How to watch Abema TV outside Japan



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If you’re from Japan or just a fan of Japanese programming then you’ve probably heard of Abema TV. In this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch Abema TV outside Japan.

If you’re living outside Japan or you just can’t get enough of Japanese language shows or cartoons and you’ve tried to watch Abema TV then you’ll know like me that you’re blocked from watching.

Abema is restricted to viewing from within Japan only and without the aid of a little tool that I’ll explain to you in this guide you won’t be able to watch.

So let’s find out how you can watch Abema TV outside Japan from anywhere in the world using a simple app called a VPN.

What you need to watch Abema TV outside Japan

When you visit the Abema TV website outside Japan rather than being able to select the channel or network you want to watch you’ll instead be hit with a screen that tells you that “AbemaTV is only accessible within Japan”.

Abema TV blocked

If you want to watch your favourite Japanese shows then the above block can be really annoying.

To bypass this block you’re going to need to get yourself a VPN service.

A VPN is a way to encrypt your internet connection and alter your online location. When you visit any website it knows which country you’re from and even which city.

With a VPN you can alter your country so that you appear elsewhere.

Where to get a VPN

There are many companies that offer VPN services but not all are suitable to watch Abema TV outside Japan.

If fact, almost all are blocked by Abema these days.

The first and most important feature is that the VPN provider offers a Japanese “server”. The second most important feature is that the VPN provider offers fast speeds, fast enough to stream video from Abema TV to wherever you are located.

I’ve been testing a selection of VPN services and found that ExpressVPN is most suitable for the job, not only do they have a Japanese server but they’re also fast and competitive on price.

All you need to do is click the button below to get started with ExpressVPN and then continue reading below once you’ve signed up to their service.

Alternatively, NordVPN is also currently working so you’re free to choose.

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How to stream Abema TV in any country

Once you’ve picked a VPN to sign up to the process is super-simple.

Step 1

Head over to the ExpressVPN site, choose a subscription length to suit you and sign up.

Step 2

Download the correct software for your computer either PC or Mac or you can download the apps for Android or iOS.

Install and Run the app.

Step 3

Press Selected Location then search Japan.

ExpressVPN connecting to Japan

Enjoy streaming anywhere with ExpressVPN.

Step 4

Press Connect.

The ExpressVPN app will now make connection to Japan for you.

Once it is connected you should visit the Abema website and rather than see the block message that you saw earlier you’ll be able to choose from all the different channels and stream whatever shows you want wherever you are in the world.


If you’re missing all your favourite Japanese content, Abema TV is the service for you.

Sadly, it’s blocked when you’re outside of Japan. By using a VPN you can watch anywhere.

The great news is that you can use the VPN service from ExpressVPN for other purposes too and to access other TV services from around the world such as TVer and Gorin plus many others.

After you’ve finished watching why not take a look around our website as there are hundreds of other TV services both in Japan and around the world that you can unblock with your new VPN service.


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39 Responses

  1. R10 says:

    Hello, I’m using my MacBook Pro, and I set the location to Japan but it’s not working… I choose the server “Japan – Tokyo #007”

  2. Taka says:

    Hi, I tried using 4 VPNs (NordVPN, Surfshark, ProtonVPN and UltraVPN ) but none of them worked on mobile.
    Do you know any other solution? Thanks.

    • Chris says:

      Is it possible you can try on a desktop or laptop?

      Also did you enable the false GPS option on the Surfshark app?

    • ESMP says:

      Same here… apparently mobile app uses something else to detect you are outside Japan. Access from PC / Mac via VPN is possible though.

      • Chris says:

        Probably GPS or your sim card. Two solutions. Try enable “airplane mode” and then reenable Wi-Fi and try again. Or use Surfshark’s mobile app which lets you fake your GPS location.

  3. Yalu says:

    Hi there,

    I would like to know if Surfshark and NordVPN still both work? I run a youtube channel about Japanese voice actors and my viewers are looking for a VPN that allows them to watch their favorite voice actors on Abema TV.

    Thank you so much Chris!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Yalu,

      Surfshark definitely works as of today. NordVPN was also working when one of our readers commented and we tested ourselves.

      You may want to give it a whirl yourself as they both have 30-day money back guarantees and you can get a refund if you have any concerns. Let me know how you get on or if you have anymore questions.

      • Yalu says:

        I tried it out a few days ago and it was fine, but unfortunately, it seems to be no longer working. Is it the same for you?

        • Chris says:

          Hi Yalu,

          Still working here. Just connect to their ‘Japan’ option. We’re using Google Chrome on a Windows PC.

  4. Ben says:

    Surf Shark is not working for me

  5. Chris says:

    Surfshark VPN is now working as of March/April 2020.

  6. Jon says:

    Very frustrated trying to watch jp tv live. Attempting to ajatt so it would be really helpful. Anyone know other ways to watch online?

  7. gino says:

    My wife is japanese and we can use a vpn appliance pyramid with a fire stick but not a fire tablet. So came here trying to see why.

    • Chris says:

      Unfortunately Abema TV has blocked most VPNs from accessing its service. However, if you can access on a Fire Stick, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to access on a Fire Tablet too.

  8. baconcow says:

    VPNGate worked, but it don’t seem can be used for any security reasons

  9. Brad says:

    I’ve previously used NordVPN to watch the Sumo on AbemaTV, unfortunately it no longer works. Do you have any workarounds?


  10. Tony says:

    Do you think they started to trace vpn or non genuine ip and started to block them?

    • Chris says:

      Yes, they probably blocked IP address with multiple users streaming from them with the assumption they’re VPN services. We’ll keep testing and update the article accordingly.

  11. Tony says:

    Just came across this article and wanted to know if this is still current with ExpressVPN that you are still able to access Abema TV. I have NordVPN and I am unable to watch Abema TV.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Tony,

      Sadly not. I just tested on your behalf and discovered it’s not working. I also tested at least 4 other VPN services and none of those worked either.


    I’ve been using a VPN to watch sumo on but this month, when I tried accessing Abema through my VPN, it says I can’t use it because I’m not in Japan.

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