Alternative Music 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.
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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

26
Megamasso is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Indie, Rock music

27
VOLA & THE ORIENTAL MACHINE is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
New Wave, Indie rock, Post-punk revival

28
Xinlisupreme is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Noise rock, Electronic music, Experimental rock

29
Ling Tosite Sigure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Shoegazing, Emo, Alternative rock

30
Base Ball Bear is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop music, Rock music, Alternative rock

31
Zoobombs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Noise rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

32
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kis... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

33
Duel Jewel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Progressive metal, Metalcore, Visual kei

34
The Bad Spellers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Indie pop, Twee pop, Indie rock

35
MONORAL is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie rock

36
Guitar Vader is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Rock music, Alternative rock, Music of Japan

37
Zazen Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
New Wave, Jam band, Indie rock

38
Mongol 800 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Pop punk, Ska punk, Ska

39
SunSet Swish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
SunSet Swish J-pop, Pop rock, Indie rock

40
Number Girl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Number Girl Alternative rock, Indie rock, Post-hardcore

41
HEAD PHONES PRESIDENT is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

42
deadman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Alternative rock, Indie rock, Hardcore punk

43
Toe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

44
REDЯUM is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
REDЯUM Trip hop, Rock music, Music of Japan

45
Fanatic Crisis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Fanatic Crisis Rock music, Pop rock, Visual kei

46
Plenty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Plenty Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock

47
+Plus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
+Plus J-pop, Pop rock, Indie rock

48
Cinema Staff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
Cinema Staff Alternative rock, Indie rock

49
Ogre You Asshole is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
ochandle added Ogre You Asshole Alternative rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock

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Luminous Orange is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Japanese Indie Rock Bands List
mike1124 added Luminous Orange Shoegazing, Dream pop, Alternative rock