The 29-year old Japan defensive midfielder passed a medical with Nurnberg on Sunday and was officially unveiled on Monday morning.
“After the surprise transfer of Timmy Simons, we thought a lot about how we could compensate for his loss,” said Nurnberg’s sporting director Martin Bader.
“Makoto Hasebe was soon identified as a suitable solution. The reason it took so long is because he has such a high standing in Wolfsburg after six years there.”
Nurnberg manager Michael Wiesinger added: “Makoto is a player who brings leadership qualities with him and who has convinced us in terms of his character. He knows the Bundesliga well and will help us immediately.”