How to watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 online and from anywhere — stream all episodes now

Artistic image of Tokyo Vice stars Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe in front of a Tokyo cityscape
(Image credit: HBO)

The gritty underbelly of Tokyo's netherworld has long been ripe for popular culture to explore, and now comes the second run of the popular Max drama "Tokyo Vice" which sees an American journalist going head-to-head with the Japanese capital's most dangerous criminals. You can watch "Tokyo Vice" season 2 online from anywhere with a VPN – and potentially for free!

'Tokyo Vice' streaming details, TV channels, start time

Date: "Tokyo Vice" season 2 starts Thursday, Feb. 8
Time: 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT / 8 a.m. GMT / 7 p.m. AEDT
• U.S. Max
• Watch anywhere — try NordVPN risk-free

With its slick visuals, smart script and R-rated plotlines, "Tokyo Vice" fits perfectly among the catalog of HBO's Max streaming service and is the perfect companion to new Disney Plus show "Shogun"

Taking us back to turn-of-the-millennium Tokyo, protagonist Jake Adelstein (Ansel Elgort) is an American journalist hired by a Japanese newspaper and is immediately thrust into a dangerous game when he begins reporting on a suspicious killing that simply makes no sense. When more seemingly connected deaths are reported, Adelstein and Detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe) start connecting dots that some very important — and malignant — people will go to great lengths to ensure aren't connected.

Tellingly, Hollywood director Michael Mann is among the list of the show's executive producers, and fingerprints from an auteur's hand that made the likes of Heat, Collateral and Public Enemies are certainly visible on "Tokyo Vice".

The season 2 finale has aired and we're already craving "Tokyo Vice" season 3. Read out spoiler-free guide below for where to watch "Tokyo Vice" season 2 online and potentially for free.

Watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 for free in the U.K.

Seasons 1 and 2 of "Tokyo Vice" are currently streaming for free on the U.K.'s BBC iPlayer. It's totally free to sign up (with a TV licence).

Of course, if you're traveling outside the U.K. you'll need a good streaming VPN to unblock BBC iPlayer and access your account from anywhere in the world. Details below.

How to watch from anywhere

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching "Tokyo Vice" on your usual subscription?

You can still watch it online thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are, making it ideal for viewers away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:


There's a good reason you've heard of NordVPN. We specialize in testing and reviewing VPN services and NordVPN is the one we rate as the best. It's outstanding at unblocking streaming services, it's fast and it has top-level security features, too. With over 5,000 servers, across 60 countries, and at a great price, it's easy to recommend.

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, NordVPN has a great deal.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're visiting the U.S. and want to view your usual BBC iPlayer account, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to BBC iPlayer and catch "Tokyo Vice".

How to watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 online in the U.S.


HBO's Max platform is the exclusive place to watch "Tokyo Vice" in the U.S. All 10 episodes are available to stream now.

Max prices start at $9.99/month if you don't mind ads, going to $15.99/month for ad-free and $19.99/month if you want the option to watch content on up to four devices and in 4K. For even better value, you can pay for a whole year upfront and effectively get 12 months for the price of 10 on any of its tiers.

Traveling outside the States? You'll need to use a VPN to unblock Max when abroad.

Max is no. 1 on our best streaming services list for its vast, high-quality library, including all of HBO’s prestige series like "Game of Thrones" and "Succession", plus recent offerings among the best Max shows such as "Our Flag Means Death" and "Bookie".

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're visiting the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select a U.S. server from the location list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the show. Head to your streaming service app — so Max, for example — and watch "Tokyo Vice" online from wherever you are in the world.

Watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 around the world

How to watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 online in Canada

You can watch "Tokyo Vice" season 2 in Canada with Crave. The first two episodes drop on Thursday, February 8, with a further episode on each of the following eight Thursdays.

Crave subscriptions start at $9.99/month for its Basic plan (720p video, includes ads) all the way up to $22/month for Premium (ad-free, 4K, downloadable shows).

Those on vacation away from Canada will need one of the best VPNs to log in back home to use Crave as it will be geo-blocked when not at home.

Can I watch 'Tokyo Vice' on Netflix?

"Tokyo Vice" isn't globally available on Netflix, but season 1 is available with the streaming giant's Japanese catalog.

If you're away from the Land of the Rising Sun and want to watch, we've prepared a guide on how to watch Japanese Netflix. Note, however, that we have been unable to find a release date for season 2 of the "Tokyo Vice" in Japan as of yet.

Can I watch 'Tokyo Vice' season 2 online in Australia?

"Tokyo Vice" season 1 is available to watch on select VOD platforms in Australia such as iTunes. Otherwise, it's not available to stream and there's no sign that season 2 will be either.

If you're Down Under on holiday and want to watch your usual "Tokyo Vice" stream, then our only advice would be to download NordVPN and follow our instructions above,

'Tokyo Vice' season 2 trailer

'Tokyo Vice' season 2 trailer

'Tokyo Vice' season 2 episode dates

  • Episode 1: Feb. 8
  • Episode 2: Feb. 8
  • Episode 3: Feb. 15
  • Episode 4: Feb. 22
  • Episode 5: Feb. 29
  • Episode 6: Mar. 7
  • Episode 7: Mar. 14
  • Episode 8: Mar. 21
  • Episode 9: Mar. 28
  • Episode 10: Apr. 4

'Tokyo Vice' season 2 cast

'Tokyo Vice' season 2 cast

Oscar-nominated Japanese actor Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and American star Ansel Elgort (West Side Story) lead the "Tokyo Vice" pan-Pacific cast.

  • Ansel Elgort as Jake Adelstein
  • Ken Watanabe as Hiroto Katagiri
  • Rachel Keller as Samantha Porter
  • Hideaki Ito as Jin Miyamoto
  • Show Kasamatsu as Sato
  • Rinko Kikuchi as Emi Maruyama
  • Ella Rumpf as Polina
  • Tomohisa Yamashita as Akira

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Adam was the Content Director of Subscriptions and Services at Future, meaning that he oversaw many of the articles the publisher produces about antivirus software, VPN, TV streaming, broadband and mobile phone contracts - from buying guides and deals news, to industry interest pieces and reviews. Adam can still be seen dusting his keyboard off to write articles for the likes of TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide, having started his career at consumer champions Which?.