Find Your Way to (Free) Wi-Fi Access in Japan

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  • Wi-Fi has become a necessity to almost all travellers who go to foreign countries. People don’t only want to stay connected with their families and friends, but also like to be in the know of how to get to hospitals, train stations, shopping districts, parks, restaurants and other places they might want to visit.

    In Japan, Wi-Fi is not too difficult to get by, because it is almost everywhere and it is often free, with several internet providers having thousands of access points all over the country. Here’s a list of some of the mobile applications and websites that you can use to access free Wi-Fi services while being on vacation in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    Japan. Free Wi-Fi

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    “Japan. Free Wi-Fi” is a project of the Japan Tourism Agency. In partnership with other organizations, Japan Tourism Agency provides a universal free wi-fi service which aims to help foreigners find free wireless hotspots around Japan.

    Click here for more information about the program, and to find locations near you where you can use free Wi-Fi.

    Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi

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    With about 130,000 access points, Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi is a free application that can be used to connect to Wi-Fi networks. Through this mobile application, free Wi-Fi can be accessed at major shinkansen and JR East train stations including Tokyo Station, Tokyo Metro and Toei Subways, main tourist attractions, and some convenience stores in Japan.

    Click here for more information and to download the app.

    Tabimori

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    Tabimori is a free application powered by the Narita International Airport which is handy to use in combined with the Japan-Connected Free Wi-Fi mobile app. This mobile app focuses more on providing (offline) information about transportation, money and finance, and shopping and dining. The best thing about this app is that is stores searched items in a cache which can be accessed offline.

    Click here for more information and to download the app.

    Travel Japan Wi-Fi

    This is another Wi-Fi smartphone app that provides LAN or WLAN free services to both tourist and locals. Users can access the internet at 60,000 areas throughout the nation. Besides the free access points, Premium Codes may be required for Wi-Fi data to be accessed in certain areas such as McDonald’s. Premium Codes can be purchased from partner municipalities and organizations in the country.

    Click here for more information and to download the app.

    Wi2 300

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    Collaborating with Travel Japan Wi-Fi and other organizations, Wi2 300 is perhaps one of Japan’s largest internet providers in the country with around 200,000 access points across the country. Wi2 300 provides service on airports, bus and train stations, limousine bus services, restaurants, and even at the summit of Mt. Fuji. Prices range from 350 yen for 6 hours up to 2,000 yen for one week, and this service can be used for both mobile phones and computers. For tourists travelling to Kobe, a free week of Wi-Fi access is also offered (visit the tourist information centers for details).

    Click here for more information.

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