How to Get Connected to Public WiFi in Kyoto

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How to Access Public WiFi in Kyoto

There is public WiFi called KYOTO_WiFi in Kyoto with as many as 630 WiFi hotspots including scheduled ones are available throughout the city.(*1) This WiFi service is very convenient and free for up to three hours. For example, you might want to use a route planner or search for restaurants.

Kyoto PORTA’s WiFi service. Our Saviour! “KYOTO-PORTA” Wi-Fi

So, I actually tried to access Kyoto_Wifi by turning off my cell data and then I found something cumbersome about it. In order to get connected, you have to send a blank email to get an access code. However, how could you send an email without access to either WiFi or cell data!

Our savior in this situation is “KYOTO-PORTA” WiFi. There are two underground shopping malls under the Kyoto Station. One is Kotochika and the other is PORTA. PORTA offers free WiFi access(*2) and no signup is required so you can start surfing the internet right away!

Now that you’re finally on the internet via KYOTO-PORTA WiFi, you are ready to sign up for KYOTO_WiFi. (KYOTO-PORTA Free WiFi is available from 7:00 to 23:00.)

Sign Up for KYOTO_WiFi!

Here is how to register for KYOTO_Wifi access.

KYOTO_Wifi provides two networks; KYOTO_WiFi01 and KYOTO_WiFi02. The former is available at subway stations, bus stops, and Seven Eleven store and the latter in other public spaces.(*1)

1. Send a blank email to kyoto@forguest.wi2.ne.jp for subway stations, bus stops, and Seven Eleven stores, or to guest@inf-kyoto-city.info for other public spaces. You can get these addresses by reading the QR codes on the website or poster with your mobile device.

2. Receive your access code.

*In this example, your access code is KY0727LJB.

3. Open an internet browser and enter the access code.

4. Now you’re connected!

References

*1: Official Kyoto Travel Guide

*2: Kyoto Station Underground Shopping Mall Porta Official Website

Article from Masahisa Matsumura

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