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Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List

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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
Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia
2
Hyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
3
L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog
4
Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock
5
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock
6
The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock
7
the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
Hide is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
9
Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock
10
Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music
11
Dir En Grey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Doom metal, Nu metal, Rock music
12
Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Electronic dance music, World music
13
Buck-Tick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music
14
Orange Range is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music
15
Asian Kung-Fu Generation... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
16
Antic Cafe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music
17
UVERworld is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Pop music
18
Flow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
19
girugämesh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Post-metal, Nu metal, Shoegazing
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Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion
21
Spitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, J-pop, Power pop
22
Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Pop music, Trip hop
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cali≠gari is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Noise rock, Rock music, Experimental rock
24
Raphael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal
25
Kra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Alternative Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock