There are the superstars of the Japanese RPG genre, the must-plays on any gamer’s list: Final Fantasy VII, Persona 4, Chrono Trigger. This is a not a list of those.
Although it's not entirely JRPG and has a little more emphasizes on the action side, I also highly recommend Nier on the PS3. A very underrated obscure game, but very enjoyable.
Dragon Quest IV is one of the most well-known and well-loved JRPGs in the entire history of gaming.
Dragon Quest is obscure?
Dragon Quest? Uh? It's like the biggest jrpg juggernaut after FF...
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