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While traveling in Japan, your smartphone will be one of your handiest tools. Among the various SIM cards and services providing Wi-Fi routers, we at the ZEKKEI Japan Editorial Department recommend the FREE Wi-Fi PASSPORT service, which is hugely popular among overseas visitors.

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What’s Great About the FREE Wi-Fi PASSPORT (No Fee)

Most Hotspots Nationwide Most Hotspots Nationwide

Most Hotspots Nationwide

400,000 access
points available

*Based on number of access points for public wireless Internet connectivity provided by Japanese domestic mobile phone carriers as of May 30, 2014. (Softbank survey)

Completely Free Completely Free

Completely Free

Free to use for two weeks
after you get a password

Easy to Connect Easy to Connect

Easy to Connect

Just connect: no need to
download an app

*Based on number of access points for public wireless Internet connectivity provided by Japanese domestic mobile phone carriers as of May 30, 2014. (Softbank survey)

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You can use your FREE Wi-Fi PASSPORT  at these gorgeous spots! You can use your FREE Wi-Fi PASSPORT  at these gorgeous spots!
Sapporo & Otaru Sapporo & Otaru

Sapporo & Otaru

Sapporo & Otaru

Sapporo is the largest metropolitan area of Hokkaido. The "Sapporo Snow Festival" attracts many tourists from Japan and overseas. This is a city where visitors can also enjoy a wide array of delicious foods, such as Sapporo ramen, curry soup, Mongolian mutton barbecue (known as Genghis Khan) and a variety of sweets. Otaru's historical warehouses and buildings along the canal are beautiful. The area is famous for glass and sushi.

Odori Park Odori Park

Odori Park

A park with 4,700 trees in 92 varieties. Because the place is at the heart of a business district, you can enjoy the contrast of contemporary buildings and nature. Although it's called a park, it is in fact a street. Various events are held throughout the year, including the Sapporo White Illumination.

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Otaru Canal Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal

A 1,140-meter-long canal finished in 1923 by filling up the sea offshore! One of the canal's special features is that it has curves. There are 63 gas lamps lining up along the strolling path. When they are lit in the evening, they romantically show you your loved one's face. You can also take a tour along the canal on a cruise ship and enjoy the stone-built warehouse district.

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Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

This stadium was used as the venue for the ski jump events of the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics, and you can ride a lift up to the top. From the moment you get on the lift, you're sure to marvel at the steepness of the incline and understand just how nervous the athletes who skied down this slope must have been. At the peak is a glass-enclosed observation deck, and in the evening you'll be treated to a view of the lights of Sapporo. Athletes train here even now: if you're lucky, you'll get to see someone doing a "summer jump" as part of their off-season training.

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Hokkaido University Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University

Boys, be ambitious.Spoken by Dr. William S. Clark, the founder of Sapporo Agricultural College (SAC), these words remain well-known in Japan even now. Dr. Clark's SAC would one day become Hokkaido University, which has attracted many students from outside of Hokkaido thanks to its scholastic tradition built upon humanistic education, international character, and a frontier spirit that does not balk in fashioning the future. The avenues of gingko trees and historical buildings give you a sense of the vastness of time that has flowed through this campus. On a side note, the area around the university has many delicious and well-priced restaurants perfect for a culinary wander.

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Shinjuku Shinjuku

Shinjuku

Shinjuku

Shinjuku, home of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. So many people crowd Shinjuku station every day, the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes it as the busiest transportation hub in the world as measured by daily passenger numbers. There’s shopping of course, but it’s also an interesting area thanks to places like Kabuki-cho, Japan's largest entertainment district, and Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan’s first Imperial Garden.

Robot Restaurant Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant

Located in Shinjuku's Kabukicho, this is a restaurant with live "robot shows". The restaurant is the only place on the planet where you can see colorful, flashy performances featuring giant robots taking the stage one after another alongside female dancers. It's like having your own personal time machine take you to some fantastic near future.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Found in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Shinjuku, this building is the administrative center of metropolitan Tokyo. On the 45th floors of this 243-meter tall structure are free-to-enter observation decks (one in each of the towers). From the decks, you can see Tokyo Tower, Skytree, and even Mt. Fuji on clear days. Also, the Tokyo Tourist Information Center on the first floor of Building No. 1 provides tourism information for travellers, so make sure to stop by when you visit Tokyo.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Spread over some of the best real estate in the capital, this garden has an area of 58.3 hectares (144.1 acres) with a perimeter of 3.5 km (2.2 miles). Richly-wooded with more than 10,000 trees, the Gyoen skillfully combines a French formal garden, an English landscape garden, and a traditional Japanese garden. Come spring, around 1,300 cherry trees dye the park in shades of floral pink.

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Shinjuku I-Land Shinjuku I-Land

Shinjuku I-Land

Done in a vivid red evocative of happiness, the "LOVE" statue/art installation is a popular photo-op spot. It was created based on a design from the interior design department at the Tokyo Mode Gakuen fashion school. Visited by business people and couples looking for a soothing atmosphere, the area is all the more lovely during its annual Christmas illumination. The shifting LED colors of the illumination contrast beautifully with the red of the sculpture.

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Shibuya Shibuya

Shibuya

Shibuya

Widely considered to be the epicenter of Japanese youth culture, Shibuya is filled with buildings dedicated to fashion. Well-known areas like the scramble crossing and the statue of Hachiko are popular among domestic and international visitors alike. You’ll also find places rich in greenery like Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park, where you can go to close your eyes and forget the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Upon the demises of Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shōken, the shrine was built by the citizens celebrating them. The concept of foundation was to turn the wilderness into the forest of eternity. Coming from such history, the premise is filled with greens as well as irises blooming in the imperial garden.

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Yoyogi Park Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park

One of the parks and gardens in Tokyo located in the heart of the city. Yoshino cherry welcomes you in spring as well as the red leaves in autumn. The site of an Olympic village of 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games was turned into a park. Comprised of the forest park and the open space district where you can enjoy cycling, soccer, bird-watching, etc.

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Takeshita-dori Street Takeshita-dori Street

Takeshita-dori Street

With plenty of cafes, fashion stores, and other shops along its length, this street is forever at the cutting edge of fashion and spreading Japanese "kawaii" (cute) culture globally. Now it is crowded and bustling with visitors not only from across Japan but across the world, creating a space with a charm all its own. However, it also has history: in 1945, the area was burnt to the ground during the Tokyo air raids that destroyed Meiji Shrine. In more recent times, there is the Takeshita-dori Art Festival, which exhibits pictures and films that capture the allure of Harajuku. Winning entries are broadcast on the Panorama Vision screen at the street’s entrance, playing an important part in creating an exciting atmosphere.

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Yebisu Garden Place Yebisu Garden Place

Yebisu Garden Place

A fashionable townscape, this complex’s atmosphere is redolent with European charm. Centered around the various shops and restaurants of Yebisu Garden Place Tower and Mitsukoshi Ebisu, the area features facilities like the Westin Tokyo, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, and Yebisu Beer Museum. The Christmas illuminations here are famous, visited by many couples every year.

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Statue of Hachiko, the Faithful Dog Statue of Hachiko, the Faithful Dog

Statue of Hachiko, the Faithful Dog

Enduringly popular as a rendezvous point in Tokyo's Shibuya area, this bronze statue depicts the dog Hachiko, a faithful hound that went to Shibuya Station every day to meet his master, Tokyo University professor Hidesaburo Ueno. After Ueno died, Hachiko continued to go and wait at the station every day for his master, who was never to return. The legend and the dog are both much loved by people to this day.

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Yokohama & Kamakura Yokohama & Kamakura

Yokohama & Kamakura

Yokohama & Kamakura

Centered around the bayside area where many historic Western-style buildings line the streets, Yokohama has long-standing popularity as a tourism destination and date spot. Further south in Kamakura, there are many cultural treasures like the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine and the enormous Daibutsu (Great Buddha) statue. Hop on the local Enoden rail line and enjoy the relaxing ocean views as you meander down the coast.

Yokohama China Town Yokohama China Town

Yokohama China Town

Mimicking ancient traditions, paifang gates like the one in Yokohama Chinatown were built to ward against evil entering into the castle. It has 620 shops for visitors to indulge their taste buds and take a gander at its goods and souvenirs. Events are held throughout the year, allowing visitors to experience Chinese culture during their stay in Japan.

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Osaka Osaka

Osaka

Osaka

The largest city in western Japan, and the economic and cultural center of the Kansai area. The business district is lively, and visitors can feel the power of Osaka's merchant and food cultures. Osaka is a gourmet's city. You will want to enjoy takoyaki, okonomiyaki, pork buns, horumonyaki, and skewers. It has many tourist attractions such as Tsutenkaku, Universal Studio Japan, and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Dotonbori Dotonbori

Dotonbori

Dotonbori is a town that prospered when a theater moved here around 1626. Originally a canal, tea houses lined up at the entrance to the theater and turned it into a town of restaurants. In addition, there are still many theaters, making it a sacred place for drama and entertainment.

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Osaka Castle Park Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle Park is a park located in the Osaka Castle Special Historic Sites. There is a big park boasting a total area of 105.6ha and there are historic monuments, including the castle tower of Osaka Castle, Ote-mon Gate, the Sen-kan-Yagura tower and other historic buildings lined side-by-side. In addition, about 300 cherry trees and 1,270 plum flowers bloom, making it possible to enjoy the seasonal flowers.

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Kuromon Ichiba Market Kuromon Ichiba Market

Kuromon Ichiba Market

This is one of the hottest tourism attractions for foreign tourists now. Luxury food products, including tuna, Kobe beef, and blowfish, are popular in this market. Also, strawberries, oranges, apples and other fruits are on the topic, too! They are all delicious and you can eat them as safely as without washing, so they are becoming ever more popular!

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Tsutenkaku Tower Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower

The observatory which takes a symbolic role of Osaka Shinsekai. Originally, it was a steel tower at a height of 103m of such a strange tourist attraction with an Eiffel Tower look-alike steel tower built on top of a building modeled after the Arc de Triomphe. Today its image has changed after a fire, but it creates a unique view of the world in the neon lights at night.

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Kyoto Kyoto

Kyoto

Kyoto

During the interim period of the relocation of the capital from Heiankyo in 794 to Tokyo in 1869, Kyoto was the capital. There are a lot of historical temples and shrines standing in this old city. There are also a lot of must-see spots like Kiyomizu temple, Kinkaku temple, ginkaku temple and Touji temple. You can enjoy beautiful seasonal nature like autumn colors and cherry blossoms in a suburb of Sagano and Arashiyama. This is the place you can truly feel Japan.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Tremendously popular with tourists from overseas! The thousands of torii gates, an archway to a Shinto shrine, have been dedicated to the shrine by the devotees as a tradition in thanks for granting people's wishes. Even now, there seem to be no end to the people who dedicate torii gates, and it said to be more than 10,000 of them now stand everywhere in the Mt. Inari area behind the main shrine.

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Heian Shrine Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine

This shrine was constructed in 1895 to celebrate Kyoto's establishment as Japan's capital 1,100 years ago. The symbols of Heian Shrine are the structures here painted in gorgeous crimson, like the Daigokuden (Imperial grand temple hall) and the Otorii (grand shine gate). You can also find a shrine garden here that's well-known as a representative Meiji-era Japanese garden. Divided into eastern, western, northern, and southern sections, its seasonal flowers beckon visitors into peace and tranquility.

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Sagano Bamboo Forest Sagano Bamboo Forest

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Bamboo forest paths are frequently used as a filming location for various movies and TV dramas. In the tradition of early winter, an event called "Arashiyama Hanatoro" , both sides of bamboo forest paths are illuminated, allowing visitors to enjoy the shimmering lights and fantastic scenery of bamboo forests at night.

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Fukuoka Fukuoka

Fukuoka

Fukuoka

Hakata is the liveliest and largest downtown in the entire Kyushu region. This is a hot destination whatever the goal, be it shopping, sightseeing, or delicious food. The city of Dazaifu is a popular destination for those who want to experience history firsthand at places like Mizuki Ruins, Dazaifu Tenmangu, and Dazaifu Ruins, a nationally-registered Special Historical Site. To enjoy the best of a classic atmosphere, we recommend a stroll around Kitakyushu’s Moji Ward, a port town where modern meets retro.

Kushida Shrine Kushida Shrine

Kushida Shrine

Much-loved by the people of the city, who have given it the nickname “O-kushida-san”, this shrine houses the area’s guardian deity, which is associated with divine favor for longevity and prosperity. Held in July, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is one of the symbols of summer in the Hakata area.

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Fukuoka Tower Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka Tower

Built for the 1989 Asian-Pacific Expo, the 234-meter Fukuoka Tower is a major Hakata landmark. The monument has a sharp, triangular figure thanks to the more than 8,000 half-mirrors that cover it. The 360° panoramic view from the observation deck located 123 meters above ground level (or the lounge just one floor below) is truly stunning. Extending from the seashore below is Sazae-san-dori, a street with deep connections to the late Machiko Hasegawa, creator of the immensely popular Sazae-san comic series.

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Ohori Park Ohori Park

Ohori Park

Located near Fukuoka's city center, this is one of Japan's greatest water-feature parks, with a total area of 39.8 hectares (98.3 acres) containing a pond 22.6 hectares (55.8 acres) in size. The park includes a 2 km walking path encircling the pond, a forest reserve for wild birds, a Noh theatre, a Japanese garden, a boathouse, and a chain of central islands joined by four bridges that feature an ukimi-do (a pavilion for watching the moon on the water at night). It's also well known for hosting the city's summertime fireworks festival.

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Okinawa Okinawa

Okinawa

Okinawa

Okinawa is one of the two of the top resort places in Japan along with Hokkaido. With blue ocean and white sands, you can fully enjoy a vast wilderness that you cannot experience on the main land. Experts visit Ishigaki-jima, Miyako-jima, Taketomi-jima, and other isolated islands. Such isolated islands still have traditional ways of living and plenty of diving spots!

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

An aquarium that has captured the mysteries of Okinawa. Several whale sharks and manta rays that were bred for the first time in the world are here. They're not just on display but contribute to the natural habitats. You can see beautiful coral reef and deep sea oddities, which are a characteristic of Okinawa, in this aquarium. There are also live interactions with dolphins.

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Shuri Castle Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle

A vestige of the Ryukyu Kingdom, which flourished for 450 years between 1429 and 1879, the castle is considered a cultural symbol full of the history of the kingdom. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage site known as "Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu." Located on elevated ground overviewing the town of Naha, it was something of a holy place.

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Gyokusendo Cave Gyokusendo Cave

Gyokusendo Cave

This huge limestone cave is often called the "largest in the East." There is said to be over one million stalactites, which still continue to grow. This work of natural art has been created over a period of about 300,000 years. Particularly interesting are "ao-no-izumi" (blue fountains) and the rows upon rows of stalactites.

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Cape Manzamo Cape Manzamo

Cape Manzamo

In ancient times, there was a king of the Ryukyu Kingdom named Sho Kei. He said that the area was "a field for ten thousand to sit," which is the origin of the name "Manzamo" (ten-thousand-sit-field). The cliff is famous for a rock that looks like an elephant's trunk, and when you look down from the cliff, the sea is clear enough to been seen straight through.

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Kokusai-dori Street Kokusai-dori Street

Kokusai-dori Street

Stretching 1.6 km from Asato Sansaro to the Prefectural Hall North Entrance Intersection, this is the liveliest street in Okinawa. Before World War II it was wetlands, but the area developed rapidly after being converted to a road by the American military. In modern times, it's become Naha's main street, bustling with visitors and lined with restaurants, souvenir shops, and more.

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