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Free wifi hotspots in Japan

In hotel

Most of the hotels in Japan offer free internet access.
One thing to say about this is that not all hotels offer wireless connection (wifi), there are some hotels which offer only wired connection (LAN) in the rooms, so check it out before booking if, for example, you will bring with you just your smartphone and not your laptop.

Free wifi hotspots around Japan

Public wifi hotspots in Japan (oddly rare until a few years ago) have become very popular in recent years, the only problem is that they often require a registration process before you can use them, through web pages that are sometimes in Japanese only.
In all major airports (Narita, Haneda, Osaka, Nagoya, etc..) you can find free wifi networks. In addition, many cafes, bars, restaurants and fast foods often offer free wifi to their customers (but it is not always free: for example at Starbucks cafes wifi is free, at McDonald's it is subject to charges).
Here is a list of the main services of free wifi hotspot networks in all major Japanese cities.

JR East Free Wi-Fi
in many of the JR stations in the Tokyo area and other cities in eastern Japan.
Further information here;

JR West Free Wi-Fi
in many of the JR stations in Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and other cities in western Japan.
Further information here;

NTT East Free Wi-Fi
in Tokyo, Yokohama and other cities in eastern Japan, hundreds of free hotspots only for foreigners.
Further information here, you need to install an app or obtain a card with ID and password;

Kyoto WiFi
in Kyoto, some hundreds of free hotspots provided by the city.
Further information here;

Osaka WiFi
in Osaka, hundreds of free hotspots provided by the city.
Further information here;

Fukuoka City Wi-Fi
in Fukuoka, hundreds of free hotspots provided by the city.
Further information here;

Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi
in Hiroshima, hundreds of free hotspots provided by the city.
Further information here;

7 Spot
in hundreds of 7 Eleven convenience stores (konbini), widespread in all cities of Japan.
Further information here;

Paid internet access in Japan

Docomo Wi-Fi for visitor

The Docomo has installed a network of 150,000 hot-spots around Japan. You can connect to them and surf the Internet by buying in advance a subscription for 1 or 3 weeks, respectively at a price of 900 yen and 1300 yen.
Both the purchase and the payment can be made directly online in a few seconds, at this link.
Here you can find a complete map of all the hotspots in Japan. They're really everywhere, for example inside all JR stations, Tokyo Metro stations, KFC fast foods, 7 Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart and Ito Yokado convenience stores, and many other places.

Mifi (personal portable hotspot rental, pocket wifi)

The best way to have a fast Internet connection wherever you are in Japan.
In this way you can in fact hire a pocket-sized device that serves as a wifi router, to which you can connect any of your devices (both laptops and smartphones) with wifi. The device receives the internet connection from the mobile network (like a mobile phone) so it works anywhere there is coverage. You can rent this type of device at the airport on the day of your arrival. In the major international airports in Japan there are many offices of different companies offering this type of service:
Portable wifi rental counters in Tokyo Narita, Portable wifi rental counters in Osaka Kansai.

USB modems rental

These devices work just like the Mifi described in the previous section, with the only difference that they does not have wifi but can only be used via a USB connection with your device. I think they're not very useful for a tourist. They can have meaning only if you are going to stay in a place where there is no internet connection. You can rent them at the main airports of the country.

Mobile phone rental

Renting a cell phone that also includes data traffic, you could kill two birds with one stone: have a japanese cell phone to call in Japan and also use it to surf the internet or as a portable hotspot to connect your other devices via tethering. More information on the rental of mobile phones in Japan in the dedicated page.

Internet Cafè

If in addition to internet connection you also need a computer, you can go to one of the many internet cafes in major Japanese cities (especially nearby the main stations). In these very special places, you can use computers paying by the hour, but also sleep or rest a few hours or overnight inside some particular cubicles. In many internet cafes you can also take advantage of various other facilities such as showers or free drinks.
More information on Internet cafes in Japan on the dedicated page.


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