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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ginza Line Offers Free Wi-Fi

Above, the Ginza Line station sign in Asakusa. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Tokyo's Ginza Line on the Tokyo Metro system is probably the subway I use the most while in Tokyo.

It goes from Asakusa to Ginza and from there to Shibuya. Whenever I've stayed at the Hotel Asia Center of Japan, the nearest station to the hotel is the Aoyama-Itchome Station, which is a couple of blocks away. The Ginza Line stops at the Aoyama-Itchome Station.

Now, the Ginza Line is the first to have free Wi-Fi on board its trains as an experiment.

According to Japan Trends:
The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line will start offering subway passengers free wi-fi on trains from December 1st, aimed particularly at visitors from overseas. 
Tokyo Metro partners with NTT Broadband Platform and Wire and Wireless to offer three networks on subway trains (Metro_Free_Wi-Fi, Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi, and TRAVEL JAPAN Wi-Fi). 
Passengers have already enjoyed free wi-fi at all Tokyo Metro stations, but the city’s main subway service operator wants to experiment with offering online connections actually on trains. It will start with a single train running on the Ginza Line, which serves popular tourist spots like Ueno and Asakusa. This will increase to five trains by the end of fiscal 2016, aiming to provide a network for all 40 trains operating on the line by 2020.
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