Population of Cities in Japan (2018)

13
Over 1 Million
190
100,000 to 1 Million
540
10,000 to 100,000
  • Tokyo
  • Yokohama
  • Osaka
  • Nagoya
  • Sapporo
  • Kobe
  • Kyoto
  • Fukuoka
  • Kawasaki
  • Saitama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yono
  • Sendai
  • Kitakyushu
  • Chiba
  • Sakai
  • Shizuoka
  • Kumamoto
  • Okayama
  • Hamamatsu
  • Hachioji
  • Honcho
  • Kagoshima
  • Niigata
  • Himeji
  • Matsudo
  • Nishinomiya-hama
  • Kawaguchi
  • Kanazawa
  • Utsunomiya
  • Oita
  • Matsuyama
  • Amagasaki
  • Kurashiki
  • Yokosuka
  • Nagasaki
  • Hirakata
  • Machida
  • Gifu-shi
  • Fujisawa
  • Toyonaka
  • Fukuyama
  • Toyohashi
  • Minato
  • Nara-shi
  • Toyota
  • Nagano
  • Iwaki
  • Asahikawa
  • Takatsuki

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 13 cities with more than a million people, 190 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 540 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

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

2,592,413

Nagoya

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

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 2018 Population Location
Tokyo8,336,599Map
Yokohama3,574,443Map
Osaka2,592,413Map
Nagoya2,191,279Map
Sapporo1,883,027Map
Kobe1,528,478Map
Kyoto1,459,640Map
Fukuoka1,392,289Map
Kawasaki1,306,785Map
Saitama1,193,350Map
Hiroshima1,143,841Map
Yono1,077,730Map
Sendai1,063,103Map
Kitakyushu997,536Map
Chiba919,729Map
Sakai782,339Map
Shizuoka701,561Map
Kumamoto680,423Map
Okayama639,652Map
Hamamatsu605,098Map
Hachioji579,399Map
Honcho560,743Map
Kagoshima555,352Map
Niigata505,272Map
Himeji481,493Map
Matsudo470,277Map
Nishinomiya-hama468,925Map
Kawaguchi468,565Map
Kanazawa458,937Map
Utsunomiya449,865Map
Oita448,907Map
Matsuyama443,322Map
Amagasaki442,173Map
Kurashiki437,581Map
Yokosuka428,992Map
Nagasaki410,204Map
Hirakata406,331Map
Machida399,969Map
Gifu-shi397,714Map
Fujisawa394,624Map
Toyonaka384,459Map
Fukuyama383,298Map
Toyohashi378,374Map
Minato375,339Map
Nara-shi367,353Map
Toyota362,383Map
Nagano360,176Map
Iwaki357,309Map
Asahikawa356,612Map
Takatsuki354,468Map
Okazaki352,361Map
Suita351,630Map
Wakayama351,000Map
Koriyama340,560Map
Kashiwa340,221Map
Tokorozawa339,435Map
Kawagoe337,931Map
Kochi335,570Map
Takamatsu334,223Map
Toyama325,532Map
Akita320,069Map
Koshigaya317,437Map
Miyazaki311,203Map
Naha300,795Map
Kasugai298,589Map
Aomori298,394Map
Otsu298,164Map
Akashi297,279Map
Yokkaichi295,841Map
Morioka295,172Map
Fukushima294,237Map
Ichihara283,531Map
Maebashi282,711Map
Ichinomiya280,331Map
Hakodate275,730Map
Ibaraki273,992Map
Yao273,213Map
Kakogawacho-honmachi271,634Map
Tokushima267,345Map
Hiratsuka259,052Map
Yamagata254,538Map
Fukui-shi248,707Map
Mito246,538Map
Shimonoseki245,786Map
Takasaki240,857Map
Fuji240,014Map
Hachinohe239,046Map
Neyagawa238,549Map
Kurume238,197Map
Sasebo237,444Map
Chigasaki231,657Map
Soka231,445Map
Atsugi229,199Map
Minamirinkan224,015Map
Takarazuka219,789Map
Ageoshimo219,401Map
Chofugaoka212,977Map
Matsumoto210,667Map
Kasukabe206,915Map
Kishiwada205,561Map
Numazu204,318Map
Joetsu204,137Map
Odawara203,035Map
Kure196,624Map
Nagaoka195,318Map
Nishi-Tokyo-shi195,164Map
Itami193,524Map
Uji192,925Map
Suzuka191,477Map
Kofu190,000Map
Izumi189,085Map
Hitachi186,307Map
Kushiro183,612Map
Sakura182,549Map
Kamirenjaku178,739Map
Anjo178,402Map
Tsukuba175,589Map
Hirosaki174,972Map
Tomakomai174,806Map
Hadano174,281Map
Obihiro173,890Map
Ube173,733Map
Hino171,777Map
Takaoka170,077Map
Kamakura166,016Map
Saga165,236Map
Tsu163,461Map
Sayama160,843Map
Kawanishi160,520Map
Oyama159,936Map
Ashikaga159,671Map
Matsue156,811Map
Hitachi-Naka156,811Map
Nagareyama156,000Map
Katsuta155,968Map
Kumagaya155,813Map
Tottori154,098Map
Ota152,104Map
Komaki151,025Map
Ogaki150,570Map
Higashimurayama150,556Map
Ome149,323Map
Moriguchi148,350Map
Yamaguchi145,515Map
Otaru143,792Map
Urayasu143,758Map
Yonago141,368Map
Kariya139,159Map
Musashino137,479Map
Zama134,671Map
Seto134,246Map
Ebetsu133,953Map
Tondabayashicho132,873Map
Fujieda132,859Map
Sandacho132,858Map
Kakamigahara132,241Map
Omuta131,974Map
Abiko131,771Map
Kadoma131,727Map
Miyakonojo130,994Map
Matsubara130,855Map
Isesaki130,692Map
Daitocho129,521Map
Mino129,127Map
Asaka128,058Map
Kusatsu127,680Map
Ueda126,606Map
Okinawa125,483Map
Beppu125,065Map
Kashihara-shi124,521Map
Niihama123,059Map
Kisarazu122,524Map
Nobeoka121,949Map
Fujinomiya121,515Map
Noda121,411Map
Yaizu121,057Map
Toyokawa120,537Map
Shimotoda118,731Map
Kokubunji118,682Map
Ikoma117,601Map
Ishinomaki117,233Map
Hofu116,925Map
Handa116,119Map
Mishima113,479Map
Kitami113,137Map
Hikone110,925Map
Kiryu110,219Map
Komatsu109,045Map
Iwatsuki108,833Map
Tajimi107,818Map
Iida107,111Map
Fukayacho106,595Map
Honmachi104,341Map
Iwakuni104,004Map
Isehara103,401Map
Nishio103,337Map
Inazawa102,130Map
Tokuyama101,133Map
Narita100,641Map
Izumisano100,595Map
Sakata100,446Map
Konan100,389Map
Chikushino-shi100,353Map
Tsuruoka99,820Map
Ikeda99,476Map
Isahaya97,371Map
Mobara97,315Map
Ise97,314Map
Kameoka97,181Map
Sakado96,656Map
Muroran96,197Map
Onojo94,957Map
Kanuma94,903Map
Yonezawa94,486Map
Kitakami93,854Map
Chitose92,942Map
Kaizuka92,632Map
Maizuru92,465Map
Kimitsu92,126Map
Ginowan91,800Map
Onomichi90,936Map
Omura89,918Map
Tsuyama89,717Map
Izumo89,286Map
Ashiya88,573Map
Iwata88,509Map
Konosu88,493Map
Nabari88,128Map
Yotsukaido86,701Map
Hamakita86,502Map
Gyoda86,343Map
Hanno86,262Map
Kashiwazaki86,183Map
Ryugasaki85,761Map
Iwamizawa85,107Map
Kakegawa84,004Map
Gotenba83,794Map
Yachimata83,322Map
Katori-shi83,181Map
Kamigyo-ku83,000Map
Sanjo82,893Map
Sano82,535Map
Kanoya82,335Map
Tochigi82,133Map
Tanashicho82,112Map
Marugame82,090Map
Yashio81,345Map
Tatebayashi81,274Map
Shibata80,793Map
Gamagori80,786Map
Izumiotsu80,772Map
Toride80,716Map
Mihara80,387Map
Ushiku80,020Map
Kashihara79,058Map
Karatsu78,330Map
Iizuka78,206Map
Obu77,864Map
Wako77,435Map
Hatsukaichi77,341Map
Tsurusaki76,968Map
Furukawa76,312Map
Shimada75,781Map
Takefu75,753Map
Okegawa75,062Map
Miki74,701Map
Inuyama73,995Map
Kukichuo73,373Map
Satsumasendai73,132Map
Hanamaki73,115Map
Yawata71,656Map
Ito71,578Map
Kazo71,291Map
Yukuhashi71,277Map
Tenri71,052Map
Dazaifu70,587Map
Maebaru-chuo70,339Map
Tanabe69,563Map
Omihachiman69,189Map
Saku68,885Map
Hekinan68,872Map
Sukagawa68,790Map
Fukuchiyama68,735Map
Moriyama68,584Map
Tsuruga68,482Map
Matsuto68,159Map
Tamano67,786Map
Tsushima67,658Map
Nakatsu67,372Map
Shiojiri67,159Map
Chiryu67,062Map
Takayama66,636Map
Togane66,332Map
Sabae66,291Map
Niitsu-honcho65,910Map
Tanabe65,903Map
Kashima-shi65,814Map
Mooka65,717Map
Shiki65,411Map
Tendo65,393Map
Gushikawa65,251Map
Hasuda65,161Map
Odate64,543Map
Imaichi64,323Map
Narutocho-mitsuishi64,082Map
Shimodate63,666Map
Tosu63,595Map
Fujioka63,358Map
Fukuroi63,045Map
Ichinoseki62,970Map
Sakurai62,964Map
Kitahiroshima62,370Map
Fussa62,296Map
Ina62,104Map
Nagahama62,089Map
Honjo61,868Map
Ueno-ebisumachi61,598Map
Hita61,481Map
Toki61,394Map
Mizusawa61,281Map
Kuroiso61,230Map
Takaishi60,511Map
Yoshikawa60,510Map
Zushi60,055Map
Koga60,045Map
Nago59,587Map
Shiogama59,526Map
Uwajima58,971Map
Otawara58,888Map
Saijo58,823Map
Hanyu58,686Map
Chichibu58,507Map
Kasaoka58,461Map
Koga58,004Map
Imaricho-ko57,940Map
Kokubu-matsuki57,896Map
Soja57,469Map
Ishikari57,301Map
Itoman57,184Map
Hashimoto57,115Map
Sakaidecho57,090Map
Nogata56,821Map
Chino56,567Map
Moriya56,566Map
Tomigusuku55,715Map
Iwade55,633Map
Anan55,421Map
Nanto-shi55,315Map
Shiroi55,314Map
Satte55,286Map
Nakatsugawa55,011Map
Suwa54,735Map
Himimachi54,510Map
Okaya54,286Map
Suzaka54,022Map
Oami53,239Map
Muko53,222Map
Hatogaya-honcho53,062Map
Kudamatsu52,772Map
Kamifukuoka52,323Map
Ishioka52,304Map
Kariya52,015Map
Miyako51,721Map
Futtsu51,650Map
Tagawa51,608Map
Yuki51,574Map
Minokamo51,543Map
Miura51,483Map
Noshiro51,079Map
Shiraoka50,974Map
Kitaibaraki50,843Map
Fuchucho50,746Map
Oi50,593Map
Ono50,230Map
Tateyama50,064Map
Arashiyama50,000Map
Sugito49,817Map
Tokoname49,554Map
Tomioka49,281Map
Mutsu49,220Map
Goshogawara49,110Map
Saiki49,065Map
Fujiyoshida49,055Map
Masuda48,576Map
Nonoichi48,354Map
Kurayoshi48,347Map
Shibukawa48,322Map
Ami48,256Map
Annaka48,235Map
Iwakura48,007Map
Sasayama47,204Map
Sawara47,199Map
Inashiki46,994Map
Gujo46,918Map
Naka46,760Map
Nakama46,745Map
Toyooka46,500Map
Komoro46,272Map
Hikari45,885Map
Uozu45,848Map
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