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Japanese Indie Rock Bands List

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List of Japanese indie rock bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as indie 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 indie 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 indie 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.

Artists include everything from Boredoms to Ghost.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular indie rock bands from Japan?" and "Which indie rock bands started in Japan?" then this list will answer your questions.
list ordered by
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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia
2
Ghost is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock
3
Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock
4
The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock
5
Beat Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Pop rock
6
Envy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Post-metal, Experimental rock, Experimental classical music
7
Asian Kung-Fu Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Emo
8
Flow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
9
Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Pop music, Trip hop
10
Kra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
11
Sakanaction is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
12
Fujifabric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Power pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
13
Last Alliance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Emo, Melodic hardcore
14
Chatmonchy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, J-pop
15
Jinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock
16
Straightener is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Rock music, Power pop
17
noodles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock
18
Guitar Wolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk
19
Shonen Knife is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Indie pop, Garage rock
20
Teengenerate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Garage punk, Punk rock, Indie rock
21
bloodthirsty butchers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Punk rock, Indie rock
22
Coaltar of the Deepers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Rock music, Electronic music
23
The 5.6.7.8's is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Rockabilly, Garage punk
24
THE BACK HORN is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
25
Eastern Youth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Emo, Punk rock, Indie rock