ★★★★★ 1 Day Before

 

Rate: 7,560 yen (7 days rental fee 6,300yen + Extra mobile battery 700 yen + tax)

Data Speed: 187.5Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: Unlimited*

*Please be aware that exceeding 10GB in a day can result in a loss of speed and possibly a temporary loss of connection (according to the website).

Battery: 9 hours

Pick-up and Return: You can pick up and return at NINJA WiFi counters in major international airport for the free option. Delivery services are also available with extra fees.

Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

There are two 4G LTE plans in NINJA WiFi: unlimited usage and 1 GB per day. The Unlimited Plan has no limitation of data usage, however, its connection may be lost after using 3GB in a day according to its website. The WiFi company also serves translation devices such as ili and POCKETALK.

 


5. Wi-Fi Rental Store

 

Wi-Fi Rental Store

 

5. Wi-Fi Rental Store
Rate ★★★★
5,120 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 612Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★ 20GB/Month
Battery Life ★★☆☆ 3-4 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★★★ 1 Day Before

 

Rate: 5,120 yen (7 days rental fee 3,150yen + Shipping fee 1,080 yen + Pick-up handling fee 540 yen + Extra mobile battery 350 yen)

Data Speed: 612Mbps(Down Max)/37.5Mbps(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: 20 GB/month

Battery: 3–4 hours

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

Wi-Fi Rental Store serves 4G pocket WiFi with the cheapest plan of the 7 WiFi rental companies. Its latest model device also has the fastest data speed 612Mbps (Download). If you want to use WiFi a lot of time, please note there is a data usage limitation (20 GB per month).

 


6. Global Advanced Communications

 

Global Advanced Communications

 

6. Global Advanced Communications
Rate ★★★☆☆ 6,850 yen
Data Speed ★★★★★ 150Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★★★ Unlimited*
Battery Life ★★★★☆ 10 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★★ 2 Days Before

 

Rate: 6,850 yen (7 days rental fee 6,150 yen + Extra mobile battery 700 yen)

Data Speed: 150Mbps(Down Max)/10Mbps(Up Max)

Data Usage Amount: Unlimited*

*Even though we are advertising that the WiFi doesn’t have data usage limitation, practically, in case you constantly consume the data usage over 5G bytes within one day, the carrier may slow down the communication line based on its fair use policy (according to the website).

Battery: 10 hours of continuous use

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order: 2 Days Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

Global Advanced Communications offer a few plans: Super Premium Pocket Wifi, PremiumPocket Wifi and Standard Pocket Wifi, and a long-term plan (from 120 days). For example, the information of Premium Wifi is like above. An extra mobile battery is provided for 100 yen per day. They don’t provide any loss/damage insurance and they recommend to take travel insurance with your travel agency or credit card.

 


7. Sakura Mobile

 

Sakura Mobile

 

7. Sakura Mobile
Rate ★★☆☆ 11,221 yen
Data Speed ★★☆☆☆ Around 20Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount  ★★☆☆☆ 3GB/Day
Battery Life ★★★★ 20 hours
Pick-up & Return  ★★★★★ Pick-up at Hotels/Airports
Return at Post boxes anywhere
Last Minute Order  ★★★★★ 1 Day Before

 

Rate: 11,221 yen (7 days rental fee 8,990yen + Extra mobile battery 1,400 yen + tax)

Data Speed: Around 20 Mbps

Data Usage Amount: 3 GB/day

Battery: 20 hours

Pick-up and Return: You can just pick up at Airports/Hotels and use a pre-paid return envelope to drop it off into post boxes anywhere in Japan. The return envelope is provided with a WiFi unit.

Last Minute Order: 1 Day Before (It depends on your pick-up location and the season)

Wi-Fi Rental Store offers three 4G pocket WiFi plans with the different data usage limitations: 300 MB, 600 MB and 3GB per day. If you connect to the WiFi to use the Internet in many ways including watching movies and talking through Skype and other VoIPs, the Lite Plan and Regular Plan may not be enough for you. There are also SIM cards available.

 


Should you take an insurance?

Do you worry about loss or damage of your pocket WiFi? You just maybe drop a WiFi router on the ground or have it stolen though Japan is a safer country. Some companies offer insurance options which cover full compensation or a part of it like 50%, 75%.

Just in case, it is recommended to take an insurance to avoid being charged for much more expensive compensation fee than the amount of WiFi rental fee.

Conclusion

  1. Japan Wireless 2. SUSHI Wi-Fi 3. Pupuru WiFi 4. NINJA WiFi 5. Wi-Fi Rental Store 6. Global Advanced Communications 7. Sakura Mobile
Rate 5,180 yen 6,092 yen 5,670 yen 7,560 yen 5,120 yen 6,850 yen 11,221 yen
Data Speed 187.5Mbps
(Download)
187Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
187.5Mbps
(Download)
612Mbps
(Download)
150Mbps
(Download)
Around 20Mbps
(Download)
Data Usage Amount Completely
Unlimited
Unlimited Unlimited* Unlimited* 20GB/Month Unlimited* 3GB/Day
Battery Life 10 hours 5 hours 8 hours 9 hours 3-4 hours 10 hours 20 hours
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 and Return at Counters in Airports 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 1 Day Before 1 Day Before 3 Days Before 1 Day Before 1 Day Before 2 Days Before 1 Day Before

 

The best pocket WiFi depends on what you want to do with WiFi in Japan, however, it is definitely better to choose the unlimited data usage at an affordable rate. And, east pick-up and return services will help you in the strange country. Take a wonderful trip to Japan staying connected with useful pocket WiFi devices!!


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