Japan’s Biggest Let’s Play and Gaming YouTube Channels
Here is a list of Japan’s top 40 gaming related YouTube channels! Most of them are let’s play gaming channels and are great for helping your Japanese come along. Somethings to note: Japan’s gaming culture is different to the west, for example Xbox isn’t anywhere near as popular as it is in America and the UK so Nintendo and Play Station games are way more popular. PC games are of course, incredibly popular as well. Japan also has a very strong mobile game culture which you will know doubt see throughout this top 40 list of Japan’s biggest gaming YouTubers.
If you are learning Japanese and want to find more let’s players then the best way to search for them is to go to YouTube, type in the name of your game in Japanese and then type the word “let’s play” which is “実況プレイ” (じっきょうプレイ) or just adding 実況 after the name of the game will work perfectly fine as well.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the list.
First off we have HikakinGames. Hikakin is massive on YouTube, his main channel, HikakinTV, being the 2nd most subscribed channel on the Japanese side of YouTube. His gaming channel consists of a variety of games including Minecraft, Monster Strike, Splatoon, Zelda and many others.
Video views: 2,751,539,307
Next on the list we have 兄者弟者 or “2BRO”. Two brothers playing a variety of games, most of which are for slightly older audiences. Games include: Call of Duty, PUBG, Cuphead, Shadow of War and many overs.
Video views: 1,482,005,752
One of my personal favorites. A brilliant and funny gaming YouTuber with a distinct voice. He speaks relatively fast so is great for intermediate and advanced learners who are trying to perfect their listening skills.
He often plays through entire games that have long stories like Biohazard and where possible will display in-game subtitles on-screen as well. His older videos also have subtitles which can be turned on in the YouTube player.
He plays a wide variety of games with each video he uploads usually being a different standalone game or a game from a series.
Video views: 1,447,737,161
A very popular YouTuber who plays a lot of Minecraft. He also plays other games but if you love Minecraft then definitely check his stuff out.
Video views: 1,479,193,474
Kazu also has a variety of channels and is a very popular YouTuber in Japan. His main channel can be found here. On his gaming channel he tends to stick to mainly Minecraft videos as this suits his younger audience. He also plays other games such as Splatoon and Mario maker.
Video views: 929,481,360
Seikin is another really popular YouTuber in Japan with his main channel being the 8th channel with the most subscribers. He has a popular Minecraft series where he plays with his wife and also plays games such as Monster Strike, Super Mario Odyssey and even horror games.
Video views: 396,916,233
A great channel if you enjoy horror games. Each video usually has at least 2 people playing and therefore brings about a very funny friendly environment. Some of the most popular games on this channel are: The Crooked Man, Liar Game, Friday the 13: The Game and GTA Online.
Video views: 608,790,748
A gaming channel that isn’t just gaming. This guy also uploads a variety of other videos related to various topics such as food, his dog, DIY etc. However, his main videos are gaming and let’s videos so there’s no need to panic! Popular games on his channel include: Happy Wheels, Minecraft, Blue Demon 2 and Super Mario Odessey.
Video views: 831,874,206
Horafukin is one of my personal favourites. He often plays with a large group of friends which makes his videos a lot more interesting and as his group of friends are all absolutely hilarious, his videos are just gold. He also does let’s plays by himself but I find that his GTA5, Trouble in Terrorist Town and DayZ/H1Z1 games are what makes his channel so popular.
Video views: 664,477,682
Gucchi’s room plays a lot of mobile games as well as console/PC games. It seems his main game is Minecraft but he also plays Dragon Ball Dokkan Battle on mobile as well as Mario Odyssey.
Video views: 1,566,959,535
Retoruto plays a massive variety of games, from horror, to multiplayer games with other YouTubers to let’s plays. He literally just plays what ever he wants so you can expect a wide variety of games.
Video views: 452,327,652
Seto Koji has a very popular main channel as well as a really popular gaming channel. Needless to say he has a bit of “character” to him and is basically just a middle-aged man who appears to still have the mind of child, which isn’t a necessarily a bad thing. Games include a variety of mobile games and VR games but his main stuff includes Minecraft, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker etc.
Video views: 352,517,061
Paint is yet another channel that focuses mainly on Minecraft yet also plays a variety of other games here and there. The other games that he plays consist of GMOD, PUBG and some horror games.
Video views: 294,163,982
Takucchi is an interesting channel. Although it’s obviously ran by someone, you never get to hear their real voice. Instead, each video is scripted and that script is ran through some form of text reader. I’m not sure I would recommend this channel for learners of Japanese. Popular games on this channel include: Mario Maker, Amazing Frog and Minecraft.
Video views: 1,085,714,034
This is the official Nintendo channel for Japan but it isn’t all adverts for new games or consoles. They actually do let’s plays as well and they don’t limit themselves to just Nintendo games either. Games include: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Xenoblade 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Minecraft, Splatoon and even a variety of Nintendo’s mobile games.
Video views: 354,940,000
A channel dedicated to a popular mobile game called Puzzle and Dragons.
Video views: 634,519,137
Hikaru actually got into some trouble and has been accused of stealing money from his viewers through a new company that he set up. Since this came to the Internets knowledge a few months back, he hasn’t been posting so only his older videos remain. The games he played consist of mainly Dragon Quest and Mario Maker.
Video views: 623,635,720
The official YouTube channel for the famous mobile game, Monster Strike.
Video views: 273,408,841
Another one of my personal favourites. I don’t usually enjoy watching Minecraft let’s plays but due to the hilarious nature of Love and his best friend Megaru, I just can’t help but watch these guys. Love’s old channel was nearly entirely dedicated to Minecraft and can be found here, but this new channel of his has many other games as well. This is a high quality channel with great content that I highly recommend.
Video views: 255,005,893
Video views: 27,009,407
Gikochan mainly plays mobile games, such as Monster Strike, but also plays PC games such as PUBG and Dragon Quest Rivals. He also does live streams through YouTube.
Video views: 421,340,033
Miyayuu is famous for GTA 5 videos and is another one of my favourites. He’s always testing study stuff within GTA and also introduces a wide range of mods. He also makes other videos for games such as SUPERHOT and Happy Wheels, but mainly focuses on GTA.
Video views: 319,197,269
Pokemon’s official YouTube channel.
Video views: 199,738,131
This channel focuses on live streams but of course as they are done on YouTube, all their live-streams are saved so you can watch them even after they are finished. They play a wide range of very popular games including The Witcher, Until Dawn, Destiny 2, Call of Duty and even Star Wars Battlefront.
Video views: 113,540,488
Two guys, Shiro and Nau, who focus on playing Monster Strike. As you can probably guess by now, Monster Strike, or モンスト (Monsuto) as it’s called in Japanese, is incredibly popular in Japan.
Video views: 333,326,006
Another channel that likes using a text reader for the narration, which I am personally not very keen on. However, Pokonyan is very skilled at Super Mario Maker. Other games include PUBG, Minecraft, Monster Strike, Super Mario 3D Worlds as well as many others.
Video views: 488,673,389
The first Japanese female gamer on this list and the most popular female gamer in Japan. She also live streams and does other videos unrelated to gaming. The main games that she plays are PUBG, Monster Strike, Puzzle and Dragons, Splatoon and Super Mario Odyssey.
Video views: 142,292,141
Another channel that focuses primarily on Monster Strike videos but he also live streams Lineage 2: Revolution.
Video views: 303,770,036
A rough translation of this channel’s name is: “A real serious dude, that is difficult to scare, plays loads of horror games.” And it is exactly what it says on the tin. Perfect if you love horror games.
Video views: 153,683,066
Square Enix’s official channel. They do a lot of live-streams where they introduce their games but they are less of a let’s play channel and more of just an official channel for Square Enix.
Video views: 395,422,186
Natti plays a wide range of different games and could be worth checking out if you enjoy the otaku culture of Japan. He plays games such as THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days, Pokemon, Puzzle and Dragons and Monster Hunter XX.
Video views: 412,760,174
As well as Monster Strike being a very popular game in Japan I think it’s also quite obvious that Minecraft is extremely popular as well. Tom and Maruku play almost nothing but Minecraft on this channel. They have a wide range of topics that they cover however, so if you are into Minecraft then this is one of the channels for you.
Video views: 331,320,989
This channel is a pretty interesting gaming channel. A wide range of popular and other more strange games are featured. Some of the more popular games include: Call of Duty, Super Mario Maker, Dead by Daylight, Skyrim, TESO and again, Minecraft. However, this old dude also plays some wacky games such as Goat Simulator and I am Bread.
Video views: 203,107,313
This channel mainly revolves around mobile games such as Puzzle and Dragons, Monster Strike and Seven’s Reverse.
Video views: 112,672,542
I recently came across Chihaya due to his Mario Maker videos which are insane. I’ve played Mario Bro’s on Wii and I SUCK, so seeing someone dominate speed run courses that seem virtually impossible just makes my jaw drop. He also plays other games like Dragon Quest and Pokemon as well.
Video views: 328,765,641
A channel that mainly does Minecraft but that also plays other games such as Mario Odyssey, Rocket League, Call of Duty and Tom Clancy’s The Division and even GTA.
Video views: 134,951,748
Remember kosuke? This is his friend and yes, he also mainly does mobile games. This channel mainly revolves around Puzzle and Dragons and Lineage 2: Revolution.
Video views: 196,729,833
Ashi ato aka “foot print”, again, plays a lot of Minecraft. They also play a lot of other multiplayer games with their friends such as PUBG, GMOD and Dead by Daylight.
Video views: 167,340,044
Shuuya plays Minecraft but also plays a lot of other games that most of the other YouTubers on this list don’t, for example, Animal Crossing and Attack on Titan.
Video views: 723,448,781
Gokou is a YouTuber I used to watch a hell of a lot due to his great GTA content (I don’t know what it is about watching other people play GTA but I enjoy it more than playing the game myself, maybe I’m just weird). He also plays games such as Assassin’s Creed, Just Cause, Watch Dogs, The Walking Dead and even The Last of Us.
Video views: 277,127,080
And last but not least we have a YouTuber who’s channel is dedicated to Splatoon. If you enjoy the Splatoon series then you will love this YouTuber.
Video views: 146,669,146
And that just about wraps up Japan’s top 40 biggest gaming and let’s playing YouTube channels and YouTubers. If you want to find out more about Japan’s biggest YouTubers then you can check out my other post here: Top 10 Japanese YouTubers | Learn Japanese With These Japanese YouTube Channels!
Japan’s Top 250 YouTubers (by Subscribers)
If you want to find other popular YouTube channels from Japan then go to this link here. The list is organised by most subscribed but you can also use socialblade to look at video views and number of uploads. It can be a useful tool for looking up the most popular YouTubers in other countries as well.
If you guys have any other suggestions for your favourite Japanese YouTubers then leave a comment below so that others can find out about them as well 🙂
If you are learning Japanese and aren’t quite able to understand these Japanese YouTubers yet then check out my tutorial on setting up Anki to help you learn Japanese via your favourite films, videos and TV shows.
As always, thanks for reading!
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