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List of Japanese alternative rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as alternative rock solo artists from Japan are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great Japanese music that you've never heard before. The alternative rock bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in Japan. If you think the best Japanese alternative rock band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

List ranges from Boredoms to Hyde and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular alternative rock bands from Japan?" and "Which alternative rock bands started in Japan?" then this list will answer your questions.

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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Boredoms Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia

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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Hyde Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
L'Arc-en-Ciel Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Malice Mizer Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock

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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Ikimono-gakari J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock

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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
The Pillows Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
the GazettE Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Hide Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Luna Sea Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Maximum the Hormone Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music

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Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Dir En Grey Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music

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Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Sugizo Rock music, Electronic dance music, World music

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Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Buck-Tick New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

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Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Orange Range Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Asian Kung-Fu Generation Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

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Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Antic Cafe Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
UVERworld Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music

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Flow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Flow Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
girugämesh Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing

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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Nightmare Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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Spitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Spitz Rock music, J-pop, Power pop

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Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Inoue Kiyonobu Shoegazing, Pop music, Trip hop

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cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
cali≠gari Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Raphael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Raphael Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Kra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Kra Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Gackt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Gackt Neo-progressive rock, Pop punk, Synthpop

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Mika Nakashima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Mika Nakashima Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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YUI is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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Elephant Kashimashi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Elephant Kashimashi Blues-rock, Rock music, Grunge

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Pay Money To My Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pay Money To My Pain Nu metal, Metalcore, Melodic hardcore

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Mucc is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Mucc Rock music, Dance-rock, Experimental rock

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The Brilliant Green is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
The Brilliant Green Pop music, J-pop, Pop rock

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Tetsuya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Tetsuya Pop rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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Alice Nine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Alice Nine Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Sakanaction is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Sakanaction Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Sid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Sid Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Fujifabric is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Fujifabric Power pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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Bump of Chicken is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Bump of Chicken Rock music, J-pop, Alternative rock

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Janne Da Arc is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Janne Da Arc Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Last Alliance is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Last Alliance Rock music, Emo, Melodic hardcore

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Hysteric Blue is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Hysteric Blue Pop punk, Pop music, Ska

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Jinn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Jinn Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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BAISER is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
BAISER Rock music, Pop rock, Visual kei

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12012 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
12012 Nu metal, Progressive metal, Pop music

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9mm Parabellum Bullet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
9mm Parabellum Bullet Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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High and Mighty Color is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
High and Mighty Color Rock music, J-pop, Metalcore

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Steady&Co. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Steady&Co. Hip hop music, J-pop, Reggae

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Aqua Timez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Aqua Timez Pop music, Rock music, J-pop

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Straightener is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Straightener Pop punk, Rock music, Power pop

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noodles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
noodles Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock