Famous Japanese Singers

Find out more about the greatest Japanese Singers, including Yoko Ono, Hikaru Utada, Ayumi Hamasaki, Origa and Crystal Kay.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Suzuka Nakamoto

Suzuka Nakamoto.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

 2 Haruma Miura

Haruma Miura.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Voice actor, Child actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tsuchiura
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 3 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 4 Tadanobu Asano

Tadanobu Asano.
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Famous As: Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Singer, Film director, Model
Birthdate: November 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yokohama

 5 Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan

 6 Hikaru Utada

Hikaru Utada.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Hikaru Utada is a Japanese-American singer, producer, and songwriter. She achieved popularity after releasing her first Japanese-language studio album First Love, which became Japan's best-selling album of all time. Utada was regarded as the most influential artist of the 2000s in Japan. She is also one of the most decorated Japanese artists of her generation.

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 7 Hirai Momo

Hirai Momo.
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: November 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture

Hirai Momo is a Japanese dancer and singer based in South Korea. She is best known for being one of three Japanese members of the popular South Korean girl group, Twice. One of the most famous K-pop stars from outside Korea, Momo's popularity has been credited with boosting international relations between Japan and South Korea.

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 8 Sola Aoi

Sola Aoi
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

 9 Nobuhiko Okamoto

Nobuhiko Okamoto
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Famous As: Seiyū, Singer
Birthdate: October 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

 10 Takeshi Kaneshiro

Takeshi Kaneshiro.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wanhua District, Taipei

Taiwanese-Japanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro was not seen in any major projects after his successful stint in the romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected, till he announced he was part of the much-delayed Sons of the Neon Night. He is also popular as Samanosuke from the Onimusha video games.

 11 Miyavi

Miyavi.
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konohana-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Miyavi is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and record producer. Apart from being an entertainer, Miyavi is also a volunteer at UNHCR; since 2013, he has been visiting several refugee camps across the world. He was made an official UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017.   

 12 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki
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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

 13 Takeru Satoh

Takeru Satoh
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iwatsuki-ku

 14 Takuya Kimura

Takuya Kimura.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

Takuya Kimura is a Japanese actor, radio personality, and singer. He is best known for his association with SMAP, one of East Asia's best-selling boy bands. After starting his career as a singer, Kimura found considerable success as an actor, which catapulted him to stardom and turned him into a Japanese icon. His acting skills have earned him several awards.

 15 Takehito Koyasu

Takehito Koyasu
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Famous As: Seiyū, Singer
Birthdate: May 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yokohama

 16 Daisuke Ono

Daisuke Ono
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Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sakawa, Takaoka District, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan

 17 Hiroshi Kamiya

Hiroshi Kamiya
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: January 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan

 18 Merle Dandridge

Merle Dandridge
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan

 19 Mamoru Miyano

Mamoru Miyano
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Seiyū, Child actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture

 20 Kana Hanazawa

Kana Hanazawa
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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 21 Chiaki Kuriyama

Chiaki Kuriyama
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Seiyū, Fashion model
Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsuchiura

 22 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 23 Sonny Chiba

Sonny Chiba
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Famous As: Actor, Judoka, Seiyū, Singer, Composer, Film producer, Film director, Lyricist, Karateka, Stunt performer
Birthdate: January 23, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka

 24 Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Itabashi City, Tokyo, Japan

 25 Tomohisa Yamashita

Tomohisa Yamashita.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba

Tomohisa Yamashita is a Japanese singer, TV host, and actor. After joining talent agency Johnny & Associates at the age of 11, Yamashita has been active on TV ever since. He is best known for his portrayal of Kusano Akira in the 2005 TV drama Nobuta Wo Produce. Over the years, he has won several Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix awards.

 26 Rie Kugimiya

Rie Kugimiya
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Famous As: Voice actress
Birthdate: May 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumamoto, Japan

 27 Hide

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Famous As: Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
Birthdate: December 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yokosuka

 28 Kyu Sakamoto

Kyu Sakamoto
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: August 12, 1985

 29 Takahiro Moriuchi

Takahiro Moriuchi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 30 Namie Amuro

Namie Amuro
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: September 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naha, Japan

 31 Maaya Uchida

Maaya Uchida
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 32 Sakura Miyawaki

Sakura Miyawaki
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan

 33 Yuma Asami

Yuma Asami
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Famous As: Actor, Adult Film Star, Model, Singer, AV idol, Musician, Tarento
Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Takasaki

 34 Tina Yuzuki

Tina Yuzuki
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Famous As: Film actor, Singer, Adult Film Star, Actor, AV idol
Birthdate: October 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

 35 Ayana Taketatsu

Ayana Taketatsu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saitama, Japan

 36 Tetsuya Kakihara

Tetsuya Kakihara
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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū
Birthdate: December 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Düsseldorf

 37 Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Otaru
Died: August 28, 2007

 38 Kazunari Ninomiya

Kazunari Ninomiya.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Katsushika, Tokyo

Kazunari Ninomiya is a Japanese singer, radio host, songwriter, voice actor, and actor. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band, Arashi. Over the course of his successful career, Kazunari Ninomiya has won several prestigious awards, such as Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix, Japan Broadcast Film Arts Award, Hochi Film Award, Hashida Award, and Galaxy Award.

 39 Yūki Ono

Yūki Ono
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shizuoka, Japan

 40 Mamiko Noto

Mamiko Noto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan

 41 Kyoko Fukada

Kyoko Fukada
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Singer, Seiyū, Musician
Birthdate: November 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kita-ku

 42 Ken Takakura

Ken Takakura
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: February 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kitakyūshū
Died: November 10, 2014

 43 Kōji Wada

Kōji Wada
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: April 3, 2016

 44 Damo Suzuki

Damo Suzuki
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Japan

 45 Toma Ikuta

Toma Ikuta
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Child actor, Tarento
Birthdate: October 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Noboribetsu

 46 Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai
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Famous As: Actor, Seiyū, Singer
Birthdate: December 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

 47 Akira Fuse

Akira Fuse
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mitaka, Tokyo

 48 Crystal Kay

Crystal Kay
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Seiyū
Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yokohama

 49 Meiko Kaji

Meiko Kaji
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Musician
Birthdate: March 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiyoda-ku

 50 Akiyuki Nosaka

Akiyuki Nosaka
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Singer, Lyricist, Tarento, Broadcast writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kamakura
Died: December 9, 2015

Akiyuki Nosaka was a Japanese novelist, lyricist, and singer. He is best remembered for his children's stories about wars. In 1967, two of his stories namely American Hijiki and Grave of the Fireflies won the prestigious Naoki Prize. Many of his works, including his novel, The Pornographers, and short story, Grave of the Fireflies, have been adapted into films.