Updated 11 Apr 2016
In our Japan Travel Group site, we have also consolidated reviews/comments made by our members, and shared them with you here, so that you can make an informed decision when choosing the product.
A) Pocket WIFI ( Reviews, comments from Japan Travel Group members)
After making your booking on line, most (if not all) of the Service Providers below would arrange for the Pocket WIFI to be delivered straight to your hotel. Very convenient. And at the end of your stay, you can return it at the Airport or ask your hotel to return it for you.
1. Pupuru Pocket Wifi : http://www.pupuru.com/en/
2. Softbank Wifi http://www.softbank-rental.jp/e/rental.phpReview of Pupuru, Tiffany Cu http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/pupuru-po ... al-review/
3. eConnect Wifi https://www.econnectjapan.com
4. Global Advanced Communications http://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/Nate D Iz "i traveled with 2 others and we used https://www.econnectjapan.com/products"
Gnaiyim Ng Choi "I used Econnect, it was very good"
5. Wifi Rental Store http://en.wifi-rental-store.jp/Crystal Low "I believe most do have the option to send to hotels. Last 2 years I rented mine from (GAC) "
Karrie Nodalo-Nipal "I highly recommended this pocket wi-fi we used in Japan" https://www.facebook.com/camerakarrie/p ... 32/?type=1
Nor Erxmeeza Erdayu "Recommended. Been using it everytime im visiting japan."
Toto Guerrero "Me too"
Richard Lin "I'd rented mobile WiFi with Global Advanced Comms. Good customer service, good network coverage, practically hassle free pickup and return procedures, very happy with them.
Sheryl Simon "try pupuru or globaladvancedcomm site...rented from the latter and pick it up at narita airport...order extra batt...very useful and fast..."
Sandra Davies "I hired the Regular Pocket WiFi 75MBPS through Global Advanced Communications. I went through this company after reading reviews from (this article), so thank you for having that helped a lot. The company also provided a tracking number for the parcel if you want to track it "
Brett Garcia "I am renting a pocket wifi device from Global Advanced Communications while I'm there. The only SIM cards you can buy are data only (no texting/calling unless you do it over wifi using Skype or Line or a similar app). Japanese 4G bands are different than ours in the US and from what I've read on the SIM cards, the service can be spotty which is why I'm just going to rely on the pocket wifi and take my US Nexus 6. "
6. Rakuten http://item.rakuten.co.jp/mobile-gate/gp02_1mouth/ (in Japanese)John-Rey Macatuggal "I do like the service here."
Stanley Ng "I used this, had them send to my hotel"
Ellie Kohno "I rented one from mobile-gate for 5000yen/mo. Check out Rakuten shops online for best deals. The portable wifi can connect up to 10 devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop, etc) and can be shared with people traveling with you. For two weeks it is about 4000 yen. Unlimited GB"
7. Rentalfone Wifi http://www.rentafonejapan.com/.
8. Japan wireless http://japan-wireless.com/Choonb Tan "they send it to my hotel even I ordered 2 days before. 2nd time. Great service."
9. CD Japan http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/index_en_jpy_7.htmlHow does the package looks like ? https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 206643625/
Gina Rodriguez Nazario "we're happy with their service. Also, pick up and drop off are very convenient."
Mohd Nor Akram "If you have multiple gadgets just choose portable wifi. Japan Wireless has the cheapest rate so far."
Albert Onizuka Lam "I'd vote for pocket wifi as well. Not only can you connect multiple devices, it runs on a separate battery (as compared to SIM card and using your phone as a hotspot, your phone batt will be dead in a couple of hours)" "Have been using them for the past 3-4 years. Easy collection from the airport's post office (or hotel of your choice) and easy return, just pack the device into the return envelope provided and drop it into a post box."
アミス ケネディ "I used Japan Wireless...It was more than adequate for my needs and it was only $54 for 10 days. And for three weeks, they are still quite cheap. It's not the fastest but it worked perfectly for me."
Dzulhaidy Abdul Rahim "I've only used japan-wireless a few times and i get the wifi delivered to my hotel/hostel prior to my arrival. I was charged for usage on the next day because my flight arrives in tokyo at midnight. It is very convenient and the speeds are good too.. the cost is cheaper than everyone else"
Sally Stanton Poutiatine "We used Japan Wireless pocket wifi in June and it worked perfectly! It was waiting for us at our hotel upon arrival and our hotel mailed it back for us when we left. The unit was easy to use, was perfect for 3 of us to share and was wonderful to have while we were on the go during the day. Would definitely use it again!"
Zac Levi Matulick "Japan wireless. Am using it as I.speak. Not one drop out or issue in the last 2 weeks"
Hellsbane Lyn " i highly recommend japan wireless too."
Paul Loong "I just used Japan wireless. The whole time was fully connected even at the hotel. They give you a power bank too."
Elektra Chan Guo Baobei "I order from cdjapan everytime"
B) Renting of Pocket WIFI from Airport
If you forgot to book on line, you can also rent a Pocket Wifi from all the Major Airports. Below are the links for Narita and KIX. But generally, it’s more expensive as compared to renting it via internet under Section A) above. You can also get your pocket wifi in your home country before you arrive.
- Narita Airport : http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/s ... vc_19.html
- KIX : http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/serv ... _list.html
- from Singapore Changi Airport : https://www.changirecommends.com/overse ... _form.aspx
- from Malaysia KLIA : http://www.travelrecommends.com/
C) PREPAID SIM CARD
1. So-net Prepaid SIM Card : http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/
Agi Schäfer "So-net is one of the easiest options. You can buy is from a machine at the airport 1 GB for 30 days (in most cases it only lasts 14 however)"
Benji Sun "if you're not using a lot of data (very little video streaming or heavy bandwidth games), then a prepaid sim card with a fixed amount of data should be good enough. http://www.so-net.ne.jp/prepaid/en/this SoNet one is on the 4G/LTE network with 3GB of data and 60 day limit costs around 6000-6500yen+tax, and if you do run out recharging isn't very expensive per GB."
2. SIM Card Rental Company http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/index_en_jpy_10.html
3. B Mobile. http://www.bmobile.ne.jp/payg_sim/trave ... japan.html
4. Sakura Mobile https://www.sakuramobile.jp/Camilla Yang "I bought a bmobile visitor sim and it costs about 3800 yen for 1GB or 14 days (whatever happens first). The signal was awesome, it worked even on the top of Fushimi Inari Shrine lol."
5. IIJMio. https://t.iijmio.jp/en/#service_overviewLagoon Tan "We used Sakura Mobile last year and was pretty good."
6. NTT Docomo
7. CD Rental Japan http://rental.cdjapan.co.jp/Raymond Lai "I bought a data sim from NTT Docomo and has been good during my trip to Japan "
Joe Leung " I used NTT DoCoMo prepaid SIM card, ordered on web and could pick up in airport / deliver to your hotel. I prefer SIM to pocket wifi because my wife can still communicate w me easily even we are not together."
Aaron Ong "their network is reliable (no disconnections whilst I was in Tokyo,Kyoto,Osaka and Hiroshima) , and also being one of the cheapest simcard rentals I have come across"
For SIM Card users, prior to leaving Japan, do the following so that your phone works at your home country
Christine Tan "delete the Docomo Sim APN downloaded in Japan prior to departure at airport, remove the sim & change to my country Sim card, type back the service provider APN"
D) WIFI Hotspot - $$$
Docomo with Premium Public Wifi Hotspot (900 Yen per week) : http://visitor.docomowifi.com/en/index.html.
Review : Tiffany Cu http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/docomo-wi ... pan-wi-fi/
E) WIFI Hotspot - FREE
Free Wifi are generally restricted to specific location (subway station, 7-11, Family Mart, Starbucks) or drop off frequently. You may need to register before use.
- Free for tourist 14 days. http://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/spe ... st003.html
- NTT http://www.ntt-bp.net/jcfw/about/index.html
- 7-11 http://7spot-info.jp/7spot-guidebook_info/
- Family Mart : http://www.family.co.jp/services/famimawi-fi/index.html (in Japanese)
- Starbucks http://starbucks.wi2.co.jp/pc/index_en.html
- At Train Station : JR East https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pdf/free_wifi_02_e.pdf Tokyo Metro http://mt.arepo-nttbp.net/tokyometro/en/guide.html
- Provided by the local city councils. Nagoya http://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/useful/wifi/ Osaka http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/wifi/ Kyoto http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/wifi/en/
Adrian Rohnfelder "In April I spent four weeks in Japan. At many many places free WIFI has been offered and every hotel, visitor center and even camp sites provided easy and free WIFI access! "
Mark Williams "Also almost every convenience store and most train/metro stations for free. If you're just staying in cities you won't really need it."
Mohd Nor Akram "Free Wi-Fi is not that stable, plus the access point are limited to near convenience store, shopping mall, train station and some public places. It is better to rent a portable Wi-Fi. The cheapest rate is Japan Wireless."
Kwok Lon Wei "Sharing a good wifi spot that's widely available. We used it in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Fukuoka and even Kumamoto. The SSID is .FREE_WIFI_PASSPORT first you need to set your mobile carrier to SoftBank. Then call *8180 and you will hear a 4 digit pin code. The login id will be your mobile phone number including the country code. You can share this login credentials with others to enjoy the free wifi. "
F) FREE INTERNET CONNECTION
Many Japanese hotels now offer free internet/wifi access inside the room or at hotel reception. You may want to check, before making your hotel booking.
G) Other useful articles on the Internet
1. The following Guide by Melissa Tolentino in Tsunagu is a very comprehensive guide on Pocket Wi-fi, SIM Card and Free Wi-fi in Japan. https://www.tsunagujapan.com/a-traveler ... -in-japan/
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essen ... ernet.html
H) Useful Mobile Applications for Japan Travel (compiled by Benji Sun)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 871688625/
Short url link for this page : http://www.tinyurl.com/FilesWireless