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Wi-Fi on Sanjo Meiten-gai: Another Free and Fast Hotspot in Kyoto

Wi-Fi on Sanjo Meiten-gai: Another Free and Fast Hotspot in Kyoto

Translated by Atsuto Fukuda

Written by Keishi Kawakami

Kyoto 2014.11.21 Bookmark

Gathering information on the Internet is a daily routine for everything whether you are looking for a map or a good place to eat. Since public Wi-Fi is not enough spread in our country, it is probably and unfortunately not a rare occasion for those who don't own Japanese cell-phone to find themselves bewildered with their disconnected cell-phone or tablet in their hand, just to know that it is fully charged for nothing.

In fact, there are several free Wi-Fi spots in Kyoto. Aside from the best-known Kyoto Wi-Fi, there is another high-speed hotspot with a smaller area coverage, but with satisfactory speed and convenience.


This article introduces a hotspot available at the Sanjo Meiten-gai(三条名店街) on Kawaramachi, Kyoto. This one is no way inferior to the Kyoto Wi-Fi.

How to Get Connected to Public Wi-Fi in Kyoto

About Sanjo Meiten-gai


Photo from Google Street View

The Sanjo Meiten-gai is a shopping arcade on Sanjo-dori(三条通), extending between Teramachi-dori(寺町通) and Kawaramachi-dori(河原町通). Although it is not great in length, a variety of stores located on the arcade is worth paying a visit to see.

The area has been popular to both locals and tourists as one of the most historical shopping streets in Kyoto with a mixture of stores new and old.

How to Connect to the Wi-Fi Network

Now, let us explain how to connect step by step.

Step 1: Select a SSID

To use Wi-Fi, you need to start by selecting a SSID to use. sanjo1010 or sanjo1020 is what you are going to be connected this time.

Either one is fine, but sanjo1010 is recommended for better security.

Step2: Input a password

Next you need to input a password. The password is "sanjotori".

Step3: Accept the terms

Finally, you need to accept terms of service. You will see the following page:

You may go ahead by just pressing "同意する(agree)" button, but in case you want to read, choose your language. For example, selecting English leads you to this page:

Push "agree". The following page appears:

When you see this, you are connected to the Internet.

This Wi-Fi won't ask the password again when you reconnect. Once you had connected, you will have a smooth connection from next time as much as you want without any limitations on how long you use. It won't hurt to remember this Wi-Fi since it is really convenient in case of emergency.


Sanjo Meiten-gai(三条名店街)

Address:Sanjo-dori, Ishibashi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Operating hours:24 hours
Holidays:Open throughout the year
Wi-Fi connection:Available
Nearest stations:Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu-Kyoto Line, Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on Tozai Subway Line, Sanjo Keihan Station on Keihan Line
Access:10 minutes walk from Kawaramachi St. exit number 9, turn right at Shin-Kyogoku-dori(新京極通), head north.
/3 minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusyo-mae St. exit number 5 or 6, head south along Teramachi-dori(寺町通)/5 minutes walk from Sanjo Keihan St. exit number 6 or 7, cross the bridge

Kyoto Travel Guide

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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