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The Largest Cities in Japan by Population

We visualize the Japanese cities with the largest population.

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The map below displays the Japanese cities with the 10 largest populations, where the size of the circle represents the population.

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The following bar graph displays the top 20 cities in terms of population:

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Where is Tokyo?

If we consider Tokyo to be a city, it would of course be the city with the largest population. However, Tokyo itself is considered to be a metropolis, and there are cities and wards within Tokyo:

Under Japanese law, Tokyo is designated as a to (都), translated as metropolis. Its administrative structure is similar to that of Japan's other prefectures. The 23 special wards (特別区, tokubetsu-ku), which until 1943 constituted the city of Tokyo, are self-governing municipalities, each having a mayor, a council, and the status of a city. (Wikipedia)

Table

Prefecture City Population
1 Kanagawa Yokohama 3,754,772
2 Osaka Osaka 2,730,420
3 Aichi Nagoya 2,301,639
4 Hokkaido Sapporo 1,959,313
5 Fukuoka Fukuoka 1,554,229
6 Hyogo Kobe 1,533,588
7 Kanagawa Kawasaki 1,514,299
8 Kyoto Kyoto 1,409,702
9 Saitama Saitama 1,314,145
10 Hiroshima Hiroshima 1,195,775
11 Miyagi Sendai 1,064,060
12 Chiba Chiba 972,516
13 Fukuoka Kitakyushu 950,602
14 Tokyo Setagaya 917,486
15 Osaka Sakai 834,787
16 Shizuoka Hamamatsu 802,527
17 Niigata Niigata 788,465
18 Tokyo Nerima 739,435
19 Tokyo Ota 734,493
20 Kumamoto Kumamoto 733,721

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