Top Ten Best Japanese Bassists


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The Top Ten

Reita - the GazettE
Reita sama has an adorable way to play his bass in The GazettE music, I love that.
Reita deserved this spot he will always be an amazing bassist and he can play anything. Nice job reita! Love the mask by the way!
He is great! Love his work in Silly God Disco it's so good I learnt how to play it!
[Newest]He made me discover the universe of the bass
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2Toshiya - Dir en grey
Toshiya is an absolutely amazing bassist! I have seen Diru twice in concert and Toshiya can always get the crowd riled up and excited. His bass solos are to die. For I cannot wait until I hear the song "Amon". I did such a fantastic job with that song I get shivers every time I listen to it. The previous songs he has written like "Bottom of Death Valley" is still one of my all time favorites. Vote Toshiya! He really is an amazing bassist.
Saw him live, his performance was outstanding! Definitely the best, full of raw talent and skill, he is incredible.
Best bassist for a best band!


[Newest]Greatest bassist. Greatest band
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3Tomomi Ogawa - SCANDAL
Tomomi is one of the best bassist in the World! She is funny, loves to joking around, but she is very talented and hard working. She needs to be No1.
A young emerging bassist with popular pop rock band SCANDAL. Though she can not be compared with other professional bassists already in the industry, she certainly is showing outstanding dexerity and skill when it comes to bass playing. Tomomi shines with her happy personality and being a female bassist in a primarily male dominated rock industry, that certainly makes her even more unique!

Genki kid #1 Tomo!
She's cute and play the bass well, I vote for her since I think you can improve her skills day by day, keep going!
[Newest]Tomo is the best! =) I love her!
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4Tetsuya Ogawa - L'Arc~en~Ciel
Tetsu is the best bassist in the world... Full skill and talent.. Good job for tetsu..
Best ever.. The slides and the very melodic playing with bass pick gives life to every song he plays..
best from japan and maybe in the world
[Newest]From mellow songs to rocking songs, he is the best

5Masashi - Versailles
Masashi is the reason I play bass. He's amazing, holds the same sense of elegance that the rest of the band holds and is so talented. The bass riff at the beginning of Vampire is just one of the many excellent examples of his talent. This doesn't mean that I don't like Jasmine You and Masashi is most definitely not Jasmine's replacement
I saw Masashi at their Holy Grail London gig not too long ago, and I was amazed at how he played the bass. He had a certain aura around him, that made him powerful-looking, as well talented with the bass. His riffs, as heard in Vampire and MASQUERADE, are also shine-chilling and inspiring. From this, he has made me take bass up again, and it was a pleasure meeting him.
Masashi is a valuable asset to Versailles. He owns a different style against Jasmine You, and that makes them both incomparable with each other. He plays a tough Knight, and one can see his talents in Vampire and Masquerade. He's also one of the reasons why I like bass.
[Newest]Steady beats and performance!
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6Jun Onose - LUNA SEA
This man packs the groove, style and knows his music. Arguably a genius composer, if you will look into his composing history in Luna Sea & also in his solo works. Instead of focusing on showcasing insane amount of technicalities, he like to challenge the opposite - making music sound great in their simplest form. His beliefs as a musician and in life has inspired and earned him many respects, both fans and musicians alike.
He's just way too tight when playing together with Shinya... Seriously. And the bass lines really get the combination between memorable and still having energy (unlike many Japanese bassists who play an obscene amount of flourishes in their lines while forgetting that there are root notes too... ). Of course his solo work is simple as hell, but hey, he's singing there :D
Oh - and he's a good songwriter too...
J is Zeus in the Bass Olympus! Taiji is very good, but my fave is Jun Onose. I can't let him here down...
[Newest]His bass line is awesome

7Taiji Sawada - X-japan
I don't understand why in the world Taiji-sama got this place. 5th place? THIS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT FOR HIM. Maybe everyone hadn't notice, but have you forgotten about the bassist who had played great bass solos? Who was the one called "hippie cowboy punkster"? Had everyone forgotten who Taiji Sawada is? I'll tell you this- TAIJI-SAMA CHANGED MY LIFE. He made me want to learn bass. He was and always will be my inspiration. Respect to this dear bassist. I really want to meet him. Sadly, God loves him more.
Well, since he's departed from X Japan, then the world, Heath has replaced him. I'm no anti of Heath, but Taiji is SPECIAL in his own way. Simple 5-worded sentence: HE IS LIKE NO OTHER Agree?

Nothing much I can say, Taiji-sama, but I wish you all the best in the afterlife. Be safe. Take care of hide-sama and yourself. You rock forever!

We are X!
best ever will was, the best ever will be. Revolutionary, perfect skills, multi-instrumental player, great composer, greate stage scene. The best one
[Newest]WHAT! Number 7? Should be number 1. He can play bass very fast without any mistakes.

8Yutaka Higuchi - BUCK TICK
The cutest, most talented, and most experienced bass player. In absolutely ALL BUCK-TICK songs you can hear incredible bass lines. GO YUUTA!
How can Yuuta be down to the 8th position? He at least deserves a few positions up to this. Deeply stilish bass lines, not only for his tecnique but also for the way he can use them, and an amazing consideration of what he do.
Prick up your ears a little more, to our cute man!

9Aki - Sid
Aki is has the most energetic stage personality! I think he changed the way I see bassists. He's really talented. I want to learn to play like him. He is the BEST.
Aki is the BEST Bassist. He is attractive, talented, and sexy. ^ ^;
He is so care with fans on social network, he has the best playing bass. I learned everything from him. He is so shy in daily activity but he has many friends who are care with him. He always gives fans best performance in every live and concert. He often says"thanks! Always! " and x for fans. I wanna watch his perform and do handshake with him someday. I love him so much. I'll support SID. (^_^)
Aki's the best bassist ever in Japan, in my opinion. Not only as bassist, but as musician. He composed most of the songs in SID, he can play piano and guitar. He's a perfect musician, and every bass line he created is very detail and difficult. You can hear every beats he played in every songs clearly. No bassist ever this good before.
[Newest]He is the best bassist ever! He may seem crazy and energetic on stage, but turns out he is a very shy person and hardly talks! Yes, he can play with both hands, and he composes a lot of songs in SID!

10Saga - Alice Nine
Saga is an amazing bass player. Although in interviews and with alice9 channel he may appear laid-back and as he said himself, 'hentai' (I say that word with affection ^^) he is dead serious with his music. The one thing that gives him happiness and is very important to him are Alice Nine lives. If you go and check the composers of the band's songs through the years, you'll see his name prominently. His bass is so clear and defined, and he's technically skilled. As are the rest of the runners in here. But what makes Saga stand out in my opinion are his presence on stage and in videos, his crazy personality, his beautiful music compositions, and his bass always calls out to the listener. It really sets the tone. Stay the way you are Saga. You're the best.
Saga is an incredible bassist! He has great skills at the bass along with an amazing overall musical mind composing most of Alice Nine's music. He writes music with such passion and precision and it shows in not just every single note of a song he composes but in every single note he plays on the bass. He is not afraid to tackle any genre or incorporate different musical instruments in his pieces and helps them to mold the overall structure of the composition. His depth of knowledge of music and how to put it together along with his great ability to play the bass makes him a strong well rounded bassist from Japan!
3 words. He is Saga. This man is beyond talented and beyond brilliant. He can make you cry by just looking at him, and once he starts playing, you might as well start writing him love letters. I'm a drummer girl myself, but Saga is my favorite bassist. Not only is he great with a bass guitar and guitar, but also self taught piano player as well. And if that isn't enough for you, he will make you laugh till your in tears. So end result of this guy he will make you shed tears, of laughter or heart ache. :) And my personal opinion is, he's a good guy. He deserves to recognized.
[Newest]Saga-sama is the best bassist
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The Contenders

11Yukke - MUCC
YUKKE! His performances are superb! He can play even the contrabass. His way of playing is powerful and amazing! He also keeps his fans entertained and is aware of his fanbase.

He should get more attention!
YUKKE is a great bassist! His skills are just amazing and he deserves to be called one of the best bassist out there! YUKKE is such a wonderful bassist!
Yukke is definitely my favorite bassist in Japanese rock. Especially when he plays slap or contrabass!

12Boh (Babymetal God Band)
I like his style for playing bass, very exciting.
He is truly worthy to be called a GOD of Bass. If you have not done so, look for Kami Band Solo's on YouTube or look up the BABYMETAL world trailer to see him jam.

You can even look up BOH nico nico to see him just mess around with his bass and make godly sounds m/
His technique in bass is awesome.. Its rare to see a bassist who handles a 6 strings bass like a God..
[Newest]I love her style! Boh very awesome

13HITOKI - Kuroyume

14Crazy Cool Joe - DEAD END
toshiya of dir en grey = false no. 1 bassist in japan. crazy cool joe was with KYO isono hiroshi's solo and also their band that reunite influenced many bands musically and in fashion.


one of the most admired bassists in japan, inspired lots of bands like l'arc en ciel, luna sea, buck-tick, janne da arc, and many more


15Lay - Fatima / obscure
In the beginnings of the band he had to lead the rhythm section for less experienced drummer and also the melody section for less talented guitarist. He was good enough to manage. I like his style of playing: hard and agressive, but also surprisingly soft sometimes. I wish he could get more recognition, as in my opinion he's truly one of the best bassists in his generation.


16Jasmine You - Versailles
Each time I hear him playing the bass in Versailles, Jakura or Hizaki Grace Project songs, I only can think 'Perfect'. Amazing bassist. His bass lines are beautiful, powerful and always the right in each melody. His grace when playing live has to be one of the most beautiful things. So much talent.
He will be missed forever.
Perfect bassist. Very beautiful playing, like no other. Mix of slow and energy melody. I adore him.
He is one of the best! He is the reason I play bass. I am amazed his playing. He was talented very much!
[Newest]Whenever I see him play the bass guitar, all I can think about is "Perfect". For me, he will always be the best. He was very elegant on stage. The way he played is very beautiful. A very talented bassist. I miss him so much.

dir en grey -more popular
seela is toshiya's idol
la vie en rose, dear secret lover, an aphrosidiac
they are one of the pioneers of visual kei and they receive less credit?


dir en grey is like a copy of d'erlanger
l'arc is like a copy of dead end
why is toshiya as the same level as tetsu?

the ranking should be
1. crazy cool joe
2. seela
3. tetsu
4. toshiya


put all older legendary bassists above toshiya like crazy cool joe, seela, bassists of x-japan, loudness, etc. you will see how they actually influenced him


18Kazuyuki Matsumoto - Janne Da Arc
I've started to be in love with bass solos because of Janne Da Arc, in special Ka-yu! He is the best for me!
Yeah.. like I said.. he's the greatest bassist in Japan. not satisfied? see Janne Da Arc to know this.


He is a great singer & composer too!


19Ryota - One Ok Rock
He's a magnificent bassist with an amazing talent. His basslines are just beyond anything else. He is one of the most funkiest bassists in the all of the Jrock section.
He will practice hard for anything, only to keep himself and his band ONE OK ROCK to reach the best spot.
Watching him playing live is just one of the most things to watch.
I love One Ok Rock. I remember when Iwas teenager. Now am fifty's.

20OKP-Star - Aqua Timez


22Hazuki - Lynch.
Hottest and coolest Bass player ever!

23Yoshihito Onda - Judy and Mary

24Aggy - DELUHI

Not only does he play well, but he always looks like he is enjoying himself.
Love how he plays his bass really well

26Ni~Ya - Nightmare
He has the sexiest bass lines ever! Too bad he kinda gets drowned out by the guitarists
Ni~Ya is very very good and will only get better!
The best Skill for every style and songs of Nightmare!
His passion for the music and his role in the group make him my favorite Bassist Ever!
[Newest]Sexiest and most talented bassist I have heard in a long time!

27Heath - X Japan
His! His the best bass of the word
His the best bass of the world, don't forget voted for Heath We are X, the Kings forever
Poor Hiroshi (Heath)... He should be around number 8 or something I'm sure he'd really like it if he was top 10.. Sorry Heath... I'll vote 4 you... ^. ^

28Ue-chan - Maximum the Hormone
Gah! Why is Futoshi Uehara SO LOW! The bass gods are disappointed!


Takes a lot of inspiration from flea but adds a bit more funkiness and twang. His singing's not too bad either.
For Ue chan to be so low, these people have to be joking! Anyone who has listened to this guy play bass know that he is OUT OF THIS WORLD. No one can beat him at bass, no one! I do like Nightmare and Gazette more than MTH but come on! Niya is great but not as much as Ue... And compared to Ue, Reita is a JOKE! Ue is the bass master!
[Newest]Ue-chan is the Japanese Flea, fact.

29Yuura - Kra
Yuura has an amazing thumb! And he is a few of the bassist who play it with finger but not pick~His bass solo always make me drunk in Kra's music~REALLY like yuura's bass~
The su~per energetic bassist that DOESN'T use a pick? Never misses a beat, and does those amazingly complicated bass lines... ? Obviously one of the best bassists in Japan.
Yhura's solos are the best, he is so skilled and he plays the bass in a way that really gets you in, I really, really love him and I'd think he should be in the top 10 bassist. Let's go Yhura! You are my number 1 bassist in all times!

30Wayama Yoshihito - GLAY

Very fast finger in japan...just my mind
If he's not top three just delete the article

32IV - ViViD

33Nao - Kagrra
Naoki is the funniest and most talented bassist that I know.
He is very kind, but can be serious sometimes.
His Solo's, for example in Himitsu, are beautiful.
If you hear Kagrra, 's Songs, his Solos will be in your ear, believe me.

34Koga - Gacharic Spin/Doll $ Boxx
F chopper Koga is an amazing bassist. She is definitely the Queen of slap bass.
Best women bassist in japan... :D

35Masayoshi Yamashita - LOUDNESS

36Reika - D=OUT

37Yo - Matenrou Opera

38Taka Hirose - Feeder

39Shuu - Girugämesh

40Nobuto - UVERworld

41Tissue Hime - 王族BAND

42Taka - Galneryus

43Takashi - Die In Cries, Bug

44Karin - NoGod

45U:ZO - YFCz

46Sugiya - Moi dix Mois

47J (Jun Onose)

48Nao - -OZ-

49Shuse - Trick / Acid Black Cherry

50Rame - Black Gene for the Next Scene
More well known as bassist of Vidoll(disbanded).
He is great bassist, I love the unique sounds he can make.
I love his personality & charisma(on & off stage). He is one of my influences as a bassist. Also he look adorable in his costumes(No Homo).

51Ken - AND

52Yuu - ZUCK

53Mitsuru Sutoh - T-Square

54Koichi - Mejibray
Actually he was the bassist, at whom I stopped and said WOW! He plays really well! So talented!


56Akiyama Mio (Houkago Tea Time)
Mio is an amazing bassist. she got the passion as a professional bassist.

57Tamaki Kunishi - Mono

58Naoto - Exist Trace

59Matatabi - Onmyouza

60Reon - RoNoCro
Reon, he might be young, but he plays incredibly well and has very precise shifts and incredibly nimble fingers. His style and music that comes out of his bass guitar is also complements RoNo☆Cro's style and doesn't try to steal the spotlight from the other members either. It's important to play with the group, and he does that very well.

61Hidekazu Hinata - Nothing's Carved in Stone

62Tsunehito - D
Tsunehito is a not only a versatile bassist but he's also a wonderful Jewelry designer and human being. He's as talented as he is sweet and you can tell just by looking that he loves what he does. True facts. Just saying'.
He has a great affinity with the bass, every sound He does it with passion and dedication, that are also very characteristic of things himself.
He is a musician very young but very talented, also has a big musical projection with D. I sincerely hope that he can win this poll.
He is truly an amazing bassist! He masters different playing techniques and I really enjoy listening to him playing! I like watching too, then you can see it as well as hear it...

63Tomoaki Pata Ishizuka - X JAPAN

64Chiyu - SuG
He is a good bassist with amazing skill. He even hurt his finger for the songs but he still practise hard even there is wound on his hand, which not much people are willing to do that. He is sure one of the best Japanese bassist.
Chiyu. He is the most extreme bassist that I ever see.. I like the way he play it.. In all of their song.. He can also sing in Fukanzen Beaty Fool Days and he looks cute in Five Starz pv! I hope that someday whoever become my bassist in my own band can play just like him.. And laugh out loud too..
Chiyu is AMAZING! The way he strums his bass guitar. His voice so perfect during the songs fukanzen beautyfool days and little lover boy. They way he plays and sings is just amazing.

65Kisaki - Lin -the End of Corruption World

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