Japanese People Favorite Japanese Actresses  

Derrick Deane
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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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376 199
Yui Aragaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-06-11 - Hanamizuki,Code Blue, Legal High 

2
248 130
Maki Horikita is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-10-06 - Densha Otoko, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Miss Pilot, Shibuya Kaiden, Nobuto wo Produce, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Umechan Sensei

3
277 162
Juri Ueno is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
uenojurivn added 1986-05-25 - Swing Girls, Nodame Cantabile, Last Friends

4
425 272
Atsuko Maeda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1991-07-10 - Moshidora, Kuroyuri Danchi, Sayonara Kabukicho, Q10, Kasuka na Kanojo

5
373 240
Yūko Ōshima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-10-17 - Teketeke, Pale Moon, Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu

6
210 147
Minami Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
BaDuyNguyễn added 1991-04-08 - Majisuka Gakuen, Sakura Kara no Tegami

7
157 109
Erika Toda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-08-17 - SPEC, Liar Game, Code Blue, Death Note

8
113 74
Emi Takei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1993-12-25 - Ruroni Kenshin, Otomen, Liar Game 2, Clover

9
111 74
Satomi Ishihara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-12-24 - Rich Man Poor Girl, Dear Sister, Shitsuren Chocolatier, Water Boys 2, Sadako 3D, The Incite Mill

10
107 73
Kasumi Arimura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1993-02-13 - JUDGE, SPEC, Amachan, Shitsuren Chocolatier

11
115 83
Haruka Ayase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-03-24 - Hotaru no Hikari, Jin, Rookies, Yae no Sakura, Ichi, Oppai Volleyball, REAL

12
236 200
Mariko Shinoda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-03-11 - Japanese Salaryman NEO, Majisuka Gakuen

13
225 201
Yuki Kashiwagi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1991-07-15 - Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Majisuka Gakuen, Tales of the Abyss

14
134 113
Keiko Kitagawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-08-22 - Paradise Kiss, Akumu-chan, Hero

15
116 97
Mao Inoue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1987-01-09 - Kids War, Hana Yori Dango, Anmitsu Hime

16
33 14
Suzu Hirose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Suzu Hirose

17
94 83
Haruna Kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1995-02-10 - Tokyo Dogs, Moshidora, GTO, Galileo 2

18
34 22
Rena Matsui is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1991-07-27

19
68 61
Mayu Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
VidyaDifaAmandaHakim added 1994-03-26 - Majisuka Gakuen, Three Day Boys

20
66 60
Mirei Kiritani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1989-12-16 - Kimi ni Todoke, Usagi Drop, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Otomen, Galileo, Hell Teacher Nube

21
33 24
Sayaka Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1993-07-14

22
51 50
Yukie Nakama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1979-10-30 - Gokusen, Trick, Shinobi

23
30 25
Jurina Matsui is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1997-03-08

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23 18
Yuria Kizaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1996-02-11

25
79 87
Erika Sawajiri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1986-04-08 - Helter Skelter, Ghost Train, 1 Litre of Tears, First Class

26
57 61
Meisa Kuroki is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-05-28 - Crows Zero, Space Battleship Yamato, Ninkyo Helper

27
71 79
Nozomi Sasaki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1983-02-19 - Jewelpet, Kimi ni Todoke, Lucky Star

28
84 97
Yuriko Yoshitaka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1988-07-22 - Snakes and Earrings, Tokyo Dogs, GANTZ

29
24 22
Sayaka Akimoto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1988-07-26

30
22 20
Asuka Kuramochi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1989-09-11

31
67 77
Aya Ueto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-09-14 - Azumi, 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei, Ace o Nerae, Thermae Romae, Nagareboshi

32
25 24
Yui Yokoyama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1992-12-08

33
29 31
Sakura Miyawaki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1998-03-19

34
31 35
Rie Kitahara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Gotarobin added 1991-06-24

35
23 25
Mikako Tabe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
pokeyoakey25 added 1989-01-25

36
24 27
Tomomi Itano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1991-07-03

37
36 45
Chiaki Kuriyama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1984-10-10 - Kill Bill, Battle Royale, Ataru: The Movie

38
56 73
Yû Aoi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-08-17 - Hana and Alice, Otoko-tachi no Yamato, Honey and Clover, Hula Girls, Rainbow Song, Ruroni Kenshin

39
36 46
Kou Shibasaki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1981-08-05 - Nobunaga Concerto, Battle Royale, 47 Ronin, Shaolin Girl

40
43 56
Saki Aibu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-06-20 - Miss Pilot, Rich Man Poor Woman, Kaseifu no Mita, Rebound, Water Boys

41
28 37
Takako Matsu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1977-06-10 - The Hidden Blade, Hero, Confessions, Tokyo Story

42
13 17
Yumi Yagami is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added Yumi Yagami

43
51 70
Aoi Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1985-11-30 - Harmful Insect, Eureka, Junjo Kirari, Atsuhime

44
33 45
Ai Hashimoto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1996-01-12 - Confessions, The Kirishima Thing, Sadako 3D, Amachan

45
33 45
Yōko Maki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1982-10-15 - The Grudge, Infection, Battle Royale II: Requiem, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Like Father Like Son, Ryomaden

46
30 41
Mizuki Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
Mizuki Yamamoto 1991-07-18 - Jigoku Sensei Nube, Doctor X, Summer Nude, Piece

47
15 21
Mai Oshima is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
tuệ-anh-trịnh added 1987-09-11

48
30 45
Rena Nōnen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1993-07-13 - Amachan, Hot Road, Princess Jellyfish

49
30 45
Rinko Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1981-01-06 - Pacific Rim, The Brothers Bloom, Babel, Norwegian Wood, 47 Ronin

50
26 40
Koyuki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Favorite Japanese Actresses
1976-12-18 - The Last Samurai, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kamui Gaiden