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The Nintendo Switch eShop is home to thousands of great games at this point, but some are locked away, exclusive to particular regions. If you're wondering how to download Japanese Switch games, you're in the right place.

One of the great things about the Nintendo Switch eShop is that you can create additional accounts to buy games from eShop regions other than your own. The Japanese Switch eShop not only has region-exclusive games, but often receives titles much earlier than the rest of the world, meaning that setting up a Japanese account is a no-brainer.

When you're all set, the second and final step is picking up some Japanese eShop credit. Below, we've explained how to do just that!

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Japan - Nintendo Switch eShop Credit

If you haven't already, make sure you go ahead and set up a Japanese account on your Switch. Once you've done that, you can easily use the Japanese eShop credit vouchers listed below to buy any Japanese games you like.

The links provided below will take you to retailers who stock Japanese eShop credit in digital form, meaning that when you purchase the product, a redeemable code will be sent directly to you – there's no waiting by the mailbox for a pesky physical card to be delivered!


Our top choice for picking up Japanese eShop credit is Playasia, an Asia-focused retailer that displays all of its product pages in English and allows customers to purchase items in their own currencies. Those of you who import physical Japanese games will no doubt be familiar with Playasia already, and picking up digital credit is just as easy.

You can grab your preferred amount of credit below. (We've displayed prices in USD and GBP here, but you can also pay in other currencies).


Another solid choice is the Japanese version of Amazon. The downside here is that you'll need to navigate through some Japanese text (translation options are available and the site looks just like western Amazon stores, so regular Amazon shoppers should get on just fine).

We'd stick with Playasia if you can just for simplicity's sake, but here are all the options available via Amazon JP:

If you're looking to buy European or US credit, check out the best places to find those in our guide to buying eShop credit in those regions:

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