World champion Peter Sagan claimed the Saitama Criterium on Saturday in a sprint finish.
The race, which was held in the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, is largely entertainment and designed to deliver an outcome which keeps the Japanese fans happy.
Sagan (Tinkoff) finished ahead of Japanese champion Sho Hatsuyama (Bridgestone-Anchor) and Tour de France champion, Chris Froome (Sky).
Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) was the fist to attack on the final lap but Sagan and Hatsuyama responded to fight it out for the win.
The 62-kilometre race around a 3.1 kilometre street circuit is organised by ASO, the same company that holds Tour de France.
Last year, Germany's John Degenkolb won the event in Saitama. Froome triumphed in the 2013 inaugural race.