How to watch Japanese Netflix anywhere in the world



Chris, a UK-born media connoisseur, is an expert in watching international TV. Known as "The Global Screen Wanderer", he has travelled extensively across the globe with long stints away from home. With over 10 years of experience he has become the go-to guru for streaming content from home and abroad.

In this guide we’re going to show you how you can watch Japanese Netflix anywhere in the world in just 5 simple steps.

Japanese Netflix is one of the most interesting iterations of Netflix, however like all regions of Netflix, it’s blocked to use from with Japan only.

With some of the most unique programming of any Netflix region there are thousands of people wanting to access Japanese Netflix outside of Japan.

With a small app for your phone, tablet or computer called a VPN you can access Japanese Netflix from any country in the world.

Below we’ll show you how.

How to watch Japanese Netflix anywhere in the world

To access Japanese Netflix you need to change your IP Address to one from Japan and to do this you’ll need an app called a VPN.

Just follow the instructions below that show you how to get a VPN and how to use it to access Japanese Netflix.

How to watch Japanese Netflix anywhere in the world:

  1. Visit the VPN provider NordVPN. (They have a 30-day money back guarantee so it’s risk-free)
  2. Follow the instructions and sign-up to their service.
  3. Once signed up download the correct app for your device from Android, iOS, Windows or Mac from the VPN apps area of the NordVPN website.
  4. Install the app, run it and login when required.
  5. Select Japan on the world map then press Connect.

NordVPN app connecting to Japan server

The NordVPN app will now make connection to Japan which will take around 30 seconds.

Once it has connected all you need to do is visit the Netflix website or launch your Netflix app.

You’ll now be able to browse the Japanese catalogue which includes categories like Japanese TV, Japanese Movies and other Asian content which usually isn’t available on other Netflix regions.

Japanese Netflix

When you’ve finished watching press Disconnect on the NordVPN app and everything will revert to normal. You can reconnect at any time in the future and as many times as you wish.

How does a VPN work

If you access Netflix you’ll usually be served up the local Netflix catalogue.

For example, if you’re in the United States you’ll get the US Netflix, if you’re in the UK you’ll get the UK Netflix, if you’re in Australia you’ll get Australian Netflix etc.

The reason you get the local site is because Netflix knows where you’re based because something called your IP Address that gives away your location.

A VPN works by assigning you an IP Address from another country. In the case of watching Japanese Netflix, an IP Address from Japan.

When you visit Netflix it now thinks you’re in Japan.

How to watch Japanese Netflix on a mobile or tablet

Watching Japanese Netflix on a mobile or tablet device is incredibly easy.

All you need to do is sign up for the NordVPN service as explained above and download their app for your device.

You can get the app from your app store either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. After signing up just search the store for NordVPN and download it.

Once downloaded and installed, login and then select Japan and Connect. You should then launch the Netflix app.

How to watch Japanese Netflix on a Windows or Mac computer

Watching Japanese Netflix is probably easiest on a computer running either Windows or Mac.

Firstly, sign up to NordVPN. Download either the Windows or Mac software from the “VPN Apps” section of the NordVPN website.

Install the app and login when required.

Select Japan and press Connect.

Once connected visit the Netflix website and login like normal.

Are there Free or other VPN providers

We tested a bunch of other VPN providers to see which worked with Japanese Netflix and unfortunately most didn’t.

Although many offer Japan VPN servers when you connect Netflix thinks you’re in the United States. So even though you’re connected to Japan you still get the US Netflix website.

NordVPN was one of the few that actually serve up the real Japanese Netflix website.

Free VPN services are also useless for this purpose. Most don’t offer Japanese connection points which is crucial. Any that do generally don’t work with Netflix.

As the service is free it means there are thousands if not millions of users all trying to use the service for this very purpose which makes it easy for Netflix to block connections from that service.

So don’t forget, all you need is a VPN service from NordVPN which you can get by clicking the button below and follow the instructions from earlier in this guide.

30-day money back guarantee

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