First, here’s some cool YouTube facts. Did you know that around 500 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute? They get around 30 million visitors per day and on average, around 5 billion of videos are being watched daily on the YouTube platform. Mind-blowing, right?
YouTubers in Japan are catering to a divers audience, with various genres such as comedy, drama, vlogs, podcasts, gaming videos etc.
They are receiving millions of views and influence their audience in so many ways. Some foreigners might not be that familiar with the latest popular Japanese YouTube channels and the most prominent reason for it, mostly due to the language and culture barriers.
However, following these channels will not only make you aware of what’s happening in Japanese pop culture, but will also help you improve your Japanese language skills.
So, check out 5 most popular Japanese YouTubers:
Subscribers: close to 5 million
His original name is Riku Horiuchi and he has been active on YouTube since 2013 as SUSHI RAMEN (Riku). The channel’s name came from his favorite foods – obviously, sushi and ramen – and has a total of views that go up to approximately 800 million!
The main content on his channel are videos of funny experiments. His content could be compared to TV shows Mythbusters and Brainiacs to some degree, but more DIY, more comical, and more … YouTube-like.
Now, he also has a sub channel called Sushi Ramen 2nd (すしらーめん にく) which boasts more than a million subscribers.
You can check it out here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC78zfX-wGho3o6MrrnzLzMw
His video Flying in the air with an Umbrella|Science Experiment on his main channel is one I definitely recommend watching!
Subscribers : 5.44 million
Her channel name is simply her real name and Yuka’s videos are mainly focused on eating. However, let me clarify this, she takes eating to the next level! She films herself eating videos and sometimes does live streams, eating and answering the subscribers’questions, a popular genre also known as mukbang (Q&As while eating).
Her videos have more than 1.8 billion views in total and she’s also known for having starred in a Japanese TV program called “Ogui”(大食い) which literally translates as “heavy eater”. Since her videos are accompanied by English subtitles, she has gained popularity not only in Japan, but other foreign countries,too.
Super Spicy Korean Ramen | 4515kcal
Subscribers: 6.13 million
This group of seven members was actually formed on the graduation day of their junior high school. Their video content is mostly a mix of adventure, challenges and comedy. Fischer’s film both indoors and outdoors, and even go abroad for adventures to capture their amazing experiences in videos and share everything with us. Besides that, they also upload gaming and food vlogs, also comical as most of their content.
Their videos are super fun to watch and have around 7 billion views in total. Recently they started their series on YouTube Originals called “Fischer’s and the Lost Treasure”. You should definitely check it out!
Subscribers: 8.13 million
He is the second most followed YouTuber in Japan and is the founding member of UUUM, which is a YouTuber management production company. His real name is Kaihatsu Hikaru and he is famous for comedy videos and various challenges.
His other channel called Hikakin Games has a whopping 4.57 million subscribers! With almost 6 billion total views, this guy is a popular figure in the Japanese YouTube media.
Subscribers: 8.46 million
Here is the most subscribed to YouTuber in Japan. He is also known as the “King of comedy in Japanese YouTube media” and is famous for comedy sketches and challenges. His real name is Hajime Eda.
He is also a part of Uuum and has equal popularity on Twitter, occupying the fifth rank with the largest followers in Japan. He also has his new show on YouTube Originals called “The Fake Show”.
Check it out here. Ep 1 Who Are You? | The Fake Show
If you discover or want to recommend yo us more Japanese Youtubers we didn’t mention, comment down and also share your opinion with us regarding our top list of youtubers in Japan.