Even Mount Fuji is getting WiFi

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Devindra Hardawar
July 8th, 2015
In this article: Japan, MtFuji, WiFi
Even Mount Fuji is getting WiFi

After making the 12,000-foot trek up Japan's Mount Fuji, you'll probably have a few priorities: Get some serious rest; reload on carbs; and take a killer Instagram pic. Okay, that last one might not be so much of a priority, but it's exactly what the Japan government is hoping for by bringing free WiFi to the mountain this summer. NTT Docomo and local prefectures are setting up eight hotspots along Mt. Fuji, including the summit, several cottages and a resort facility, which will be accessible with a special password. (Though we wonder why they're worried about anyone leeching off WiFi connections in remote spots.) The WiFi access isn't just about inducing FOMO in your friends -- it also gives hikers the ability to check weather and potentially request help in areas where there's no cell service. Just be ready to move quick, as you'll only be able to use the WiFi service for 72 hours after you first log in. (Again, we ask, why?!)

[Photo credit: Getty/SHOSEI/Aflo]
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