First we got free Wi-Fi in Silicon Valley courtesy of Nikola Tesla. Then New Yorkers learned that they too would be able to connect for free around the city. Now, anyone hiking on Japan's Mount Fuji will have the same luxury.
Hoping to spark more tourism, officials are installing eight Wi-Fi hot spots around the mountain, in cottages and at a resort near the summit.
Beginning July 10 and running through the middle of September, Japanese telecommunications carrier NTT Docomo Inc. will provide hikers with free Wi-Fi for 72 hours. The goal is to encourage tourists from around the world—particularly those from Europe and the United States—to share their thoughts and photos with friends while climbing the volcano.
NTT Docomo plans to pass out about 70,000 brochures with information about how to log in to the new service.