Study in Japan

If you want to study in Japan, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Education World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Japan has 69 universities in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Japan is University of Tokyo, which is ranked at number 39.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Japan is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Japan below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Japan’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Japan is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Find the top universities in Japan using Times Higher Education’s rankings data

Top universities in Japan

University of Tokyo39th
Kyoto University=91st
Tohoku University201—250th
Osaka University251—300th
Tokyo Institute of Technology251—300th
*University's current rank in the overall World University Rankings

View the World University Rankings 2016-2017

Statistics about Japan

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 9.29%
  • Of which, on higher education 20.76%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 63.36%
  • Population 126,958,472
  • Unemployment 3.14%
  • Annual GDP 1.22%
Data source: The World Bank