List of Japanese cities by population

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The following is a list of cities in Japan by population. The following table indicates all cities in Japan that have a population greater than 200,000 as of the 2010 Japan Census.[1][2] Prefectural capitals are indicated in bold. Japan has many major cities. Many of these cities are crowded into a relatively small area of land along the Pacific coast of Honshu, between Tokyo and Fukuoka. This heavily urbanized strip is known as the Taiheiyō Belt or the Tōkaidō corridor. The latter name refers to the historic highway that connected the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, which has now been replaced by expressways and the high-speed Shinkansen railway line ("Bullet Train").

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Abbreviations:
2010 Pop.: Legal Population, as of October 1, 2010.
2005 Pop.: Legal Population, as of October 1, 2005.
RankPrefectureCity2010
Pop.[3]
2005
Pop.[4]
Growth
in %
Area
(sq mi)
Density
per mi²
Status
-TokyoTokyoTokyo8,949,4478,489,6535.42240.137,274Group of special wards.
001KanagawaYokohama3,689,6033,579,6283.07168.921,845Government ordinance city
002OsakaOsakaOsakaOsaka2,666,3712,628,8111.4385.831,077Government ordinance city
003AichiNagoya2,263,9072,215,0622.21126.017,968Government ordinance city
004HokkaidoSapporo1,914,4341,880,8631.78432.94,422Government ordinance city
005HyōgoKobeKōbe1,544,8731,525,3931.78213.47,239Government ordinance city
006KyotoKyoto1,474,4731,474,811-0.02319.74,612Government ordinance city
007FukuokaFukuoka1,463,8261,401,2794.46131.311,149Government ordinance city
008KanagawaKawasaki1,425,6781,327,0117.4455.725,596Government ordinance city
009SaitamaSaitama1,222,9101,176,3143.9684.014,558Government ordinance city
010HiroshimaHiroshima1,174,2091,154,3911.72349.43,361Government ordinance city
011MiyagiSendai1,045,9031,025,1262.03305.23,427Government ordinance city
012FukuokaKitakyūshū977,288993,525-1.63188.05,198Government ordinance city
013ChibaChiba962,130924,3194.09105.19,154Government ordinance city
014OsakaOsakaSakai842,134830,9661.3457.914,545Government ordinance city
015NiigataNiigata812,192813,847-0.20280.32,898Government ordinance city
016ShizuokaHamamatsu800,912804,032-0.39583.51,373Government ordinance city
017KumamotoKumamoto734,294727,9780.87150.44,882Government ordinance city
018KanagawaSagamihara717,561701,6202.27127.05,650Government ordinance city
019ShizuokaShizuoka716,328723,323-0.97545.11,314Government ordinance city
020OkayamaOkayama709,622696,1721.93305.02,327Government ordinance city
021ChibaFunabashi609,081569,8356.8933.118,401Core city
022KagoshimaKagoshima605,940604,3670.26211.22,689Core city
023TokyoTokyoHachiōji579,799560,0123.5371.98,064
024HyōgoHimeji536,338536,2320.02206.32,600Core city
025EhimeMatsuyama517,088514,9370.42165.63,123Core city
026TochigiUtsunomiya511,296502,3961.77160.93,178Core city
027OsakaOsakaHigashiōsaka509,632513,821-0.8223.921,324Core city
028SaitamaKawaguchi500,311480,0794.2121.523,270Special city
029ChibaMatsudo484,639472,5792.5523.720,449
030HyōgoNishinomiya482,790465,3373.7538.612,508Core city
031OkayamaKurashiki475,421469,3771.29137.03,470Core city
032ChibaIchikawa474,926466,6081.7822.221,393
033OitaŌitaOitaŌita473,955462,3172.52193.52,449Core city
034IshikawaKanazawa462,478454,6071.73180.62,561Core city
035HiroshimaFukuyama461,471459,0870.52200.02,307Core city
036HyōgoAmagasaki453,608462,647-1.9519.223,625Core city
037NagasakiNagasaki443,469455,206-2.58156.92,826Core city
038TokyoTokyoMachida426,827404,5445.2527.715,409
039ToyamaToyama421,890421,2390.15479.5880Core city
040AichiToyota421,552412,1412.28354.61,189Core city
041KagawaTakamatsu419,291418,1250.28144.82,896Core city
042KanagawaYokosuka418,448426,178-1.8138.910,757Core city
043GifuGifu413,239413,357-0.0378.35,278Core city
044KanagawaFujisawa409,734396,0143.4626.815,289
045OsakaOsakaHirakata407,997404,0440.9825.116,255Special city
046ChibaKashiwa404,079380,9636.0744.099,164Core City
047MiyazakiMiyazaki400,352395,5931.20110.83,613Core city
048OsakaOsakaToyonaka389,359386,6230.7114.027,811Special city
049NaganoNagano381,533386,572-1.30184.92,063Core city
050AichiToyohashi376,861372,4791.18100.93,735Core city
051AichiIchinomiya375,621371,6871.0644.08,537Special city
052AichiOkazaki372,472363,8072.3887.64,252Core city
053GunmaTakasaki371,352364,9191.76177.42,093Special city
054WakayamaWakayama369,400375,591-1.6581.24,549Core city
055NaraNara366,528370,102-0.97106.93,429Core city
056OsakaOsakaTakatsuki357,423351,8261.5940.78,782Core city
057OsakaOsakaSuita355,567353,8850.4813.925,580Special city
058HokkaidōAsahikawa347,275355,004-2.18288.61,203Core city
059KōchiKōchiKōchiKōchi343,416348,990-1.60119.42,876Core city
060SaitamaKawagoe342,714333,7952.6742.18,140Core city
061FukushimaIwaki342,198354,492-3.47475.4720Core city
062SaitamaTokorozawa341,900336,1001.7327.812,299Special city
063GunmaMaebashi340,390340,904-0.15120.32,830Core city
064FukushimaKoriyamaKōriyama338,772338,834-0.02292.31,159Core city
065ShigaŌtsuŌtsu337,629323,7194.30144.42,338Core city
066SaitamaKoshigaya326,423315,7923.3723.314,010Special city
067AkitaAkita323,363333,109-2.93349.7925Core city
068OkinawaNaha315,765312,3931.0815.120,912
069MieYokkaichi307,807303,8451.3079.43,877Special city
070AichiKasugai305,662295,8023.3335.88,538Special city
071FukuokaKurume302,323306,434-1.3488.73,408Special city
072AomoriAomori299,429311,386-3.84318.3941Core city
073IwateMorioka298,572300,746-0.72342.3872Core city
074FukushimaFukushima292,280297,357-1.71288.21,014
075HyōgoAkashi290,993291,027-0.0119.015,315Special city
076MieTsu285,728288,538-0.97274.41,041
077NiigataNagaoka282,719288,457-1.99344.0822Special city
078YamaguchiShimonoseki280,987290,693-3.34276.51,016Core city
079ChibaIchihara279,601280,255-0.23142.21,966
080HokkaidōHakodate279,110294,264-5.15261.71,067Core city
081OsakaOsakaIbaraki274,832267,9612.5629.59,316Special city
082IbarakiMito268,818262,6032.3784.03,200Special city
083OsakaOsakaYao268,652273,487-1.7716.116,686Special city
084HyōgoKakogawa266,869267,100-0.0853.54,989Special city
085FukuiFukui266,831269,144-0.86207.01,289Special city
086TokushimaTokushima264,764267,833-1.1573.83,588
087NagasakiSasebo261,146269,574-3.13140.51,859Special city
088KanagawaHiratsuka260,776258,9580.7026.29,953Special city
089TokyoTokyoFuchū255,453245,6234.0011.322,606
090YamagataYamagata254,084256,012-0.75147.21,726Special city
091ShizuokaFuji254,049253,2970.3094.62,686Special city
092SaitamaSokaSōka244,062236,3163.2810.623,025Special city
093NaganoMatsumoto243,070242,5410.22355.0685Special city
094HiroshimaKure239,553251,003-4.56136.61,754Special city
095OsakaOsakaNeyagawa238,244241,816-1.489.525,078Special city
096SagaSaga237,501241,361-1.60166.61,426
097AomoriHachinohe237,473244,700-2.95117.82,016Special city
098SaitamaKasukabe237,178238,506-0.5625.59,301Special city
099KanagawaChigasaki235,140228,4202.9413.817,039Special city
100KanagawaYamato228,180221,2203.1510.421,940Special city
101HyōgoTakarazuka225,587219,8622.6039.35,740Special city
102KanagawaAtsugi224,426222,4030.9136.26,200Special city
103SaitamaAgeo223,882220,2321.6617.612,721
104TokyoTokyoChōfu223,609216,1193.478.326,941
105GunmaOtaŌta216,444213,1601.5467.83,192Special city
106IbarakiTsukuba214,660200,5287.05109.71,957Special city
107GunmaIsesaki207,199202,4472.3553.83,851Special city
108NiigataJōetsu203,869208,082-2.02375.8542Special city
109SaitamaKumagaya203,192204,675-0.7261.73,293Special city
110ShizuokaNumazu202,283208,005-2.7572.22,802Special city

List as of 1889[edit]

This is the list of Japanese municipalities by population, as of December 31, 1889. The list includes all the cities, as well as other municipalities with more population than Kurume, the least populous city at the time.

Source: Japanese Wikipedia article of 市制 (City system), retrieved on July 4, 2008.[citation needed]
 PrefectureMunicipalityPop.StatusPref.
capital
 Japan39,626,600
1TokyoTokyo1,389,684CityYes
2OsakaOsaka476,271CityYes
3KyotoKyoto279,792CityYes
4AichiNagoya162,767CityYes
5HyōgoKobe135,639CityYes
6KanagawaYokohama121,985CityYes
7IshikawaKanazawa94,257CityYes
8MiyagiSendai90,231CityYes
9HiroshimaHiroshima88,820CityYes
10TokushimaTokushima61,107CityYes
11ToyamaToyama58,159CityYes
12KagoshimaKagoshima57,465CityYes
13WakayamaWakayama56,713CityYes
14NagasakiNagasaki55,063CityYes
15FukuokaFukuoka53,014CityYes
16HokkaidoHakodate52,909WardNo
17KumamotoKumamoto52,833CityYes
18OkayamaOkayama48,333CityYes
19OsakaSakai48,165CityYes
20NiigataNiigata46,353CityYes
21FukuiFukui40,849CityYes
 OkinawaNaha40,212Unofficial areaYes
22ShizuokaShizuoka37,664CityYes
23ShimaneMatsue35,934CityYes
24EhimeMatsuyama32,738CityYes
25KōchiKōchi32,241CityYes
 KagawaTakamatsu32,081Unofficial areaYes
26IwateMorioka31,153CityYes
27YamanashiKōfu31,135CityYes
28TochigiUtsunomiya30,698TownYes
29AomoriHirosaki30,487CityNo
30ShigaŌtsu29,941TownYes
31YamaguchiAkamaseki29,919CityNo
32YamagataYonezawa29,591CityNo
33AkitaAkita29,568CityYes
34NaganoMatsumoto29,319TownNo
35YamagataYamagata29,019CityYes
36NaganoNagano28,980TownYes
37ToyamaTakaoka28,928CityNo
38TottoriTottori28,396CityYes
39MieTsu28,156CityYes
40GunmaMaebashi28,115TownYes
41MieUjiyamada27,365TownNo
42GifuGifu27,089CityYes
43HyōgoHimeji27,055CityNo
44SagaSaga26,401CityYes
 OkinawaShuri26,205Unofficial areaYes
45OsakaNanba25,617VillageYes
46IbarakiMito25,591CityYes
47FukuokaKurume24,859CityNo

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