Population of Cities in Japan (2017)

14
Over 1 Million
191
100,000 to 1 Million
536
10,000 to 100,000

Despite being just the 61st largest country in the world by area, Japan is ranked in the top 10 when it comes to size according to population. Many of its most populous cities are very densely populated, and growth is expected to continue through the years. Its largest city, Tokyo, has over 8 million residents, while there are 13 additional cities that have populations that exceed 1 million. Japan has a total of 684 populated areas that are named as cities cities, while it also has 20 designated cities, 42 core cities and 40 special cities. Almost 200 of its cities have a population of at least 100,000 (but fewer than one million), which makes it easy to see why Japan is one of the most populous countries on earth.

To better understand the cities of Japan, it is important to know how they are categorized. Designated cities have a minimum population of 500,000 and have been designated under an order by the Cabinet of Japan. Most of the functions performed by a prefectural government are designated to the city itself, and this includes roles in public education, sanitation and urban planning. The next class of cities in Japan is the core city. Core cities must have a population of 300,000 and an area that exceeds 100 square kilometers. These cities have many of the functions of designated cities with some exceptions. In some cases, cities with populations between 200,000 and 300,000 may qualify as a core city. Finally, special cities have a minimum population of 200,000 and is responsible for some functions performed by a prefectural government. However, these are a subset of responsibilites carried out by core cities.

Japan has 14 cities with more than a million people, 191 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 536 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Japan is Tokyo, with a population of 8,336,599 people.

Tokyo

Japan's capital is the most populous metropolitan area in the entire world.

8,336,599

Yokohama

This city is one of Japan's most important ports and the country's commercial center.

3,574,443

Osaka-shi

A history of trade led to this city's nickname of 'Japan's kitchen.'

2,592,413

Nagoya-shi

The arts and culture have a long history in this Japanese city.

2,191,279

Sapporo

Sapporo was host of the 1972 Olympics, marking the first time an Asian city hosted the event.

1,883,027

Kobe

This cosmopolitan port city is home to over 100 international corporations.

1,528,478

Kyoto

This bustling city is thought to have first been settled in the Paleolithic period.

1,459,640

Fukuoka-shi

Shopping, food, museums and green space are just a few of the things that make this one of Japan's most liveable cities.

1,392,289

Kawasaki

Heavy industry and high techology have led to the economic growth of this populous country.

1,306,785

Saitama

Saitama is a nationwide leader in commerce and exports.

1,193,350

Name 2017 Population
Tokyo8,336,599
Yokohama3,574,443
Osaka-shi2,592,413
Nagoya-shi2,191,279
Sapporo1,883,027
Kobe1,528,478
Kyoto1,459,640
Fukuoka-shi1,392,289
Kawasaki1,306,785
Saitama1,193,350
Hiroshima-shi1,143,841
Yono1,077,730
Sendai-shi1,063,103
Sendai1,063,103
Kitakyushu997,536
Chiba919,729
Sakai782,339
Shizuoka-shi701,561
Kumamoto680,423
Okayama-shi639,652
Hamamatsu605,098
Hachioji579,399
Funabashi560,743
Kagoshima-shi555,352
Niigata-shi505,272
Himeji481,493
Matsudo470,277
Nishinomiya-hama468,925
Kawaguchi468,565
Kanazawa-shi458,937
Utsunomiya-shi449,865
Oita448,907
Matsuyama443,322
Amagasaki442,173
Kurashiki437,581
Yokosuka428,992
Nagasaki-shi410,204
Hirakata406,331
Machida399,969
Gifu-shi397,714
Fujisawa394,624
Toyonaka384,459
Fukuyama383,298
Toyohashi378,374
Minato375,339
Nara-shi367,353
Toyota362,383
Nagano-shi360,176
Iwaki357,309
Asahikawa356,612
Takatsuki354,468
Okazaki352,361
Suita351,630
Wakayama-shi351,000
Koriyama340,560
Kashiwa340,221
Tokorozawa339,435
Kawagoe337,931
Kochi-shi335,570
Takamatsu-shi334,223
Akita Shi325,837
Toyama-shi325,532
Akita320,069
Koshigaya317,437
Miyazaki-shi311,203
Naha-shi300,795
Kasugai298,589
Aomori Shi298,394
Otsu-shi298,164
Akashi297,279
Yokkaichi295,841
Morioka-shi295,172
Fukushima-shi294,237
Ichihara283,531
Maebashi-shi282,711
Ichinomiya280,331
Hakodate275,730
Ibaraki273,992
Yao273,213
Kakogawacho-honmachi271,634
Tokushima-shi267,345
Hiratsuka259,052
Yamagata-shi254,538
Fukui-shi248,707
Mito-shi246,538
Shimonoseki245,786
Takasaki240,857
Fuji240,014
Hachinohe239,046
Neyagawa238,549
Kurume238,197
Sasebo237,444
Chigasaki231,657
Soka231,445
Atsugi229,199
Minami-rinkan224,015
Takarazuka219,789
Ageoshimo219,401
Chofugaoka212,977
Matsumoto210,667
Kasukabe206,915
Kishiwada205,561
Numazu204,318
Joetsu204,137
Odawara203,035
Kure196,624
Nagaoka195,318
Nishi-Tokyo-shi195,164
Itami193,524
Uji192,925
Suzuka191,477
Kofu-shi190,000
Izumi189,085
Hitachi186,307
Kushiro183,612
Mitaka-shi182,901
Sakura182,549
Kamirenjaku178,739
Anjo178,402
Tsukuba175,589
Hirosaki174,972
Tomakomai174,806
Hadano174,281
Obihiro173,890
Ube173,733
Hino171,777
Takaoka170,077
Kamakura166,016
Saga-shi165,236
Tsu-shi163,461
Sayama160,843
Kawanishi160,520
Oyama159,936
Ashikaga159,671
Matsue-shi156,811
Hitachi-Naka156,811
Nagareyama156,000
Katsuta155,968
Kumagaya155,813
Tottori154,098
Ota152,104
Komaki151,025
Ogaki150,570
Higashimurayama-shi150,556
Ome149,323
Moriguchi148,350
Yamaguchi-shi145,515
Otaru143,792
Urayasu143,758
Yonago141,368
Kariya139,159
Musashino137,479
Zama134,671
Seto134,246
Ebetsu133,953
Tondabayashicho132,873
Fujieda132,859
Sandacho132,858
Kakamigahara132,241
Omuta131,974
Abiko131,771
Kadoma131,727
Miyakonojo130,994
Matsubara130,855
Isesaki130,692
Daitocho129,521
Mino129,127
Asaka128,058
Kusatsu127,680
Ueda126,606
Okinawa125,483
Beppu125,065
Kashihara-shi124,521
Niihama123,059
Kisarazu122,524
Nobeoka121,949
Fujinomiya121,515
Noda121,411
Yaizu121,057
Toyokawa120,537
Shimotoda118,731
Kokubunji118,682
Ikoma117,601
Ishinomaki117,233
Hofu116,925
Handa116,119
Mishima113,479
Kitami113,137
Hikone110,925
Kiryu110,219
Komatsu109,045
Iwatsuki108,833
Tajimi107,818
Iida107,111
Fukayacho106,595
Yatsushiro104,341
Iwakuni104,004
Isehara103,401
Nishio103,337
Inazawa102,130
Tokuyama101,133
Narita100,641
Sakata100,446
Konan100,389
Chikushino-shi100,353
Tsuruoka99,820
Ikeda99,476
Isahaya97,371
Mobara97,315
Ise97,314
Kameoka97,181
Sakado96,656
Muroran96,197
Onojo94,957
Kanuma94,903
Yonezawa94,486
Kitakami93,854
Chitose92,942
Kaizuka92,632
Maizuru92,465
Kimitsu92,126
Ginowan91,800
Onomichi90,936
Omura89,918
Tsuyama89,717
Izumo89,286
Ashiya88,573
Iwata88,509
Konosu88,493
Nabari88,128
Yotsukaido86,701
Hamakita86,502
Gyoda86,343
Hanno86,262
Kashiwazaki86,183
Ryugasaki85,761
Iwamizawa85,107
Kakegawa84,004
Gotemba83,794
Yachimata83,322
Katori-shi83,181
Kamigyo-ku83,000
Sanjo82,893
Sano82,535
Kanoya82,335
Tochigi82,133
Tanashicho82,112
Marugame82,090
Yashio-shi81,345
Tatebayashi81,274
Shibata80,793
Gamagori80,786
Izumiotsu80,772
Toride80,716
Mihara80,387
Ushiku80,020
Kashihara79,058
Karatsu78,330
Iizuka78,206
Obu77,864
Wako77,435
Hatsukaichi77,341
Tsurusaki76,968
Furukawa76,312
Shimada75,781
Takefu75,753
Okegawa75,062
Miki74,701
Inuyama73,995
Kukichuo73,373
Satsumasendai73,132
Hanamaki73,115
Yawata71,656
Ito71,578
Kazo71,291
Yukuhashi71,277
Tenri71,052
Dazaifu70,587
Maebaru-chuo70,339
Tanabe69,563
Omihachiman69,189
Saku68,885
Hekinan68,872
Sukagawa68,790
Fukuchiyama68,735
Moriyama68,584
Tsuruga68,482
Matsuto68,159
Tamano67,786
Tsushima67,658
Nakatsu67,372
Shiojiri67,159
Chiryu67,062
Takayama66,636
Togane66,332
Sabae66,291
Niitsu-honcho65,910
Tanabe65,903
Kashima-shi65,814
Mooka65,717
Shiki65,411
Tendo65,393
Gushikawa65,251
Hasuda65,161
Odate64,543
Imaichi64,323
Narutocho-mitsuishi64,082
Shimodate63,666
Tosu63,595
Fujioka63,358
Fukuroi63,045
Ichinoseki62,970
Sakurai62,964
Kitahiroshima62,370
Fussa62,296
Ina62,104
Nagahama62,089
Honjo61,868
Ueno-ebisumachi61,598
Hita61,481
Toki61,394
Mizusawa61,281
Kuroiso61,230
Takaishi60,511
Yoshikawa60,510
Zushi60,055
Koga60,045
Nago59,587
Shiogama59,526
Uwajima58,971
Otawara58,888
Saijo58,823
Hanyu58,686
Chichibu58,507
Kasaoka58,461
Koga58,004
Imaricho-ko57,940
Kokubu-matsuki57,896
Soja57,469
Ishikari57,301
Itoman57,184
Hashimoto57,115
Sakaidecho57,090
Nogata56,821
Chino56,567
Moriya56,566
Tomigusuku55,715
Iwade55,633
Anan55,421
Nanto-shi55,315
Shiroi55,314
Satte55,286
Nakatsugawa55,011
Suwa54,735
Himi54,510
Okaya54,286
Suzaka54,022
Oami53,239
Muko53,222
Hatogaya-honcho53,062
Kudamatsu52,772
Kamifukuoka52,323
Ishioka52,304
Kariya52,015
Miyako51,721
Futtsu51,650
Tagawa51,608
Yuki51,574
Minokamo51,543
Miura51,483
Noshiromachi51,079
Shiraoka50,974
Kitaibaraki50,843
Fuchucho50,746
Oi50,593
Ono50,230
Tateyama50,064
Sugito49,817
Tokoname49,554
Tomioka49,281
Mutsu49,220
Goshogawara49,110
Saiki49,065
Masuda48,576
Nonoichi48,354
Kurayoshi48,347
Shibukawa48,322
Ami48,256
Annaka48,235
Iwakura48,007
Sasayama47,204
Sawara47,199
Inashiki46,994
Gujo46,918
Naka46,760
Nakama46,745
Toyooka46,500
Komoro46,272
Hikari45,885
Uozu45,848