Shinkansen to Offer Public Wi-Fi Access

Japan is considered to be among the fastest growing travel destinations all over the globe. Millions of international tourists look forward to visiting the country in order to go sightseeing, appreciate its unique culture and to witness innovative technological advancements which Japan is known for. One of the most interesting experiences that both local and foreign tourists are excited about is riding the Shinkansen or Japan’s high-speed bullet train. It is renowned worldwide as the fastest, most modern and convenient way to travel across the major cities in Japan.


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However, an increasing number of tourists also noticed the lack of accessible free Wi-Fi while on board the Shinkansen and even in their designated train stations. To address this matter, Japan Railways, which operate the bullet train services, aims to install public wireless networks to be made available for all their passengers while inside the train cabins. In addition, the Japanese Transport Ministry confirmed that public Wi-Fi is now readily accessible in more than a hundred bullet train stations all over Japan. This step is in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.


On the other hand, the installation of free Wi-Fi networks within the premises of eight out of nine Shinkansen lines is set for completion before the start of the Olympic Summer Games. These wireless networks are expected to be installed in the Hokkaido, Tohoku, Akita, Yamagata, Hokuriku, Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines sometime around March 2020. Meanwhile, the same Wi-Fi service will also be made accessible to the riding public on board the Joetsu Shinkansen line by April of 2020.


In anticipation of the high tourist influx during the Tokyo Olympics, a lot of Japanese establishments are also currently working on the installation of free wireless fidelity networks that can be easily accessed by local and foreign tourists in Japan.


Reference: Free Wi-Fi becomes available at all shinkansen bullet train stations


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