TV shows about Japan

List of the best series about Japan, selected by visitors to our site: Yasuke, Horimiya, Street Fighter Assassin's Fist, Alice in Borderland, Ouran High School Host Club, ODDTAXI, March Comes in Like a Lion, El Dragón: Return of a Warrior, Heartbroken Chocolatier, Miss Sherlock.

In the top there are new series of 2021, a plot description and trailers for series that have already been released.

Yasuke (2021)
CharactersWarriors, Samurai, Defenders

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.

Horimiya (2021)
CharactersTeenagers, Pupils, Single mothers
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, By manga

A secret life is the one thing they have in common. At school, Hori is a prim and perfect social butterfly, but the truth is she's a brash homebody. Meanwhile, under a gloomy facade, Miyamura hides a gentle heart, along with piercings and tattoos. In a chance meeting, they both reveal a side they've never shown. Could this blossom into something new?

Street Fighter Assassin's Fist (2014)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDragons, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Adventures
StyleSpectacular, Action

A multi-layered series that looks back to the formative years of Ryu and Ken as they live a traditional warrior's life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as "Ansatsuken" (Assassin's Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their master, Goken, and the tragic, dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed, or will history repeat itself?

Alice in Borderland (2020)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, action, drama, detective
PlotSupernatural, Survival, Survival Games
StyleNetflix, Makes me think, By manga

With his two friends, a video-game-obsessed young man finds himself in a strange version of Tokyo where they must compete in dangerous games to win.

Ouran High School Host Club (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
PlaceSchool, Japan

Ouran Academy is a prestigious school with most students coming from wealthy families. One of the few students who comes from a modest background is Haruhi Fujioka (Haruna Kawaguchi). Through unexpected circumstances, Haruhi Fujioka ends up joining the male "host club," while hiding her gender. Friendship and love grows between Haruhi Fujioka and the male "host club" members.

ODDTAXI (2021)
CharactersAnimals, Yakuza, Drivers, Taxi drivers
PlaceJapan, Asia

This town should look familiar, but suddenly, it's not. The taxi driver Odokawa lives a very mundane life. He has no family, doesn't really hang out with others, and he's an oddball who is narrow-minded and doesn't talk much. The only people he can call his friends are his doctor, Gouriki and his classmate from high school, Kakibana. All of his patrons seem to be slightly odd themselves. The college student who wants to be noticed online, Kabasawa. A nurse with secrets, Shirakawa. A comedy duo, the Homosapiens... All these mundane conversations somehow lead to a girl who's gone missing.

March Comes in Like a Lion (2016)
Markimdb: 8.4
CharactersFamily, Sisters
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleFascinating, By manga

Rei is a 17-year old professional shōgi player, who lives by himself, not having a real family, and has scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances is a family, which consists of a young woman, Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, and who also keep a numerous number of cats.

El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CharactersFamily, Mafia, Gangsters
PlotMartial Arts
StyleSpectacular, Action, Fascinating

A Tokyo business man returns to his home country of Mexico where he must battle rivals to replace his grandfather as the head of a cartel.

Heartbroken Chocolatier (2014)
Markimdb: 6.9
CharactersTeenagers, Pupils
PlaceSchool, Japan

After graduating from high school, Sota Koyurugi (Jun Matsumoto) studies bakery at an institute. In high school, he fell in love with beautiful Saeko. Because of Sota's effort, he is able to have a romantic relationship with Saeko right before Christmas. Saeko though tells Sota that she will be unable to meet him on Valentine's Day, but can meet him on the day before Valentine's Day. On that day, Sota gives Saeko chocolate that he made, but she doesn't accept his gift. Saeko tells him that she didn't think they were dating. Sota is heartbroken, but he doesn't give up hope.To make Saeko love him, he travels to France with little money and studies chocolate there. This is because Saeko loves chocolate. 5 years later, Sota becomes a first-class Chocolatier. Now back in Japan, Sota opens his very own store.

Miss Sherlock (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CharactersStrong women, Terrorists, Partners, Detectives
PlotInvestigation, Adventures, Mystery
StyleFor girls, Spectacular, Twisted plot, Fascinating

Sherlock has a peculiar character flaw. She does not open her heart to strangers. She is Japanese, but was born in Britain. She now works as an investigation consultant for the police department. Wato Tachibana is an excellent surgeon and is guided by the principal of justice. Sherlock and Wato Tachibana get to know each other through a case and begin to rely on each other.

Death Note (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, drama, crime, detective
CharactersSerial killers, Gods, Students
PlotSupernatural, Investigation
StyleAction, Fascinating, By manga

Light Yagami is an ordinary university student. One day, he receives a "Death Note", which changes his life. The Death Note awakens his warped sense of justice and genius. He becomes murderer Kira and punishes criminals. L is a well known private detective. L appears in front of Light Yagami. L defines Kira as evil and decides to catch Kira. Then N, who has a beautiful appearance but dangerous existence, appears.

Erased (2017)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CharactersSerial killers
PlotTime travel, Supernatural, Investigation, Death, Time machine
StyleSpectacular, Twisted plot, Fascinating, By manga, Sad ones

After finding his mom killed, Satoru's time-traveling ability takes him back 18 years for a chance to prevent her death and those of three classmates.

Wonder Egg Priority (2021)
CharactersTeenagers, Students, Defenders
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleRomantic, Women in the lead roles

Ai, a young girl with shut-in tendencies, who tries not to interact with others. She keeps one of her eyes hidden behind her hair. One day, she happens to stop by a deserted arcade, where she meets "Aka." Spinning the gacha at their urging, she acquires a "Wonder Egg," and from that moment, her fate begins to change...

The Pacific (2010)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Death, Self-sacrifice
StyleBased on real events

Track the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge – across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. A companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.

Moon Lovers (2010)
Markimdb: 5.2

Tsuki no Koibito ~Moon Lovers~ is a Japanese television drama starting on Fuji TV on 10 May 2010. The drama is known also under the Japanese short name Getsukoi.

Shogun (1980)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersSamurai, Military, Samurai, Heroes, Emperors
PlotWar, Survival, Adventures, Politics, Intrigue
PlaceShips, Japan
StyleSpectacular, Fascinating

A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro (2021)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
PlaceSchool, Japan

"A girl in a lower grade just made me cry!" One day, Senpai visits the library after school and becomes the target of a super sadistic junior! The name of the girl who teases, torments, and tantalizes Senpai is "Nagatoro!" She's annoying yet adorable. It's painful, but you still want to be by her side. This is a story about an extremely sadistic and temperamental girl and you'll feel something awaken inside of you.

Beyblade Burst (2016)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, cartoon
CountryJapan, South Korea
StyleAction, Fascinating

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Himouto! Umaru-chan (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, cartoon, anime
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleEasy, By comics, Lovely, By manga

People are not always who they appear to be, as is the case with Umaru Doma, the perfect high school girl—that is, until she gets home! Once the front door closes, the real fun begins. When she dons her hamster hoodie, she transforms from a refined, over-achieving student into a lazy, junk food-eating otaku, leaving all the housework to her responsible older brother Taihei. Whether she's hanging out with her friends Nana Ebina and Kirie Motoba, or competing with her self-proclaimed "rival" Sylphinford Tachibana, Umaru knows how to kick back and have some fun!Himouto! Umaru-chan is a cute story that follows the daily adventures of Umaru and Taihei, as they take care of—and put up with—each other the best they can, as well as the unbreakable bonds between friends and siblings.

C³ Cube x Cursed x Curious (2011)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, comedy, cartoon, detective, anime

A high school student named Yachi Haruaki receives a mysterious, super-heavy black cube from his father overseas. That night, Haruaki wakes up to a suspicious noise in the kitchen, and he discovers a fully naked female thief of rice crackers. The girl, Fear, is the first of several surprises that Haruaki receives.