Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi is Available in 8 Languages! Explanation of How to Use and Precautions

2022/3/10 Updated

There are many cars on the Shinkansen in Japan that offer free Wi-Fi. Since it is a long trip on the Shinkansen, free Wi-Fi is a great help for those who watch videos on their smartphones or work on their computers.

To check if Wi-Fi is available, check the Wi-Fi sticker near the door of the car. cars with Wi-Fi stickers are free Wi-Fi enabled cars.

This article explains in detail about how to use the Shinkansen free Wi-Fi and precautions.

Shinkansen free Wi-Fi is available in 8 languages!

The Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi is available in a whopping eight languages, making it easy for foreigners to connect.

In addition to Japanese, eight languages are supported in seven countries: English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Thai, German, and French.

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Shinkansen that can use free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is not available in all Shinkansen lines in Japan. It is recommended to use the sticker of “FREE Wi-Fi” as a landmark.

The Shinkansen and SSID (network name) where free Wi-Fi is available are as follows.

SSID Shinkansen
Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi Tokaido Shinkansen
Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi Sanyo Shinkansen
Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi Kyushu Shinkansen
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Hokuriku Shinkansen Series E7
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Yamagata Shinkansen
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Akita Shinkansen
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Joetsu shinkansen
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Tohoku Shinkansen
JR-EAST FREE Wi-Fi Hokkaido Shinkansen
JR-WEST FREE Wi-Fi Hokuriku Shinkansen Series W7

How to use Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi

Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi can be used easily by anyone. Basically, the way to use Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi is the same as the way to connect to Wi-Fi usually.

Now, I’ll explain how to connect to the Shinkansen free Wi-Fi by iPhone, Android, and PC.

For iPhone

  1. Tap “Settings”.
  2. Tap “Wi-Fi”.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi
  4. Select the appropriate SSID
  5. Please read the Terms of Use and check the box to agree.
  6. Tap “Connect to the Internet”.
  7. Follow the on-screen guidance and register your email address or log in with your SNS account.

For Android

  1. Tap “Settings”.
  2. Tap “Network and Internet”.
  3. Tap “Wi-Fi”.
  4. Turn on Wi-Fi
  5. Select the appropriate SSID
  6. Please read the Terms of Use and check the box to agree.
  7. Tap “Connect to the Internet”.
  8. Follow the on-screen guidance and register your email address or log in with your SNS account.

For PC

  1. Click “Start” at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Click on “Settings”.
  3. Click on “Network and Internet”.
  4. Click the appropriate SSID from those displayed.
  5. Please read the Terms of Use and check the box to agree.
  6. Follow the on-screen guidance and register your email address or log in with your SNS account.

After connecting to Wi-Fi, check the icon to make sure you are properly connected to Wi-Fi before using it to watch videos and other content.

Points to note about Shinkansen free Wi-Fi

Finally, we will explain the points to note when you use the Shinkansen free Wi-Fi.

The following are the two main points to note about Shinkansen free Wi-Fi.

  • security aspect
  • communication speed

security aspect

Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi, like other free Wi-Fi, requires security precautions. When connecting, Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi does not require a password, so it is easy to connect, but the risk is higher.

Therefore, when you are connected to the Shinkansen free Wi-Fi, you need to be very careful to manage your shopping and company confidential information, which requires passwords and personal information.

communication speed

The more people use Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi, the slower the speed becomes. Therefore, you may not be able to communicate at a comfortable speed when the train is crowded, such as during weekends and holidays.

Also, because the Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi uses mobile phone signals, it may not be available in areas where signals are difficult to reach, such as in tunnels.

Free Wi-Fi has a limited communication capacity, so in order to ensure that everyone can use it, avoid downloading large files.

summary

In this article, we explained about the Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi, available trains and how to use it.

It is very convenient and gratifying to have free Wi-Fi access on the Shinkansen.

Shinkansen Free Wi-Fi is available in multiple languages, so even foreigners who are not good at Japanese can easily connect to it.

In addition to the Shinkansen train, you can also connect at the station platform, so why not use it while traveling or waiting?

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