How To Get Free Wi-Fi In Japan


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.


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.


As you are done with installing, open the app.



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



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.



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

How to access the internet

Let’s try it at 7-Eleven.


Make sure the place’s got 7-SPOT.



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.



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.


Tap it and connect.



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



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



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



Type your information and go to the next page.



Tap send.



Registration process is partially done. You are almost there!



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



Now it’s done!

How to access the internet


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.



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



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.


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



How to access the internet


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



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.



Type your ID and Password, and tap Sign in.



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.


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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Grabbing a coffee in Japan


Hi, it’s Mr. Wada on duty. This time I will talk about how I normally relax and rest. Everyone needs to relieve stress from work, school, etc. I’m not an exception at all. I, myself, is neither an outdoor nor an indoor person but I spend quite some time at cafes on the weekends. So, if I’m asked to suggest places for grabbing a coffee and chilling out in Japan, it would be the following:

1. Starbucks

Well, needless to say, the world’s famous coffee chain. You can grab the same drinks and foods at any locations over the world. If you would like to feel the same as ones in your country, perhaps this is where you should go to.


2. Family restaurants

It’s like cafe version of convenience store. It’s not a name, though in general people call those places “Family restaurant” or “Fami-res” because it is popular for teens to adults. Big franchises are Jonathan, Gusto, Joyfull, Saizeria, etc. What’s good about them is they are mostly open 24 hours and offer free refill of drinks called “DRINK BAR”. It might be called differently at some stores but people in Japan would understand when you say DRINK BAR. It costs 200-400 yen. Usually, you can get discount when you order it together with food menu. The drinks that you can get are teas, coffees, juices, etc. Any of them is not super but it’s good enough for chatting with friends.

Note: In big cities like Tokyo, duration of stay is often limited like up to 2 hours. You should make sure before getting a seat.

joyfull sign


3. Tully’s, Doutor coffee shops

They are popular Japanese franchises. They are pretty much ordinary, I’d say. In the afternoon, they offer TEA SET (a drink with a dessert) at reasonable price. Drop in when you crave for sweets!Tully's drink

4. Mister Donut

It is a donut chain like Dunkin Donuts or Tim Hortons in North America. Donuts are good (Don’t trust me much about donuts. I’m not picky for donuts). I like its service for eat-in. Order a cafe latte (400yen) or coffee (300yen), then you get free refill. Feel free to ask employees for refill. You don’t need to be shy or hesitate. Just say hi and show your empty cup. They will come to you with fresh drip coffee.


5. Home

Nothing can be homier than home itself! Brew your own coffee and grab home-made stuff. I enjoy atmosphere of cafes, so I rather kick my ass up and hang out!

tea at home

There are also private cafes but because of the increase number of franchise ones, there have been less nowadays. It’s also nice to explore for your new hangouts, don’t you think?


Hmm. Better go have a sip (getting thirsty). See you around!

Starbucks Coffee Japan
Joyfull (in Japanese only)
Tully’s (in Japanese only)
Doutor (in Japanese only)
Mister Donut (in Japanese only)

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