Japan is a fun tourist destination and the Japanese go out of their way to make their nation tourist-friendly. Still, finding free wifi is a a challenge for any tourist in Japan; unlike the U.S., Europe or South Korea, free Wifi can be difficult to find in Japan. That’s why a new program from NTT Telecom promises to take Japan’s tourist friendliness to the next level: Free Wifi for anyone with a foreign passport!
Here’s out it works: when you arrive in Japan, present your passport at the airport and register for a wifi card that offers free wifi coverage at any one of 45,000 hotspots in eastern Japan, including Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Yokohama, Nagano, Nikko, Kusatsu, Tohoku, Hokkaido and Fukushima.
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Plus, if you are preparing to visit Japan, you can download the iOSor Android version of the NAVITIME for Japan Travel app and obtain an ID and password beforehand. The app also offers an augmented reality mode that shows you a Street View-style image of the location where an available Wi-Fi hotspot is located. Here are the links for the apps: (first iOs and the Android)
While the access only lasts for 14 days (or 336 hours), it’s perfect for a short journey to Japan. The program is sponsored by the Japanese government and for now, it’s only for a limited time; it will last until September 2014. In the meantime, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Japan Tourism Agency, NTT Broadband Platform, and KDDI affiliate Wire and Wireless will set up a committee this summer. They will create a system for sharing the ID information of foreign visitors by teaming up with airports, railway operators and the hotel industry. The government will also call on facilities nationwide offering free Wi-Fi to adopt the common ID system