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The internet gives you access to mapping, transport information, tourist guides and restaurant reviews. It can be a lifesaver, so connectivity is hugely important to many travelers. Here, we introduce the different methods of doing so. Public wi-fi networks are the easiest, and can often be found at cafes or transport hubs. SIM rental is an option, depending on what device you're using. You could also set up a personal hotspot, using pocket wi-fi.
Note: For details, visit the website of each service provider.

Airports / transportation facilities

HANEDA-FREE-WIFI
(international terminal)

Coverage areas and facilities

Inside Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal

SSID

HANEDA-FREE-WIFI

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Korean

User Registration

Registration not required

How to connect

Connection method

HANEDA-FREE-WIFI
(domestic terminals)

Coverage areas and facilities

Inside Haneda Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal

SSID

HANEDA-FREE-WIFI

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Korean

User Registration

Registration not required

How to connect

Connection method

Narita Airport Free Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

Narita Airport terminals

SSID

FreeWiFi-NARITA

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai, Spanish, French, Indonesian

User Registration

Registration not required

How to connect

Connection method

JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

Inside major stations of JR East (all Yamanote Line stations, stations where the shinkansen stops, etc.), as well as some areas inside “JR EAST Travel Service Center,” which is located at Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station, Narita Airport International Terminal Station, Narita Airport Station, and Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station

SSID

JR-EAST_FREE_WiFi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address only

How to connect

Connection method

TOBU FREE Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

Major stations of Tobu Railway (Asakusa, TOKYO SKYTREE, Ikebukuro, etc.), Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN, Asakusa EKIMISE, TOBU Tourist Information Centers (Asakusa and Ikebukuro), and “Revaty,” “Spacia,” “Ryomo,” and “TJ Liner” Tobu special express trains

SSID

TOBU_Free_Wi-Fi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai, Spanish, French

User Registration

E-mail address or prescribed social networking service account

How to connect

Connection method

TOEI SUBWAY FREE Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

Major stations of Toei Subway and some train cars of Toei Subway (in process of being introduced)
Note: It is also possible to use a different service called “Travel Japan Wi-Fi” at major stations of Toei Subway and in some train cars of Toei Subway.

SSID

Toei_Subway_Free_Wi-Fi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address or prescribed social networking service account

How to connect

Connection method

Toei Bus Free Wi-Fi Service

Coverage areas and facilities

All Toei Bus routes (except on Koto Route 01, and when passengers will switch to another operator’s bus, on routes shared with other operators).

SSID

Toei_Bus_Free_Wi-Fi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address or prescribed social networking service account

How to connect

Connection method
 

Services by area

TOKYO FREE Wi-Fi

This is a free-of-charge Wi-Fi service provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It can be used at sightseeing spots such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. It is also possible to use the Wi-Fi services provided at subway stations and so on in Tokyo once you have carried out the registration procedures.

Tourist information sign Digital signage

Coverage areas and facilities

Parks, gardens, cultural facilities, office buildings, tourist information sign/digital signage areas, etc. Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Wi-Fi Spot list, search

SSID

FREE_Wi-Fi_and_TOKYO

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

• Registration with e-mail address
• Registration with social networking account

How to connect

Connection method

Wide-area services

FREE Wi-Fi PASSPORT

Coverage areas and facilities

Service provided by SoftBank, the largest provider of Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan. 400,000 SoftBank Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan including cafes and restaurants

SSID

.FREE_Wi-Fi_PASSPORT

Languages

English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

Simple phone call to dedicated toll-free number
Note: Gender and age group required for registration on first time only

How to connect

Connection method

FREEMOBILE

Coverage areas and facilities

Vending machines, commercial facilities, general facilities
Wi-Fi Spot list, search

SSID

Free access: FREEMOBILE
Secure access: FREEMOBILE_SECURE

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai

User Registration

Registration not required

How to connect

Connection method (JPN)

FREESPOT

Coverage areas and facilities

1,081 locations in Tokyo including cafes, hotels, and public facilities (as of November 8, 2018)
Wi-Fi Spot list, search

SSID

FREESPOT, 'freespot'=SecurityPassword(AES), original SSID set by each facility

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean
Note, however, that in general the facilities do not provide support for inquiries in foreign languages.

User Registration

E-mail address(In some areas, only an e-mail address, or no registration is required.)

How to connect

Connection method

Hikari Station

Coverage areas and facilities

Wi-Fi Spot list, search

SSID

0000FLETS-PORTAL
Note: May vary by area

Languages

Japanese, English

User Registration

[1 × 60 minute session (multiple sessions possible)]
E-mail address and password required for registration

How to connect

Connection method

Area services

Areas

Service names

SSID

Ginza
G Free @GinzaFree
Nihonbashi
NIHONBASHI FREE Wi-Fi Nihonbashi_Free_Wi-Fi
Akihabara
Akihabara Free Wi-Fi01 Akihabara_Free_Wi-Fi
Ueno
UENO Free Wi-Fi 2020Ueno_Free_Wi-Fi
Asakusa
Asakusa Free Wi-Fi Asakusa_Free_Wi-Fi
Shinjuku
Shinjuku Free Wi-Fi [Outdoors]
Shinjuku_Free_Wi-Fi
[Offices/stores]
Shinjuku_Free_Wi-Fi_01
Shinjuku_Free_Wi-Fi_02
Shibuya

SHIBUYA CITY Wi-Fi (JPN) [Outdoors]
0000Shibuya_City
[Offices/stores]
0000Shibuya_City_01
Shibuya

Visit SHIBUYA Wi-Fi 0000Visit_SHIBUYA
Omotesando

Omotesando Free Wi-Fi Omotesando_Free_Wi-Fi
Odaiba/
Tokyo Waterfront
Subcenter area

Tokyo Odaiba FreeWiFi FreeWiFi_ODAIBA

Other services

at_STARBUCKS_Wi2

Coverage areas and facilities

More than 1,000 Starbucks coffee shops in Japan (with exceptions)

SSID

at_STARBUCKS_Wi2

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai

User Registration

[Step 1]
Select SSID “at_STARBUCKS_Wi2.”
[Step 2]
1. Launch a browser.
2. When the login screen is shown, tap “connect to the internet.”
3. Read the terms of use and tap “agree.”
4. When the login-complete screen is shown, it will be possible to use the internet.

How to connect

Connection method

Hills Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

Roppongi Hills, Ark Hills, Toranomon Hills

SSID

Hills-WiFi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address only

How to connect

Connection method

JAPAN FREE WIFI

Coverage areas and facilities

Mitsubishi Estate buildings in the Otemachi-Marunouchi-Yurakucho area (including Marunouchi Building and Shin-Marunouchi Building), Ikebukuro, and Yokohama

SSID

JAPAN-FREE-WIFI

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address and name

How to connect

Connection method

LAWSON Free Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

12,000 Lawson and Lawson Store 100 stores in Japan (with exceptions)

SSID

LAWSON_Free_Wi-Fi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address and agreement with user policy required on the first time only (e-mail address valid for 1 year)

How to connect

Connection method

7SPOT

Coverage areas and facilities

7-Eleven, Ito-Yokado, Sogo/Seibu, Denny’s, Akachan Honpo, Loft

SSID

7SPOT

Languages

[7 Spot account holders]
Japanese

User Registration

[7 Spot account holders]
E-mail address, password, gender, and age group required for provisional
registration, and e-mail authentication for permanent registration

How to connect

Connection method (JPN)

FamilyMart Wi-Fi

Coverage areas and facilities

10,000 FamilyMart stores in Japan (with exceptions)

SSID

Famima_Wi-Fi

Languages

Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean

User Registration

E-mail address, password, and permanent registration

How to connect

Connection method (JPN)

Apps for download

Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi

Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi connects to all Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan free of charge. Complete the registration only once and this user-friendly app can access multiple hotspots offered by the providers below.

Coverage areas and facilities

Airports, train stations, commercial facilities, convenience stores, and other areas of town.
Access the addresses and maps of all coverage areas with this app.

Languages

Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Malay, Russian

User Registration

Possible to use by registering social networking service account or e-mail address, name, gender, and age group

How to connect

Connection method

Download the app to use the following services introduced on this page.

TRAVEL JAPAN Wi-Fi

App for foreign visitors to Japan. Simply download to access more than 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan automatically. The app also provides useful information about areas nearby, like tourist destinations and coupons.

Coverage areas and facilities

Public transportation (airports, train stations, limousine buses), cafes, restaurants, commercial facilities, convenience stores, and other public areas in Japan

SSID

Wi2, Wi2_club, Wi2premium, Wi2premium_club, Wi2_free, wifi_square, UQ_Wi-Fi

Languages

English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai

User Registration

Only with agreement to user policy

How to connect

Connection method