Using Free WiFi while traveling in Japan

In major cities and tourist spots in Japan, there are quite a number of places to take advantage of a Wi-Fi Internet connection, used for free. Once you understand what types of Free Wi-Fi services are available, you will have less difficulty using them. What you need to be aware is security risks when using public hotspots and it would be better to consider that Free Wif-Fi is just for use to check train timetables or to get tourism information etc.

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Free Wi-Fi services in Japan and how to use them

Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi by NTTBP

http://www.ntt-bp.net/jcfw/en.html
Simple connection to free wi-fi throughout Japan. Covers 130,000 AP in major areas that include international airports, railway stations, subway stations, major convenience stores, etc. The connection limit varies with each spot, which is usually a short duration. This service is available for Android and iPhone users.

How to use

Install the app and complete registration in advance. Boot the app on site and display a map. Search for a nearby Wi-fi Spot and go there, then, tap the button "Connect". Once you have installed this app, there is no need to set up SSID or enter ID/Password every time you connect.

14-day connection service

14-day free Wi-fi access is offered to foreign travelers at tourist destinations. You need to enter ID and Password on the app of Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi, but the setting is so simple. The ID and Password are usually available at tourist information offices. (You will be asked to show your passport for identification). For users who haven’t installed the app, there is another option to get this service. To find more info, see their official web site.

Free Wi-Fi Japan by NTT East
http://flets.com/freewifi/index.html

Travel Japan Wi-Fi by Wire and Wireless

http://wi2.co.jp/tjw/english.html
Travel Japan Wi-Fi allows you to have free internet access in around 60,000 Wi2 Wi-Fi spots. On condition that you get a "Premium Code", it also allows you to use over 200,000 Wi2 Wi-Fi spots for two weeks. The premium code is distributed at the partner stores. This service is available for foreign travelers and people living outside of Japan, using Android phones or iPhones.

How to use

Install the app and register your profile (Also read the terms of use) in advance. Boot the app on site and search for Wi-fi Spots. Go to a nearby spot and tap to connect. If you get a premium code at their partner store, enter the code on the app so you can take advantage of a wider coverage wireless Internet access.

Free Wi-Fi service at Starbucks

http://starbucks.wi2.co.jp/pc/index_en.html
To use Free Wi-Fi service at Starbucks, sign up beforehand.

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I’d like to use Free Wifi connection.
フリーWifiを使いたいです。
Free Wifi wo tsukai-tai desu.


May I have an ID and Password to access?
アクセスするためのIDとパスワードをお願いします。
Access suru tame no ID to Password wo onegai shimasu


May I have the Premium Code (to use Travel Japan Wi-Fi)?
プレミアムコードをお願いします。(Travel Japan Wi-Fiの利用です。)
ni-shuukan tsukaeru Premium Code wo onegai shimasu


Here's my passport
(これが私の)パスポートです。
Passport desu.


I have installed the app.
アプリはインストールしてあります。
Apri-wa Download shite arimasu.


I have installed the app "Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi".
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fiのアプリは入っています。
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi no apuri wa haitte imasu.


I have installed the app “Travel Japan Wi-Fi ”.
Travel Japan Wi-Fi のアプリは入っています。
Travel Japan Wi-Fi no apuri wa haitte imasu.


Do you have a list of Wifi spots? Can I have it please?
Wifiスポットのリストがあればください。
Wifi Supotto no List ga areba kudasai.


* Wireless is Musen (無線) in Japanese
* Public Wireless LAN is Koushu-musen LAN (公衆無線LAN) in Japanese
*Internet connection is Netto Setsuzoku (ネット接続) in Japanese
*Free (of charge) is Muryou (無料) in Japanese

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