Japan is, without doubt, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, with the number of internet users only a few percentage short of being absolute (93% of adult popular). The country is, by a long stretch, the most tech-inclusive country in the Far East. As such, there is little to no form of censorship or restriction on internet usage/access.
However, with the spate of tech advancement in Japan (and the Western world) there is increasing risk of hacks, snoops and cyber-theft — which, for the past decade, have become severely critical. In light of this, the issue of internet security (and privacy) has been given more attention like never before. And one of such is the advent of Virtual Private Networks aka VPN.
Although, most durable VPNs offer paid services, you are afforded the opportunity of using them for free, albeit for a limited period of time. This article brings you a succinct compilation of some of the best free VPN for Japan. Read on!
The foremost VPN brand/service provider is arguably Cyberghost. This VPN provider, a Romanian-based Internet-security firm, stands out as one of best across board. In terms of coverage, speed and connectivity, security protocols, ease of use, and more significantly, affordability.
Cyberghost hosts the best obtainable encryption protocol in the industry, in reference to the 256-bit AES protocol. This provides you with an impregnable connection to any site, especially geo-blocked or censored sites.
Basically, Cyberghost offers one of the most extensive VPN server coverage with over 3000 proxy servers in about 65 locations across the globe. In fact, Cyberghost hosts numerous servers in the Far East (Asia), with about 10 local servers in Japan alone.
With this, the 100 million+ internet users in the country (tourists and citizens alike) are afforded the opportunity of connecting to the “home servers” with convenience.
In addition, Cyberghost hosts an extensive set of security and geo-encrypting features. Some of these include automatic kill switch, no logging policy, OpenVPN protocol, unrestrained server switching, unlimited bandwidth, industry-class authentication (MD5 HMAC), 3100+ IPs, and more.
Other notable features of Cyberghost include cross-platform compatibility (for mobile and desktop devices), multiple simultaneously support (up to 7 connections) and more. The most significant feature, however, is its 45-day refund policy, which enables you to reclaim your money within a 45-day grace period.
Cyberghost, while not being a conventional free VPN service provider, offers new users the opportunity to use the service for free, albeit for a limited period of time (seven days). This period is tagged the “free trial period”, after which users are expected to subscribe to a paid version, which starts at $4.13 per month (for a 2-year plan).
Nevertheless, you can cancel your subscription and reclaim your money within 45 days. This means that “you can enjoy the service for over one-and-half month free of charge”. For this reason, we included CyberGhost on this list.Why choose CyberGhost?
Does NordVPN work in Japan?
NordVPN is one of the best VPN service providers in the market, which offers free service to its users across the globe. As such, it makes our list of best free VPN for Japan. This VPN is best known for its dual encryption protocol, which ensures that your connection is secure end-to-end.
In terms of coverage, NordPVN can stand toe-to-toe with any VPN service provider. It has server presence in more than sixty countries worldwide, with servers numbering well over 5,200. Also, NordVPN features the best of encryption/security and connection protocols in the industry. Specifically, these include the standard AES 256-bit, 2048-bit SSL, STP, IPSec, PPTP and more.
Key features of NordVPN include:
- P2P sharing
- Internet Kill switch
- Multiple simultaneous connection (maximum of 6)
- Optimized servers and dedicated IPs
- Cross-platform support (Windows, Mac OS, Android etc.)
- 30-day money-back guarantee
NordVPN’s hosted features ensure that you are easily able to override any form of geo-restriction and access your favourite sites, without revealing neither your identity nor your location. With this, you are provided with absolute privacy on the web. Interestingly, you can enjoy all these for free.
NordVPN is made available to US subscribers for free. Users in Japan and other countries can also enjoy the VPN’s service for free, albeit for only a limited period of time. Specifically, new users can use NordVPN on free trial, for a period of 7 days.
To continue enjoying the service after the free trial, you can opt for one of the affordable plans on offer specifically the 3-year plan and the 2-year plan, which go for as low as $2.99 per month and $3.99 per month respectively.
Meanwhile, you can still enjoy NordVPN’s service for free for an extended period. This is made possible by the “money-back guarantee” feature, which allows you to reclaim your money within 30 days of subscription. Hence, cumulatively, you can use the VPN for free, for a period of 37 days (7-day free trial inclusive).
IP Vanish, like CyberGhost and NordVPN, is not outrightly available for free. However, it provides new users with free access (limited) to its service for a brief period of time. This VPN has physical presence (servers) in over 60 countries across the globe, with an average of 20 servers in each location. Some of these servers are available in Japan and other Asian countries.
IPVanish is specially suited for small teams and emerging businesses, as it has the capacity to support up to ten connections at a time. This means you can secure all your team members’ connections to every site (even restricted site), with a single IPVanish account.
Other key features of IPVanish include 24/7 customer support, 40,000+ shared IPs, multiplatform compatibility, zero traffic logging, optimized speed, P2P traffic (unlimited), connection protocols (IPsec, OpenVPN etc.), money-back guarantee and more.
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IPVanish’s free trial version is available to only customers using iOS devices. For others (Windows, Mac, and Android), there is a 7-day money-back guarantee on the cancellation of subscriptions. As such, you can use IPVanish for free for a period of one week.
IPVanish paid (subscription) plans starts at a relatively affordable rate of $3.74 per month (for a 2-year plan). Other plans include the annual plan ($6.49 per month), the 3-month plan ($8.99 per month), and the monthly plan ($10 per month).
There are tons of free VPN services out there. However, virtually all these VPNs cause more harm than good, as most of them are designed to siphon (to third-parties) the data they are meant to protect. Hence, it is strongly recommended to stay away from them.
The reviewed VPNs while being paid services, allow you to use their services for free, albeit for limited period of time, ranging from one week to one month to one-and-half month. After this period, you can decide to subscribe to one of the paid plans, which are offered at affordable prices.
Free*: In this guide, ‘free‘ means being able to use the software for free for a limited period of time. There is a tremendous effort behind every VPN tool. Companies need to cover these costs via paid subscriptions.
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