Haneda International Airport continues to shed its image as Tokyo’s premier domestic airport, opting to schedule more arriving and departing international flights; and as it becomes more accessible to overseas touriss and business travelers, the airport continues to introduce services and amenities that can help you during your stay in Japan, like Pocket WiFi rentals and Data SIM Cards.
If you booked a plane ticket that will be arriving at Haneda, be sure to keep reading as we present the best deals for Haneda Airport WiFi rentals!
What we cover:
- Same-Day Pick Up vs. Booking Ahead
- Pocket WiFi vs. Data SIM Cards
- Comparing Haneda WiFi Rentals
- Comparing Haneda SIM Cards
- Rental pickups at the Haneda Airport’s JALABC Arrival Counter 2F
If you’re used to having easy access to the Internet, a Japan WiFi rental is a must-but what is the best way to get it? The two most popular ways available for international travelers flying into Haneda Airport are either picking up a Pocket WiFi rental at an airport service counter or renting a Pocket WiFi online before you depart for Japan and having it shipped to your hotel, Airbnb, hostel, airport luggage counter, etc.
While you may think that picking up a WiFi rental at Haneda is the easier option, you’ll want to consider that:
- Renting online is stress free.
If you’ve traveled overseas before, you know it can be a headache-flight delays, jet lag, immigration and customs, lost baggage, and language barriers to name a few. No matter how prepared you are before your flight, there’s always the possibility of something unexpected happening at the airport.
By renting your Pocket WiFi online before your trip and shipping it to your location of choice, you know exactly what you’ll get, where you can pick it up and how much it will cost.
- Renting online guarantees you’ll get a Pocket WiFi.
You may not be able to rent a Pocket WiFi if you plan to book it after you arrive at Haneda. That’s because rental counters carry limited quantities, which can quickly run out during peak travel seasons.
By renting your Pocket WiFi online before your trip, you never have to worry about understocked Haneda WiFi rental counters.
- Renting online is cheaper than booking a Pocket WiFi after you land in Japan.
Rarely can you find a better deal in Japan if you wait to book a WiFi router until after you land. This is because you pay a premium for convenience.
By renting your Pocket WiFi online before your trip, it’s easy to shop around and find the best deal and value for your money. In most cases, what you’ll find is that online WiFi rentals, like those from Sakura Mobile, offer better rental plans at a cheaper price.
When it comes to Haneda Airport WiFi rental, you have two options: Pocket WiFi and Data SIM Cards. Each has there pros and cons, which you can read more about here. If you already know what kind of device you want when you’re in Japan, then skip to the relevant Haneda Airport comparison below.
To help you know what kind of Pocket WiFi rental options Haneda has available, we’ve put together a detailed comparison of Haneda Airport WiFi rental plans. Before comparing plans, it’s important to understand the factors being compared.
When it comes to data caps, it’s best to have a rough estimate of how much data you will need per day. For most users, unlimited plans with high data caps sound great, but they often provide more data than what is needed during the trip. Also, these plans tend to be vague about what “unlimited” actually means.
Of the four major data network providers in Japan, NTT Docomo consistently provides wider coverage than any other network. In recent years Softbank has actively been working on improving their service and coverage, and are a top choice (read more about their coverage here). It’s worth noting that if you plan to stay within major cities like Tokyo or Osaka, all providers have adequate coverage, but for smaller cities and Japan’s countryside we definitely recommend that you book a Pocket WiFi that uses NTT Docomo or Softbank’s network.
It’s important to understand that the battery life listed in the WiFi router’s specs is for ideal situations. For example, a Pocket WiFi that has three hours of battery life, when used a lot, only actually has a battery life of an hour or an hour and a half at most.
Pocket WiFi lets you connect multiple devices to one router, which means that a group of people who share the same password can use it at the same time. This factor is important if you’re traveling solo with multiple WiFi-compatible devices or if you’re traveling with friends or family.
Japan continues to be a world leader in smartphone technology and as such the country offers some of the fastest data speeds currently available. All Haneda Airport WiFi rental plans compared here offer the same 4G LTE speed.
This is a term used to describe if your connection will slow down significantly once you reach your plan’s data cap. All Haneda Airport WiFi rental plans compared here have throttling, so you will want to consider data caps to know how much data you can use each day before your connection slows down.
Currently, all Haneda Airport WiFi plans require that you book ahead online, meaning that you will need to place your order before you depart for Japan if you want to have your Pocket WiFi as soon as you land. We were not able locate pre-order requirements for JAL ABC.
|Company||7-Day Price||Data Limit||Network||Battery Life||Device Connections||Data Speed||Throttling||Pre-order Required||Haneda Hours|
|Ninja WiFi||¥6,804 / 7 days||3 GB / day||Softbank||9h||14||4G LTE||Yes||1 day ahead||6:30-23:45 NINJA WIFI Counter 23:45-6:30 JALABC Counter|
|JAL ABC||¥9,030 / 7 days||?||Softbank||9h||5||4G LTE||Yes||?||JALABC Counter 2F 24 hours|
|WiFi Hire||¥6,660 / 7 days||?||Softbank||12h||10||4G LTE||Yes||2 days ahead||International Terminal 2F 6:30-23:45 JALABC Counter 23:45-6:30|
|Sakura Mobile||¥5,260 / 7 days||Lite 300 Mb / day||Softbank||20h||15||4G LTE||Yes||3 days ahead||JALABC Counter 2F 24 hours|
|¥6,685 / 7 days||Regular 600 Mb / day|
|¥9,709 / 7 days||Deluxe 3.0 GB / day|
Note: Regarding “Unlimited” data caps, we found the following company disclaimers when researching plans.
- WiFi Rental Store: “When large amount of data is used at a time, the communication can be restricted temporarily.”
- WiFi Hire: “Connection speed may be controlled for devices with unreasonably high amount of data usage.”
Below is a price comparison of Haneda WiFi rentals based on your length of stay in Japan.
|Company||Data Limit||Pick-up Fee||3-Day Rental||7-Day Rental||14-Day Rental||30-Day Rental|
|Ninja WiFi||3 GB / day||Free||¥2,916||¥6,804||¥13,608||¥29,160|
|WiFi Hire||?||¥540 pick-up fee + ¥540 return fee||¥3,760||¥6,660||¥9,780||¥14,580|
|Sakura Mobile||Lite 300 Mb / day||Free||¥3,996||¥5,260||¥6,800||¥12,366|
|Regular 600 Mb / day||¥4,806||¥6,685||¥8,480||¥16,513|
|Deluxe 3.0 GB / day||¥6,588||¥9,709||¥11,190||¥22,334|
When comparing plans, it’s important to check if the cheapest price gives you the best value. While Sakura Mobile isn’t the lowest priced Haneda WiFi rental, its competitive pricing offers flexible data plans, quality coverage, no hidden fees, 4G LTE speed, long battery life, English support, and much more!
For travelers who only need to connect a single smartphone or tablet while in Japan, often the best option is to go with a Data SIM Card instead of a Pocket WiFi. Note that your device must be unlocked for a Data SIM Card rental to work in Japan, which you can confirm with the service provider in your home country before departing.
Fixed Data SIM Card Rentals
Fixed data means no data caps and no throttling-your connection never slows down until you go through the full amount of data that you purchased. You need to pay more attention to your data use, but you also have the option to add more data with a “top up” if you run out too soon.
|Company||Expiration||Fixed Data Amount||Listed Price||Price per GB||Cut Off||Online Top Up||Network||Haneda Hours|
|Telecom Square||7 days||1.5 GB||¥3,780||¥2,520 / GB||Yes||No||NTT Docomo||6:00-23:00|
|30 days||3 GB||¥5,940||¥1,980 / GB|
|Iijmio||30 days||1 GB||¥ 2,656||¥2,656 / GB||Yes||No||NTT Docomo||JALABC Arrival Counter 2F 24h|
|So-net||30 days||1.2 GB||¥3,500||¥2,917 / GB||Yes||No||NTT Docomo||JALABC Arrival Counter 2F 24h|
|30 days||2.4 GB||¥4,500||¥1,875 / GB|
|60 days||3.2 GB||¥5,500||¥1,719 / GB|
|Sakura Mobile||90 days||3 GB||¥3,780||¥1,260 / GB||No – low speed data after fixed data||Yes||NTT Docomo||JALABC Arrival Counter 2F 24h|
|5 GB||¥4,860||¥ 972 / GB|
|10 GB||¥7,560||¥ 756 / GB|
|30 GB||¥21,600||¥ 720 / GB|
|50 GB||¥35,640||¥ 713 / GB|
When comparing fixed Data SIM Cards at Haneda Airport, you can see in the table above that Sakura Mobile offers you the best value for price-per-gigabyte (GB), whether your renting 3 GB or 50 GB.
Sakura Mobile Pickup at Haneda Airport’s JALABC Arrival Counter 2F
Sakura Mobile can get you connected before you leave Haneda Airport. By booking your Pocket WiFi or SIM card online a few days before you depart for Japan, you can choose to have your device shipped to the JALABC Arrival Counter where you can simply pick it up before you head out on your Japan adventure. When it’s time to return your device, simply drop it into one of Haneda Airport’s post boxes before going through the security checkpoint.
JALABC Arrival Counter 2F
Save on Your Haneda Airport WiFi Rental by Booking Ahead
All the Haneda WiFi rental plans compared here will keep you connected in Japan’s major cities, but Sakura Mobile stands above the rest, offering affordable, customer-focused plans, access to Japan’s widest data coverage, and full English support before and after you make your reservation. Make your Japan trip less stressful with a WiFi rental company you know will be there when you need them.
Safe journeys and stay connected!