10 most beautiful Japanese actress in 2018

Japanese actresses are known for their cute style. Their fresh, natural, and youthful look inspires us to remember our high school days. They can also act funny, innocent, and sweet. But among the wide pool of J-actors, some of them are remarkable for being the best among the rest. Some have already starred in many dramas and movies, while some are still starting to blossom. Most of them have received awards for their brilliant acting skills at their young age.

In this list, discover the famous, top-rated, most talented, and most popular Japanese actresses of 2017 and their upcoming movies, films, and dramas in 2018.

1. Kanna Hashimoto

One of the newest booming stars in Japanese entertainment is the 18-year old idol and actress, Kanna Hashimoto. Labeled as “beyond cute local idol”, “beyond angelic idol”, and “a talent appearing once in a millennium”, she is also praised for her charming smile and natural beauty. Born on February 3, 1999 in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, she began her career as a member of a J-Pop girl group, Rev. from DVL. She also has an older twin brother and an older brother.

  • Movie and TV roles:
    Assassination Classroom (2015, 2016) as Ritsu
    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation (2016) as Izumi Hoshi
    MPD: Animal Unit (2017) as Keiko Usuki
    Gintama (2017) as Kagura
    Haruchika (2017) as Chika Homura
    Psychic Kusuo (2017) as Kokomi Teruhashi
    Final Cut (2018) as Wakaba Okawara

2. Yuna Taira

A girl with the youthful, innocent, and sweet look is Yuna Taira, who debuted as an actress when she was in her sixth grade at elementary school. Yuna was born on November 12, 1998 in Kobe, Japan. Her older sister, Airi Taira, is also a famous actress. She also has a brother named Keisho Taira. As a child actress, Yuna appeared in many television dramas and films, but she gets her first lead role in the 2017 film, ReLIFE. Besides acting, Yuna proved her talent in singing as well. In 2012, she was in “Contact Girl Ju Ju Ju” from Oha Suta Super Live, and she released a CD.

  • Notable roles:
    Yell For The Blue Sky / Aozora Yell (2016) – Akane Sawa
    Kiseki: Sobito of That Day (2017) – Yui
    Closest Love To Heaven / Kyo no Kira-kun (2017) – Mio Yahagi
    The Dark Maidens (2017) – Mirei Nitani
    Sagrada Reset / Sakurada Risetto Kohen (2017) – Sumire Soma
    ReLIFE (2017) – Chizuru Hishiro
    That Is Not a Child But a Minor (2017) – Karin Oriyama
    Honey (2018) – Nao Kogure

3. Mei Nagano

A lady with a sweet and sparkly smile is Mei Nagano, whose acting career is already defined at her young age of 18. Born on September 24, 1999 in Tokyo, Japan, Mei was already scouted during her third year elementary days in Tokyo. Her most notable role where she gained national attention is the romantic comedy film, “My Love Story!” as Rinko Yamato. Apart from acting, she is also an exclusive model for Japanese fashion magazines such as Seventeen and Ribon.

  • Filmography roles:
    My Love Story! (2015) – Rinko Yamato
    Love That Makes You Cry (2016) – Remi Funakawa
    Koe Koi (2016) – Yuiko Yoshioka
    Parks (2017) – Haru
    Mixed Doubles (2017) – Airi Ogasawara
    Hirunaka no Ryūsei (2017) – Suzume Yosano
    Peach Girl (2017) – Sae Kashiwagi
    Hanbun, Aoi (2018) – Suzume Nireno

4. Suzu Hirose

A prominent name in the Japanese media industry is the beautiful and talented Suzu Hirose. Known for being an elegant actress, she starred in numerous films and live-action adaptations. Her most popular role is playing Chihaya in the Chihayafuru trilogy. She was born on June 19, 1998 in Shizuoka, Japan, and she has an older sister, Alice Hirose, who is also an actress. Besides acting, she is also a popular model, both in fashion magazines, commercials and advertisements. She will play the lead roles in the 2018 NTV drama, “Anone”, and 2019 NHK asadora, Natsuzora.

  • Most recognizable roles and upcoming dramas:
    Our Little Sister (2015) – Suzu Asano
    Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (2016) – Chihaya Ayase
    Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (2016) – Chihaya Ayase
    Your Lie in April (2016) – Kaori Miyazono
    My Teacher (2017) – Hibiki Shimada
    Chihayafuru: Musubi (2018) – Chihaya Ayase
    Anone (2018) – Subaru Tsujisawa
    Natsuzora (2019) – Natsu Okuhara

5. Marie Iitoyo

A beautiful fashion model that starred not only in magazines but also on screens is Marie Iitoyo. Her simple look is an inspiration to many girls, and her cute smile leaves a lasting impression that she has a sweet personality. Born on January 5, 1998 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, Marie became famous with her role in the 2016 youth romance movie, Mars. It was followed by another successful performance as Ninon Okamura in the 2017 “Kyo no Kira-kun” live-action movie. Despite her busy schedule, Marie will release her first photo book in 2018.

  • Film and drama roles:
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2015) – Chiriko Tsurumi (“Tsuruko”)
    Mars (2016) – Kira Aso
    A Girl & Three Sweethearts / Sukina Hito ga Iru Koto (2016) – Fuka Ninomiya
    Papa Katsu (2017) – Anri Akama
    Maji de Koukai Shitemasu (2017) – Marin Sakamoto
    Kirawareru Yuuki (2017) – Michiko Kari
    Kyo no Kira-kun (2017) – Ninon Okamura
    Ankoku Joshi (2017) – Itsumi Shiraishi
    The Crimes That Bind / When The Curtain of Prayer Descend (2018)

6. Ayami Nakajo

Tall, elegant, and stunningly beautiful in her own unique way is Japanese model and actress, Ayami Nakajo. Born on February 4, 1997, in Osaka, Japan, Ayami first auditioned in 2011 as a model for Seventeen, a popular female fashion magazine in Japan. In 2012, she participated as a model in Tokyo Girls Collection and made her acting debut in the television drama, Kuro no Jokyōshi, as Yuyaku Umehara. In 2016, she won the Best New Actress award for her role as Ichigo Kashimura in the film, Setoutsumi.

  • Movie and drama roles:
    Summer Nude (2013) – Asami Ichise
    Gekijōban Zero (2014) – Aya Tsukimori
    She (2015) – Azusa Ogiwara
    Setoutsumi (2016) – Ichigo Kashimura
    Litchi Hikari Club (2016) – Kanon
    Let’s Go, Jets! (2017) – Ayano Tamaki
    Anonymous Noise (2017) – Nino Arisugawa
    3D Kanojo: Real Girl (2018) – Iroha Igarashi

7. Ai Hashimoto

Ai Hashimoto has been one of the most favorite actresses of today, because of her original and one-of-a-kind beauty. She was born on January 12, 1996 in Kumamoto, and made her debut after winning the grand prize in the HUAHUA Audition in 2008. She starred to appear in the big screen through the 2012 film, The Kirishima Thing. In 2013, she took the lead role in the TV drama, Hard Nuts. Her serious and firm personality made her the best actress to play the roles of Sadako in Sadako 3D and Mei Misaki in Another.

  • Best roles:
    Control Tower / Kanseitou (2011) – Mizuho
    Sadako 3D (2012) – Sadako Yamamura
    The Kirishima Thing (2012) – Kasumi Higashihara
    Another (2012) – Mei Misaki
    Amachan (2013) – Yui Adachi
    Adult Drop (2014) – Ann Irie
    Little Forest: Summer & Autumn (2014) – Ichiko
    Wonderful World End (2015) – Shiori Hayano
    Parks (2017) – Jun

8. Airi Matsui

No one can resist her sparkly smile that shines brightly like a radiant sun. She is Airi Matsui, a model and actress, whose lovely smile makes her perfectly beautiful on big and small screen. She was born on December 26, 1996 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Before being an actress, Airi was a member of J-pop girl group, Sakura Gakuin. She starred in the 2015 novel-based film, “Tsuugaku Series Tsuugaku Densha” as Yuna, a shy girl who goes to school every day riding the train, together with Chiba Yudai as Haru. She is also an endorser for the popular Japanese chocolate brand, Ghana.

  • Filmography roles:
    Commuting to School Series Commuter Tram (2015) – Yuna
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2015) – Naruko Anjo (“Anaru”)
    Flying Colors/Biri Gyaru (2015) – Mika Honda
    Aozora Yell (2016) – Himari Wakita
    The King of Minami The Movie (2017) – Mizuki Tsurumaru
    Otona Koukou (2017) – Sakura Himetani
    Love Concierge (2017) – Mai Nakase
    Three Dads (2017) – Hana Watanabe

9. Tao Tsuchiya

This list is not complete without the Japanese princess of films – the leading lady in almost all live-action adaptations and television dramas since 2015. She is Tao Tsuchiya, a talented model, actress, and dancer. Born on February 3, 1995, in Tokyo, she proved her extraordinary acting skills when she got the lead role out of 2020 women who auditioned in the NHK’s 2015 Asadora, Mare, with Kento Yamazaki as her husband. They are reunited again in the 2015 movie, Orange. She also appeared in the 2014 blockbuster film, Rurouni Kenshin (with Takeru Sato) as Makimachi Misao. She is reunited with Sato in the 2017 dramatic film, 8-Nengoshi no Hanayome. Her most anticipated role of 2018 is playing the “dry ice” Shizuku Mizutani in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, alongside Masaki Suda as Haru.

  • Best movie and drama roles:
    Mare (2015) – Mare Tsumura
    Orange (2015) – Naho Takamiya
    Aozora Yell (2016) – Tsubasa Ono
    P and JK (2017) – Kako Motoya
    Tori Girl (2017) – Yukina Toriyama
    Ani ni Aisaresugite Komatemasu / My Brother Loves Me Too Much (2017) – Setoka Tachibana
    The 8-Year Engagement (2017) – Mai
    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun / My Little Monster (2018) – Shizuku Mizutani
    Kasane (2018) – Nina Tanzawa and Kasane

10. Emi Takei

She is one of the famous icons in the media industry during the past years, especially in commercials, films, and movies. She is Emi Takei, a beautiful model and actress who is best known for playing Kamiya Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin. Born on December 25, 1993 in Nagoya, she originally debuted as a model in 2006 through Seventeen, an iconic Japanese fashion magazine. She also won the “Best Dresser Award” from The Men’s Unity Fashion, being the youngest ever in history since 1972. In 2011, she debuted as a singer under Universal Japan, releasing the sweet, ballad single “Koisuru Kimochi”. Later in 2017, she married EXILE’s vocalist, Takahiro, and the couple are expecting a baby in 2018.

  • Best film and drama roles:
    Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta/You Taught Me All The Precious Things (2011) – Hikari Saeki
    Asukō March! (2011) – Nao Yoshino
    Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu (2012) – Tsubaki Hibino
    Rurouni Kenshin (2012, 2014) – Kamiya Kaoru
    Clover (2014) – Saya Suzuki
    Age Harassment (2015) – Emiri Yoshii
    Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: Sora Tobu Kujira to Daburu Sekai no Daiboken da Nyan (2016)
    Terra Formars (2016) – Nanao Akita
    Chushingura: A 48th Loyal Retainer in Love (2016-2017) – Kiyo
    May I Blackmail You? (2017) – Mio Kanesaka
    The Noble Detective (2017) – Aika Takatoku
    Black Leather Notebook (2017) – Motoko Haraguchi