Japanese stocks edged up in choppy trade on Tuesday to close on a five-day winning streak, but gains were limited as investors opted not to take big positions before a national holiday in Japan.
A powerful earthquake that hit northern Japan in the early morning had only a limited impact on the market.
The Nikkei rose 0.3 percent to 18,162.94, its highest close since early January.
The broader Topix gained 0.3 percent to 1,447.50 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 added 0.3 percent to 12,983.20.
Markets in Japan will be closed on Wednesday for Labor