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List of the best soccer players from Japan. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Japan, along with photos when available. This list of best Japanese soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Japanese soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

The list you're viewing has a variety of players, like Ryuki Kozawa and Seigo Narazaki, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Japanese footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Japanese soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Japanese soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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1
209 72
Shinji Kagawa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Kagawa Midfielder

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2
213 75
Keisuke Honda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Keisuke Honda Midfielder

3
122 36
Shunsuke Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shunsuke Nakamura Midfielder

4
141 47
Hidetoshi Nakata is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hidetoshi Nakata Midfielder

5
103 38
Shinji Okazaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Okazaki Forward, Midfielder

6
67 30
Makoto Hasebe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Makoto Hasebe Defender, Midfielder

7
54 26
Yasuhito Endō is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yasuhito Endō Midfielder

8
47 21
Shinji Ono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Ono Midfielder

9
58 33
Atsuto Uchida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Atsuto Uchida Defender

10
47 25
Yuto Nagatomo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuto Nagatomo Defender

11
37 21
Daisuke Matsui is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Daisuke Matsui Midfielder

12
36 22
Junichi Inamoto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Junichi Inamoto Midfielder

13
28 15
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

14
20 11
Kengo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kengo Nakamura Midfielder

15
21 13
Yuji Nakazawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuji Nakazawa Defender

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16
14 7
Kunishige Kamamoto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

17
26 20
Takashi Usami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takashi Usami Forward, Midfielder

18
15 9
Seiichiro Maki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Seiichiro Maki Forward

19
13 7
Ryoichi Maeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Ryoichi Maeda Forward

20
13 7
Naoki Matsuda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Naoki Matsuda Defender

21
12 6
Naohiro Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Naohiro Ishikawa Midfielder

22
11 5
Akira Narahashi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Akira Narahashi Defender

23
27 22
Hajime Hosogai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hajime Hosogai Defender, Midfielder

24
24 19
Yuki Abe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuki Abe Defender, Midfielder

25
17 12
Yoshito Ōkubo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yoshito Ōkubo Forward

26
14 9
Kisho Yano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kisho Yano Forward

27
13 8
Akira Kaji is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Akira Kaji Defender

28
13 8
Takuya Takagi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takuya Takagi Forward

29
10 5
Toshihiro Hattori is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Toshihiro Hattori Defender, Midfielder

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30
9 4
Yūichi Komano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yūichi Komano Defender, Midfielder

31
9 4
Akinori Nishizawa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Akinori Nishizawa Forward

32
17 13
Seigo Narazaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Seigo Narazaki Goalkeeper

33
11 7
Naohiro Takahara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

34
9 5
Kōji Morisaki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kōji Morisaki Midfielder

35
8 4
Daiki Takamatsu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Daiki Takamatsu Forward

36
8 4
Takashi Hirano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takashi Hirano Defender, Midfielder

37
17 14
Hideo Hashimoto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hideo Hashimoto Midfielder

38
14 11
Akihiro Endō is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

39
12 9
Yasuyuki Konno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yasuyuki Konno Defender, Midfielder

40
11 8
Paris Nakajima-Farran is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

41
11 8
Sōta Hirayama is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Sōta Hirayama Forward

42
7 4
Kazuhiro Murakami is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kazuhiro Murakami Midfielder

43
7 4
Kazuo Honma is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kazuo Honma Forward

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44
16 14
Dido Havenaar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Dido Havenaar Goalkeeper

45
25 25
Michihiro Yasuda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Michihiro Yasuda Defender, Midfielder

46
11 10
Atsushi Yanagisawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

47
10 9
Takuya Yamada is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takuya Yamada Defender, Midfielder

48
10 9
Ademir Santos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Ademir Santos Midfielder

49
9 8
Koki Mizuno is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Koki Mizuno Midfielder

50
7 6
Kawanga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
georgestenhouse36 added Kawanga