Female Japanese Performers

by forbesplaid | created - 07 May 2016 | updated - 29 Aug 2016 | Public

A simple list of talented and yes, beautiful, Japanese actresses.

1. Aoi Miyazaki

Actress | Ôkami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Miyazaki Aoi is a former child actor whose professional career started at age four in advertisements, commercials and as an extra. She was born in Tokyo in 1985. Her serial and feature film debuts came in 1999 when she was fourteen. In that year she starred in her film debut Ano Natsu No Hi and ...

Her performance in "Heavenly Forest" was brilliant. It's a beautiful, moving film. I really appreciate her work. Gorgeous.

2. Meisa Kuroki

Actress | Asaruto gâruzu

The Japanese actress, model and singer Kuroki Meisa was born Shimabukuro Satsuki in Nago, Okinawa, which is the southernmost Japanese prefecture (her father is Japanese-Brazilian), on 28.05.1988. She was scouted while in junior high school and began modelling for JJ Magazine, which is a traditional...

3. Ai Hashimoto

Actress | Kokuhaku

Kumamoto-native Hashimoto Ai debuted in 2008 via an audition at Sony's Newcome that her mother pushed her to attend. Her mother loves celebrities. She has two sisters with her being the middle one. Her mother believed she is the one daughter who could make it in the audition. Immediately after the ...

A very versatile young actress, as of 2016 anyway. She has already tackled some mature and difficult roles. I enjoy her work very much.

4. Airi Tazume

Actress | Akumu chan

Airi Tazume is an actress, known for Akumu chan (2012).

5. Suzu Hirose

Actress | Umimachi Diary

Shizuoka City native Hirose Suzu was born four years following her model and actress sister, Alice Hirose. Her real name is Ooishi Suzuka, but she chose her alias to synchronize with her older sister. She played basketball at high school. She was scouted when her mother and she attended an event ...

Perhaps not the most tactful person when it comes to public relations, she is still a very good young actress. I can't wait to see her in "Chihayafuru."

6. Mirei Kiritani

Actress | Joshîzu

Mirei Kiritani's an actress, model, singer, writer & news anchor in Japan. She was born in Chiba Prefecture. She has been acting on the small and big screen since 2006. She has also been anchoring News Zero on NTV every Tuesday since 2012. She was a model for Seventeen Magazine prior to becoming an...

I think she is a good actress. I'll refrain from writing anything else because I'm absolutely smitten.

7. Erika Toda

Actress | Death Note: Desu nôto

Toda Erika was born in Kobe in central Japan on August 17th 1988. While her official first acting credit dates back to Audrey (Ôdorî ) in 2000 she truly began her career four years later. She used the intermediate period with gravure adult and other fashion modelling from age thirteen. She has been...

8. Hikari Mitsushima

Actress | Ai no mukidashi

The short-haired Mitsushima Hikari was born in Okinawa, which is Japan's southernmost prefecture and mostly occupied by the American military since World War II. Mitsushima's grandmother was French-American. Her siblings are a model, a basketball player and an actor. Hikari began her entertainment ...

9. Ema Fujisawa

Actress | Love Com

Ema Fujisawa is an actress, known for Love.Com: The Movie (2006), Classmates (2008) and Goemon (2009).

10. Mikako Tabe

Actress | Hinokio

The Tokyo-born Tabe Mikako, who has two older brothers, is an actress with roles on stage and the big and small screens. She began her career in 2002 at the age of thirteen by signing with a management office. She took up the role of Marina Moon in the Sailor Moon musicals. She was in movies by ...

I really liked her in "Kimi ni Todoke" and "Boku no Ita Jikan." Really sweet characters for a beautiful actress.

11. Sayu Kubota

Actress | 4-go Keibi

Sayu Kubota is an actress, known for 4-go Keibi (2017), Our 30 Minute Sessions (2020) and Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends (2014).

12. Maho Nagase

Actress | Nana to Kaoru

Maho Nagase is an actress, known for Nana et Kaoru (2011) and Maicching Machiko sensei: Viva! Momokachan!! (2008).

13. Shioli Kutsuna

Actress | Deadpool 2

Kutsuna Shioli was born in Australia, but moved to Japan at age 14 in order to pursue a career in acting. Shioli won the 11th Japan Bishojo Contest in 2006. This award chooses the most beautiful young girl in Japan. Her first role came next year when she was part of the cast of 3 Nen B Gumi ...

15. Maki Horikita

Actress | Always san-chôme no yûhi

Horikita Maki (born Marina Hara) was born in Tokyo the eldest of three sisters in 1988. She was a tomboy growing up and by the time of her retirement also had short hair as she was older. In-between she was an attractive actress, model and corporate product endorser with longer hair between 2003 ...

16. Juri Ueno

Actress | Suwingu gâruzu

The boyish Ueno Juri was born in Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Her mother died while Juri was at junior high school. She was athletic at elementary school and also had piano lessons. She began wearing contact lenses at junior high school. She applied to become a model ...

Very talented actress. She is possibly my favorite Japanese actress. I want to be able to say, "I've seen all of her work," one day. She's great in comedy, "Nodame Cantabile," and scary in drama, "Alice no Toge." I wonder if she can still play the saxophone.

17. Saeko

Actress | Nana

Saeko was born on November 16, 1986 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan as Saeko Dôkyû. She is an actress, known for Nana (2005), One Missed Call (2003) and Like a Dragon (2007). She was previously married to Yû Darvish.

18. Misa Uehara

Actress | Ju-on

Misa Uehara was born on December 21, 1983 in Maibara, Japan as Tsuguki Hori. She is an actress, known for Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), Nagai nagai satsujin (2007) and Yoshitsune (2005).

19. Tsubasa Honda

Actress | Hagane no renkinjutsushi

In mid-2006, Honda was scouted by seven different people on the same day, which became the reason behind her entering the entertainment industry. She then made her debut as an exclusive model to the magazine "Seventeen" in the same year. In 2007, she switched magazines, being an exclusive model for...

20. Honoka Miki

Actress | Gekijôban kamen raidâ Ôzu wandafuru: Shôgun to nijû-ichi no koa medaru

Honoka Miki was born on March 7, 1997 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She is an actress, known for Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals (2011), Kamen Rider OOO (2010) and Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo (2013).

21. Yua Shinkawa

Actress | Kyo kara ore wa!

Yua Shinkawa was born on December 28, 1993 in Saitama, Japan. She is an actress, known for From Today, It's My Turn: The Movie (2020), Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (2012) and Zenin, Kataomoi (2016).

22. Yû Yamada

Actress | Rupan sansei

Yû Yamada was born on July 5, 1984 in Okinawa, Japan. She is an actress, known for Rupan sansei (2014), Akihabara@Deep (2006) and Gekijô ban Kanna san daiseikô desu! (2009). She has been married to Shun Oguri since March 14, 2012.

23. Minami Hamabe

Actress | Kimi no suizô o tabetai

Minami Hamabe was born on August 29, 2000 in Ishikawa, Japan. She is an actress, known for Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (2017), The Promised Neverland (2020) and Hello World (2019).

24. Non

Actress | Hotto rôdo

Non (born: Rena Nounen) was born in Kamikawa town in Hyogo, Japan and raised in this beautiful rural town. She won the prize of Nicola Model Audition when she's the 7th grade, and started the modeling carrier. On graduating her junior high school, she moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream to be an ...

25. Ai Yoshikawa

Actress | Yakô Kanransha

Ai Yoshikawa was born on October 28, 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ferris Wheel at Night (2013), 12 Suicidal Teens (2019) and Climb Miss Kotera (2020).

26. Erina Nakayama

Actress | Jûbei-chan Lovely gantai no himitsu

Erina Nakayama was born on March 17, 1987 in Nagoya, Japan. She is an actress, known for Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl (1999), Bokura ga ita (2006) and Shigofumi (2008).

27. Nana Komatsu

Actress | Kawaki

Tokyo native Komatsu Nana was born in 1996 and began her career starring in a short film, called Tadaima, before immediately graduating to movies like Close Range Love and The World Of Kanako. Prior to these, however, she was a popular account holder on Instagram and a model. As such, it is no ...

28. Kiko Mizuhara

Actress | Shingeki no kyojin

Kiko Mizuhara was born on October 15, 1990 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Audrie Kiko Daniel. She is an actress, known for Attack on Titan Part 1 (2015), Attack on Titan Part 2 (2015) and Nobunaga Concerto (2014).

29. Kanna Hashimoto

Actress | Sêrâ-fuku to kikanjû: Sotsugyô

Kanna Hashimoto was born on February 3, 1999 in Fukuoka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation (2016), Gintama Live Action the Movie (2017) and Assassination Classroom (2015).

Big sister of Suzu. I've only seen one program she has acted in and that's "Silver Spoon." I would love to find more of her work. She's gorgeous, if that helps.

31. Haruna Kawaguchi

Actress | Gekijôban Ôran kôkô hosutobu

Haruna was born on the islands of Gotoo in Nagasaki Japan on 10.02.1995. Haruna has two older sisters. Her father died when she was nineteen-years-old. She auditioned in a modelling contest and won the Grand Prix first prize in 2007. She debuted as a model in the same year. She was on television ...

She performs equally well in both drama and comedy. She's beautiful to the point of distraction.

32. Mana Ashida

Actress | Pacific Rim

When three-years old Nishinomiya (known for its baseball affinity and stadium), Hyogo Prefecture-born Mana's mother thought her becoming an actress would be fun and guided her into the vocation. That was 2007. Her first role came about in 2009. She was in the serial Mother on Nippon Television ...

She is absolute cuteness and a great young actress. You might notice her if you like B grade scifi movies like "Pacific Rim," for instance. She was great in the live action of "Usagi Drop" and the 2016 series "Our House."

33. Kyoko Fukada

Actress | Shimotsuma monogatari

Fukada Kyoko was born in Kita Ward, Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and singer. She has a younger sister and graduated from Horikoshi High School in in Nakano in 2000. The school is famous for its elite clientele and a number of graduates who went on to become celebrities. Fukada debuted in 1997 ...

34. Erika Sawajiri

Actress | Shinobi

Born to a Japanese father and an Algerian mother in Tokyo Erika had a well-off upbringing and engaged in dancing, playing piano and horseback riding. Her father owned several race tracks, which ensured her access to horses. However, her father died due to cancer while she was in junior high school,...

35. Asae Ohnishi

Actress | Ichi ritoru no namida

Asae Ohnishi was born on November 16, 1983 in Japan. She is an actress, known for 1 Litre of Tears (2005), 1 Litre of Tears (2005) and Kamen Rider Hibiki (2005).

36. Sea Kumada

Actress | Saya-zamurai

Sea Kumada was born on July 18, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Scabbard Samurai (2010), Kamen Rider W (2009) and Ryûsei no kizuna (2008).

37. Sakurako Ohara

Actress | Kanojo wa uso wo aishisugiteiru

Sakurako Ohara was born on January 10, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Liar and His Lover (2013), Let's Go Jets (2017) and A Girl and Three Sweethearts (2016).

38. Mirai Shida

Actress | Kari-gurashi no Arietti

Born in Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture on May 10, 1993 she became a child actress beginning 1999, at first in a theatre, and has been active since. Her first television serial came in 2000. Her first movie appearance was in 2002. She is handled by the Ken-on agency. She gained prominence on NTV's ...

She was fantastic in "14-sai no Haha."

39. Hiroko Yakushimaru

Actress | Always san-chôme no yûhi

Hiroko Yakushimaru was born on June 9, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is known for her work on Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005), Princess Raccoon (2005) and W's Tragedy (1984). She was previously married to Kôji Tamaki.

40. Mio Yûki

Actress | Boku dake ga inai machi

Born as Kanno Rina, Yuki Miu is an actress who has appeared on the big and small screens since 2013. She even had her first main starring role in 2013. Her debut came after she won an audition in 2012. At that time she lived in Yamagata. She appeared in a Kyocera television commercial in October ...

41. Rika Adachi

Actress | Kamen raidâ × Kamen raidâ Wizâdo & Fôze: Movie taisen arutimeitamu

Rika is an actress and variety show talent who was born in Nagasaki in October 1992, but grew up in Mie Prefecture aspiring to become a model. She has a younger brother Ryuji who followed her by fifteen year. While in her third year at junior high school she participated in a talent contest and won...

42. Kaho

Actress | Tennen kokekkô

Kaho was born on June 30, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan as Kaho Indo. She is an actress, known for A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007), Tokyo Girl (2008) and Sing, Salmon, Sing! (2008).

43. Yukie Nakama

Actress | Shinobi

Nakama Yukie is a Japanese actress born on October 30, 1979 in Urasoe City, Okinawa, Japan. She is one of the rare few young Japanese celebrities that have been able to break free from their teeny-bopper image and emerge as one of the country's most popular and well-respected actresses.

She appeared...

44. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

45. Kana Hanazawa

Actress | Koto no ha no niwa

Kana Hanazawa was born on February 25, 1989 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Garden of Words (2013), Your Name. (2016) and Oreimo: My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute? (2010).

She is one of my favorite voice actresses. Kana has voiced so many anime characters, if you are a fan of the genre, you have heard her voice before. She sings too.

46. Haruka Ayase

Actress | Umimachi Diary

Born Tademaru Aya in Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture in March 1985, Ayase Haruka is a former gravure idol who went on to become a mainstream model, singer and actress. She was athletic during her school days and participated in several sports. She began acting with an ...

She was really funny in "Hotaru no Hikari." She easily blends into the characters she portrays, regardless of the genre. A lovely actress and incredibly beautiful young woman. She is definitely another one of my favorite actresses. I'm always excited to view a production she has appeared in.

47. Chiaki Satô

Actress | Hotaru no hikari

Chiaki Satô is an actress, known for Hotaru no hikari (2007), Love Scenario (2010) and The Bandage Club (2007).

48. Momoka Ishii

Actress | Gekijôban kamen raidâ Dikeido: Ôru raidâ tai daishokkâ

Momoka Ishii was born on December 19, 2002. She is an actress, known for Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker (2009), Hotaru no hikari (2007) and 1 pondo no fukuin (2008).

49. Yui Horie

Actress | Ressha Sentai Tokkyûjâ

Yui Horie was born on September 20, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan as Yoshiko Horie. She is an actress, known for Ressha Sentai ToQger (2014), Dead or Alive 3 (2001) and Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate (2004).

Voice actress and singer. You have probably heard her voice if you watch a lot of anime. She is so adorable, dare I say kawaii.

50. Rena Takeda

Actress | Kamen Rider Amazons

Rena Takeda was born on July 27, 1997 in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan. She is an actress, known for Kamen Rider Amazons (2016), Assassination Classroom (2015) and The Last Cop: Episode 0 (2016).

51. Hirona Yamazaki

Actress | Kamisama no iu tôri

Hirona Yamazaki was born on April 25, 1994 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. She is an actress, known for As the Gods Will (2014), Kamen Rider Zero-One: Real×Time (2020) and Let's Go Jets (2017).

52. Yûko Araki

Actress | Kokuhaku

Tokyo born Araki Yuuko came to the mortal coil as Ishii Yuko on 15.12.1993. She was born in the capital city, but lived in Kanagawa for a couple of years. She is managed by Stardust Promotion and was recruited while in fifth-grade and eleven years old at Takeshita street of Harajuku in 2004. Her ...

53. Yuriko Yoshitaka

Actress | Yokomichi Yonosuke

Yoshitaka Yuriko was born in Tokyo on 22.07.1988. She entered the entertainment profession when she was scouted in Harajuku in Tokyo when she was sixteen. Since then she has played a string of roles in both the small and the big screen in roles as diverse and ranging from being the kindest girl ...

I saw her in "Bokura ga Ita." I haven't seen her in any productions since about 2014. I really hope she hasn't stopped acting.

54. Azusa Mine

Actress | Shigunaru: Getsuyôbi no Ruka

Azusa Mine is an actress, known for Signal: Luca on Mondays (2012), Psychic Agents (2017) and Sanbiki no ossan (2014).

I've only seen her in "Signal." The movie was her first major role I believe. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future. She's seriously beautiful.

55. Fûka Koshiba

Actress | Majo no takkyûbin

Fûka Koshiba was born on April 16, 1997 in Sakai, Osaka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Kiki's Delivery Service (2014), Tenshi no iru toshokan (2017) and Joshiteki seikatsu (2018).

56. Mayuko Fukuda

Actress | L: Change the World

Mayuko Fukuda was born on August 4, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Death Note: L Change the World (2008), Goemon (2009) and Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (2006).

57. Shion Miyawaki

Self | Shibuhara Girls

Shion Miyawaki is an actress, known for Shibuhara Girls (2011) and 10 okuen kasegu (2010).

58. LiSa

Soundtrack | Sword Art Online

LiSa was born on June 24, 1987 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan as Risa Oribe. She has been married to Tatsuhisa Suzuki since January 22, 2020.

59. Mika Hijii

Actress | Ninja

Mika Hijii was born on October 13, 1983 in Iizuka, Fukuoka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ninja (2009), Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) and Alien vs. Ninja (2010).

60. Aki Maeda

Actress | Batoru rowaiaru

Aki Maeda was born on July 11, 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Battle Royale (2000), Battle Royale II (2003) and The Cat Returns (2002).

61. Ayu Matsuura

Actress | Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo

Ayu Matsuura is an actress, known for Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo (2013), Eureka Seven: Ao (2012) and Corpse Party (2015).

63. Serika Matsuda

Actress | Our House

Serika Matsuda is an actress, known for Our House (2016).

She's so adorable.

64. Karen Miyama

Actress | Ailiseu

Karen Miyama was born on December 12, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and writer, known for Iris (2009), Shitamachi Rocket (2011) and Be with You (2004).

65. Airi Matsui

Actress | Secret Unrequited Love

Matsui Airi is a Iwaki, Fukushima-born Japanese model, actress and singer managed by Amuse. She was born in eastern Japan on 26.12.1996. She was part of the founding line-up of schoolgirl band Sakura Gakuin in the spring of 2010 and graduated from the school/band in March 2012. Between 2011 and ...

66. Kurumi Shimizu

Actress | Gintama

Kurumi Shimizu was born on July 16, 1994 in Aichi, Japan. She is an actress, known for Gintama Live Action the Movie (2017), Orange (2015) and Jinkusu!!! (2013).

67. Runa Endo

Actress | Sadako vs. Kayako

Runa Endo is an actress, known for Sadako vs. Kayako (2016), Parade (2009) and Kagekiha opera (2016).

68. Saori Hayami

Actress | Koe no katachi

Hayami Saori is Tokyo native voice actress, radio announcer and part-time singer who was born on 29.05.1991. Hayami won the 10th Seiyu Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She became interested in animation and Audrey Hepburn at elementary school and attended voice acting classes when at junior high...

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