Wi-Fi in Japan

It’s become easier than ever for foreign tourists in Japan to connect to wireless LAN, making it more convenient to get and send info, photos, etc. via smartphones. Currently many new free services have been established for tourists to use, and the number of free service spots is rapidly growing, including Tokyo Haneda, Narita, Kansai, and Chubu Centrair International Airports and Starbucks Coffee.

Rental Wi-Fi routers with a wireless LAN function are also available for a minimal cost and by contacting the companies that provide them, you can arrange to pick them up at the airport or at your hotel.

The city of Kyoto also now offers free Wi-Fi service at many different coverage areas. Guest codes will be provided once you access. Yamanashi Prefecture also has free Wi-Fi spots with free Wi-Fi cards that can be used for 2 weeks distributed at a number of locations. JR West has just started Wi-Fi service which is available at several locations at all major stations on the JR West rail network. Guestcodes must be obtained beforehand.

Rental smart/cell phones and SIM card rental plans are available as well.

For more information, please visit;

Japan Monthly Web Magazine

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/exotic/JapanesQue/1209/wifi.html

Japan National Tourism Organization

http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/internet.html

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22 comments
Arthur Wiederhold
Arthur Wiederhold

i would much rather access the woman in this photo. she's kawaii!

Duong Nguyen
Duong Nguyen

very difficult to get FREE WiFi in osaka

Alfredo Rivera
Alfredo Rivera

Haha, really? Sure, for a price. I'm used to free and simple WiFi here in LA.

Erwin Schönherr
Erwin Schönherr

something funny happened today in Hiroshima. I was able to connect to JR-west free wifi to send a mail and receive a mail with access information included. But I was not able to access my email with the access codes, because I could not connect through wifi......

Chris Bartlett
Chris Bartlett

To be honest, Japan is a fantastic place and everyone should visit, but free public wifi is not easy to find at all in comparison with the UK for example where virtually every cafe, restaurant, hotel and bar has it as standard.

Gregor McGregor
Gregor McGregor

Isn't Internship in Japan responsible for forging visas and getting all those students thrown in jail for like 3 months?

Rachel Korf
Rachel Korf

that's funny when i went to Japan in 2012 my friend and I had a hard time finding free wifi spots. most were you had to have a softbank account and as i foreigner only there for 5 days i didn't have it. I hope this is true cause it would be nice if Japan had more free wifi access points. :)

DrLaowai Chan
DrLaowai Chan

I found a bit hard to find wifi. Don't want to go back to airport to check mail.

Alyssa Schroeder
Alyssa Schroeder

I Know that tourists get 2 weeks of free wifi i'm pretty sure. :D

Phyllis Ann Guyette
Phyllis Ann Guyette

Good I had the worst time finding and connecting when I was there last year

Schuyler Wagner
Schuyler Wagner

Had the most difficult time connecting to WiFi at all Starbuck's locations in Japan...

Michael Tudda
Michael Tudda

Really because when I was there it was almost impossible

Deana Jarząbkwska
Deana Jarząbkwska

Also note that your GPS functions will work even in Airplane-mode. Load your area maps while you have wifi, then follow the little blue dot if you ever get lost!