Best Japanese Guitarists Ever

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The Top Ten

1
hide (X Japan)
More than 50.000 people pour into the street crying hysterically to see the hearse carrying Hide's body passing, million others around the world mourn his death, even now 13 years after the incident, millions of people that knows Hide, still miss him very much. No need other explanation. He is the best. As a musician, and as a person. He is Hide.
Hide all the way.
X Japan has the best guitars there are.
-pink spider-
He nails solos in all of the X songs, even the softer ones.
Hide is, WITHOUT A DOUBT, the BEST of THE BEST. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot more guitarists out there who has good skills, but hide surpass them all! To top that off, he is a kind hearted person, who has the sweetest smile, and a caring heart. You may not know, but us X Japan fans KNOW what he had gone through, and what he had done. We support him, even when he's not around anymore. I respect the other guitarists, but I love hide MOST. Plus, he is the one who inspires, even the one below him (yes, Aoi).

ROCK ON, PINK SPIDER!
[Newest]This guy's overrated. End of Story.
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2Aoi (Gazette)
He works well with Uruha, but in addition to playing difficult rifts and solos, he manages to maintain flowing acoustics and play unforgiving acoustics roles in his lives. He's overshadowed by Uruha's in-your-face leads, but is by no means any less of a talented guitarist.
he's really cool and talented
Even if he is not the main guitar I think his job is not easy, because all of the GazettE song were difficult melody, because of that, he is the gratest!
[Newest]Both with Uruha are the best
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3SUGIZO (Luna Sea)
I think sugizo is the best (for me). Because sugizo is the master of sustained sound. Every luna sea song has an sustained sound guitar from sugizo. Especially for his solo song, there was screaming sound from his guitar. I like his ESP brilliant mixedmedia!
I seriously beg to differ... Sugizo is my Guitar God. He is able to evolve guitar playing styles among different bands. How he uses his whammy bar is a signature of its own. Hands down most original signature playing style for a guitar player.
I love his style of playing the guitar: very vibrant and roller coaster like. Once you hear the sound, you can identify that it's him. His identity is very clear in the songs he composes. Very entertaining sound wise and visual wise.
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For me, he is definitely the best Japanese guitarist. Very cultured and intelligent, his playing style is his identity. He isn't just about playing riffs, he's about making it right for the song. Quintessential to the beloved rock band, Luna Sea, Sugizo really had that sound that separated the band from all other's in their era. We only get one Sugizo in this lifetime.

4Hizaki (Hizaki Grace Project)
Hizaki is the best guitarist and talented of Japan actually together Teru, Versailles band is a Young Band relatively and their progress is AMAZING, Her (His I know xD) techniques and performances are perfectly. Ah, Hizaki falls on stage in london when he begin with the solo of Revenant Choir, and he go ahead with the solo on the floor! And I'll tell the reason because Hizaki is the best guitarist in Japan togheter Teru... Because The Play Symphonic Power Metal and Progressive, one of the biggest evolved genres of metal combinated with Visual Kei Ero Guru music style with Sounds o Gothic Metal xD and because, their costume are amazing xD
This guy is a God. I know this is a big statement but the best guitarist I have ever heard. I understand that the others are more well known but Hizaki soon will be known across the globe. I cannot recommend a better guitarist to listen to if you are serious about the instrument and music overall.
Amazing composer. His skills can make your jaw drop. So much grace when performing live it can't be ignored.
[Newest]He's should be at least big 3! His skill is amazing
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5Mami Sasazaki (SCANDAL)
Mami is really amazing as a girl guitarist.. I think she deserve in top 20... Her guitar skills is awesome and sounds great. I played guitar for a long time but seeing her playing made me absolutely change my own point of view on guitar playing. I learn so much from her. She is the pro.
I love many others guitarists too but only because of her I became such a good player.
She has a probably the best japanese female guitarist, she deserves to be in the top 20 at least her skills on the guitar are insane, she definitely the queen on this post, om not sure about her being the best ever, but shes definitely the best girl guitarist ever in japan.
Mami is the best!
Her guitar skill very pro!
I learn a lot from her
Please vote her!
[Newest]I feel like Mami should get #1. I don't know many guitar player let along female, who play as good as Mami. I truly love her, she is just an amazing! Guitar player. Mami #1 all the way.
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6Pata (X Japan)
X Japan has both of Japanese Best Guitarists. Pata should be in the list

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Pata is a rock. Played with HIDE note for note. Too cool to complain, just keeps rocking, even now.
Pata rocks on quietly. I love how he can play with anyone, but doesn't have the ego that ruins so many people's lives. Enjoy your fame and life.

7miyavi (S.K.I.N)
Everyone in this list deserves to be here. (Small thank you who-ever added Pata, he always seems to live in Hide's fame-shadow)
But I think Miyavi shines in a way. It might be just me, but I personally hated his voice at first, he got a lot better though. I think without his amazing guitar skills (and unique style) he would never have stayed famous. Hence my vote goes to Miyavi.
You can play well things that others have taught you, but you're even better if you can create your own style with the instrument. That is why I vote Miyavi; unique in his guitar playing because it's his.
Hide is probably the best Japanese guitarist ever for style and he's like a legend, but MIYAVI... MIYAVI has an unique style, he's like... wow. his guitar is part of him and he's got an amazing charisma. And last but not least, his technique is just PERFECT
[Newest]I love his guitar style.

8Uruha (the GazettE)
Uruha composes excellent guitar lines that are both interesting and challenging. He is also the "lead" guitarist, he plays the majority of solos in all GazettE's songs.

Awesome composer, awesome guitarist.
Uruha is the most talented guitarist in my opinion. His solos are fantastic, his fingers are so fast... And to think he taught himself how to play guitar! Nobody taught him how to play it, he's just a genius when it's about guitars! Not to mention his sexy thighs He's beautiful and very talented! Plus the songs he composes are often my favorites by the GazettE.
Uruha must be better than Aoi, Aoi just do an accoustic things, whether Uruha do All the difficult solos.
[Newest]How can people say Aoi is a better guitarist than Uruha everyone know that Uruha play Bette guitar I like Aoi too but the truth is Uruha better and if Aoi was better than Uruha he would becoming the Lead Guitarist but Uruha is more talented than Aoi so yeah...
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9Imai Hisashi
Oh please... How come he got so far down on the list, below so many less skilled and experienced guitarists? His technique, his unique style of playing, his creativity and all these years of hard work deserve at least some recognition.

saaarsdej

One of the most skilled, talented and imaginative guitarists and composers I've ever heard. I can't understand why he didn't make it to the top 10!
He's so unique, such an incredible player. He's also an absolutely incredible songwriter and the founder of BUCK-TICK. Should be number 1 definitely!

10Ken (L'arc en ciel)
Ken can compose beautiful-mellow melodies with his unique style even his skill is not as fast as hizaki-teru, or hide-pata. But his melodies can be heart-touching. And he is very creative to re-arrange every part of melody guitar. Because he never play the same melodies in every laruku live. Sugoii~
His solos are just amazing! Every time he plays the guitar he can transport everyone to heaven, and He is compared to many famous guitarist like Slash and Steve Vai!
I like his style when he is playing guitar >w< and love his cat.

The Contenders

11Syu
One of the best guitarists and composers ever, he is technical, melodic, fast and emotional, all we need in a true guitar god.
One of the best guitarist in the world, great composer, cool performance (better than studio version), amazing speed, perfect bend and vibrato what else? perfect guitarist
It was really difficult for me to choose a guitarist, there are a lot that I like and I enjoy listening to. But what makes me put my vote on Syu is the fact that every time I listen to this guy (and I think this happens to almost every guitarist) I go "! Dude, is that even possible?!? " His technique, his speed and his compositions makes him deserve the first place of this list.
[Newest]Best Japanese guitar hero we need

12Miya (MUCC)
Miya is a fantastic and unique guitarist, my favorite from Japan! He is very talented and is a great band leader. He writes beautiful music and I have a lot of respect for him.
Awesome guitar player. He can play sanshin and seven string guitar. He's a great musician and brings a lot of energy when he plays. I love that he also plays other instruments such as piano, harmonica and drums. There's depth to his guitar playing and the music he writes.

13Teru (Versailles, Hizaki Grace Project)
No one can keep up with the speed of his magic fingers. His artistry cannot be surpassed by many and with the assistance of Hizaki he can be a musical entity that none can defy.
Teru has so much skills I think he's totally the best. He deserves for the first place EVER because he's such a great guitarist, composer and artist in general.
Teru is in all aspects just perfect. His fast solos have always an awesome melody in it, and live he is just... Like a GOD! Or probably god number2, because Hizaki is the true reincarnation of awesomeness! We are VERSAILLES!

14You (Janne Da Arc)
I listened to all the bands on this list, and although none of the guitarists could hold a candle to guitarists like Herman Li of Dragonforce, this band (You included) impressed me the most.
He is very technical, and put all his soul on the music. he's a wonderful composer, very attend to the others and has a lot of presence!
Simply the best one! My only favorite guitarist ever. You plays so fast, and he is also a nice composer as well.

15Kaoru Niikura (Dir en Grey)
Kaoru is truly a freaking God of guitar. Granted Die is amazing too but Kaoru has some of the best solos as well as songs he has composed. He comes up with so many unique rhythms for each song that I am blown at the differences in each song. He is a strong band leader and a very strong guitarist. I mean come on, he's managed to keep Dir en grey together for so long!
It's hard to argue with the composition in Dir en Grey. They are incredible songwriters and know the perfect part to complement what is going on in the song at any given time. Kaoru is great, along with Die. They may not be the most technical, but they certainly make up for it in literally every other category. I can't think of a more inspiring song writer.
He's talented guitarist, talented composer and best leader ever!

Niikura_Akonya

[Newest]Kaoru is an amazing songwriter, and best guitar player in the world

16Die (Dir En Grey)
it's really hard to decide because all of these guitarist are awesome. but from all these I only saw dir en grey live and die was the one who really made it good actually, he is an awesome guitarist with an awesome personality. I love him and his/their music.
Just amazing! IF you don't believe me why don't you listen to some of his riffs from their newest album DUM SPIRO SPERO. I suggest Juuyoku, Different Sense, Diabolos, and Rasetsukoku (new version). Please take a listen for yourself.
Awesome guitarist alongside Kaoru. Listen to Yokan, Cage and Mushi.

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[Newest]I think daisuke is such a great guitarist and he's good looking also, so it would be wonderful if he has the opportunity to win this contest, I think he has what takes to be the winner.

17INORAN (Luna Sea)
He may be LUNA SEA's rhythm guitarist, but nobody can beat him for subtle impact. Listen to his live solo with Tourbillon at Budokan - like having good sex with someone who is both your lover and best friend.

18Sakito (Naitomea)
Sakito is a super guitarist. Most o the people just admire the heavy guitarist, such as aoi, uruha. However, there is nothing compare to sakito. I am pretty sure sakito can play as good as him, if he wants to play heavy stuff. Sakito got the super fast strumming, even in acoustic. That's super hard, you can see the skill in The song Shian. Fantastic two hand tapping in the song trickstar. Super fast solo in the song in the trash music. He knows how to use delay perfectly in the song cloudy dayz.
And he got the awesome funk riff. To be honest, I don't think gazette guitarists can beat him, at least he is more handsome than those. Sorry this is very subjective. I think there is only few guitarist can compare to him who are hide, sugizo and syu.
AAAHHHH! I don't know who to vote for Hitsugi or Sakito! They are both brilliant and so cute and sweet and the rest of the band work really well with them (Ni~Ya, Ruka, Yomi). I wish I could see them in concert. PLEASE COME TO AUSTRALIA NIGHTMARE! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

Jrock-LOVE

Sakito is awesome. I'm always speechless while watching him play his guitar. This guy is truly amazing.
[Newest]Sakito is very very good guitarist... Perfect

19Hiro (La'cryma Christi, Creature Creature)

20Takayoshi Ohmura
Great fluid player with taste and style. He is also a great rhythm player. He is obviously a big Yngwie fan, but has evolved into his own style.
takayoshi is amazing, I don't believe that he's in that position, you like guitarist that are really bad playing and composing...
How can Ohmura not be the best? Impossible~~
[Newest]Technical ability is insane

21Gentaro

22Aie (Kein, Deadman, The Studs)

23Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
One of the most influential guitarists to come out of Japan, Frontman of the legendary Loudness Akira helped lead his band to 4 appearances of the billboard 200 since 1982 partly through his highly complex and blazing fast solos.
The Best Japanese Guitarist in History.
Are you kidding?.. He should be number 1 Guitarist in Asia
He's skillful, fast, genius and has the best art creation..
Should be number 1 on this list and top 10 in the world.

24Shinji (SID)
Shinji's style of guitar is different from any other guitarist I've heard. He has this mixture of rock and pop and even some jazz. It's just a sound that only he can make, and a unique one at that.
I am very like Shinji. Guitar skill is extremely well, he wear clothe very gentle.
Shinji is just so silly... His guitar skills are just amazing- In fact he composes a lot of songs in SID
[Newest]Shinji is the best

25Cipher (d'erlanger)
He is one of the founders of the vk style and a massive influence.
Check out some of his bands like Body, Craze and D'erlanger
one of the best guitarist in japan. he is the idol of modern guitarists esp. visual kei bands like dir en grey.

ronluna

very relaxed guitarist player, and do you think that he can't play like hide and ken? ure wrong

ronluna


26Daisuke (Aqua Timez)

27Karyu (D'espairsRay)

28Tak Matsumoto
How come he is so down and what about Koshi Inaba?
Even though people nowdays are stupid and do not follow tak, still he is the best in the world. He is the only Asian guitarist who has won a lot with B'z, the only one who has his handprint in the Hollywood, and a winner of a Grammy Award.
Best Guitarist in the all time Greatest Band in Japan B'z!

29Hisashi (Glay)
His guitar sound brighter same as his fashion style! He can make us smile and happy when look at him on stage in concert. By the way his skills are too much higher with age in the music industry. Whether of BGM about Movies, Game, Drama all he had done! Super love this guy! So, I voted for him! By RaNang

30Hitsugi (Naitomea)
Hitsu~! :3 Definitely underrated, or at least it seems that way. I don't know why though. He's a great guitarist (and funny on top of that, but that's not why I vote for him xD)
AHH I finally came back to vote for you Hitsugi
NIGHTMARE IS THE BEST BAND THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE!

Jrock-LOVE

Just listen to "Criminal Baby", and "The World" and you will know why you should vote for him

31NAOTO (ORANGE RANGE)

32Hotei Tomoyasu (BOØWY)
This man has incredible talent that is most evident in the fact that he is one of the only guitarists who is recognizable outside of Japan. "Battle Without Honor and Humanity" is a song that many people know and has been used in Western movies and trailers. He has a long career and a variety of range in skill.
The best on this list. Hands down.
Yes Tomoyasu Hotei is a Great Guitarists, His Rendition of Bad Feeling with Tokie is Truly amazing, They Both have My vote!

33K.A.Z. (Oblivion Dust & VAMPS)

34Masato (SuG)
His skill is extremely well, and he show different kinds of emotion in different songs, we will get influence by this and we can understand more about the songs. He is a serious man and he always done his work well, from the nico nico live, we can see that he felt annoyed when some band members took over his work. And he is the mommy of the band and he always care for the fans. He is the best guitarist I have ever seen.
His compositions are amazing. There's a lot of kind: his ballads are really romantic and his heavy rock tunnes are, damn it, excellent!

35Adachi Yuji (Dead End)
ask l'arc en ciel, buck-tick, janne the arc, kuroyume, luna sea who's their idol?

ronluna

His sense of composing is so unique.
I feel biotic power from his melody.
And, his crying solo guitar... Nanmoienee...

36Hiroto (Alice Nine)
To me he's one of the greatest guitar players, composers and designer. You can really feel the songs when he plays the guitar. Yeah, he might look totally hot and he's really nice but he's also extremely passionate when he plays the guitar. It makes me happy and proud to be an Alice Nine [GREATEST BAND EVER] fan because I was able to find 5 of the most greatest, talented and creative musicians ever.
Hiroto is one of my most favorites guitarist ever! His songs were the ones that brought me to know Alice Nine. He is a really talented guitarist, playing fast and catchy notes. Also composing catchy songs that really sends you dancing! Handsome and adorable in many ways. Please vote for our Hiroto!
Composing catchy songs, great guitar playing, like to capture nice pictures, like outdoor very much, a cute guy, has a cute little dog too, and he also in charge of tour goods design..
Such a wanted boyfriend for girls..

37Yuji (SuG)
He's great. He may look like a fool sometimes but that's how he express himself while playing. That shows how much he enjoy the music and it really gives off a positive impression for the listeners.
Yuji is really one of the most special guitarist as I have seen so far. His skills is really superp and he would always stand up among all the other members.

38Tora (Alice Nine)

39Daita (Siam Shade)
Why is this guy not listed in top 5 best Japanese guitarists? Even he's number one for me.
Daita must be top 10! He is so awesome, my big idol.
Truly amazing guitarist, can't even imagine he's not top 5.

40Eita
A guitarist who can create the best melodies... A great Melodic/Power Metal guitarist, a great composer, a good singer... Above all, she is very cute... She deserves much much appreciation for her talent...
A truly amazing virtuoso who has conquered so many style. I show my fellow musicians her "tapping " clip Eita 3, they are ASTOUNDED and SPEECHLESS as she perfoms her magic! I hope Armmy and her get new project going soon.

41Yoshiki Fukuyama (Fire Bomber, HUMMINGBIRD)
No one writes solos like this guy! He was the one who made Macross 7 so great!
Yoshiki Fukuyama has proved himself time and time again. From his humble beginnings in Hummingbird to his stardom with Fire Bomber he never ceases to amaze. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist but he can sing like no body's business. Love him.

42Takuya Asanuma (Judy and Mary)
Very skill why not in top ten
Dafuq I agree hide the best in Japan but you all forget the best punk guitarist in Japan is takuya asanuma. Listen the song like doki-doki. Overdrive, orange sunshine, sobakazu and many more

yuanyuan


43Haruna Ono
Haruna is also a very skilled guitarist she should be one of the top 20s

44Mizuno Yoshiki (Ikimono gakari)

45Kotaro Oshio
Kotaro plays music you can feel, not just hear. He plays with his soul radiating through warmth movements of each finger touching every cold strings. Marriage between man and guitar.

46Nii (Girugämesh)

47Syu (Galneryus)
I think he has awesome skill and great tone

48Char
Please, no one has ever been better than Char.
Love his music, he is the best

49Issei Noro (Casiopea)
Way too far down the list. I'm not saying too ten, but should be in the top twenty five!

50Yutaka Tsuda (Janne Da Arc)
one of the best and fastest guitarist from japan.

ronluna


51Takaki (Deathgaze)
Takaki covers almost all kinds of guitar from playing simple acoustic riffs to shredding guitar solos! He is an all round great guitarist! The name of the band is- DEATHGAZE, check them out! ^__^

Jrock-LOVE


52Ito Ichiro
Ito-san shouldn't be underestimated, though he's a J-Pop band's guitarist. He's pretty good playing the electric guitar but his acoustic one is awesome. His guitar playing sounds calm and relax yet cheerful, also he plays with emotion that would make the songs more alive.

53Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Godly songwriter and master of both technique in melody, harmony and fast solos and riffs. This combined with his versatile vocals makes him one of the best japanese guitarists ever.
Seriously. Just listen to Ember to Inferno. He wrote it when he was 15.
He plays very fast guitar Solos. But why is he here? I mean, he haves a Japanese mother, but he is American, or not?

54Hidehiko Hoshino
His life is so hard: being second guitarist in a band where the first guitarist is so brilliant and original that it's easy to overlook anyone else isn't the prefect way to get some recognition. It's so easy to forget about all the hard work he puts in playing and recording perfect songs. And when you listen closely, you'll discover how good musician he really is; way better then half of the people above him in my opinion.

saaarsdej


55Reo (Gullet, lynch.)
Subtle guitar solo's that never overrule the overall song, but there's so much depth in his playing. The amount of layers he adds to his guitar work is exciting. Plus he makes a great duo with Yusuke's melodious clean guitar work. Reo makes me listen to lynch. So much better than I have to any other band. That, and his death glares are just priceless! Very underestimated guitarist.
Although an underestimated guitarist because he's not as fervently in the spot lights as other guitarists in this list, I believe his work is priceless. It suits lynch. So much and the fact that he's the one inviting the core to start this band is a thank you he will forever receive from my side. His subtlety is what draws me in.

56Katsu Ohta (Ark Storm)
A master. Guitarist from band "Ark Storm".

57Masahiro Andoh (T-Square)
Look at the way he play guitar, he's a Japanese virtuoso! In my opinion

58Jun Senoue (Crush 40)
How is he not higher on this list he's the best if people who have never heard of crush 40 he's the guitarist and some of his solos are pretty good such as I am all of me, his world, dangerous ground, revvin up and everybody's favorite live and learn

59Asaki (Guniw Tools, Age of Punk, Bug)
look at e-sidewalk. net/bug kyo (isono hiroshi) stated that asaki is his idol

ronluna


60Tomo-Zo (Gacharic Spin, Doll$box)
AMAZING! She has so much creativity in her playing. Her costuming makes her stage presence interesting. Tomo-Zo also has beautiful lead lines and phenomenal technique. AMAZING! :-)
I think she way better than mami of scandal
She is a fast learner & can remember something well quickly. Her shred & improvisation tech are great.
If you see her performance on the stage, she shows that playing guitar is so much fun!

61Kotaro (Uchuusentai NOIZ)
Kotaro, or formerly known as Satoshi Katada (one of the greatest young guitar heroes in Japan), deserves to be on top of this list. I think this list shouldn't be based on popularity but on their skills instead. Kotaro is such an amazing guitarist. You should watch his videos on YouTube, the Satoshi Katada days.
One of Japan's best young guitarists ever! SATOSHI KATADA!

62Takuya Miura (DEPAPEPE)

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Phenomenal master guitarist. Superb work on the albums. I hope to see you do concerts or gigs. Where do you go from here?
The new "Ten Commandments" album really rocks! This girl can jam with the best!
No one like her! Wanna see her face!

64Omi (Exist Trace)
Omi is simply a goddess! She's the best girl guitarist I knew so far, Her guitar skills kicks! I think she deservs to be listed as the best guitarist girl in all Japan! Hard to find girls with such talent!

65Masaru Teramae (Demetori) (Touhou Project)
This guy without a doubt is one of the best guitarist in Japan. he deserves top 15 in this list... Just listen to his solo in Emotional Skyscaper~~World's End.
The speed is real.

66Yui

67Prince YO

68SheJa

69Yoshiki Mizuno (Ikimono Gakari)
Great guitarist even though he ain't well known he plays some nice riffs and solos. Listen to Blue Bird or Sakura.

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70Minoru Kojima (The Mad Capsule Markets, creature creature)
another underrated guitarist all people here are voting for xjapan and dir en grey. try to appreciate more guitarists like this one. one of the best

ronluna


71Kyrie (NoGoD)

72Ryo Kawakita
Another underrated member of Maximum the Hormone... Something about none of MTH's members getting in the top ten is just not right... Because this guy has amazing riffs, great solo's and can sing while doing so... Not much guitarists can do that.

73YAMA-B

74Furumura Daisuke (NICO Touches the Walls)
His tone, and his versatility are outrageous. He is my musical idol, as well as an owner of some extremely nice instruments.
He has a sharp fingers ever! He's doing great on every moving and the way he enjoy what he play can be reflected clearly from his expression!

75Yoshinari Tokuoka (DEPAPEPE)

76Hiroaki Masukawa (Bump of Chicken)

77Yoshikazu Yahiro

78Ukigumo (Tokyo jihen)
This guy is just amazing and he is not even here.

79MiA (Mejibray)
Not about being the best, but I guess he also has to be in the list, because his great solos, fantastic fast fingers and bcos of the style he plays. Really talented! Peronally I love it ~
(anyway, I can't really decide about only one among theese so perfect musicians ~ n actually I guess no one should choose only one.,.)

80Riko Kohara (The Sketchbook)
She may not look like it, but this cute and funny girl is an absolute monster on guitars. Her guitar skills are at par with the best guy guitarists in Japan. And oh, she does insane shreds too!
In my opinion, she is much better at shredding than Mami Sasazaki of Scandal. The guitar tones she uses are used professionally by her. She deserves to be in the top 10

81Kensuke Kita (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)

82Yamashita Hotaka (Ikimono Gakari)
This dude plays guitar and HARMONICA at the same time, how can you get cooler than that?

83Chachamaru (GACKTjob)

84Cazqui (Nocturnal Bloodlust)
Cazqui is one of best guitarist in Japan.. Just listen to all his solo in nocturnal bloodlust song, this guy tapping skill is awesome...

85Johannes Krauser II (Detroit Metal City)
Hahaa. you're stupid if you don't know who Krauzer is... He's well known with his legendary teeth guitar..

86Yusuke (Hybrid-Zombiez)

87Atsushi "Jet Finger" Yokozeki (JAM Project)
Atsushi is an amazing guitarist. he's one of the fastest guitarists I've ever heard, he can shred at 400bpm. he's also great at composing, it's sad you can't find much of his music online. I'm sure it's floating around underground metal groups in Japan, though.

88Susumu Nishikawa

89Yuji Hirayama (Momoiro Clover Z)

90Hirotaka Sato (Momoiro Clover Z)

91Takamizawa (The Alfee)

92Masaharu Fukuyama

93Sayaka Yamamoto (NMB48)

94Miwa

95Jun Kajiwara

96Ruiza (D)
How the f is Ruiza not on this list? In terms of technical skill, experience and professional performance, Ruiza is one of the best.

97Toru Kitajima (Ling Tosite Sigure)

98Takuro (Glay)

99Leda
Thought he still young, Leda succeed menage him self as promising young guitarist. You have to see, how magic his fingers while playing DELUHI song in VANDALICKS. He will be a legend! As soon as possible!
This list is obviously a popularity contest. A lot of these guitarists are selling an image. Leda sells his skills.
He's the best guitarrist that has appeared to the world in the last years!
[Newest]He is still young and he is very completed

100Mana (Malice Mizer, Moi Dix Mois)
Not so much on the solos as he doesn't do many but does some awesome riffs. Listen to Bel Air, Au revoir, Le ciel, Monophobia and Beast of Blood.

TD17

Why is he not higher on the list? At least to me he's the best guitarist in the entire world! Mana-sama sound perfect in both Malice Mizer and Moi Dix Mois! Just listen to Beast Of Blood, Bel Air or Nocturnal Romance! He sound amazing! (Of course the other guitarists are good too)
He may not do the greatest solos ever, but playing guitar involves more than that, it takes good riffs, creativity and more.

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