|Above, a Ginza Starbucks. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
If a hotel in Tokyo has poor or no free Wi-Fi, I have sometimes headed off to a local coffee shop (usually Starbucks or Tully's Coffee) to use their free Wi-Fi.
|Above, a Tully's Coffee near Aoyama-Itchome Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
I still remember the days (before I bought a laptop) of using a hotel's lobby computers and having to deal with the fussy Japanese keyboards (one wrong move and the keyboard will switch from English to Japanese).
Tokyo Cheapo has a guide of free Wi-Fi cafes in Tokyo.
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Tokyo has no shortage of great cafes, but free wifi isn’t as standard as you might be used to elsewhere, and it’s still pretty unusual to see Japanese people working from their laptops while out and about. As a tourist, your hotel/hostel will more than likely have wifi, and most Airbnb rooms come with it in a fixed or portable setup. The most reliable way to ensure connectivity on the move, though, is by buying a prepaid SIM card or renting a wifi router.
Finding free wifi while out exploring can be a trying experience if you don’t know where to look. Some neighborhoods and train stations do offer public wifi, but you can’t exactly pull out your laptop on the street … or can you? Assuming you would rather sit somewhere nice with a table and possibly even a plug socket, read on for tips on how to get connected while you get your caffeine hit.
To read more, go here.