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.
Article by Vanessa Holden, September 2016.