Translated by MATCHA_En
Free Wi-Fi Portal Application: Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi
Written by Kazuyuki Sato
This application helps you to solve all your troubles with free Wi-Fi. You register your personal information with this application and it'll gives you smooth connection to free Wi-Fi.
Thanks to the growing number of smart devices used in daily life, there are ever increasing numbers of free wi-fi services available - and Japan is no exception. However, thanks to fears of security problems, many require stringent registration procedures and can be somewhat unreliable when in congested areas. Having to constantly register over and over again, especially if you're in a hurry is a hassle, isn't it?
An app for smart devices called "Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi" is attracting attention with visitors to Japan. This application helps you to solve all your troubles with free wi-fi. You register your personal information with this application and it'll gives you smooth connection to free wi-fi.
Recently, this application became be able to deal with the free wi-fi at 143 stations of Tokyo subway, but it's range is ever expanding, making it a very useful app to have for tourists.
In this article, I'll explain how to use this application.
1. Download This App Before Leaving Your Country
2. Configure Your Settings When You Arrive at the Airport
When you arrive at a Japanese airport, connect to a free Wi-Fi access point which is available with this application. The airport and access points you can use are as follows:
・Narita International Airport Terminal -- "FreeWiFi-NARITA"
・Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal -- "HANEDA-FREE-WIFI"
・Haneda Airport International Terminal -- "HANEDA-FREE-WIFI"
・Fukuoka Airport Terminal -- "Fukuoka_City_Wi-Fi"
・Osaka International Airport (Itan Airport) Terminal buildings -- "osaka-airport-free-wifi"
・Naha Airport Domestic Terminal arrival lobby -- "Okinawa_Free_Wi-Fi"
・Sendai Airport Terminal buildings -- "00-FREE_Wi-Fi_Sendai_Airport"
・Shin-chitose Airport Terminal buildings -- "NewChitose_Airport_Free_Wi-Fi"
・Ariake-Saga Airport Terminal buildings -- "Ariake-Saga-Airport_Wi-Fi"
・Kagoshima Airport Terminal -- "Kagoshima-Airport_Wi-Fi"
** As of December 7th, 2014 - refer to the app/website for more details.
Start the application after connecting to an access point. You will only have to register to use the internet the first time round - and you can register with either your email address, name, gender, and age, or just use your Facebook login.
You only need to connect to an access point to register. You can register even if your phone is on airplane mode.
3. Connect to a Free Wi-Fi Spot!
After registering, tap the certification button on the main page of application. (Photo: Connecting to "Metro_Free_Wi-Fi". Public wireless LAN at Tokyo Metro Station).
Once the connection is completed, you can use the internet freely. While the maximum connection time is three hours, you can reconnect again afterwards. Basically, there are no limitations so long as you're in the wi-fi area.
Available Almost Everywhere - Not Just the Stations
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi is not only available at airports and subway stations.
You can use this application at convenience stores, commercial facilities such as outlet malls, places such as Roppongi Hills, and even in public spaces such as museums. You can search access points on this app too. By using this app, you don't need to register every time you want to use free wi-fi.
Available in Multiple Languages
One of the attractive point of this application is that it has multiple language version. As of December 7th, 2014, you can use it in 11 languages: English, Simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, French, Spanish, and German.
Not only the main page, but all pages within the app are translated into each language.
A Handy Free Wi-Fir Portal Application
There is also a page called "Travel Tools" on the app where you can find other helpful apps or web pages related to travel in Japan too. This app is also constantly expanding, so please keep an eye on it - it's sure to come in handy!
Reference: Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi
Download URL：iOS version・Android version