As Japanese songs are loved by audiences all over the world, there are hundreds of websites where you can download and listen to Japanese music or albums.
What are the best Japanese music download sites, and how to free download J-Pop, J-Punk, Japanese traditional & classical music, etc.?
In this article, we have put together list of 12 websites for Japanese MP3/FLAC hi-res songs download.
YouTube is home to millions of music videos from global artists. You can find any Japanese music video you want based on different search criteria such as upload date, type, duration, features, etc. That means you easily listen to the latest Japanese albums or playlists (even longer than 2 hours) or watch 4k music videos with lyrics online.
To download Japanese music videos from YouTube, you should cost $11.99 per month for Premium after 30-day free trial.
Spotify, a popular music streaming websites, covers huge single songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts. You can play huge collection of Jpop, Jrock, and relaxing Japanese music (considered as spa music and sleep music).
Premium subscribers ($9.99 for 1 month) are able to download Jpop from Utada Hikaru, Ayumi Hamasaki, Arashi, Namie Amuro, SMAP, etc. for offline listening.
Vimeo is another solid video hosting platform that one year earlier than YouTube. It aims to encourage professionals in fields like music, dance, photography, and more to share their videos. There are also a fair amount of Japanese songs. You can via keyword and filters to find your favored Japanese music videos, channels, or groups.
The plus members and higher support Japanese music download. Upgrade your account to plus from Vimeo starting at $7 per month.
Amazon is a famous online shopping site. It contains vinyl records, audio CDs, and digital MP3 tracks for you to purchase. You can see the after-sales reviews of each product.
Although Amazon provides you with an excellent buying experience, the Japan music download is too expensive. You have to pay for each Japanese song or album that you need to download, and the price varies.
JPop Singles, founded in 2016, is designed to download Jpop torrents (OST and anime music included) to MP3 320kbps, FLAC lossless, or AAC 256kbps. It lets you search your desired music through single, album, and artist categories.
This free Jpop download site has showed you the step-by-step on how to download and extract zipped files. The password info is easy to see as well.
On JPFLAC, you are entitled to download Jpop, Kpop, and hi-res original soundtracks.
The website offers two downloading methods. The first one is to download Japanese music to FLAC format and save as a RAR file. It charges $14.95/month (Premium) and $22.95/month (Premium VIP). Another way is to free download Japan pop MP3 from its mirror website - jpopmix.com.
Tokyo Toshokan (東京 図書館) is a brilliant Japanese music torrenting site. It has a straightforward appearance. All the latest versions are listed on the homepage, and music, drama, anime, hentai, manga, etc. are indexed.
This site is free to download Jpop torrents to MP3, FlAC, WAV and RAR. The only thing you should do is to installed BitTorrent, uTorrent, or other torrent clients on your computer.
AudioSparx been around for over decade, and it has become one of the best Japanese music download sites. It's an industry-leading music library, offering high quality commercial music for videos, TVs, films, slide shows, DVDs, and so forth. Not just for Japan, AudioSparx served over 60 countries and regions.
The disadvantage is that the price of Japanese music track is relatively expensive, and there will be interference during the audition process.
When it comes to royalty free background instrumental downloads, Fesliyan Studios is supposed to occupy a place. It sorts music through genre, mood, use case, and instrument. Under Genre > World, click Japanese, and you will see all non-copyright Japanese songs.
If not for commercial purposes, you can download royalty free Japanese music without limits. Otherwise, you need to donate to use it.
Jp-Rock is a small Jrock/Jpop download site, almost at a glance. On the right side of the page, you can quickly know which albums have been archived every month since 2007, the most sought-after albums on this site, and some JP-Rock lyrics.
In addition to songs that keep pace with the times, Jp-Rock will also bring you back to the classic era. You can find a number of nostalgic golden songs and download 80s music albums free.
AniDex is a clean torrent website without floating ads. It's dedicated to delivering anime (English dubbed included), live action, light novel, manga, music, game, etc. In the music category, there are lossless/lossy audio or video files from various countries, most of which are Japanese music torrents.
The site updates the resources of anime torrents almost every day. However, it's not friendly for free Japanese music download, as the music torrents update very slowly.
Sukidesuost is a paradise for otaku to download anime OST with album art for free. Plus, it's capable of downloading J-Pop, K-Pop, game music, doujin music, etc. with high quality.
The problem is that although the content of this Japanese songs download site is rich, it may not be able to get music successfully. When you start to download, it will redirect to multiple pages, and finally nothing happens.
YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo, and Amazon.
These four websites are famous all around the world. They have deep cooperation with PayPal or major credit cards. When download Japan songs from them, you won’t obtain adware, spyware, worms, and Trojan horses.
There is very little music from Japan here.
Tokyo Toshokan and AniDex.
The download speed is not fast.
JPop Singles, JPFLAC (download from mirror), Jp-Rock, and Sukidesuost.
It’s slow to finish the download process and not safe enough.
Extended: top 10 classical Jpop albums:
|First Love||1999||Hikaru Utada|
|A Best||2001||Ayumi Hamasaki|
|Sweet 19 Blues||1996||Namie Amuro|
|Delicious Way||2000||Mai Kuraki|
|All the Best! 1999–2009||2009||Arashi|
|Tsugi no Ashiato||2014||AKB48|
YouTube almost has no shortcomings in downloading audio and video. The music resources inside are extremely rich. Moreover, many Japanese music sites like jpopasia.com and japanese-music.com (introduce Japanese traditional instrumental music, i.e. koto, shakuhachi, flute, taiko, etc.) are also embedded YouTube videos.
It's recommended to download free Japanese songs using a third-party video downloader.
Apart from music audio, it can also download music video and convert it to MP4, MKV, MOV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, iPhone, or any format.
Its built-in audio adjuster allows you to change the quality, bitrate, sample rate, and channel of songs.
Whether you are getting a single or album from Japanese music download sites or via video downloader software, you should always select a safe method. Many free websites are risky. If you don't want to pay too much while keeping safe, a 3rd-party program deserves a try.
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