Japanese People

Favorite Japanese Actresses 

Derrick Deane
Updated May 31, 2019 16.6k votes 2.3k voters 56.8k views 83 items

As the fourth largest film industry in the world, Japan is one of the oldest and most prolific countries when it comes to cinema. In 2013, the Japanese box office took in $1.88 billion and continues to grow each year. Part of that on-going growth comes from star actresses that are cast in various Japanese movies.

We've gathered a collection of some of the most popular Japanese actresses as well as some rising stars within the Japanese film industry in this list to see which actresses you like the most. Popular favorites include Keiko Kitagawa, Maki Horikita, Mao Inoue and Satomi Ishihara. Japanese idols turned actresses are also included in this list including former AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Oshima as well as rising stars such as Kasumi Arimura, Mirai Shida and Kiko Mizuhara.

Japanese models such as Erika Sawajiri, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Mizuki Yamamoto also appear in films and TV shows as they look to expand their audience. We've also included veteran actresses such as Rinko Kikuchi, Erika Toda, Haruka Ayase, Miki Nakatani and Chiaki Kuriyama for you to consider for favorite Japanese actress.

Start voting below and if you see one of your favorite Japanese actresses missing from the list, feel free to add her so other can vote.
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Yui Aragaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Japan, Naha
Hanamizuki,Code Blue, Legal High 
2
Yukie Nakama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 39 from Urasoe, Japan
Gokusen, Trick, Shinobi
3
Keiko Kitagawa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 29 from Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan
Paradise Kiss, Akumu-chan, Hero
4
Erika Toda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Nada-ku, Kobe
SPEC, Liar Game, Code Blue, Death Note
5
Haruka Ayase is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Hiroshima, Japan
Hotaru no Hikari, Jin, Rookies, Yae no Sakura, Ichi, Oppai Volleyball, REAL
6
Satomi Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 32 from Tokyo, Japan
Rich Man Poor Girl, Dear Sister, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Water Boys 2, Sadako 3D, The Incite Mill
7
Ryoko Hirosue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 38 from Totsuka-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Wasabi, Departures, Yasuko to Kenji, Legal High
8
Yuriko Yoshitaka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Japan, Tokyo
Snakes and Earrings, Tokyo Dogs, GANTZ
9
Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
VidyaDifaAmandaHakim added Mayu Watanabe Age 24 from Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Majisuka Gakuen, Three Day Boys
10
Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Age 27 from Toyohashi, Japan
11
Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 27 from Ichikawa, Japan
Moshidora, Kuroyuri Danchi, Sayonara Kabukicho, Q10, Kasuka na Kanojo
12
Maki Horikita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Kiyose, Japan
Densha Otoko, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Miss Pilot, Shibuya Kaiden, Nobuto wo Produce, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Umechan Sensei
13
Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 30 from Japan, Nerima
Azumi, 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei, Ace o Nerae, Thermae Romae, Nagareboshi
14
Rena Nōnen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 25 from Kamikawa, Japan
Amachan, Hot Road, Princess Jellyfish
15
Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Yūko Ōshima Age 30 from Mibu, Japan
Teketeke, Pale Moon, Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu
16
Suzu Hirose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
17
Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 32 from Maebaru, Japan
Japanese Salaryman NEO, Majisuka Gakuen
18
Yû Aoi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 33 from Kasuga, Japan
Hana and Alice, Otoko-tachi no Yamato, Honey and Clover, Hula Girls, Rainbow Song, Ruroni Kenshin
19
Nozomi Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 36 from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Jewelpet, Kimi ni Todoke, Lucky Star
20
Juri Ueno is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
uenojurivn added Age 32 from Kakogawa, Japan
Swing Girls, Nodame Cantabile, Last Friends
21
Kiko Mizuhara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 28 from Dallas, Texas, United States of America
Norwegian Wood, Helter Skelter, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Nobunaga Conerto, Attack on Titan: The Movie
22
Haruna Kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 24 from Goto, Japan
Tokyo Dogs, Moshidora, GTO, Galileo 2
23
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
BaDuyNguyễn added Age 27 from Tokyo, Japan
Majisuka Gakuen, Sakura Kara no Tegami
24
Yuki Kashiwagi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 27 from Kagoshima, Japan
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Majisuka Gakuen, Tales of the Abyss
25
Mao Inoue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Age 32 from Yokohama, Japan
Kids War, Hana Yori Dango, Anmitsu Hime