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Biggest Cities in Japan Quiz

How many of Japan's 20 biggest cities can you name?
According to the 2015 census
Population figures are for the city proper, not the metro area
Last updated: March 15, 2016
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Population
City
9,272,565
Tokyo
3,726,167
Yokohama
2,691,742
Osaka
2,296,014
Nagoya
1,953,784
Sapporo
1,538,510
Fukuoka
1,537,860
Kobe
Population
City
1,475,300
Kawasaki
1,474,570
Kyoto
1,264,253
Saitama
1,194,507
Hiroshima
1,082,185
Sendai
972,639
Chiba
961,815
Kitakyushu
Population
City
839,891
Sakai
810,514
Niigata
798,252
Hamamatsu
741,115
Kumamoto
720,914
Sagamihara
719,584
Okayama
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level 51
Sep 19, 2011
I got 7. Not good, but more than four. Take that, Quizmaster. ;)
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level 33
Sep 19, 2011
5 is good enough for never having been there.
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level 51
Jul 9, 2016
Agree completely
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level 33
Sep 19, 2011
More than half...but I lived there a while.
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level 58
Apr 5, 2015
13/20, never been there
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level 24
May 9, 2015
same here, probably even same ones:)
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level 43
Sep 20, 2011
8...never lived there, just good with geography.
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level 29
Dec 7, 2011
Only missed Sagamihara... and I've never even been. I think I might just have wasted my life.
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level 10
Oct 1, 2012
i only got tokyo and kyoto, the two obvious ones!
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level 26
Dec 29, 2012
20/20... wow. I'm not even Japanese! I just love Japanese culture. (:
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level 41
Jul 9, 2016
i took a month to learn about the japanese culture as well aka pretty much 99% of it was geography and cities and provinces lma
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level 32
Feb 25, 2013
All I got was Tokyo and Hiroshima.....
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level 75
Apr 29, 2013
You don't have to have visited Japan to get more than 4 of these. Tokyo of course everyone knows it's the biggest city in the world. Yokohama is also huge, there's a good chance you've heard that name before. Anyone at all familiar with history would get Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima. Nintendo fans might also get Kyoto. Nagoya is also a big city and fairly well known. Sapporo famous for its beer. Kawasaki famous for its motorcycles. Kobe famous for its steak. Sendai used to have a company that published video game magazines. Shizuoka also sounds familiar to me but I'm not sure why. The only two that traveling to Japan helped me get were Chiba and Fukuoka... Chiba because it's a suburb of Tokyo where flight attendants hang out and I went there with one... and Fukuoka because it's the biggest city on the coast near the ROK and I took a ferry from there to Busan.
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level 44
Aug 7, 2014
In this context Tokyo is not the biggest city in the world. Yokohama, Chiba, Saitama and Kawasaki are all included in that metro area. As for Osaka, I would say I'm "at all familiar with history" yet I've never heard Osaka in any historical context. I know it from geography though. Kal, for all your brilliance you seem to be entirely unaware that your experience is yours alone, your retention of knowledge is yours alone. And your assertions that folks "should know" something are careless at best, verging on caustic. Hope you got to Busan in the summertime and enjoyed the beach. Cheers!
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level 44
Aug 30, 2014
I retract what I said about fools. Clearly you are no fool. Yet you continue to feign indifference when presented with your own voids of knowledge. (I get it. It's a defense mechanism.) And then in the next breath you make sweeping pronouncements against those with different knowledge voids. "Anyone at all familiar with history would get Osaka." Honestly, Kal, I challenge you to support that statement. I'm not denying the city's historical significance outright, but I am questioning its "Q score" as it were, as it pertains to history. It's nowhere near the exalted level of Hiroshima. Not even to that of Kyoto, which I would contend is at the waning edge of the "anyone at all familiar with history" echelon. I apologize if I took you too literally but in this limited correspondence our words are all we have.
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level 44
Sep 1, 2014
A wise man once said, "If you ride out front on a white horse, you're gonna get shot at." I acknowledge I've taken too many shots. And I apologize. I would like to be friends. But as your friend I might occasionally call you out on your bull-__. And if you are mine, I would ask that you do the same. :)
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level 75
Sep 10, 2014
glad that we cleared that up. deleted my own comments here...
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level 36
May 6, 2013
I got perfect, because I am Japanese :) It is very difficult for also Japanese to answer Sagamibara. Sagamibara is located Kanagawa prefecture, but Kanagawa has 2 big cities, Yokohama and Kawasaki...so we are always blocking the name of this third biggest city!
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level 36
Jun 4, 2013
oh, misspelled. Sagamihara...
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level 78
Sep 2, 2014
Pretty sweet username, right there.
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level 52
Nov 1, 2017
Bet it helps...
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level 81
May 7, 2014
I got 6/20 while the average is 7. Still I got more right than over half the people... :)
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level 54
May 14, 2014
Kobe, my favourite NBA player.
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level 48
Dec 9, 2014
LOL
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level 68
Jun 30, 2015
XD
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level 28
Aug 25, 2014
9/20
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level 43
Aug 30, 2014
I've been to Japan only once and I got all twenty. Apparently, I listen in school more than I thought I did.
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level 77
Aug 30, 2014
4 ? There are 7 easy ones : Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kyoto, Kobe (because of the earthquake) and Hiroshima (because of...). The other ones are indeed challeging.
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level 24
May 9, 2015
Sendai too
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level 60
May 11, 2016
yes, that was an easy one for me because it was the epicenter (offshore) of the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami/nuclear-disaster.
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level 35
May 21, 2016
I don't think all 7 of those are easy.
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level 33
Aug 31, 2014
I got 11. Should've got 12 though. Forgot Nagoya :/
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level 72
Aug 31, 2014
One thing that helped me was the 2002 World Cup. 8 out of the 10 Japanese host cities are in the quiz, including 4 of the "obscure" ones.
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level 30
Sep 6, 2014
I got 9 !
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level 53
Jan 5, 2015
Watch how you pronounce the one city- Fukuoka!
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level 75
Jul 9, 2016
pretty much as you would expect.
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level 53
Feb 6, 2015
How do you get hit with an atomic bomb and seventy years later continue to be a major city and eleventh overall in Japan?
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level 54
Feb 2, 2016
Because Japan is an incredible country!
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level 75
Jul 9, 2016
Not disagreeing that Japan is incredible, but using your logic why isn't Nagasaki on the list, then?
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level 54
Apr 4, 2017
Well, Hiroshima was already larger than Nagasaki at the time of the bombing. I in no way stated that the atomic bomb is what made the city stronger. They're not radroaches.
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level 13
Apr 11, 2015
i got 10 right last time i tried i only got nagoya yokohama tokyo kobe and osaka
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level 66
May 26, 2015
The population count is totally wrong, most websites suggest that f.e. Tokyo has over 32 million inhabitants.
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level ∞
May 27, 2015
City proper vs metro area
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level 45
Jul 5, 2015
14, not bad
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level 57
Apr 8, 2016
I got 15!
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level 34
May 9, 2016
Wow. I'm still an embryo and got 21. I'm so good at geography woohoo!
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level 78
Jul 9, 2016
I haven't even been conceived yet and I managed to get all 55.
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level 29
Jul 9, 2016
I got 8.
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level 62
Nov 29, 2016
managed to get 17 with the comments :D
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level 62
Nov 29, 2016
8 on my own though
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level 34
May 22, 2017
7 with no comments... coudnt do better
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level 72
May 29, 2017
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level 25
Jun 27, 2017
got 7 this was the highest i have got in this quiz
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level 49
Jul 1, 2017
Got 11. Never been there nor have any relatives there, I did not even knew myself that I knew so much about Japan. I knew Tokyo as usual, Osaka I remembered my geography teacher taught us that it was once called manchester of Japan. Hiroshima - nuclear bombs, Yokohama - shipping hub, Kobe - longest suspension bridge, and other cities I guessed though !
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level 50
May 17, 2018
I got 9.
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level 28
Jun 11, 2018
Never been to Japan but I have studied, read (fiction and non-fiction), and watched dramas, movies, documentaries to do pretty well. I did not get three in my last attempt.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
been to all, yet still missed one...