Now you can get free wifi at all Starbucks in stores Japan – and that of course includes Kyoto. This is often the fastest and most reliable source of wifi for travelers in Japan.
Starbucks, Kyoto: Tanupong Wittayanukullak / Shutterstock.com
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. You just have to register once at any Starbucks store and you’re good to go!
If want a full rundown of internet access options while travelling in Japan, see my in-depth Internet Access In Japan For Tourists page.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com – usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass – here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy – here's how
- Get travel insurance for Japan - World Nomads is well-regarded (and here's why)