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30,000 Free Wi-Fi Spots for Japan

Government planning free wireless services for tourists

By Claire Rieuneau    - 2 min read

In an effort to boost local economies and tourism in Japan, the Japanese government plans to offer internet access through 30,000 free Wi-Fi spots across the country. Starting with the most popular tourist destinations, the project will be fully realized by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympics.

The objective is to provide Wi-Fi access information in several languages at zero cost. The government estimates to increase the tourism in Japan by 1.46 million each year and believes easy Wi-Fi access will be a key reason for the increase. As many potential visitors choose their visits thanks to posts, blogs or websites from others visitors’ impressions, the free wireless access will bring more visibility to interesting locations throughout Japan.

The targeted locations are mostly national parks, museums and famous Japanese scenic locations, but will also include access in several brand new tourist information centers that will open in the future.

These 30,000 free wireless services will also be found in evacuation facilities which is a way to help tourists caught in a natural disaster. The cost of the operation is estimated around ¥31.1 billion in and is being paid by the government with assistance from private firms operating the networks.

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Japan Times

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Jerome Lee 7 years ago
Great news! Wifi is easily one of the main concerns about Japan, especially for tourists. While you can easily connect to Wifi spots around, for example, train stations on the Hanzomon line in Tokyo, some are just time-consuming, as Terrie had mentioned. It's great that the Japanese government is making such an initiative!
Terrie Lloyd 7 years ago
One of the biggest problems with some of the public free wifi locations is that they are time-consuming to connect to. Instead of continually asking me questions when I'm simply trying to find directions on my Google maps app, why don't the powers that be set up a pre-registration process and let me give them all my data at the beginning of the relationship? I hope that logging in becomes a lot easier in this next effort.
Justin Velgus 7 years ago
Good news! Staying connected is essential for travel in modern times.
Hopefully the networks are easy to access.