List of 100 best universities in Japan

We ranked 100 best universities in Japan based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 62.2M citations received by 2.69M publications made by 719 universities in Japan, measured the popularity of 4,545 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in Japan
#1 in Asia
#18 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
28,171
Founded
1877
#2 in Japan
#3 in Asia
#55 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
22,615
Male:Female
76:24
Founded
1897
#3 in Japan
#6 in Asia
#96 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
23,316
Male:Female
68:32
Founded
1931
#4 in Japan
#11 in Asia
#123 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
17,831
Founded
1907
#5 in Japan
#16 in Asia
#162 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
33,500
Founded
1858
#6 in Japan
#18 in Asia
#177 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Enrollment
15,959
Founded
1911
#7 in Japan
#19 in Asia
#196 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Enrollment
18,628
Founded
1918
#8 in Japan
#20 in Asia
#198 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
16,376
Founded
1939
#9 in Japan
#25 in Asia
#224 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Enrollment
16,525
Male:Female
61:39
Founded
1973
#10 in Japan
#29 in Asia
#260 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
10,357
Founded
1881
#11 in Japan
#32 in Asia
#284 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Enrollment
50,221
Founded
1882
#12 in Japan
#38 in Asia
#320 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Enrollment
15,226
Founded
1949
#13 in Japan
#41 in Asia
#327 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
15,986
Founded
1902
#14 in Japan
#57 in Asia
#423 in the World
Enrollment
77,651
Male:Female
68:32
Founded
1889
#15 in Japan
#60 in Asia
#438 in the World
Acceptance Rate
47%
Enrollment
13,054
Founded
1922
#16 in Japan
#62 in Asia
#447 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
13,983
Founded
1949
#17 in Japan
#94 in Asia
#579 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1946
#18 in Japan
#97 in Asia
#584 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Enrollment
10,111
Male:Female
64:36
Founded
1949
#19 in Japan
#98 in Asia
#585 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
12,289
Founded
1922
#20 in Japan
#102 in Asia
#615 in the World
Acceptance Rate
44%
Enrollment
7,629
Founded
1949
#21 in Japan
#103 in Asia
#625 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
32,145
Founded
1949
#22 in Japan
#104 in Asia
#627 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1928
#23 in Japan
#105 in Asia
#629 in the World
Enrollment
28,535
Founded
1946
#24 in Japan
#106 in Asia
#631 in the World
Enrollment
3,802
Founded
1836
#25 in Japan
#108 in Asia
#636 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Enrollment
9,150
Founded
1949
#26 in Japan
#111 in Asia
#648 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Founded
1899
#27 in Japan
#112 in Asia
#652 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1949
#28 in Japan
#135 in Asia
#729 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
9,126
Founded
2005
#29 in Japan
#140 in Asia
#742 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1881
#30 in Japan
#142 in Asia
#745 in the World
Acceptance Rate
44%
Enrollment
10,661
Male:Female
62:38
Founded
1949
#31 in Japan
#144 in Asia
#752 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
6,556
Male:Female
63:37
Founded
1949
#32 in Japan
#149 in Asia
#764 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1949
#33 in Japan
#154 in Asia
#783 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Founded
1949
#34 in Japan
#155 in Asia
#787 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Enrollment
7,323
Male:Female
65:35
Founded
1949
#35 in Japan
#156 in Asia
#791 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Founded
1928
#36 in Japan
#157 in Asia
#797 in the World
Acceptance Rate
26%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1949
#37 in Japan
#162 in Asia
#807 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
9,267
Founded
1949
#38 in Japan
#167 in Asia
#818 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
31,339
Founded
1881
#39 in Japan
#169 in Asia
#820 in the World
Acceptance Rate
38%
Enrollment
8,455
Male:Female
63:37
Founded
1949
#40 in Japan
#170 in Asia
#824 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
8,051
Founded
1949
#41 in Japan
#173 in Asia
#830 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Founded
1949
#42 in Japan
#179 in Asia
#856 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Founded
1949
#43 in Japan
#180 in Asia
#859 in the World
Acceptance Rate
29%
Enrollment
8,576
Male:Female
46:54
Founded
1962
#44 in Japan
#190 in Asia
#904 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
10,090
Founded
1949
#45 in Japan
#194 in Asia
#909 in the World
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1966
#46 in Japan
#195 in Asia
#910 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Founded
1928
#47 in Japan
#196 in Asia
#912 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Enrollment
20,356
Founded
1934
#48 in Japan
#199 in Asia
#918 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
28,642
Male:Female
62:38
Founded
1920
#49 in Japan
#208 in Asia
#936 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Founded
1950
#50 in Japan
#218 in Asia
#954 in the World
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1925
#51 in Japan
#219 in Asia
#960 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Enrollment
6,195
Founded
1949
#52 in Japan
#220 in Asia
#961 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Enrollment
30,178
Male:Female
60:40
Founded
1922
#53 in Japan
#227 in Asia
#979 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Founded
1904
#54 in Japan
#228 in Asia
#984 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
1950
#55 in Japan
#229 in Asia
#985 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Enrollment
5,329
Founded
1949
#56 in Japan
#234 in Asia
#1000 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1885
#58 in Japan
#240 in Asia
#1018 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1975
#59 in Japan
#242 in Asia
#1020 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1949
#60 in Japan
#247 in Asia
#1041 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
5,776
Founded
1905
#61 in Japan
#251 in Asia
#1058 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Founded
1880
#62 in Japan
#255 in Asia
#1067 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1872
#63 in Japan
#262 in Asia
#1083 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Enrollment
19,776
Founded
1874
#64 in Japan
#264 in Asia
#1093 in the World
Founded
1916
#65 in Japan
#265 in Asia
#1094 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Enrollment
13,280
Founded
1913
#66 in Japan
#268 in Asia
#1105 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
20,720
Founded
1922
#67 in Japan
#271 in Asia
#1115 in the World
Acceptance Rate
38%
Enrollment
9,031
Male:Female
68:32
Founded
1949
#68 in Japan
#275 in Asia
#1121 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
1949
#69 in Japan
#277 in Asia
#1133 in the World
Enrollment
891
Male:Female
83:17
Founded
1990
#70 in Japan
#279 in Asia
#1138 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
5,876
Founded
1907
#71 in Japan
#288 in Asia
#1159 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1949
#72 in Japan
#292 in Asia
#1171 in the World
Founded
1928
#73 in Japan
#295 in Asia
#1183 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
6,539
Founded
1949
#74 in Japan
#298 in Asia
#1188 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Enrollment
3,065
Male:Female
44:56
Founded
1964
#75 in Japan
#301 in Asia
#1192 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1949
#76 in Japan
#302 in Asia
#1193 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
15,500
Founded
1912
#77 in Japan
#310 in Asia
#1215 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Founded
1949
#78 in Japan
#311 in Asia
#1220 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
6,287
Male:Female
70:30
Founded
1875
#79 in Japan
#315 in Asia
#1231 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Enrollment
8,249
Founded
1949
#80 in Japan
#318 in Asia
#1236 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Founded
1945
#81 in Japan
#321 in Asia
#1243 in the World
Founded
1972
#82 in Japan
#322 in Asia
#1244 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1950
#83 in Japan
#325 in Asia
#1249 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
5,157
Founded
1949
#84 in Japan
#332 in Asia
#1267 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
5,367
Founded
1949
#85 in Japan
#335 in Asia
#1277 in the World
Founded
1972
#86 in Japan
#342 in Asia
#1290 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Founded
1991
#87 in Japan
#344 in Asia
#1294 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
2,075
Founded
1874
#88 in Japan
#351 in Asia
#1306 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1949
#89 in Japan
#360 in Asia
#1329 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1949
#90 in Japan
#362 in Asia
#1341 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
1976
#91 in Japan
#370 in Asia
#1356 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Enrollment
6,695
Founded
2004
#92 in Japan
#375 in Asia
#1370 in the World
Acceptance Rate
38%
Enrollment
18,693
Founded
1949
#93 in Japan
#380 in Asia
#1383 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
5,167
Founded
1949
#94 in Japan
#381 in Asia
#1385 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
5,781
Male:Female
62:38
Founded
1949
#95 in Japan
#384 in Asia
#1397 in the World
Enrollment
3,835
Founded
1926
#96 in Japan
#394 in Asia
#1427 in the World
Enrollment
29,300
Male:Female
59:41
Founded
1887
#97 in Japan
#397 in Asia
#1440 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Founded
1891
#98 in Japan
#399 in Asia
#1443 in the World
Enrollment
4,820
Founded
1966
#99 in Japan
#400 in Asia
#1444 in the World
Enrollment
782
Founded
1928
#100 in Japan
#413 in Asia
#1488 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1639

The best cities to study in Japan based on the number of universities and their ranks are Tokyo, Kyoto, Suita, and Sendai.

Average cost of living for students in Japan is $654 + $76-546 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).