Tips & How-to

How To Download Free iPhone Apps from Japan App Store

June 4, 2010 — by Simon Ng23


Tips & How-to

How To Download Free iPhone Apps from Japan App Store

June 4, 2010 — by Simon Ng23

Shortly after I posted the demo video of Taikono Tatsujin, a great Japanese game for both iPhone and iPad, I received a number of questions in my email box:

Is the game free?

How can I download it? The game is only available in Japan App Store.

Any way to register an iTunes account for Japan App Store to download the game? I do not have a credit card from Japan.

Okay, first thing first. The game is free for both iPhone and iPad. So, it comes to the second and third questions. As you know, App Store is not universal. Apple organizes the App Store by country and your iTunes account is associated with a specific App Store. Say, by using an U.S. iTunes account, you can only access the U.S. App Store.

In this case, to download the game or other applications in Japan App Store, you need to have the corresponding iTunes account registered under the Japan App Store. However, if you are not from Japan, you probably do not own a Japan credit card. Apparently, you need a credit card to register an iTunes account. In reality, Apple offers you an option to create an iTunes account without credit card.

About a year ago, I wrote a guide to show you how to register an iTunes account without the need of a credit card. The guide is written particularly for US app store. But, it also applies to Japan App Store (or store in other countries).

To download the “Taikono Tatsujin” game, simply hit this iTunes link. Then follow step 4-12 of this guide to register the Japanese iTunes account and download the game.

Does it work for you? Leave us comment if you experience any problem.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of

  • cecileva

    Worked great, now I’ve got to figure out if I’m playing correctly, seeing as how I don’t understand Japanese 🙂 Thanks for the tip

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  • very useful and informative post! thumbs up!!

  • Luke

    Great post, thanks for the information!

  • Rex

    I can’t use this method, now JP store don’t have an option “none” for credit card that blank.

    Jp apple store have changed this area??? !?

  • Betty

    what should i fill in for the address???


  • jonas

    They really have done a good job promoting iphone in japan to make it such a success!

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  • Wow a cool method indeed!

  • junnie

    hi i am not really sure how to fill in a japan address..any examples?

  • NAT

    You can buy Japan iTunes prepaid cards from
    It’s an online store that sells gift cards, game cards from Japan.

    • Maru

      These cards can be used to buy apps from the App store too?

  • Toni

    I see in the picture that you are on an iPad( which is what I have). When I go to the iTunes app on my iPad and try to follow the steps, it doesn’t work. So I tried to make a separate account and I wasn’t allowed to not add a payment method.. Any ideas?

  • kaze


    I’m from SG and i managed to download free Jap itunes app based on the above steps. But i can’t transfer them to my iphone! Help T_T

  • kaze

    I managed to sync them! I’m fine now! Sorry to trouble you.

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  • Guest64

    Well, I don’t have a japanese address, so do I use a fake one? Because thats breaking the terms of services apple gave you. Would that legal?

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