Staying Connected in Japan

Staying Connected When Travelling for Business or Pleasure in Japan

In this day and age Wi-Fi is a key requirement for any business to function, and its availability (or unavailability) can have a significant impact on visitors seeking to do business in Japan.

Japan has traditionally been slow to offer free Wi-Fi across its major cities, but with Tokyo 2020 coming up, this is set to change.

The Japanese Government has pledged to increase the number of free Wi-Fi spots for tourists by the time Tokyo hosts the Games.

Free Wi-Fi, formerly only available in airports, can now be accessed in hotels, an increasing number of JR and Metro stations, certain branches of Starbucks (pre-registration is required), Seven-Eleven convenience stores and certain shopping areas in Tokyo.

Many free networks require sign-ups or in some cases registering with your passport. Do be sure to do your research before you head to Japan so you aren’t left stranded when you need Wi-Fi the most.

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Article by Vanessa Holden, September 2016.