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Wifi in Japan 2013/4/18 03:26
Going to Japan for a week (vacation) are there wifi hotspots available for free? What options do I have?
by Spanky (guest)  

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/19 09:40
Have a look at this page:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2279.html
by naes rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/20 12:52
I've found the Starbucks free wifi very convenient, as the shops are everywhere. I'm currently staying in Japan without a mobile so whenever I pass a Starbucks I check my mail outside the shop. ;) Register here in advance, it's very easy, just insert an email address and comeup with a password.

http://starbucks.wi2.co.jp/sp/sma_index_en.html
by kitten (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/20 12:58
Starbucks' free wifi used to be only in Tokyo. Have they expanded?
by Umami Dearest rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/20 13:15
Well, I'm staying in a small city far from Tokyo and my nearest Starbucks offers it, also used it when I was in Kyoto last week in several shops. So I think it's quite common.
by kitten (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/21 10:02
McDonalds used to have free wifi when I visited 2 years ago.
by Canadien rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/22 10:49
Starbucks' free wifi used to be only in Tokyo. Have they expanded?

Yes, quite dramatically in fact, and its now available pretty much nationwide:

http://300.wi2.co.jp/area/2/sbj_area/

McDonalds used to have free wifi when I visited 2 years ago.

Most McDonalds only offer paid wifi services provided by YahooBB mobilepoint.
by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/22 10:51
Probably the most ubiquitous are the 7spot free wifi spots available at most 7-11 convenience stores around Japan.

http://www.sej.co.jp/services/7spot/top.html
by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/26 10:52
Pocket WiFi rental
It's cheap and convenient

http://www.pupuru.com/en/service/emobile/
by shige (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Wifi in Japan 2013/4/26 23:15
Starbucks is a good option; make sure you pre-register.
I had trouble connecting there once. I went into settings and "forget network" it was then able to reconnect.

JR East is expanding coverage at their stations. I've used JR East free wifi at Okachimachi, Shinjuku, and Tokyo. Tokyo & Okachimachi I had no trouble using video VoIP. At Shinjuku I have never been able to get a voice or video connection. (I haven't spent a long time trying though - it could be I have tried in weak signal spots or at crowded times of day.)
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