Tips for Travelling Hokkaido Part 2 - Wi-Fi
One of the most common complaints of foreign tourists to Hokkaido is the lack of Wi-Fi services. Compared to Tokyo and other major cities, Hokkaido has very few Wi-Fi hotspots, and the situation usually gets worse the farther you go into rural areas. You should check with your hotel, your lodging facility or the internet for Wi-Fi information before departing.
If you want to stay connected to the internet at all times, we recommend buying a prepaid SIM card. Purchasing procedure is fairly simple and you can choose a plan that fits your length of stay. A 7-day access with 1 GB costs around 2,000\. You need an unlocked smartphone or device to use the SIM card.
Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased at electronics stores and some convenience stores.
If you are having difficulty finding Wi-Fi hotspots, you can try searching at train stations, convenience stores, fast food chains or other shops. Note that the Wi-Fi services at these places may have certain usage limitations and may also require user registration.
Many convenience stores have Wi-Fi services, you can use them while shopping inside.
If all else fails, you can visit a manga café, which normally has individual rooms with computers connected to the internet. Membership registration is required, and fees depend on your length of stay, but it usually comes with unlimited drinks and you get to enjoy a piece of Japanese culture.