Japan's Nikkei average fell 1 percent on Tuesday after booking a six-month closing high the previous day, with financial shares taking a breather following sharp gains fueled by optimism about the U.S. banking system.

The benchmark Nikkei <.N225> slipped 93.73 points to 9,358.25. It rose 0.2 percent the previous day to its highest close since November 5.

The broader Topix <.TOPX> shed 0.9 percent to 892.54.

(Reporting by Aiko Hayashi)