Last update: Dec. 3, 2018
(The trial has already finished.)
Users having SIM cards or Wi-Fi accounts from participating telecom companies/ISPs can enjoy "free and secure Wi-Fi" in the cities. No on-site registration is required. There is no login page blocking the web browsing.
NGHSIG is participating in the City Wi-Fi Roaming trial, which is held from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 in 2018.
The easiest way to experience Passpoint/NGH is probably to register your device here and install the profile in advance. Passpoint is also known as Hotspot 2.0.
If you have a relatively new phone with a SIM card from
one of the telecom companies participating in the trial,
your phone would have a chance to be automatically connected
to the network.
If the Passpoint feature doesn't work on your phone,
you may try picking up the SSID manually and
setting EAP-AKA (or EAP-SIM) for authentication method.
(SIM cards from Japanese telecom companies do not work on the hotspots in Japan.)
As of Oct. 22, AT&T and T-Mobile US SIM cards have passed the confirmation.
Japan's Cityroam access points, provided by NGHSIG, carry eduroam SSID as well as Passpoint one. If you are an eduroam user, your phone/computer should be connected automatically to the network. In this case, the connection is not via Passpoint.
ANYROAM is also available on the eduroam SSID.
So far, the access points outside Japan accept the eduroam accounts from a limited number of institutions only. The eduroam users in Japan may be able to get on the network by picking up the SSID manually. If you want to try, please contact NGHSIG (nghsig at rd.cc.tohoku.ac.jp) to obtain the test accounts valid in this trial.
The hotspots in Japan can be found in the map above.
It may not be so easy for tourists to find the
hotspots for this trial
as many cities have not provided hotspot lists or maps.
Some known sites are shown below.
(As of Aug. 14, the World Wi-Fi Day's Passpoint profiles do not seem available in Birmingham and Leeds (and Bradford?).