Mobile Wifi

Public Wi-Fi (Free Wi-Fi) Hotspots

Public Wi-Fi for free use have become more and more readily available. Tourists will encounter these networks at airports, major railway stations. Most of Public WiFi require cumbersome advance registrations, short term access on an hourly and limited to specific devices (Smartphone, iPhone).

Paid Wi-Fi Hotspots

Paid Wi-Fi hotspots are avaible, A one-day pass typically costs around 500-800 yen and gives you access. You can use all devices not only smartphones but also laptops and some services require a Japanese credit card.

Prepaid / Rental SIM card

To use prepaid / Rental SIM cards, your device has to meet requirements.
Your device must be UNLOCKED.
The device must support one of the following frequency
4G(LTE) : Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 19 (800MHz), Band 21 (1500MHz)
3G(W-CDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA): Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 19 (800MHz)

In Japan,frequency bands is not the same all places.
Your device does not suppurt freaquency of place, you might not get connected.

If you are not familiar with phone settings, Rental Portable WiFi is one of choice.
Portable (Mobile) wifi can be picked up airport counters , or arrangements can be made for delivery to your accommodation in Japan.

There are 5 major network for Rental WiFi.

docomo

The largest network coverage! Usable in various places, even in subways! docomo's mobile Wi-Fi uses their network, which covers the largest areas in Japan and is stable and consistent. With their network, you can connect with the internet even you are in buses, trains, and subways. Although they don't offer any unlimited data plans, considering using it mainly for SNS or Google Maps, their offerings are just sufficient for your needs.

WiMAX

Unlimited data, recommended for use in urban areas! UQ WIMAX offers a plan, allowing you to use the data up to 3GB in 3 days. It is well connected in urban areas, however, it may have trouble in some rural areas yet. You don't have to worry about it too much if your connection is limited after you over the data capacity. Because their official website announces that even in that situation, they offer the internet speed allowing you to watch YouTube relatively smooth.

Y!mobile

Unlimited data, recommended for use in urban areas! Y!mobile offers a service called unlimited data advanced mode, which is available only with devices compatible with it. It enables you to connect with the internet without worrying about the data capacity and the transmission speed. Although the service does not available in many rural areas yet, you can use it in urban areas without any problems. Regular mode covers area wider than that of with the advanced mode, however, if you over the data capacity of 7GB, the transmission speed decreases to 128kbps. Note that if you change the mode to the advanced in that situation, the speed does not be changed until that month is over.

KDDI

Unlimited data, covering local areas! KDDI is a parent company of WiMAX, and accordingly you can use the 4G LTE by au in the areas covered by WiMAX 2+, which is wider than that of by WiMAX. Also the downloading speed becomes faster accordingly. If you go to local areas, the trouble of unconnected with the internet will be decreased as you can use WiFi via the network by KDDI.

Softbank

Unlimited data, covering local areas! SoftBank is a parent company of Y!mobile, and they offer the network wider than Y!mobile's. Available with the areas compatible with 4G LTE, and the data communication is available in the areas as wide as ones offered by docomo and au. Some WiFi routers provided by SoftBank offer unlimited data services, and which are said not to be limited on the data much. However, they offer only a few as a rental service for travelers.

Contact Us

ProviderdocomoWiMAXY!mobileKDDISoftbank7 daysShipping + Handling
CDJapan Rental 3150 540 JPY
eConnect Japan 4856 790 JPY
Sakura Mobile 5100 890 JPY
Global Advanced Commnication 5500 0 JPY
Ninja WiFi 6300 1000 JPY
WIFI-HIRE 5580 1080 JPY
Japan Wireless 5550 500 JPY
PuPuRu WiFi 4200 800 JPY
Wi-Fi RENTAL Store 3150 1620 JPY
Japan Mobile Rental 10500 2000 JPY
Rental Wifi 5530 0 JPY
JAPAN WIFI 5896 500 JPY
Tocoo! Wifi Rental 3500 1500 JPY
Japan-wifi 4880 0 JPY
Japan WIFI Rental 5250 1000 JPY
BLANK 4560 0 JPY
WIFIjp 5900 1000 JPY
ANYFi 4440 1080 JPY
Japan Wifi Buddy 4368 0 JPY
Sapporo WiFi Rental 3402 1500 JPY
Japan Rail Pass 6150 0 JPY
JCB GLOBAL WIFI 4536 1000 JPY

In Japan, public WiFi networks are very hard to use because they have lots of restrictions such as requiring registration and limited availability on areas and period of time. They are very secure, but it is not usable at all.
Considering connecting to the internet when you go out, it surely is handy if you purchase a SIM card or rent it. However, you have to understand its setting and the device's frequency compatibility in Japan before use.
So, here we put renting a WiFi router as the most easiest way.

Connecting with the internet using a mobile phone for about 2 hours

docomo's network is recommended as not much data is needed to use the net mainly for SNS or Google Maps. It can be connected in the very large areas, including even in subways and in rural areas. Plus, with such regular plans, many are available with reasonable prices as they are not unlimited data plans.

Use for 2 or 3 People

docomo's WiFi service is sufficient for single use, however, there might be short on the data capacity for use for 2 or 3 people. For multiple-use, it would be reasonable to select unlimited data plans. However, you have to check the areas available with unlimited data plans as some sightseeing spots are not available with it.

About Unlimited Data Plans

Even if you select the unlimited data plan, it might not suit purposes of watching movies online or playing games for a long time. However, unlimited data plan offers the data capacity well enough to use the internet mainly for SNS or Google Maps for 2 or 3 people. Networks are stable to use in major cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. If you go to rural cities, you had better to make an inquiry with a rental company before you actually visit.




CDJapan Rental

CDJapan Rental

A rental service provider of data SIM and portable WiFi...

eConnect Japan

eConnect Japan

They sell prepaid SIM cards and offer a rental service of...

Sakura Mobile

Sakura Mobile

A rental service provider of data SIM and portable WiFi...

Global Advanced Commnication

Global Advanced Commnication

Global Advanced Communications is a long-established rental...

Ninja WiFi

Ninja WiFi

NINJA WiFi is a rental service provider of portable WiFi...

WIFI-HIRE

WIFI-HIRE

A provider offering a WiFi rental service. They uses the...

Japan Wireless

Japan Wireless

A rental service providing WiFi routers by Y!mobile and...

PuPuRu WiFi

PuPuRu WiFi

You can rent a WiFi router covering a large areas compatible...

Wi-Fi RENTAL Store

Wi-Fi RENTAL Store

A well recognized company as a WiFi rental service to...

Japan Mobile Rental

Japan Mobile Rental

A WiFi rental provider using the networks by NTT DoCoMo and...

Rental Wifi

Rental Wifi

A WiFi rental provider using the networks by NTT DoCoMo and...

JAPAN WIFI

JAPAN WIFI

You can pick it up and return it at airports. As some...

Tocoo! Wifi Rental

Tocoo! Wifi Rental

A rare company renting a car and a WiFi router while selling...

Japan-wifi

Japan-wifi

They offers a WiFi rental service with areas covered by...

Japan WIFI Rental

Japan WIFI Rental

They offers a WiFi rental service with areas covered by...

BLANK

BLANK

They rent a battery charger along with a WiFi router with...

WIFIjp

WIFIjp

They offers WiFi routers compatible with the areas covered by...

ANYFi

ANYFi

They offers WiFi routers compatible with the areas covered by...

Japan Wifi Buddy

Japan Wifi Buddy

JapanWifiBuddy offers the simplest ordering process with the...

Sapporo WiFi Rental

Sapporo WiFi Rental

A WiFi rental provider specializing in Hokkaido. Their rental...

Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass provide Rental Pocket wifi service. You can...

JCB GLOBAL WIFI

JCB GLOBAL WIFI

JCB Global Wifi offer one pocket WIFI using softbank...