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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