Translated by Atsuto Fukuda
Wi-Fi on Sanjo Meiten-gai: Another Free and Fast Hotspot in Kyoto
Written by Keishi Kawakami
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.
About Sanjo Meiten-gai
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.
Address：Sanjo-dori, Ishibashi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Operating hours：24 hours
Holidays：Open throughout the year
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