Want to watch Amazon Japan prime video from overseas? Amazon Japan has been blocking connections from VPN (proxy) and it has becoming stricter these days. So, VPN is not a solution anymore unfortunately.
The solution is Smart DNS.
It works well with not only Amazon, but Hulu, Netflix US/Japan and other online video prvidors.
Not like VPN, smart DNS will not encrypt data, however it is much faster than VPN instead. You do not need an encryption for waching video anyway, so smart DNS is a better solution.
In fact, video quality became much better in my environment. Less buffering time and no sluggish screen anymore.
Best Smart DNS service to unblock
Smart DNS Proxy is the one I chose. Here is my criteria for selection:
- Not expensive – preferably $5/m or lower.
- 24/7 online chat support
- Good online reputation
I contacted them with online chat there and confirmed their support is great. I have never waited more than 20 secs to get a response.
1 month: $4.90
3 month: $12.90 ($4.30/m)
1 year: $39.90 ($3.33/m)
2 years: $49.90 ($2.08/m)
The good thing is that you can try it for free for 14 days without providing credit card. So, try them first and pay only if you are happy with the service.
Which device Smart DNS proxy works with?
Technically, any device which allows to setup DNS should work with Smart DNS proxy.
Their How to setup page has info for variety devices. Below is some of the examples:
- Smart TV
- Kindle fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast etc
- Play Station, XBOX, Wii etc
You can even setup DNS on your router, so any device in the same network will connect through Smart DNS proxy without extra setup for each device.
Register with 14 days trial
１．Go to Smart DNS Proxy, type your email and click “Sign up now!”.
２．Confirmation email will be sent to your email address. Click “VERIFY YOUR EMAIL” in it.
３．You will be asked preferred ID and password for login.
You will see your personal screen.
４．If you want to watch Amaon Japan prime video, click “Regions”, select “Japan” then “Update”.
How to setup device
Please refer their How to setup page.
If you are using Windows, set only “Preferred DNS server” at the last part of the settings if you want to use Japan server as there is no alternative server for Japan.
27 Sep 2018
Apparently, above DNS server stopped working. If you find 184.108.40.206 is not responding, try the following instead:
Make sure that green tick is appearing on “DNS Setup” and also “Japan” is set on “Amazon Prime”:
Activate your IP
If “IP Activation” is not appearing with green tick icon like below, your network IP needs to be activated. Simply click “ReActivate” in that case.
As ling as it is appearing with green tick icon, any device with correct DNS settings can access to a service like Amazon through Smart DNS proxy. There is no limitation for the number of devices to be used within the same network.
If you are happy with the service and want to pay for it after free trial, you can do it from “Subscribe”.
Payment method is either credit card or PayPal.
Provide payment info and click “Agree and Pay”.
Check subscription details. If you want to disable automatic recurring payment after the current subscription, you can do it so with clicking “Cancel Subscriptin” button.
Don’t worry, your current subscription is still active even after disabling automatic payment.
That’s it! Enjoy:)