If you just got yourself a Roku device, then you must be wondering, how on earth do I install a VPN on it in Japan? — Am I right?
Well, if you don’t know, unlike FireStick devices, Roku devices don’t have native support for VPNs. You can’t install it directly on to your Roku. As a result, you are not going to be able to access a lot of popular channels on Roku due to licensing issues in Japan.
If you’re in Japan or in any of the few other supported countries like the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Mexico, then accessing any of the popular network apps and channels is going to be impossible for you unless you have a VPN.
But there is a way through which you can make a VPN work with any Roku devicein Japan.
With the help of a Roku VPN like IPVanish, you’ll be able to set up IPVanish on to your router (physical or virtual) and then share that connection with your Roku device. So, in today’s guide, I will show you exactly how to set up IPVanish on Roku in the easiest ways possible in Japan.
Does IPVanish work with Roku in Japan?
Yes, IPVanish works with Roku devices. However, you will have to install it on your router or your computer (Virtual VPN hotspot) and then connect your Roku device to that connection. This is because Roku doesn’t offer native support for VPNs as of yet.
But before we begin installing IPVanish onto our routers in Japan, just keep one thing in mind that not all VPNs are capable of unblocking strict geo-blocks. But since IPVanish offers 2000+ servers in 75+ locations and comes with powerful features that even support torrenting, it can easily unblock streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, and many more.
Just check out our IPVanish review in Japan to get an idea of how powerful this VPN service is. It is one of the best VPNs tested by us in 2023.
Anyways, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s check out how you can make IPVanish work with your Roku device for restriction-free streaming in Japan.
How to Setup IPVanish on Roku in Japan (Via a Physical Router)
In order to set up IPVanish on Roku in Japan, you need some additional hardware. You can either use a physical router or you can use your Windows or macOS computer to share a hotspot connection with your Roku device. We’ll first cover the physical router method. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step 1: Get yourself a subscription for IPVanish VPN or get the free trial in Japan
Step 2: Once that’s done, follow this guide to set up any VPN on your router in Japan including IPVanish
Step 3: Next, just make sure that you are connected to the same server location as your Roku device
Step 4: Now, go to Settings on your Roku > Click on Network > click on Setup Connection
Step 5: Next, select Wireless
Step 6: From the list of Wi-Fi connections, find your Wi-Fi connection and click on it
Step 8: Now, type in your Password
Step 9: Once connected, you will see your status change to ‘Connected’
That’s it, you have successfully installed IPVanish onto your router in Japan, and connected your Roku device to it as well. Now, you wouldn’t have to deal with any geo-restrictions. With IPVanish’s fast speeds in Japan, you’ll be able to steam any content without any lag whatsoever.
In case you found this setup process difficult, just follow the virtual router method mentioned below. It is way easier.
How to Setup IPVanish on Roku in Japan (Via a Virtual Router)
Now that we’ve looked at the physical router method, let’s check out how you can create a virtual VPN connection from your PC or Mac and then share a connection to your Roku device. FYI, this process is a lot easier. Just follow the steps below and you should be done with it in no time.
Virtual Router on Windows in Japan
First, we’ll look at how you can create a virtual hotspot connection from your Windows PC and then connect your Roku device to it. Let’s begin.
Step 1: Subscribe to IPVanish VPN
Step 2: Download and install the IPVanish app on your Windows PC
Step 3: Next, on your Windows computer, click on the taskbar located at the bottom right then the Internet connection icon > Network & Internet Settings
Step 4: Find mobile hotspot on the left-hand menu and turn on the Share my Internet connection with other devices option
Step 5: Now click on the Status located on the left-hand menu and then click on Change adapter options
Step 6: Now, Right-click on the IPVanish Tap Adapter and then click on Properties
Step 7: Next, click on Sharing tab and checkmark the box next to “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”
Step 8: From the drop-down menu, select the hotspot that you just created and then click on OK
Step 9: Now, your PC can run as a virtual wifi router
Step 10: Now, launch the IPVanish app onto your computer and connect to a US server
Step 11: Next, on your Roku’s main menu, select Settings > Network
Step 12: Then select Set up Connection > Wireless
Step 13: Now, you should see a list of all Wi-Fi networks. Just select the virtual Wifi connection you created earlier
Step 14: Now, enter your Wi-Fi password when asked and connect your Roku device to IPVanish
Note: In order to be able to make the above method work and be able to access U.S specific content on Roku, make sure that your Roku device is set up properly with a US region. If not, follow the steps mentioned below:
How do I change my Roku Japan to the U.S?
In order to be able to stream U.S. content on your Roku device, you need to have your Roku device set up with U.S region settings. Don’t worry, here’s how you can quickly create a U.S. Roku account.
Step 1: Fire up the IPVanish app and connect to a U.S. server location
Step 2: Now, proceed to create a Roku account
Step 3: When asked to choose a payment method for your new account, just skip the step if you don’t have a U.S. credit card
That’s it, your account is now created and you can watch the U.S exclusive content available on Roku. But in case you’re signed in to your Roku device with Japan account, you can just factory reset your device by going into Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset to sign out.
Virtual Router on macOS in Japan
Now that we’re done setting up a virtual wifi connection from our Windows PC, let’s check out how you can achieve the same task using a macOS computer. There’s just one thing you need to take care of. You see, in order to turn your macOS computer into a virtual router, you’ll need to plug it into an Ethernet cable. If you have gotten that sorted out, just follow these steps in Japan:
- First, click the Apple logo located in the top left corner
- Next, click on “System preferences”
- Now, select “Network”
- Click on the “+” icon at the bottom left corner
- Now where it says “Interface”, choose “VPN”
- As for “VPN type” choose “IKEv2”
- For the “Service name” type in any network name
- Next, copy and paste in the US server address Remote ID (you can find it on the internet)
- Next, click on “Authentication settings”
- Click on “Username and Password of your VPN account.”
- Now, click on “Ok”, then click “Advanced”
- Next, click on “Send all traffic over VPN connection” and then click “Ok”
- Click on “Apply” and then “Connect”
- Now, again click on the Apple logo and go to “System preferences”
- Next, select “Sharing”
- Tick mark the box that says “Internet sharing”
- Now, choose “Wi-Fi” > “Network name” and type in the network name as “Channel: [default]”, “Security” as WPA2 Personal, and for “Password”, type in your chosen password. Now where it says “Verify” type in the password again
- Finally, click on “Ok” to finish the process
That’s it. You have now successfully created a hotspot on your macOS computer in Japan. You now just need to connect your Roku streaming device to the newly created connection as I showed you earlier.
Just in case you followed all the steps accordingly and still encounter any connectivity issues, make sure to check out our IPVanish not working guide in Japan for quick troubleshooting tips.
How IPVanish Unblocks Channels on Roku in Japan
Due to silly licensing issues in Japan, you’re not going to be able to enjoy the service in Japan or from countries like the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Mexico, then you’re not going to be able to watch amazing content available on Roku.
But with IPVanish, you’ll be able to easily bypass any sort of geo-restriction standing in your way. You can simply connect to a U.S server and spoof your location to physically appear within the U.S territory. Here’s all that you’ll need to do to unblock any channel on Roku with IPVanish:
- Power on your Roku device
- Install Netflix or any other streaming service on your Roku (How to watch Netflix with IPVanish in Japan)
- Log in to the Netflix app using your Username and Password
- Search for any movie or TV show you wish to watch and enjoy
That’s it. This is how easily IPVanish helps you get past all sorts of geo-blocks. But in case IPVanish doesn’t end up working the way you expected, then you can always cancel your IPVanish subscription in Japan and get a full refund.
Now that we’ve looked over how to install IPVanish on a router and how to create a virtual wifi connection on both macOS and PC in Japan, we’ll look at some of the most frequently asked questions about setting up a VPN on Roku.
Can I put a VPN on my Roku in Japan?
No, you can’t put a VPN app on your Roku device in Japan. That’s because Roku devices don’t have built-in VPN compatibility. In order to use a VPN with your Roku device, you must connect it to your VPN-enabled router or virtual router. This is the only way, unfortunately.
What is the best Roku to buy in Japan?
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is the best Roku device out there for most people in Japan. It works with HD and 4K HDR televisions too. You can simply stick it into the back of your TV’s HDMI port and plug in the power cable into a USB port.
Is it legal to use a VPN?
Using a VPN is legal in most parts of the world except for some Middle Eastern countries and China. But do keep in mind that you should never use a VPN for anything illegal. This includes downloading copyrighted material, hacking, and even cyberstalking.
Even though Roku does not offer native support for VPNs, it is still possible to use a VPN with it. By using a physical or virtual router in Japan , you can make it happen.
I hope you found today’s guide useful. I hope you now know exactly how to setup IPVanish on your Roku device. However, if you don’t wish to use IPVanish VPN, you can alternatively check out our list of some best VPNs for Roku in Japan.
If you found this guide useful, you might also find our setup guide for IPVanish Kodi in Japan and IPVanish FireStick in Japan useful too.