Akihabara Information: Pocket Wi-Fi Comparison

Akihabara or “Akiba” as most people call it, is a district in Tokyo dedicated to electronics, manga, and anime. It is the Ginza for electronics, video games, manga, and anime, with streets lined with stores that cater to all left and right, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for there.

You should definitely check out the Electric Town District in Akihabara as that is one of the main reasons that Akihabara is so famous and popular. Sort of the black market for electronics, these shops will have parts that may cost a bit more in other stores and have parts that might not be sold in the more well-known stores. It’s great to just take a look to see how some stores are.

We can’t go talking about Akihabara without featuring the famed maid cafes. These cafes are cosplay restaurants which have waitresses dressed in maid costumes and treat customers as masters. These restaurants mostly used as attractions will give you a unique experience that is not available anywhere else. Most of the time maid cafes will have attendants walking around Akihabara giving out papers to where they are.

Chuo Dori is the main road of Akihabara and houses most if not all the stores dedicated to manga and anime. These range from bookstores to cosplays and figurines; and with an endless number of back alleys, you can shop to your heart’s content.

Another great attraction in Akihabara are the game centers. Usually with the SEGA logo on them with a red background, these places are great if you want to kill time. Games starting at only ¥100 and with so many of them it’ll take at least an hour to look around and try some.

Finally, the electronics store to visit in Akihabara is the Yodobashi Camera store right outside Akihabara station. It is the largest electronics shop in Japan and is the one stop shop for anything electronic. Ranging from phones to vacuum cleaners to even toys, this store has everything you will ever need that is electronic.

With so many electronics around, it’s very surprising that Akihabara doesn’t have free Wi-Fi. This makes getting around, finding stores complicated and if you want to post something on social media, you have to do it back at the hotel so you can’t stay up to date. That is why a Pocket Wi-Fi is one of the most borrowed things by travelers in Japan. A Pocket Wi-Fi lets you connect multiple devices to the internet at once which makes it a lot more convenient than a travel SIM and less expensive than an international plan that can go from around ¥500 a day up to ¥5000. However, there are a lot of choices out there and that is why I have created a table with the various options comparing them to each other.

Company LightPocket AnyFi NinjaWiFi JapanWireless Sakura Mobile Sushi Wi-Fi
Data Cap Unlimited* Unlimited* Unlimited* Truly Unlimited 3GB/day Truly Unlimited
Network SoftBank ? SoftBank SoftBank SoftBank SoftBank
Battery Life 9 Hours ? 9 Hours 10 Hours 20 Hours 17 Hours(With
complementary
power bank)
Data Type 4G LTE Hybrid 4G LTE Hybrid 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Service Times Open 24
Hours a Day
(Post Office Pickup)
10:00 – 20:00
(Shibuya Pickup Counter)
Open 24
Hours a Day
(Post Office Pickup)
Open 24
Hours a Day
(Post Office Pickup)
Open 24
Hours a Day
(Post Office Pickup)
10:30 - 19:00
(Shibuya Pickup Counter)
Price (7 days) ¥4,130 ¥4,480 ¥7,884 ¥5,980 ¥10,900 ¥5,092

From the table we can see that Sushi Wi-Fi is the best value in terms of availability, data caps, and data speeds. With Sushi Wi-Fi there’s unlimited data and no throttling which means that you don’t have to worry about using too much data. You can stream videos, post on social media, and even play online games without any extra charges. Sushi Wi-Fi also has a pickup location in Akihabara which makes same-day pickup available for people who get there and need a Pocket Wi-Fi. Just order online here: 【SUSHI Wi-Fi Web】, click Tokyo Pickup, select Akihabara as your pickup location, and come pick up your Pocket Wi-Fi.