Shibuya Information: Pocket Wi-Fi Comparison

Shibuya is one of the main shopping centers in Tokyo which attracts many tourists. But it is not only for shopping, there is so much more than that. Of course, the Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko statue would come to mind but what people do not realize is that Shibuya is not just the area surrounding Shibuya station but also includes Harajuku. With only one train ride or walk you can open up the places that you can visit. But let’s start with areas surrounding Shibuya station.

The Shibuya Crossing, probably the most famous crosswalk in the whole world. Shown in movies and tv shows, the Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble is the main attraction when coming here. It is a sight to see whether it be day or night and taking a photo or video is always recommended as you can’t see this anywhere else.

For people not familiar with the story, Hachiko was a dog who used to wait for his owner in front of Shibuya station every day. However, one day his owner died while away and never came back to the station. But that did not stop Hachiko from waiting for his owner every day at Shibuya station for the next 9 years until his death in 1935 at the age of 11. Now a statue sits where Hachiko used to wait for his owner and has turned into a popular meeting place for most people in Japan.

Nonbei Yokocho is an alleyway dotted with bars and restaurants used mainly by businessmen and women who have just finished work. Nonbei Yokocho is only one of the many “Yokocho”s around Tokyo, with another notable Yokocho being the Shinjuku Golden Gai. This place is great if you would like to see a more traditional looking Japan as some of the buildings and layouts have been around for a while.

If you like nature more than the concrete jungle of Tokyo, you should visit Yoyogi Park. It’s a good break from the noisy chaos of Tokyo to relax and look around at its serene environment. You might even get lucky and see one of their many festivals that are held there, and the Meiji Shrine is just a short walk away.

The Meiji Jingumae is a shrine dedicated to the spirit of the Meiji Emperor and his wife. It is a nice walk up to the shrine and many people take the walk every year at new years for their hatsumode which makes it very busy on New Year’s Day and its subsequent days. The wall of trees surrounding the path to the shrine isolates you from most of the city and makes for a very peaceful environment.

To enjoy these places to the fullest you’ll probably need internet, but if there’s one thing Japan lacks in, it’s free Wi-Fi infrastructure. Which is why getting a Pocket Wi-Fi is the best way to stay connected and make the most out of your trip in Japan. Many of the companies in Japan have realized this and created different services to match it, which makes it very hard to choose one. Therefore, I have created this table comparing the options available in Shibuya.

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

*not truly unlimited, has a daily or 3-day limit and then slows down

Although it they don’t have the lowest price, Sushi Wi-Fi is probably the best value. As a Pocket Wi-Fi which offers truly unlimited data at 4G LTE speeds with no throttling, you can use the internet without worrying about anything; and with a Shibuya pickup location, same-day pickup is also available at no extra cost so that you can order a Pocket Wi-Fi once you land in Japan. All you have to do is go on the website here: 【SUSHI Wi-Fi Web】, order a Pocket Wi-Fi, and walk into the Shibuya pickup location to pick it up.