How To Get Free Wi-Fi In Japan

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Sup dudes? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty.

If it was your first time in Japan, you would need to search information and make plans. Today the internet seems to be one of the things we need on daily basis (at least for me). You would find Wi-Fi everywhere here though, you also would figure that none of them is actually free! They are most likely being protected by passwords.

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Don’t be so down. There’s a way out (I don’t mean breaking the security).

How To Get Free Wi-Fi In Japan?

Lately there has been more free Wi-Fi connections in Japan (it used to be hard to find one though). I’ll show you some easy-to-connect & free Wi-Fi connections. Oh, by the way I use an Android device, just letting you know.

“Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” App

NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) provides free Wi-Fi in many areas including subway stations, airports, malls, and 7-Eleven stores. I’ve found this quite useful. Once installed, it’d be hassle-free. Just open the app, tap the “Connect” button, and that’s it.

How to register

For the first time, you need to install this “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” app to your device.

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As you are done with installing, open the app.

 

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You can make a new account to log-in or log-in by your Facebook account. I’ll go for Facebook here.

 

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Type your ID and password, it’ll ask you if it’s OK to allow this app to access your profile etc. Unless you feel uncomfortable with it, tap OK.

 

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Tada. Done! Now you are ready to use its service.

How to access the internet

Let’s try it at 7-Eleven.

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Make sure the place’s got 7-SPOT.

 

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Open the “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” app, and tap “Connect” (above). It’ll soon start searching the nearest Wi-Fi connection provided by NTT.

 

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Succeeded! That’s it. Now you’ve got free Internet for 60 minutes.

Note: It works exactly the same way at other “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” areas. Please check the link below if the service’s coverage area includes where you are.

Reference: Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi

 

Convenience Stores

As I mentioned in the previous entry (5 Great Japanese Convenience Store Services), almost all konbini stores offer free Wi-Fi. It’d be quite convenient (literary) when you are out or while traveling, etc. Why don’t we try at Family Mart?

How to register

Already in the Family Mart premises? OK, turn your device on, and go to Wi-Fi setting. Family Mart Wi-Fi will appear on the list.

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Tap it and connect.

 

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Now open a browser. It’ll display a Family Mart web page. Tap an Wi-Fi icon (above).

 

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For the first time, you need to register. Tap the registration button.

 

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It’s the “Terms of Use”. Tap agree and go to the next page.

 

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Type your information and go to the next page.

 

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Tap send.

 

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Registration process is partially done. You are almost there!

 

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Check your email. You’ll get an email from Family Mart. Open it and tap a hyperlink (above) to proceed your registration.

 

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Now it’s done!

How to access the internet

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Open a browser and go back to the log-in page again. This time type an ID and a password that you just have made. Then tap log-in.

 

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“Terms of use” again. Tap agree and go to next.

 

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You’ve got it.

Note: Lawson also offers free Wi-Fi but it requires you to install its own app to your device, plus you need a number of a membership card (free though). Hassle. I wouldn’t recommend.

Cafes

Some cafes offer free Wi-fi. Starbucks is one of the places. Get a drink and make plans for the day!

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How to access the internet

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Turn your device on, go to Wi-Fi setting. Starbucks Wi-Fi will be displayed on the list. Tap it to connect.

 

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Open a browser. It’ll automatically go to the log-in page above. There are various ways to log-in. By Starbucks, Facebook, Twitter, or Google ID. This time I will use my Google ID. Tap the Google icon located at the bottom.

 

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Type your ID and Password, and tap Sign in.

 

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Done! Now you’ve got free access to the internet (for 60 minutes).

Note: If you wish to log-in by Starbucks ID, you need to register beforehand on the web.

Lastly

Basically, public Wi-Fi doesn’t guarantee a safe connection. So just be sure you won’t do anything super important like accessing your internet banking etc. However, a positive side is that there seems to be more Free Wi-Fi areas in the near future. Japan is getting ready for more travelers for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020! (too soon?)

Oh, I’m running out of time for free Wi-Fi. See you around!

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Popular Japanese Characters Version 2015

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Hello guys. It’s Mr. Wada on duty. What Japanese characters do you like? Perhaps Pikachu (Pokemon), Totoro, Yu-gi-oh, Naruto, or Hello Kitty? Come to think of it, there are so many (I bet many people wouldn’t care/know what’s made in Japan really).

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Totoro

How about mascot characters?

Mascot characters

There have been popular mascot characters that represent each city in Japan. It’s been sort of a trend and there’s even an annual mascot character contest being held.

Funassyi

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An unofficial mascot character of Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture (next to Tokyo). He’s supposed to be a fairy of pear of some sort. His true name is Funadeus The Fourth. A pretty much crazy setting/plot that he’s got.

The truth seems to be that a citizen of Funabashi City (the guy inside) has started it on his own and now have been even more popular than the Funamaemon, the official mascot character of its city (I didn’t even know about this guy and he obviously sucks!). Funassyi has kind of broke the silent rule among those mascot characters that they shouldn’t be able to speak (at least not like us). So he does speak. His moves also have hooked people. Such weird moves. He claims that it comes from his background of growing up with heavy metal music. Sounds like the man inside is in his 40s. You know, heavy metal generation. Anyway, not my concern.

Kumamon

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He is a mascot character of Kumamoto City in Kyushu. He’s won the national mascot character contest that brought Kumamoto more visitors and financial effect including sales of Kumamon products.

There’s an episode that a designer of Kumamon happened not to have the copyright or contract for any of Kumamon products, so he wouldn’t get any profit from this jackpot. Probably this guy didn’t think it’d be this popular or he is simply a good guy? Who knows. In other words, anyone can make something with Kumamon printed on and sells it without paying royalty. I could make Kumamon Tees and sell online!

Anime characters

Anime characters have been popular all the time. Other than the classic ones, here are some of the popular characters recently, probably the next old-time best.

Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese)

One of the most popular manga/anime of last decade should be Attack On Titan. Its shocking and mysterious story has hooked even non-serious anime watchers. It isn’t really for kids since the titans are to eat humans but they seem to like it as well. One of the main characters, the colossal titan, is quite iconic (although this titan has appeared only in a few episodes!) and naturally there are many products of him. I’ve got this key holder in Tokyo (he’s attacking Tokyo tower!).

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Jiba-nyan (Yokai Watch)

Yokai Watch is becoming as popular as Pokemon is. Just like Pokemon started with its video game, Yokai Watch video game was released in 2013 then its TV series based on this video game began in 2014 and boom! Every Japanese kid is crazy about it now. Pokemon(s) are monsters though, Yokai are ancient Japanese supernatural beings.

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He’s a symbol of Yokai Watch, like Pikachu (I guess), a cat ghost that died by car accident . Jiba stands for Jubaku-rei (restligeists, the kind of ghost that is bound at where they died) and ‘Nyan’ represents cat voice (meow). So it shouldn’t sound cute but with Nyan, it kind of does.

In reality, it seems that parents are the one who got involve into this. I’ve seen some daddies waiting in the line outside a supermarket at night to buy the Yokai Watch products for their kids the next morning! I thought this Yokai Watch would be a short movement but since it’s been already 2-3 years and still this enthusiastic doesn’t seem to fade. I wonder if it’s going to be popular worldwide.

Lastly

Trend keeps coming in and out. A very few stuff remains in the end but these ones above might survive, I think. New or old, it’s nice to have a favorite character for oneself.

See you around.

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