A beautiful scent is distinctive and captivates the senses.
In Japan, fine fragrances are especially esteemed.
Many Japanese perfume brands have become international favorites, popular with men and women across the world.
In this article, we keep you up to date with 11 Japanese perfume brands popular right now.
11 Japanese perfume brands popular right now
These 11 Japanese perfume brands have been created by some of Japan’s leading perfumers and fashion designers.
Many are influenced by the incense trade that has flourished in Japan for hundreds of years.
Learn about these popular Japanese fragrances that have become contemporary classics.
|Number of fragrances||150|
The Kenzo fashion house was founded by the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada in the 1970s.
It is now owned by LVMH but retains its distinctive Japanese aesthetic.
Kenzo has produced over 150 fragrances including the bestselling Flower by Kenzo fragrance that has sold over 15 million bottles since it was released in 2000.
Popular Kenzo fragrance
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Sholayered is an authentically Japanese, luxury perfume brand that is inspired by the incense-making of Japan.
It was founded by Sho Ishizaka in 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength with its range of carefully layered delicate fragrances.
The brand is minimalist and stylish, with a range of fragrances for men and women.
Popular Sholayered fragrance
|Headquarters||Chūō, Tokyo, Japan|
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Shiseido is one of Japan’s oldest cosmetics companies.
It was founded by a pharmacist in 1872 and has grown to become one of the world’s leading cosmetics manufacturers.
Shiseido produces over 74 perfumes, with their first fragrance created in 1917.
Their specialty is floral perfumes that appeal to Japanese taste but are now popular globally.
Popular Shiseido fragrance
4. Keiko Mecheri
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California,|
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Perfumer Keiko Mecheri founded her eponymous company with her husband in 1997 after they both left their jobs in tech.
The brand has gone from strength to strength, due to the nuanced home and personal fragrances they have developed.
Many of her scents are inspired by the Japanese Riviera where she was brought up.
Popular Keiko Mecheri fragrance
5. Perfume Satori
|Headquarters||OURS 2F, 3-6-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
Perfume Satori is the perfume atelier of Satori Osawa from Tokyo.
She is a French-trained perfumer but draws from a deep knowledge of Japanese botanicals which she has studied since childhood.
Inspiration for her classically Japanese fragrances include incense, the tea ceremony, and flower arranging.
Her rare and exclusive fragrances can cost as much as $800!
Popular Satori fragrance
Teapot type perfume Satori cherry blossom pattern
- A traditional Japanese teapot filled with a classic Satori fragrance
- Finest Kyara (agarwood tree)
- Teapot is decorated with cherry blossoms
6. Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake is a legendary Japanese fashion designer, known for his exquisitely pleated clothing and iconic fragrances.
His L’eau d’Issey has eclipsed his fashion in prominence and popularity.
The Issey Miyake fragrances for men and women were created by the perfumer Jacques Cavallier and are produced by Shiseido.
There are numerous limited-edition fragrances that are created in collaboration with a range of guest perfumers.
Popular Issey Miyake fragrance
7. DI SER
|Headquarters||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
DI SER is an ultra-niche Japanese perfume company that specializes in fragrances made from natural fragrances.
The company also has a natural pharmacy called Essentia Ltd which sells herbal medicines.
All ingredients in DI SER fragrances have been gathered in Japan.
Essential oils are carefully blended to create unique fragrances that are beautifully bottled on the island of Hokkaido.
The scents, costing almost $1000, are available internationally from specialist retailers.
Popular DI SER fragrance
- Pure Kyara and Agarwood
- Rose and cedar notes
- Inspired by Japanese incense
8. Miya Shinma
|Headquarters||320, rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris|
Miya Shinma is a Japanese perfumer who set up her eponymous fragrance atelier in Paris in 1999.
Her distinctively Japanese fragrances are inspired by her childhood in Shizuoka and her studies in Kyoto.
She divides her time between France and Japan and has developed unique fragranced products like incense, pearls, and elaborate fans.
Popular Miya Shinma fragrance
HANA (Flower) fragrance
- A nuanced floral fragrance
- Iris, ylang-ylang, jasmine, and rose fragrances
- For women
9. Hanae Mori
Hanae Mori was one of Japan’s most famous female couturiers dressing famous women like Empress Masako and Grace Kelly.
She became internationally acclaimed in the 1970, receiving numerous honors from the Japanese government.
Mori’s classic perfumes were launched in the 1990s, and have continued to be popular with discerning buyers.
Popular Hanae Mori fragrance
Annayake is a Japanese cosmetics company that was founded when a pharmacist created a beauty cream for his wife.
It is now well known for its fragrances and collaborations with leading french perfumers.
Launched in 2000, there are now more than 40 fragrances to choose from.
Popular Annayake fragrance
|Headquarters||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
CANMAKE is a leading Japanese drugstore cosmetics company.
It was founded by IDA Laboratories in 1985 and has grown to become a popular brand across Asia.
CANMAKE perfumes are pleasant and affordable. They have an extremely wide appeal, though they are not premium.
Rather than eau de parfum or eau de toilette, CANMAKE produces fragrance water that is cheaper but less lasting fragrance.
Popular CANMAKE fragrance
These gorgeous Japanese fragrances are perfect for a special fragrance or signature scent. Many are classics, but all are popular right now.
They are perfect for the collection of any perfume lover who wants to experience the beauty and culture of Japan through fragrance.
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