Japan is an Asian country that has experienced rapid development over the years, and it is still striving to do more in terms of technological innovation. If you are intrigued to share from the rich Japanese culture and would like to know more about Japan city, this article will reveal to you some of the largest cities in Japan and also show you some interesting things to do in the country.

With a population data of about 126 million people, Nigeria tends to be more populated than Japan. However, there is no way you can compare the cities in Japan to that of Nigeria - Of course, the former tend to have a number of sophisticated cities. The majority of Japanese live in urban cities and the official language is Japanese. This means that if you wish to visit the beautiful country of Japan, knowing how to speak their language would make your experience worthwhile.

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Having briefly talked about Japan, let's run through a number of the largest cities in Japan and some of the features that make them special. Note that in this article, the cities are arranged in no particular order.


Japan City
The beautiful city of Tokyo | Photo Credit: Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

It is impossible to talk about Japanese cities without mentioning Tokyo. Being the Capital of Japan, Tokyo is home to about 8.5 million people. Whether you are going to Tokyo as a student or as a tourist, there are a bunch of things to keep you thrilled in the Tokyo area. If your intention of travelling to Japan is for schooling, the University of Tokyo is ranked among the top 20 universities around the world. This is to tell you how versed the people of Japan are. For other recreational activities in Tokyo, the Yayoi Kusama Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tsukiji market, Nezu Museum, and Tokyo National Museum are some of the best places to have a ton of fun.


Each time I hear Osaka, it brings back the memory of the 2002 FIFA World Cup that was hosted by Japan and South Korea. Osaka has a population of about 2.8 million people, which makes it the third most populated cities in the country. The city of Osaka plays a major role in the economy of the country, contributing about $341 billion GDP, making it one of the most productive cities in the world.

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Aside from its economic impact, there are dozens of sightseeing features to keep you entertained in Osaka. A visit to Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, Osaka Museum for Housing and Living, Sumiyoshi Shrine, ascending the Umeda Sky Building, and a visit to Bunraku National Theater are some of the things to do in the city. If you are a foodie like me, then your trip to Japan would be incomplete without visiting Osaka.


This name shouldn't be strange to most Nigerians because there is a brand of motorcycle called Yokohama and it is widely used in Nigeria. After Tokyo, Yokohama is the next big city with about 3.7 million inhabitants. Located in the south of Tokyo, Yokohama has seaports that makes it one of the hotspots in the country. There has been a rivalry between the inhabitants of Tokyo and Yokohama because they believe their city is the best in the country. However, as tourists that we are, our major focus is to explore these beautiful cities of Japan. To have a blast in Japan, it is necessary that you employ the services of a Japanese teacher to teach you the Language.


Largest Cities in Japan
Cherry Fall in Kyoto | Photo Credit: Agathe Marty on Unsplash

Being the former capital, Kyoto is a great city and home to millions of inhabitants. When compared to most states in Nigeria, Kyoto is bigger than virtually all the states in Nigeria. There are thousands of side attractions in the city and it houses one of the finest language schools for foreigners in the country. If you decide to learn the Japanese language in Nigeria before travelling to Japan, you can get a teacher on Superprof. Most teachers on Superprof offer their first one hour lesson for free. The free class will give you a clue of what to expect as you proceed with your lessons.

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If you are looking for a cold region in Japan, the Sapporo should be the place for you. Among all the towns in the country, Sapporo seems to have a temperature of about -4C in winter. This may not be too comfortable for most Nigerians, owning to the fact that we are from a tropical country. Nevertheless, nothing stops you from visiting this eye-catching city since the summer season has an average temperature of 20C.

The people of Sapporo are known to be the most welcoming people in Japan.


Cities of Japan
Nagoya City in Japan | Photo Credit: Pexels

This is another beautiful city in Japan with an amazing landscape. Nagoya seats in the Chubu region, with a population of about 2.8 million inhabitants. Nagoya greater area has a population of about 10 million, which is slightly higher than that of Lagos city.

Just like other cities mentioned earlier, Nagoya has castles, museums, shrines, and state of the art features for sightseeing. If you like to learn the Japanese Language, there are schools designed for foreigners to start their learning process.

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When mentioning places to visit in Japan, Fukuoka should be part of the list. Being an island, Fukuoka is one of the local towns that are highly rich in terms of Japanese culture. Fukuoka has a population size of about 1.5 million people, which makes it less dense when compared to Tokyo and the likes.

This city has some of the local oldest temples you could think of in Japan. Since it is an island, you will enjoy visiting the beach. Other things to do in Fukuoka include a visit to art museums, and tons of festivals take place throughout the year.


Largest Cities in Japan
Hiroshima Castle | Photo Credit: Fezbot2000 on Unsplash

The atomic bomb detonated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States of America in 1945  in retaliation to the pearl harbour attack is one its inhabitants won't forget in a hurry. Despite the bombings that claimed the lives of about 200,000 people, the new city of Hiroshima has moved on since then, and it is now one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a place that commemorates with those that lost their lives as a result of the atomic bomb that killed thousands in the second world war. Other places to visit are the Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Castle, and many more temples.


Kobe is among the 10 biggest cities in Japan. It is located in the Kansai region, close to Kyoto, and has a population size of over 1.5 million people. Wagyu beef is what actually made this city famous all around the world. The beef is exported to most countries and is renowned for its unique texture and taste. Although the unique taste and texture are accompanied by a high price tag.

Aside from beef, Kobe is also known as a good spot for sake brewing. If you are a fan of food and steak and enjoy taking brewed wine, a visit to Kobe would be worth it.


Kawasaki is located close to Tokyo and has an urban population size of about 1.4 million inhabitants. Its small population should not for any reason make you overlook the town whenever you visit Japan. The Nihon Minkaen, an open-air museum, features most of the old-fashioned houses located in the country, thus giving you a clue on how Japan was before the recent development. Also, for Manga fans, Kawasaki is the place to be because a lot of his work is displayed and celebrated in Kawasaki.

Other cities in Japan

Aside from the 10 largest cities in Japan listed above, there are more interesting places to visit to have maximum fun. Some of these towns include Saitama, Chiba, Hokkaido, Nara, Okinawa, Nagano, Kanazawa, Nagasaki, and a few others. Japan has a rich cultural heritage that makes tourists and students from all around the world troop to the country for an exciting moment of their lives.

A visit to Japan

Japan is among the top holiday destinations for tourists across the globe. Due to its rich cultural and historical buildings, getting on board a plane to visit Japan wouldn't be a bad idea. You may want to learn some basics in the Japanese language to thrill the nationals when you get there. Learn a little of Japanese today and enjoy the culture of the people whenever you visit any of the cities of Japan.

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