Business visitors to Kyoto will now have free access to Wi-Fi throughout the city.
The scheme, which is the largest municipal scheme in Japan, is being launched in a bid to satisfy the needs of smart phone and tablet computer users attending conference and meeting events.
After a long period of planning and deployment, routers installed across Kyoto will provide 630 Wi-Fi hotspots and allow up to three hours of internet connection by delegates.
If the scheme is successful, then access could be made more widely available for longer periods of time for larger events.
The news has been welcomed by the Kyoto Convention Bureau.
International marketing manager, James Kent, said: “The installation of Wi-Fi routers across Kyoto offers big benefits to business visitors.
“It will meet their growing demands for internet access by providing them with excellent communication channels in the meeting and events environment.
“It means they can access online resources throughout Kyoto without gaps in connection, whilst being safe in the knowledge that the connection is secure.
“Free Wi-Fi access will only enhance delegate experience as on the move applications and the use of mobile devices is playing a more central role in meetings and conferences.
“We look forward to seeing how the scheme is used and if successful look forward to seeing it develop for bigger conference and meetings.”