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The Fastest VPN in Japan! — List of Tested VPN Providers

Did you know that in Japan, ISP tracks and records every site visited for up to 10 years. For that and many other reasons, securing your connection can be a good idea. But in a country of high speed internet, it’s important to pick a VPN service that is as fast as possible to maximise performance.

In this post, I have made four simple speed tests in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles & London, with my fast 1000Gigabit connection in Japan. First without a VPN and then the same with each VPN service. The list is ongoing, so I will add up VPN providers with time.

The fastest VPN for Japan is Astrill.


VPNTokyo
Down/Up
Hong Kong
Down/Up
Los Angeles
Down/Up
London
Down/Up
Without VPN438 Mb/s
586 Mb/s
250 Mb/s
188 Mb/s
313 Mb/s
103 Mb/s
121 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
Astrill211 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
208 Mb/s
141 Mb/s
202 Mb/s
121 Mb/s
182 Mb/s
115 Mb/s
NordVPN75 Mb/s
77 Mb/s
66 Mb/s
74 Mb/s
70 Mb/s
74 Mb/s
41 Mb/s
24 Mb/s
IVPN80 Mb/s
110 Mb/s
37 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
31 Mb/s
55 Mb/s
22 Mb/s
46 Mb/s
ExpressVPN67 Mb/s
140 Mb/s
65 Mb/s
149 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
120 Mb/s
16 Mb/s
33 Mb/s
Golden Frog51 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
14 Mb/s
18 Mb/s
5 Mb/s
PureVPN33 Mb/s
29 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
27 Mb/s
23 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
SaferVPN34 Mb/s
37 Mb/s
8 Mb/s
4 Mb/s
30 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
14 Mb/s
17 Mb/s
NolimitVPN31 Mb/s
21 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
19 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
16 Mb/s
24 Mb/s
10 Mb/s
PIA24 Mb/s
153 Mb/s
20 Mb/s
175 Mb/s
11 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
7 Mb/s
6 Mb/s
Perfect Privacy19 Mb/s
36 Mb/s
17 Mb/s
21 Mb/s
20 Mb/s
13 Mb/s
10 Mb/s
12 Mb/s
ZenVPN3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
2 Mb/s
1 Mb/s

Here are the connection specs:

Connection: Flet’s Hikari フレッツ光公式 High-Speed Optical Fiber 1Gbps
Intermediary: NTT WEST NTT西日本
Provider: Excite Japan Co., Ltd エキサイト株式会社

Flet’s Hikari (without VPN)

Speeds are impressive inside Japan but there is a great deal of variety in performance overseas. When downloading larger files, speed can be improved by using concurrent connections with multi-threaded/segmented downloading.

Speed Tests Without VPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests Without VPN: Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Hong Kong:  Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests Without VPN: Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests Without VPN: Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests Without VPN: London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Astrill VPN

Location: Three Tokyo Servers

ISP1: GMO Internet, Inc.
ISP2: Linode
ISP3: SoftLayer Technologies

Click here to see Astrill membership plans.

This is a fast and stable VPN for Japan. With a significant increase in speed for overseas connections. Three servers within the country to choose from for optimal speed, and a very extensive but simple to use connection client.

The client also gives the option to use OpenWeb protocol which is an even faster connection method that works only with web browsing. I managed to record downloads speeds of up to 420Mbps with it! So you can stream anything overseas.

Speed Tests with Astrill (1st February 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests with Astrill: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with Astrill: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests with Astrill: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with Astrill: London

NordVPN

You will loose potential Gigabit speeds but the connection is solid globally and quite fast within the limits of a 100Mbit internet connections or less.

The level of security and anonymity is very good. All the personal information you need to give them is your email address. The support is very fast and helpful too. See here for NordVPN pricing options.

Speed Tests with NordVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with NordVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with NordVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with NordVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with NordVPN: London

PureVPN

Steady performance, but sadly looks like speeds are pretty much stuck around 30Mb/s.

Speed Tests with PureVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with PureVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with PureVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with PureVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with PureVPN: London

SaferVPN

Not good performance.

Speed Tests with SaferVPN (31st January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with SaferVPN: London

IVPN

Location: Hong Kong
ISP: SoftLayer Dutch Holdings B.V.

Speed Tests with IVPN (7th February 2016):

Tsukuba: Hosted by SoftEther Corporation

Speed Test with IVPN: Tsukuba

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with IVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with IVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with IVPN: London

Private Internet Access (PIA)

Service is good and the staff was very helpful to try and fix the issue with download speeds, without results unfortunately. Perhaps it can work for some, but just opening web pages was slow enough to make this unusable with my connection.

Speed Tests with PIA (1st February 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests with PIA: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with PIA: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests with PIA: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with PIA: London

ExpressVPN

Two servers located in Tokyo with similar performance. Good connection inside Japan, but speed seems to progressively slow down when moving outside of the Japanese waters. Decent performance, but looses with downloads speeds.

Speed Tests with ExpressVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Golden Frog

Below average performer.

Speed Tests with Golden Frog (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with Golden Frog: London

NolimitVPN

A below average performer.

Speed Tests with NolimitVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: London

Perfect Privacy

ISP: Green Net Co., Ltd.
Location: Tokyo

Speed Tests with Perfect Privacy (7th February 2016):

Tsukuba: Hosted by SoftEther Corporation

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Tsukuba

Taipei: Hosted by Asia Pacific Telecom

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Taipei

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: London

ZenVPN

This is a good example how a VPN service can go terribly wrong. According to the results I got, ZenVPN is at the moment not suitable for the Japanese market.

Speed Tests with ZenVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Hong Kong (HK)

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with ZenVPN: London

Please note that this is not an accurate indication of average speed. The test is to see the potential capacity of the VPN bandwidth.

Hope this was helpful in finding a fast Virtual Private Network. If you have any suggestions or questions please go ahead and leave a comment!

Care and share, let's call it fair! -David

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