For those determined to stay connected while travelling in Japan
The information here was mostly gleaned from a discussion forum. Information like this can become outdated fairly quickly. Do verify it beforehand, if it really matters to you.
Check your mobile: W-CDMA/UMTS vs GSM
Japan’s mobile networks runs on W-CDMA / UMTS, and not GSM typically found in countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
If you plan to use Japan’s mobile network, check your mobile’s specifications beforehand.
- 7-Eleven stores
- JR railway stations
- Starbucks Coffee (Register BEFOREHAND athttp://starbucks.wi2.co.jp/sp/sma_index_en.html. Cannot sign up for free in-store)
- Takashimaya retailer (Email code required)
- ‘Toei’ Bus stops
- Tourist information centres
- Hiroshima: City wifi service (Mostly in tourist areas)
- Kyoto: Kyoto WiFi – 3 hours per session – Send a blank email email@example.com to obtain email code –http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/wifi/en/ – See alsohttp://en.japantravel.com/view/how-to-get-free-wifi-in-kyoto
- Osaka: Osaka Free WiFi – http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/wifi/
- Tokyo: Metro stations – 15 minutes per session
- Tokyo: Ginza area
App: NAVITIME for Japan Travel
This is an app for Japan travellers. Available for iOS and Android / Samsung devices.
Apparently, you can register with the app while OUTSIDE of Japan to get 2 weeks of free wifi while you are there. I do not have details about how it works. You can of course install the app to find out.
e.g. Prepaid data SIM card 4,100 Yen + Delivery 790 Yen to anywhere in Japan
Unlimited data at 300kbps download speed for 30 days
b-mobile Visitor SIM
Portable WiFi modems
e.g. 1,260 Yen for 3-day rental – Unlimited data at 300kbps download speed
Global Advanced Communications
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