Following up a lead I saw on a post on SEO Book, I downloaded a list of the top one million web sites by traffic. With a quick search for the key phrases “japan”, “nippon”, “nihon” and “tokyo” and a sort, I condensed the 600 or more hits down to the short list below of the top twenty most visited Japan-related domain names. Note that the vast majority of the sites were actually pr0n-related, so I deleted them (and one dodgy search engine spam site) and thus present the edited top twenty. The full data is from Quantcast. FAQs about the data, and an interesting search feature, can be found here. Oh, and I’m at position 225,812, just in case you’re wondering.

UPDATE: I just had a trackback from The Otaku, and I see that site should be in the table at position number four. If there’s anyone else I’ve missed, please give me shout!

UPDATE 2: I forgot Danny Choo too! In he goes at number 9, although quite frankly he barely passes my pr0n filter.

UPDATE 3: And 3yen and metropolis.co.jp! Sorry guys!

UPDATE 4: And JREF comes in at number 12.

UPDATE 5: Thanks to a post on Japanator, I’ve revisited the list, and found many (too many?) extra sites, all manga and anime-related.

Top 52 most visited English-language sites about Japan

Rank
URL
Description
7897
www.japaneselifestyle.com.au
An extremely plain low-maintenance site that probably rates as an authority site in Google.
8356
www.animecubed.com
Anime wallpaper, images, etc.
9173
www.tokyopop.com
US manga distributor.
9738
japan-guide.com
Another extremely plain low-maintenance site that probably rates as an authority site in Google.
10959
www.animegalleries.net
Anime wallpaper, images, etc.
11290
www.absoluteanime.com
Anime character database.
11346
animeblogger.net
Blogging site for anime fans.
11998
www.animenewsnetwork.com
Anime news network, as you might have guessed.
12572
www.theotaku.com
A site for fans of all things related to Japanese cartoons and animation.
13752
www.discountanimedvd.com
A site for fans of all things related to Japanese cartoons and animation.
15462
www.minitokyo.net
An anime art site that I’d never heard of before.
19287
www.animewallpapers.com
Yet another anime wallpaper site.
22677
www.animelyrics.com
Lyrics from anime theme songs.
23556
www.animenation.net
Anime shopping site.
25104
www.anime.com
Anime portal.
25618
4chan.org
English version of 2ch.
27872
www.japantoday.com
Japan news feeds and a large BBS community.
30049
www.animenfo.com
Manga and anime database.
33153
web-japan.org
Official Japanese goverment portal, but it seems to be broken.
36067
cdjapan.co.jp
Anime media store.
36317
dannychoo.com
Anime and idols.
38423
www.japanprobe.com
The highest-rated site I regularly read. News from a side of Japan that is rarely seen.
38785
www.animelab.com
Manga and anime image galleries, etc.
39645
www.animenation.com
.com version of this anime shopping site.
40537
www.japantimes.co.jp
Web site of one of Japan’s biggest English-language newspapers.
40864
www.animemetro.com
Anime portal site.
40983
www.jref.com
Big Japan reference site and active forums.
41168
www.animezen.net
Another anime portal site.
41617
www.animechains.net
Anime bulletin board site.
42178
www.animepaper.net
Anime fan art and scans site.
42339
www.thisisanime.com
Anime shopping site.
43336
www.teaching-english-in-japan.net
English teacher-targeted portal, but a rather thin site. Perhaps they rank highly for a few key search terms?
44102
japanesetranslator.co.uk
Japanese-English translator’s home page.
45824
www.japan-zone.com
Big Japan-related portal
46971
japanimation.com
Anime-related online store.
47296
animeondvd.com
Anime-related online store.
47407
www.keiichianimeforever.com
Anime portal.
52355
www.japan-partner.com
Japanese car exporter.
52683
www.anime-planet.com
Anime portal.
52892
www.animecornerstore.com
Anime shopping site.
53004
www.animeforum.com
Anime bulletin board site.
53058
www.3yen.com
Blogging on Japan, another of my regular reads
53525
www.animecastle.com
Anime shopping site.
53529
www.anime-source.com
Anime portal.
54601
japancupid.com
Dating site
54606
www.advancedanime.com
Yet another anime gallery of fan art, etc
57464
metropolis.co.jp
What’s on and other news magazine for Tokyo
57748
www.worldcupjapankorea.com
Hasn’t been updated since the 2002 Japan/Korea World Cup, but still getting lots of traffic, it seems.
58984
animeworld.com
Anime and other info about Japan
62144
www.megatokyo.com
Long-running online comic based around Japan and gaming and other random stuff.
62881
www.myanimecards.com
Electronic greetings cards in an anime style.
66082
japundit.com
Another regular read for me. Collection of Engrish humour and news mostly from Japan.
67864
www.japanese-name-translation.com
Does just what it says in the URL.

13 Comments

Neil · March 17, 2009 at 20:47

Found another cool site to add to the list, seems very new too Anime Oxide

La Carmina · April 11, 2009 at 09:41

There’s also my Japanese Gothic Lolita fashion & street style site – http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

^__^

Tony Hall · January 7, 2010 at 14:03

Stop killing whales you dick heads.

nile unite used car export · January 10, 2010 at 23:29

Very interesting site, I want to appear as top 20 Japanese site in one day,
My site is Japanese used car export site. recycling used cars to parts.
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kyushudan · February 15, 2010 at 13:27

How about a great Japanese Castle website? http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/

Anime · February 23, 2010 at 22:06

There’s loads of Anime websites up there lol. Some good ones are Animepalm, Animefreak, Anilinkz, Anime-Media, Zomganime, Animethat, and plenty more…
Also: I love Japan. I plan on moving to Osaka eventually, I loved Yukimura Sanada, and I want to see the famous Osaka Castle due to it.

anime · October 9, 2010 at 20:28

I assume the reason is because the anime is of course common in Japan. In the U.S. is something different, something maybe a little strange, so people can see it as an objective interest. If you were in Japan and said: “I am a big fan of the anime” people probably would not notice, as if a Japanese man said: “I’m a fan of American comedies” because it would be a genre so huge that most everyone find something they like. Both people would likely getting a repose as well …. oh … that what?

hentai · November 7, 2010 at 16:48

Anime it’s new on the market, and indeed on some markets, it’s something strange and it may take some time to have some good succes. I belive that all adult have good succes.

info · June 19, 2012 at 22:39

米国SUNDOWNTOWNSの用心しなさい。 ジェームスLowen。.modern日、有色人に対する現在のバイアスまでに本を読みなさい。現在のアメリカ…… http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/sundowntowns.phpの.hidddenの真実

TJ · June 28, 2012 at 15:12

The Japan Rants is working it’s way up the rankings! http://www.thejapanrants.com/blog/ If you have time, take a peek!

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Thanasis Karavasilis · December 1, 2016 at 21:46

Manga.Tokyo is a new anime and otaku site that is climbing the ranks! Check it out!

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