Thursday, March 31, 2016

How To Get Free Wi-Fi In Japan

I'm pretty sure in this technology generation where the majority of the people in this world now have smart phones tend to have this obsessive disorder with wanting to be connected to the internet 24/7 may have become an issue. No really, who can't live without having internet on your phone, please raise your hand! *high five* XD

So I decided to make a post on how to get "Free Wi-Fi" in Japan. There are actually many places and ways you can get access to free wi-fi in Japan without having to spend any money. Here are 5 ways you can get free wi-fi in Japan. 

1. NTT EAST FREE-WIFI. I have already made a post about this way back which you can read here. Basically this is a free wi-fi service you can get for tourist only in Japan. You can register and obtain the access code from the information center at the airport and you can use any free wi-fi spots operated by NTT East for 14 days at any place in Japan that has it. You will see the pink logo sign in many places in Japan such as at the shopping mall, cafes, restaurants, etc. 

2. JR-EAST FREE WI-FI. You can get free wi-fi at most major stations in Tokyo such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno, Akihabara, Shibuya, Ikkebukuro and many more. The wi-fi isn't covered at the whole station, but rather there are affixed spots with the label of JR-East Free Wi-Fi. Sometimes these label wi-fi hot spots may be found on the train platforms, the main hallways and corridors of the station, near the vending machines or convenience stores in the station or at the ticket information booth. You will have to keep an eye out for them and connect to the internet at those specific locations. You will need to register with your email address to connect to the wi-fi. A detail guide on how to do so here.

3. TOKYO METRO FREE WI-FI. Just like how you can connect to free wi-fi at the JR stations, you can also do at the Tokyo Metro stations. Free wi-fi is available at 143 subway stations in Tokyo. Again it is not covered entirely at the whole station. You must find hot spot locations with the label and register with an email address to use it. Tutorial and more info can be found on the Tokyo Metro official website

4. STARBUCKS WI2. There are over 200 Starbucks stores in Tokyo alone and over 1,000 in Japan. I am pretty sure you will come across one in any place you go to in Japan. However, connecting to the wi-fi can be a little difficult because you must receive an email for confirming ID and password after inputting your email address. You can get the ID and password easily from the Starbucks' free wi-fi page which is in English. I would recommend doing this before you leave for your trip to Japan so you can access to the wi-fi at Starbucks right away when you get there. 

5. 7-ELEVEN FREE WIFI. 711 is one of the largest convenience chain store in Japan with about 2,000 stores in Tokyo and about 16,000 in Japan. It also offers the most amazing food that you can find in the world too, lol. 7SPOT free wi-fi covers the whole store entirely but connecting to it may be a bit of a difficult task as the website is in Japanese only and you must apply for the 7SPOT's membership registration. Detail tutorial on how to do so can be found here.  

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