It is quite hard finding free-access wifi anywhere in Japan, let alone access that does not require you to sit and purchase a drink (most often at such exciting local eateries as McDonald’s or Starbucks)…
Which is why I figured I’d commit this tidbit of info to Google (and the occasional Kyoto-bound reader of this blog):
I just noticed some new banners have been put up along Shijo dori, announcing free wifi in the street. This is apparently courtesy of the neighbourhood’s shopkeeper association. Only small catch is that the wifi is password-protected1… and nobody seems to have realised that the primary target for such an offer (foreign tourists without 3G cell phones and limitless data plans) might have a hard time reading the katakana spelling of “password” on the banners. Ahem.
Anyway, the free wifi network info are:
Access point: shijo-0123456789
- I have no doubt there is a suitably pointless bureaucratic reason for that. [↩]