Free WiFi Hotspots in Kyoto
2. Tips to find free Wi-Fi hotspots in Kyoto
2-1 Check public WiFi while heading for convenience stores
2-2 How to Sign up for convenience store’s free Wi-Fi
1. about Hotspots in Kyoto
Tell me about free Wi-Fi hotspots in Kyoto ?
O.K., the number of the hotspots has been increasing every year.
Let’s take a look at the illustration below, to check the examples of the hotspots.
Around Kyoto station, a lot of free WiFi hotspots are available such as not only stations itself (Shinkansen, Kintetsu Railway, Kyoto City Subway) but also tourist informations, bus ticket center, department stores, large electoronics stores, shopping districts, convenience stores and even some vending machines at station platform.
But, other than Kyoto station, actually, not all of those facilities and stores have free Wi-Fi services, so please be careful.
So, can you give me some tips on how to find hotspots easily in Kyoto ?
Sure, at first, head for convenience stores near you.
On the way, check if public free WiFi services are available.
I’ll show you more details about the tips at the following section.
2. Tips to find free Wifi hotspots in Kyoto
2-1 check public WiFi hotspots while heading for convenience stores
In Kyoto, speaking of convenience stores are Seven-eleven, Family Mart and Lawson.
These Convenience stores are best hotspots for tourists, because almost all stores have free WiFi services and easy to find the location.
And, on the way to the stores, use public free WiFi services, if you come across the hotspots.
In Kyoto, two kinds of public free WiFi services are available.
They are “KYOTO Wi-Fi” and “Japan Free Wi-Fi KYOTO“.
Above all, “KYOTO Wi-Fi” service covers facilities and stores relatively easy to find for tourists.
So, Let’s check the ilustration below.
Among those hotspots, Mcdonald’s and Subway stations are also easy to find for tourists.
(please note that NOT all of bus stops and vending machines are hotspots)
Moreover, such public free WiFi are provided by not only the facilities and stores as I listed above but also many private shops over the Kyoto city.
But, the problem is that it is not easy to find hotspots such small private shops for tourists.
In that case, check SSIDs (network names) of the public WiFi while heading for convenience stores.
If you see bus stops or small shops on the way, check if those public WiFi SSIDs are available or not !
It is very easy to sign up for these bublic WiFi services. All you need is your e-mail address. Most of the cases, social media acounts (Facebook, Twitter and Google) are also accepted for registration.
(If you want to know how to sign up for Public Free WiFi in detail, please refer this page.)
2-2 How to Sign Up for Convenience Store’s Free WiFi
If you do not unfortunately come across public WiFi hotspots, use free WiFi at convenience stores.
Seven-eleven in Kyoto provides not only their own free WiFi service (SSID, network name : 7spot) but also one of public WiFi service (SSID : KYOTO Wi-Fi).
So, select “KYOTO WiFi” and register.
It is much easier to sign up, and you will be also able to use at other hotspots. (How to sign up refers to this page)
Family Mart and Lawson provide their original free WiFi services only.
The followings are how to sign up for each store.
« LAWSON »
It is very easy to sign up for Lawson free WiFi. All you need is registration of your E-mail address and agreement to the terms of service and security level.
At first, select the SSID (network name) below, LAWSON_Free_Wi-Fi.
Next, open a browser, enter your e-mail address and agree several things. That’s all !
« Family Mart »
Next, in the case of Family Mart.
At frist, select the SSID (Famima_Wi-Fi), open browser and click the button below in WiFi portal (it may be in Japanese.)
After that, Checking an agreement of several things and entering your e-mail address, any password and gender are needed to temporarily sign up.
Then, a registration e-mail will be sent to the registered address. So, click the URL in the e-mail to complete main registration.
I heard that some APP are available for easy-registration, I mean I don’t need to sign up for every different free WiFi service.
For my experience, those APP sometimes couldn’t connect well, and I tried to find out the reason, that resulted in a waste of time.
In Kyoto, even if you only register for public free Wi-Fi services, a lot of hotspots are covered.
So, if APP work well, it may be useful, but I think that it is not compulsory.