Translated by Shannon McNaught
Your Trip to Japan Made Easier with docomo's "Wi-Fi for Visitor"
Written by Keisuke Yamada
Wondering how you're going to stay connected when coming to Japan? Wonder no more, with docomo's "Wi-Fi for visitor", an easy, inexpensive way to stay connected.
First, to Shinobazu-no-Ike Bentendo!
When you go to Ueno, most people want to go to the famous Ameyoko, right? But say you get there really early in the morning, when most of Ameyoko's shops are closed. There aren't enough people around for you to experience the true hustle and bustle of Ameyoko. Marie came here at such an early time and went for a walk around the area. that's when she saw a red tower rising out of a pond.
That's Bentendo, famous in that it appears to be floating in the middle of Ueno's Shinobazu-no-Ike Pond.
The clear morning air and lack of other tourists makes the perfect opportunity to take some photos.
There's an incense burner called a kouro where you can place incense. Drop a 100yen coin into the box and refresh your mind and body with the smoke from the incense.
The incense's unique scent is said to be good for your health.
After going to Bentendo, we thought, "Where should we go next?" We used the speedy "Wi-Fi for visitor" to look up some spots nearby.
Connect to the "Wi-Fi for visitor" Network and Search Away!
The two of us used "Wi-Fi for visitor" to discover some hidden treasures in the area.
Uenosakuragi Atari, a restored old Japanese-style house, came up in our search. We decided to go there after stopping by a nice bakery for breakfast.
Now Arriving at: Uenosakuragi
In Ueno, you can find discover what it was like to live in a house starting from the Edo Period (1603-1868), a time of rich history and culture in Japan. This area is called Uenosakuragi. It's a peaceful place, flanked by Tokyo University of the Arts and Yanaka Cemetery. There are 3 old houses from the 13th year of Showa (1938) that were renovated into a store and workshop, called Uenosakuragi Atari.
Before your eyes is an array of breads made with sesame seeds, matcha, and sakura. We came here to sample these unique Japanese flavors.
Marie seems satisfied with her purchase of some Japanese-style bread, judging by her smile.
In another shop, we saw cloth dyed with traditional dying methods...
...and took lots of pictures of this water pump that Marie had never seen overseas before.
Having our fill of Uenosakuragi Atari, we decided to look up another place to go. Yanaka Ginza, an old shopping street near Nippori Station, came up in our search results.
According to our search, it's a place where you can take a stroll through the eccentric shops of Japan's Showa Period while eating.
Onward to Yanaka Ginza!
This is the famous Yanaka Ginza.
The narrow road in the center of the photo continues on for a while with many shops on either side.
We came upon this tsukudani shop (fish, shellfish, or seaweed boiled with lots of shoyu, mirin, or sugar), a kind of store you can only find in Japan. Marie is engrossed in looking at the tsukudani since she hasn't seen it before. This is a time when the Internet comes in handy, to look up more information on this type of dish.
Back to Ameyoko for Sushi!
Now that we've used "Wi-Fi for visitor" to find our way from Uenosakuragi Atari to Yanaka Ginza, it's time to return to where we started, Ueno. Now that it's noon, it's teeming with people.
We looked up a good sushi place in the area and found one we were interested in.
There are many kinds of stores in Ameyoko, including a few sushi restaurants. It's best to look up the ones you find on the internet to see what they're like.
We had a nice meal at the sushi place we looked up.
Marie doesn't eat uni. She was able to look up how to say this in Japanese ("Uni ga taberemasen") to the restaurant staff with the help of the internet.
Thanks to that, we ordered some delicious sushi that didn't have any uni in it. Marie looks happy about that.
Maximize your fun on your trip to Japan by using the Internet!
An Overview of docmo's Wi-Fi
We used a service provided by docomo called "docomo Wi-Fi for visitor." Visitors to Japan can use this Wi-Fi service for 972 yen for one week, or 1,404 yen for 3 weeks (tax incl.).
You can sign up by filling out the form on their HP, selecting a plan, filling out your e-mail address, and entering your credit card information.
For more details, read about it on their website.