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List of famous guitar players from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Japan has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Japanese guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Japan and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Japan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Akira Takasaki age 56 - Akira Takasaki is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

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James Iha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
James Iha age 49 - James Yoshinobu Iha is an American rock musician. He is best known as former guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of ...more

Hiram Bullock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hiram Bullock Died at 53 (1955-2008) - Hiram Law Bullock was an American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist.

YUI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
YUI age 30 - Yui, stylized as YUI, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Born and raised in Fukuoka prefecture, she played live at various locations in her hometown before ...more

Anna Domino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Anna Domino Anna Domino is a Tokyo-born indie rock artist who has released several albums under that moniker, notably for Les Disques du Crepuscule and Factory Records. Notable performers Domino has ...more

Hide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hide Died at 34 (1964-1998) - Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He was primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan, but ...more

Kaoru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Kaoru age 43 - Kaoru is a Japanese musician, best known as the leader and one of the guitarists of the visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the group since its inception in 1997 and was ...more

Hyde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hyde age 48 - Hideto Takarai, known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as vocalist for the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel, as ...more

Mana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Mana Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, best known for a role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped ...more

Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Inoue Kiyonobu age 47 - Kiyonobu Inoue, known exclusively by his stage name Inoran, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known as co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the rock band ...more

Die is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Die age 43 - Die is a Japanese musician and guitarist. He is best known as one of the guitarists of visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously ...more

Keiji Haino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Keiji Haino age 65 - Keiji Haino born May 3, 1952 in Chiba, Japan, and currently residing in Tokyo, is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter whose work has included rock, free improvisation, noise music, ...more

Hizaki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hizaki age 38 - Hizaki is a Japanese visual kei musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as guitarist for the symphonic metal band Versailles. Before forming Versailles he was in several ...more

Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Tak Matsumoto age 56 - Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and songwriter. In addition to being the guitarist and lead composer for the ...more

Syu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Syu age 37 - Syu is a Japanese musician, best known as leader and guitarist of metal band Galneryus, but also performs guitar and lead vocals in Spinalcord, and was formerly a member of Animetal. On ...more

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Ichiro Ito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Ichiro Ito age 50 - Ichiro Ito is a guitarist in the Japanese rock band Every Little Thing. Ito also works in composition and, sometimes, arrangement of some of Every Little Thing's songs.

Hiroyuki Hayashi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hiroyuki Hayashi age 39 - Hiroyuki Hayashi is the founder and lead singer of the Japanese new wave rock group, Polysics. He occasionally works as a remix artist under the alias POLY-1. He is known for having very ...more

Ichirou Agata is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Ichirou Agata Ichirou Agata, often known simply as Agata, is the guitarist for the Japanese noise rock band Melt-Banana. Agata is known particularly for his furious stage antics, jumping and constantly moving ...more

Miyavi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Miyavi age 36 - Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct ...more

Takahiro Konagawa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Takahiro Konagawa age 38 - Takahiro Konagawa is a Japanese guitarist, singer, and musical composer from Kashiwa, Chiba. He came out as a guitarist of Charcoal Filter in November 1999. He has also performed as a solo ...more

Közi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Közi age 45 - Közi is a Japanese visual kei rock musician who plays guitar, piano, keyboard and synthesizer. He is best known as guitarist for the rock band Malice Mizer. After the band went on an ...more

Keisuke Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Keisuke Kuwata age 61 - Keisuke Kuwata has gained fame as a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All-Stars, as well as his own solo band, the Kuwata band. He has also done ...more

Koichi Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Koichi Fukuda age 42 - Koichi Fukuda is a Japanese musician, and former lead guitarist, programmer, and keyboardist for the industrial metal band Static-X, and is the lead guitarist from Drugstore Fanatics

Ryo Owatari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Ryo Owatari age 46 - Ryo Owatari is a Japanese guitarist who was born April 4, 1972 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He was formerly a member of the amateur band pee-ka-boo, but he is mainly known for his work in the ...more

Takuro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Takuro age 46 - Takuro Kubo is one of the guitarists and leader of the popular Japanese rock band Glay. He is the main composer and lyricist of Glay's songs. As a composer and a musician, Takuro has worked with ...more

Hisashi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hisashi age 45 - Hisashi "Tony" Tonomura is the lead guitarist for the iconic Japanese rock band GLAY. As a musician he is best known for his use of custom modified guitars and electronic sound ...more

Tomoyasu Hotei is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Tomoyasu Hotei age 55 - Tomoyasu Hotei is a Japanese musician, guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Hotei has sold millions of albums and has collaborated with ...more

Taku Sugimoto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Taku Sugimoto age 52 - Taku Sugimoto is a Japanese guitarist. He initially gained attention in the late 1990s for his restrained, melodic playing, unusual in the world of free improvisation. Critic Bruce Russell ...more

Rolly Teranishi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Rolly Teranishi age 54 - Rolly Teranishi more commonly known as Rolly, is a Japanese musician and music producer.

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Naoko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Naoko Yamano age 57 - Naoko Yamano is a musician and founder of the Japanese rock trio all-female band Shonen Knife.

Tsuneo Imahori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Tsuneo Imahori age 55 - Tsuneo Imahori is a Japanese guitarist and composer.

Masafumi Gotoh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Masafumi Gotoh age 41 - Masafumi Gotō is the lead vocalist, main songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Masafumi met fellow band members Kensuke Kita and Takahiro Yamada ...more

長瀬実夕 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
長瀬実夕 age 29 - Miyu Nagase is a Japanese singer, guitarist and a former member of all-girl pop band Zone, which disbanded in 2005.

KK Null is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
KK Null age 56 - Kazuyuki Kishino, known by his stage name KK Null, is a Japanese experimental multi-instrumentalist active since the early 80s. He began as a guitarist, but soon added composer, singer, ...more

K.A.Z is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
K.A.Z age 49 - Kazuhito Iwaike, known exclusively by his stage name K.A.Z, is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is known for his work with Oblivion Dust, hide with Spread Beaver and Vamps.

June Yamagishi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
June Yamagishi age 64 - June Yamagishi is a Japanese guitarist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the guitarist for bands Papa Grows Funk and the Wild Magnolias.

Kyoji Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Kyoji Yamamoto age 61 - Kyoji Yamamoto is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who is the leader of the hard rock/heavy metal bands Bow Wow and Wild Flag. He is known for his skillful guitar ...more

Hisashi Imai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hisashi Imai age 52 - Hisashi Imai is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is known as lead guitarist of the rock band Buck-Tick since 1983. He has also performed in musical side-projects such as Schaft, Schwein, ...more

Yūzō Kayama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Yūzō Kayama age 80 - Yūzō Kayama is a Japanese popular musician and film star. His father, Ken Uehara, was a film star during the 1930s. Yuzo Kayama became a star in the 1960s in the Wakadaishō film series. He ...more

Yuto Miyazawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Yuto Miyazawa age 17 - Yuto Miyazawa is a Japanese rock guitarist, and a child prodigy in music.

Yuji Adachi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Yuji Adachi age 53 - Yuji Adachi, known as You, is a Japanese musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist of the influential heavy metal band Dead End. He also runs a guitar school. In 1982, You was a ...more

Atsushi Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Atsushi Matsuura age 49 - Atsushi Matsuura is a Japanese guitarist born in Shiojiri City, Nagano Prefecture. He currently resides in the Philippines.

Hidehiko Hoshino is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hidehiko Hoshino age 51 - Hidehiko Hoshino, nicknamed "Hide", is a Japanese musician and songwriter. Known as the rhythm guitarist for the rock band Buck-Tick since 1983.

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Hirohisa Horie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Hirohisa Horie age 47 - Hirohisa Horie is a Japanese musician and multi-instrumentalist. He plays primarily keyboards and guitar. Horie is one half of the Shibuya-kei duo Neil & Iraiza, and is known for his work ...more

Tomoka Nishimura is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan

Takeshi Terauchi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Takeshi Terauchi age 78 - Takeshi Terauchi, also known as Terry, is a Japanese instrumental rock guitarist. His preferred guitar is a White Mosrite. His guitar sound is characterized by frenetic picking, heavy use of ...more

Issei Noro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Issei Noro age 60 - Issei Noro is a Japanese jazz fusion guitarist who is one of the founding members and the main composer of the band Casiopea. He has released 6 solo albums and a compilation. He also works as an ...more

Takayo Ookoshi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan

Kaori Muraji is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Kaori Muraji age 39 - Kaori Muraji is a Japanese classical guitarist. She is the first Japanese artist to have signed an exclusive international contract with Decca Music Group.

Saiichi Sugiyama is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Japan
Saiichi Sugiyama age 57 - Saiichi Sugiyama is a British-based guitarist, singer and composer, best known for his writing and performing collaborations with Pete Brown, the lyricist for Cream since 2002 to date. His ...more