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Famous Voice Actors from Japan

List of notable or famous voice actors from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top voice actors born in Japan and even some popular voice actors who immigrated to Japan. You will also enjoy these pictures of voice actors who look like their characters and the best anime series of 2016. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese voice actors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These voice actors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known voice actor from Japan is included when available.

This list of Japanese voice actors and actresses (known as seiyu or seiyuu) include Maaya Sakamoto, Kana Hanazawa, Mamoru Miyano, and more. You might not recognize their faces, but they voice your favorite anime characters! 

This historic voice actors from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese voice actors of note?" and "Who are the most famous voice actors from Japan?" These prominent voice actors of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese voice actors.

Use this list of renowned Japanese voice actors to discover some new voice actors that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 

  • 1

    Koharu Kusumi

    Age: 29

    BirthplaceWashima, Niigata


    Koharu Kusumi (久住 小春, Kusumi Koharu, born July 15, 1992 in Niigata Prefecture) is a Japanese model, actress, television personality, singer, and former voice actress. In 2005, she became the only  ...more
  • 2

    Masako Nozawa

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceJapan, Arakawa, Tokyo


    Masako Nozawa (野沢 雅子, Nozawa Masako, born October 25, 1936) is a Japanese actress and voice actress. Throughout her life, she has been affiliated with Production Baobab, 81 Produce and self-owned  ...more
  • 3

    Kana Hanazawa

    Age: 32

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Kana Hanazawa (花澤 香菜, Hanazawa Kana, born February 25, 1989) is a Japanese voice actress and singer represented by the Office Osawa talent agency. She is known for voice acting leading roles for a  ...more
  • 4

    Eimei Esumi

    Dec. at 68 (1935-2004)

    BirthplaceJapan, Shimane Prefecture


    Hideaki Esumi was an actor.  ...more
  • 5

    Megumi Hayashibara

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceKita, Tokyo, Japan


    Megumi Hayashibara (林原 めぐみ, Hayashibara Megumi, born March 30, 1967) is a Japanese voice actress, singer, lyricist and radio personality. She is affiliated with Woodpark Office. She played Rei  ...more
  • 6

    Mamoru Miyano

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceŌmiya, Saitama


    Mamoru Miyano (宮野 真守, Miyano Mamoru, born June 8, 1983) is a Japanese actor, voice actor and singer from Saitama Prefecture. He is best known for his roles on Steins;Gate, Durarara!!, Death Note,  ...more
  • 7

    Hiroshi Kamiya

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceChiba, Japan

    Hiroshi Kamiya (神谷 浩史, Kamiya Hiroshi, born January 28, 1975) is a Japanese voice actor, singer and narrator affiliated with Aoni Production. He is best known for the voice of Choromatsu Matsuno in  ...more
  • 8

    Ayane Sakura

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo


    Ayane Sakura is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo, Japan. She is affiliated with I'm Enterprise.  ...more
  • 9

    Toshiyuki Morikawa

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceKawasaki, Japan

    Toshiyuki Morikawa (森川 智之, Morikawa Toshiyuki, born January 26, 1967) is a Japanese voice actor and singer who is the head of Axlone, a voice acting company he founded in April 2011. His name is also  ...more
  • 10

    Mayumi Tanaka

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceJapan, Tokyo


    Mayumi Tanaka (田中 真弓, Tanaka Mayumi, born Abe (阿部), born January 15, 1955) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator. She is currently affiliated with Aoni Production. She voiced Ryuunosuke  ...more
  • 11

    Ikue Ōtani

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Ikue Ōtani (大谷 育江, Ōtani Ikue, born August 18, 1965) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator from Tokyo. She is best known for her anime roles in the Pokémon series (as Pikachu), One Piece  ...more
  • 12

    Jun Fukuyama

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceFukuyama, Japan

    Jun Fukuyama (福山 潤, Fukuyama Jun, born November 26, 1978) is a Japanese voice actor and singer best known for his roles Lelouch (Code Geass), Koro-sensei (Assassination Classroom), Ichimatsu  ...more
  • 13

    Rie Tanaka

    Age: 42


    Rie Tanaka (田中 理恵, Tanaka Rie, born January 3, 1979, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan) is a Japanese voice actress and singer. Notable among her numerous roles in anime are Lacus Clyne in Mobile Suit  ...more
  • 14

    Minako Kotobuki

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceNagata-ku, Kobe


    Minako Kotobuki (寿 美菜子, Kotobuki Minako, born September 17, 1991) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer. She played Tsumugi Kotobuki in the anime series K-On! about a high school girl band.  ...more
  • 15

    Eriko Nakamura

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceKanagawa Prefecture, Japan


    Eriko Nakamura is a Japanese voice actress from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture affiliated with Arts Vision.  ...more
  • 16

    Taro Ishida

    Dec. at 69 (1944-2013)

    BirthplaceKyoto, Japan, Keihanshin


    Tarō Ishida (石田 太郎, Ishida Tarō, March 16, 1944 – September 21, 2013), born Gentarō Ishida (石田 弦太郎, Ishida Gentarō), was a Japanese actor and voice actor from the city of Kyoto. He was affiliated  ...more
  • 17

    Maaya Sakamoto

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceJapan, Itabashi


    Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾, Sakamoto Maaya, born March 31, 1980) is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in Little Twins, but is  ...more
  • 18

    Yūko Gotō

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceKiyosu, Japan


    Yūko Gotō (後藤 邑子, Gotō Yūko, born August 28) is a Japanese voice actress and singer who was contracted to Production Baobab and is now signed to Axlone. In direct contrast to her cute-and-vulnerable  ...more
  • 19

    Goro Inagaki

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceJapan, Itabashi


    Goro Inagaki (稲垣 吾郎, Inagaki Gorō, born (1973-12-08)December 8, 1973) is a Japanese musician and actor from Itabashi, Tokyo. Inagaki is a member of the Japanese pop group SMAP. His international film  ...more
  • 20

    BirthplaceJapan, Nisshin

    Akira Ishida (石田 彰, Ishida Akira, born November 2, 1967) is a Japanese voice actor and narrator. He was a part of Mausu Promotion (formerly known as Ezaki Production, until its 1990 change of name)  ...more
  • 21

    Kanako Kondō

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan


    Kanako Kondou is a voice actress.  ...more
  • 22

    Takehito Koyasu

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceMinami-ku, Yokohama, Japan

    Takehito Koyasu (子安 武人, Koyasu Takehito, born May 5, 1967 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a Japanese voice actor and narrator.Koyasu is known for his deep, smooth voice, which often lands him in  ...more
  • 23

    Kazuhiko Inoue

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceYokohama, Japan


    Kazuhiko Inoue (井上 和彦, Inoue Kazuhiko, born March 26, 1954) is a Japanese voice actor and singer. Some of his major roles include Joe Shimamura/009 in the 1979 version of Cyborg 009, Akio Nitta in  ...more
  • 24

    Kikuko Inoue

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceYokosuka, Japan


    Kikuko Inoue (井上 喜久子, Inoue Kikuko, born September 25, 1964 as 井之上 喜久子 (pronounced identically)) is a Japanese voice actress, narrator and singer. She has been part of the singing groups DoCo and  ...more
  • 25

    Houko Kuwashima

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceKanegasaki, Japan


    Houko Kuwashima (桑島 法子, Kuwashima Hōko, born December 12, 1975) is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She is capable of playing a variety of roles, ranging from young boys to feminine women.  ...more