Review: Pupuru Pocket Wifi for Japan

Pupuru Pocket Wifi Review for Japan

On our recent trip to Japan we decided to hire a Pupuru pocket wifi to use while travelling.  We wanted to provide a short review of this Pupuru wifi option, and also provide further information on how to book your Pupuru wifi for Japan.

Benefits of Renting a Pocket Wifi for Japan

In our experience as travellers we can confidently state that either purchasing a sim card or renting a pocket wifi are great options to ensure that you have an affordable option to access data while on the go.  Both options provide convenient access to the internet without the hassle of trying to find free Wifi.  As you should be aware, free wifi can be a pain, due to having to find it, then log in to each wifi hotspot, plus you never really know how secure these options are.  You can also use your accommodation wifi, however these are only available while you are in the building.

In our recent visit to Japan we used data continuously – for things like using Google Maps to get around.  We also regularly used data to look up information about our planned destinations, and to use waiting time apps for Disneysea Tokyo and Universal Studios Japan!  And we also regularly shared our experiences and photos with friends and family using social media.  Check out our article on the best apps to load onto your phone for Japan for more information!

Renting a pocket wifi is a great option to have easy access to data during your trip to Japan – and the advantage over a prepaid data sim card is that you do not need to install it – but you do need to carry it with you and recharge it each night.  A pocket wifi can also be easily used by multiple people and devices.  And with unlimited data it is very easy to use apps like Whatsapp to make phone calls and send messages.

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Note prices are correct as at 30 October 2018, and are subject to change due to exchange rate variations and product pricing changes.  This article will be periodically updated.

Pupuru Wifi Review

Overview of the Pupuru Pocket Wifi Rental

We rented a Pupuru pocket wifi device on our previous trip to Japan and it worked seamlessly for the duration of our trip. A couple of weeks prior to our trip I visited their website, placed our order and promptly received our booking confirmation.  Job done!

Pick up was easy.  On arrival early in the morning at Haneda Airport in Tokyo we easily found the collection counter and collected our wifi package. The Pupuru package includes the Pupuru wifi router, handy compact carry pouch, AC adaptor, USB cable, user manual in English and a return mail satchel. Our Pupuru wifi was fully charged and ready to be used, so it was as simple as turning it on and then logging into the wifi hotspot with our phones and we were ready to start our visit.

What is in the Pupuru pocket wifi package?
What is in the Pupuru pocket wifi package?

As travel bloggers we are high users of data, and this device easily handled two phones while we were on the go.  In the evenings we also used it for my laptop at our accommodation as it had better speed than our accommodation wifi, and we did not have to go through the hassle to log in to the accommodation wifi each time we changed location.  For this trip we travelled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Matsumoto, Nagano, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Yamanouchi near Nagano to see the snow monkeys.  Our pocket wifi worked with no issues in every location, even when we were outside urban areas.

At the end of our trip we departed from Narita Airport, and it was very easy to pack the Pupuru wifi and power cable etc into the included mail satchel, which we posted into the mail box located in the Narita Airport departure hall.

How to return your Pupuru pocket wifi
How to return your Pupuru pocket wifi

As a result of this experience, if you are a big data user we would definitely recommend that you rent a Pupuru pocket wifi for your trip.  We are planning to use this rental option again when we return to Japan in 2019.

Pupuru WiFi

Pupuru provides two different rental options which are detailed below.

Pupuru High Speed Unlimited Data

Best Option for Visiting City Areas

Pupuru Broad Coverage Unlimited Data

Best Option for Visiting City and Rural Areas

Click here to pre-book through Pupuru

4G LTE Softbank network (FDD-LTE)

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards

Download Speed:  187.5 Mbps

Upload Speed:  37.5 Mbps

700 Yen / $US 6.20 per day

Cost for 14 days is $US 87

Rental Period: No limit

Up to 10 connected devices

Unlimited Data

Up to 8 hour battery life

Click here to pre-book through Pupuru

4G LTE HWD11/KDDI(au) Network

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n standards

Download Speed:  75 Mbps

Upload Speed:  25 Mbps

900 Yen / $US 7.98 per day

Cost for 14 days is $US 112

Rental Period: No limit

Up to 10 connected devices

Unlimited Data

Up to 8 hour battery life

Pupuru Wifi Delivery and Return Options

Your Pupuru Wifi can be delivered to either airports, hotels and local addresses anywhere in Japan including homes and AirBnB.  Note that you or a hotel receptionist must be present at the address to receive the delivery.

For airport collection, when you make your booking you also notify them of your arrival flight number.

In your pack you also receive a mail satchel which can be posted from any post box.  All Japan airports have a post box.

Pick up from:

  • Narita Airport (Open 24 hrs)
  • Haneda Airport (Open 6am, Close last flight)
  • Chubu Airport (Open 6.15am, Close 10.30pm)
  • Kansai Airport (Open 6am, Close last flight)

Pupuru Add-on Options

Pupuru also offer a range of add ons you can add during the checkout process as detailed below.

More information on each option is available on the Pupuru site, but we definitely recommend that you should order a back up battery and one of the insurance options to ensure you do not receive higher fees in the unfortunate event you lose or damage your Pupuru wifi.

  • Pocketalk translator (300 Yen / $US 2.66 per day)
  • Back Up Battery (100 Yen / $US 0.89 per day) – high capacity, can also be used to charge your smartphone
  • Damage Insurance – Premium (300 Yen / $US 2.66 per day)
  • Damage Insurance – Standard (100 Yen / $US 0.89 per day)
  • Cellphone Bundle Option (2000 Yen / $US 17.73 per 30 days)
Click here to book the Pupuru Pocket Wifi

 

Pupuru wifi + pocketalk
Pupuru wifi + pocketalk
Pupuru Pocket Wifi Review for Japan
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Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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