So Netflix is now officially launched in Japan after years of wait, but within a month it has proven to be a big disappointment compared to the US/UK editions. In fact, as shared in the graphic below, only 25% of the TV shows/movies are available in Japan compared to the US version.
We all love the English content Netflix has, right from the sitcoms to the reality TV series, to iconic series like “Orange is the New Black”, and Netflix specials like “The House of Cards” etc
After my personal experience in Tokyo, I scouted for a hack to get netflix Japan access, and I’ve found a very simple solution to address this, valid not only for Japan but anywhere in the world, and not only for Netflix but also for Hulu, beginning at just $3.33/month.
Getting straight to the point, the best way to get netflix Japan access is to get a VPN service (I use IP Vanish), which is as easy as a single click and a 3 second wait to enter the entertaining world of Netflix from your couch. In layman terms, a VPN service is basically showing netflix that you are logging in from the United States, and not Japan. And voila, you get the access.
While doing this, I have also compiled a quick list of best VPN services for getting netflix Japan access below. For those interested in details, may learn more about VPN here, or can get a detailed summary prepared by me for best VPN service here.
The 3 step process is quickly explained below:
1. Sign up to any VPN service from the list below (recommended to be the fastest and easiest, after trying myself) and install their software.
Please note: Depending upon the region, some of the above may not work, but one of them will definitely work.
2. Open the software and connect to any location in the United States.
3. Log on to US Netflix and enjoy!
A quick summary table comparing these services for your ease:
If you are still not completely sure, why not try a one month service and see it for yourself.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)Some countries where the internet is very heavily controlled may block the websites of VPN providers. That is why I have given you a carefully chosen list of 4 VPN providers, one of which will definitely work and also that these are the best priced ones in the market. In the rare case that none of these are working, please write to me in the content with your current country and I'll reply to you with a solution within 24 hours.
Do share your experience and feedback of the process of getting US Netflix in Japan access through this little hack.
Also see, how to access netflix from other countries in Asia.