JAPAN is an island nation in East Asia. The country is synonymous with its unique culture and advanced technology. Japan’s economy is known for its stable and strong electronics, automotive, and entertainment industries such as anime and manga.

One of the most popular and crowded cities in the world is Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. Tokyo now has nearly nine million residents. That number is even greater than the combined population of the next three largest cities, namely Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya.

So, which other cities are included in the list of the largest cities by population? Check out this list of the largest cities in Japan with more than one million residents.

1. Tokyo (8,956,000 Residents)
As mentioned earlier, Tokyo is the capital and largest city in Japan. Tokyo has an amazing transportation network. The city is famous for its street fashion, night markets, cultural sites, and various local and foreign cuisines.

2. Yokohama (3,690,000 Residents)
Yokohama has the largest port in Japan and has a strong history as an international trading city. The city has several old European-style buildings such as the Red Brick Warehouse and Osanbashi Pier. Just like Tokyo, Yokohama is also often a shopping and entertainment destination for tourists.

3. Osaka (2,670,000 Residents)
Osaka is located in the western part of Honshu Island. The city has a long history as a trade and financial center. Osaka has many parks and green open spaces that offer beautiful scenery for simply relaxing.

4. Nagoya (2,266,000 Residents)
Nagoya is an important industrial and commercial city in Japan with many tourist attractions, museums, and food specialties. Travelers in Nagoya can enjoy specialty dishes such as Hitsumabushi and Tebasaki. The city’s automotive and technology industries are also thriving.

5. Sapporo (1,906,000 Residents)
Sapporo is famous for its cold weather and perpetual snow. The city once hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. Not only that, but Sapporo is often the location of annual events such as the Sapporo Snow Festival and Ramen Festival. Visitors to this city can definitely have a fun cultural and culinary experience.

6. Kobe (1,544,000 Residents)
Kobe is a city with great culture, architecture, and gourmet food. There are many parks, annual events, and food specialties in the area. If you want to focus on food in Japan, Kobe might be a good city to choose.

7. Fukuoka (1,482,000 Residents)
Fukuoka also has specialties such as Hakata ramen and top-quality yakiniku. The city is known for its friendly and active culture. Parks and green open spaces also adorn Fukuoka. There are many annual events that enrich the experience of tourists and locals alike.

8. Kyoto (1,470,000 Residents)
Kyoto is one of the cities in Japan known for its rich history and culture. It was once the capital of Japan for more than three centuries with various sites recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.

9. Kawasaki (1,413,000 Residents)
Kawasaki is home to several leading industries, such as technology and electronics. That makes Kawasaki a good place for business and careers. But aside from that, the entertainment and culture in Kawasaki is no less than any other city.

10. Saitama (1,230,000 Residents)
Saitama is known for its beautiful skyscrapers with modern architecture. Saitama is easily accessible by train to Tokyo and other cities. The city is also synonymous with the Saitama Planetarium, which offers entertainment and astronomy education.

11. Hiroshima (1,178,000 inhabitants)
The name Hiroshima may be familiar to schoolchildren. The city has a rich variety of cultural sites. For those interested in historical tourism, Hiroshima is one of the must-see destinations in Japan.

12. Sendai (1,045,000 Residents)
One of the most important sites in Japan is Sendai Castle and Zuihoden Shrine which was built in the 17th century. Just like Hiroshima, Sendai also has a rich history and culture. There are many beautiful sights and fun activities for tourists in this city. [sources/photo special]