Does PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan work in 2023?

  • Last updated April 26, 2023
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PrivateVPN is one of those best VPN services that specialize in unblocking streaming services like Netflix in Japan. Although PrivateVPN’s server network pales in comparison to the likes of NordVPN or ExpressVPN, like this detailed ExpressVPN review in Japan says it is remarkably efficient for accessing some of the most sought-after Netflix libraries in Japan.

In a time when most VPN providers are failing to work with Netflix, PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan still unblocks various Netflix regions without any difficulties.

Quick Guide to Unblock PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan

  1. Subscribe to PrivateVPN or sign up for PrivateVPN free trial in Japan
  2. Download and install the VPN on your system/device.
  3. Launch the VPN, select the streaming tab in the server selection screen, and choose a Netflix location of your choice.
  4. Log into your Netflix account and start streaming your favorite titles in Japan.

Testing PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan

Usually, when I’m testing a VPN for Netflix in Japan, I first contact the customer support of the provider and inquire which, if any, Netflix regions their service supports.

I didn’t have to do this step for PrivateVPN because the provider has a whole dedicated page where they have listed down all the regional libraries of Netflix that you can access with the VPN in Japan.


So I simply tested all these servers listed here with Netflix to see if PrivateVPN in Japan was like other providers  that exaggerate their capabilities but fail to deliver in actuality.

Here are the results of my testing:

Note: These results only demonstrate my experience when using PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan. Unblocking Netflix regions in Japan is a tricky thing and what works for one user may not work for another. So, please take these results as a reference rather than a guarantee.

United States:

Starting with US Netflix, I connected to the US, New York server of PrivateVPN to stream the popular show “The Walking Dead” which is only available in a few libraries of Netflix such as the US.

I was able to unblock and enjoy the show in Japan without any problems whatsoever:


United Kingdom:

The UK streaming server located in London allowed me to unblock the regional library of Netflix in Japan as it appears in the UK. Here’s me watching the popular British series “Doctor Who” that is only available in a few regions of Netflix such as the UK:



Canadian Netflix is home to some interesting titles like “The Informer” and “Patient Zero“. In the screenshot below, you can see me using the Toronto server to watch Netflix CA exclusive title “Little Odessa” in Japan.



I am not aware of any shows exclusive to Germany, but Netflix was definitely displaying me the correct DE library in Japan when I logged in after connecting to PrivateVPN’s Frankfurt server.



I was already quite amazed by how effective PrivateVPN is and unblocks so many different regions of Netflix in Japan. Testing it for Netflix France next, I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s a screenshot showing me connected to the Paris server and watching the comedy show “H” which is exclusive to French Netflix:



Next, I tried to unblock Italian Netflix with PrivateVPN in Japan. For this, I used the Milan server, which readily let me access Italy’s exclusive titles. In the screenshot below, I’m watching the Italian Romantic Comedy “Under the Riccione Sun” in Japan:



The Spanish Netflix library also consists of some great titles that fans in Japan would probably love to watch. I searched for the show “Loving Vincent” which is exclusive to Netflix Spain and was able to start streaming instantly while connected to PrivateVPN’s Madrid server:


South Korea:

The South Korean film and show industry is gaining more popularity in the West with some great productions released lately like the movie “Parasite”. There are some great South Korean titles available on Netflix for audiences located in the region. I used PrivateVPN’s Seoul server to stream the highly-rated TV drama “The World of the Married” on South Korean Netflix in Japan which worked perfectly!:


Other Regions that work with PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan

In addition to the above, I was also able to unblock the following Netflix regional libraries in Japan with PrivateVPN:

  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Australia

If you’re experiencing any connectivity issues with this VPN, see our guide discussing why PrivateVPN might not be working in Japan for you. If you still can’t get PrivateVPN to work with Netflix in Japan, check out these other best VPNs to unblock Netflix in Japan.

How Fast Is PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan?

PrivateVPN seems to be ticking every box of any importance as far as Netflix’s compatibility of the VPN is concerned. When testing for speed, PrivateVPN did not disappoint. In fact, according to this PrivateVPN Speed Test in Japan, it is one of the fastest VPNs we’ve ever tested.

When connected to a PrivateVPN US server on a 100 Mbps connection, these are the results we obtained:

PrivateVPN speeds on its US server.

Coupled with its ability to unblock a variety of Netflix regions and fast speeds, this is easily one of the best VPNs for this job in Japan. In fact, the fast speeds and good security features make PrivateVPN good for torrenting in Japan as well.

Some Regions that didn’t work with PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan

My research and testing proved PrivateVPN to be a very reliable solution for unblocking a huge variety of Netflix regions in Japan. Very few VPNs come close to unblocking as many Netflix libraries in Japan as PrivateVPN has done.

At the same time, I could not connect to some server locations at all and thus was unable to unblock Netflix content from these regions in Japan. These include:

  • Japan
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Norway
  • Finland

In most of these, I was getting very high pings so I could not browse the internet at all while connected. However, it is very likely that this problem exists on my end only.

Users in Japan that are located closer to these regions and receive acceptable pings should be able to connect to these servers and access Netflix content of their choice in Japan available within said regions.

If you have tried using PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan to access these regions, please let me know what your experience was like and leave a comment below.

Alternatives for PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan


PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan is hands down are one of the most powerful VPNs I have tested for Netflix. I was able to unblock 13 different regional Netflix libraries with PrivateVPN in Japan. That is seriously impressive.

But Netflix isn’t all that PrivateVPN is good for. As discussed in other articles, PrivateVPN can also be set up on Firestick in Japan to unblock Netflix and other streaming apps. Users can also use PrivateVPN with Kodi in Japan or manually configure PrivateVPN for Roku in Japan as well.

Though unlikely, if the VPN fails to live up to your expectations, you can cancel PrivateVPN in Japan and claim your refund within 30 days of purchase.

For more information about this VPN as a whole, see our PrivateVPN review in Japan.

Have you tried using PrivateVPN Netflix in Japan? What was your experience like? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us!

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