Many people rent pocket Wi-Fi to ensure a reliable Internet connection when traveling to Japan. In Japan, free Wi-Fi is not readily available, making it essential to either purchase a SIM card or eSIM or rent a Pocket Wi-Fi to stay connected. Recently, the number of eSIMs that can be used in Japan has been increasing, and many services are now offering them.
In particular, eSIMs are very convenient because the entire process from purchase to activation can be completed online,
However, when considering communication quality in Japan, Pocket Wi-Fi is the best option, especially for travelers using multiple devices or traveling with family and friends.
This article is geared towards those planning a short-term stay in Japan, typically within one month. Here, we introduce recommended Pocket Wi-Fi plans for such short durations.
Tips for Renting Pocket Wi-Fi in Japan
Pickup and Return
Before renting a Pocket Wi-Fi in Japan, it’s crucial to confirm the pickup and return procedures. If you rent from a store at the airport, note that the return process may be limited to the store’s operating hours. Online services, on the other hand, often offer delivery-based return options, allowing you to return the device from any location in Japan with a postal box. Of course, they can arrange to pick it up at the airport as well.
You should pay attention to the communication area (communication range) of the pocket Wi-Fi you plan to rent. In rural and mountainous areas of Japan, some networks may not provide a stable connection. There is no point in renting PocketWi-Fi if you cannot connect even if you have a large data capacity.
To ensure a stable connection throughout Japan, use PocketWi-Fi that uses SoftBank or Docomo networks.
While some companies offer unlimited data plans, it’s essential to read the fine print, as there may be speed restrictions. On average, 1GB per day is sufficient for most users. Consider your length of stay and the number of users or devices, selecting a data plan with 50GB or 100GB for a comfortable experience.
While renting from airport stores is convenient, the associated fees can be high due to airport-related costs. A recommended approach is to reserve a Pocket Wi-Fi online before arriving in Japan and pick it up at the airport post office. Online rentals are generally more cost-effective compared to airport stores. Post offices at the airport, being public services, do not incur additional fees, making it a great way to save on rental costs while ensuring the same quality of service.
By keeping these considerations in mind, you can choose a Pocket Wi-Fi that suits your needs, providing a reliable and affordable internet connection throughout your stay in Japan.
Recommended PocketW-Fi plans for short-term travelers to Japan
Pocket Wi-Fi plans that use the softbank network to connect anywhere in Japan
Softbank’s 100GB plan offered by Lightpocket.
This is a high-capacity and reasonably priced rental service.
Rental rates are quite low, starting at 5,000 yen for a 14-day plan.
Shipping costs are also more reasonable than other companies, so we recommend this service for its quality and price.
They also deliver to the airport and to the hotel where you are staying. You can return your Pocket Wi-Fi from anywhere in Japan.
This service is very popular among Japanese.
They too offer Softbank’s 100GB plan.
Rental rates start at 8260 yen for 14 days, which is in the general price range.
This service has a very large number of Japanese users.
NETAGE is another service that is not well known to travelers, but is a very popular Pocket Wi-Fi rental service among Japanese. They offer unlimited Softbank Pocket Wi-Fi, but their website also states that there is a limit, so it is best to rent a plan that ensures 100 GB is available.
Rental rates start at 9400 yen for 14 days, which is in the general price range.
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