Starbucks Japan recently started offering unlimited free wifi at all their stores in Japan for anyone who orders a food or drink item. This is great news for travelers, since wifi, particularly free wifi, is not as common in Japan as in some other developed countries (and many hotels offer only LAN cable access, which is useless for people who have devices that lack LAN ports). And, because you’ll find a branch of Starbucks in most cities in Japan (and dozens of branches in large cities), you’ll usually be able to get your internet and caffeine fix without too much difficulty.
There’s just one important thing to remember: You must register in advance to get an access code. And, you need to be online and have access to your email to be able to do so. Thus, it’s kind of like a Catch-22 situation: You need to be online to register, but you can’t get online without registering. So, the thing to do is register for the service before coming to Japan or after arrival at your hotel or any other place where you can actually get online. Here’s the URL to visit to register.
Once registered, you can use the internet for an unlimited amount of time with the same access code at any Starbucks in Japan. And, in our experience, the connections are uniformly fast and reliable.