Sport in Japan

Japan offers a huge number of opportunities to watch a sports game. Watching professional sports games at a stadium or playing field is quite common, and is a popular dating activity for couples. The most popular sport in Japan is currently Baseball, and the second is Football (Soccer). Some people buy their match ticket at the ticket counter, while others purchase theirs online. In the case of the Japan Series of Professional Baseball game tickets, the tickets completely sold out within 10 minutes of being released. There are a large number of baseball diamond parks and soccer fields in Japan. Individual sports, such as golf, are also popular, and there are many famous and attractive golf courses all over Japan. Many foreigners come to Japan especially to play golf on the prestigious courses. Sport is really embedded into Japanese society, and people love both playing and watching the game.

Japan offers a huge number of opportunities to watch a sports game. Watching professional sports games at a stadium or playing field is quite common, and is a popular dating activity for couples. The most popular sport in Japan is currently Baseball, and the second is Football (Soccer). Some people buy their match ticket at the ticket counter, while others purchase theirs online. In the case of the Japan Series of Professional Baseball game tickets, the tickets completely sold out within 10 minutes of being released. There are a large number of baseball diamond parks and soccer fields in Japan. Individual sports, such as golf, are also popular, and there are many famous and attractive golf courses all over Japan. Many foreigners come to Japan especially to play golf on the prestigious courses. Sport is really embedded into Japanese society, and people love both playing and watching the game.

Children playing football(soccer) in Japan

How about rugby in Japan? Although rugby is undoubtedly the biggest sport in New Zealand, it is not quite as popular in Japan. The golden age for Rugby in Japan was in the 1980s. At that time, Rugby was one of the most popular sports and was competing with the popularity of Baseball. This popularity decreased however, but it has seen somewhat of a revival since the 2015 tournament and many of the younger generations are recognising rugby as a fantastic sport. This is perhaps due to the Japanese team having a dramatic win over South Africa in the 2015 cup, and a spellbinding win against New Zealand in 2007. These results led to young Japanese rugby talent being dubbed as “rugger man” for males, and “ruggirl” for females. Therefore, if you visit Japan and look anything like a stereotypical rugby player, you may get called this.

It’s easier than ever to watch live streamed games and rugby entertainment programmes on TV now. Recently, one of the New Zealand team displayed his power in the competition against a Japanese TV personality and the audience really got a sense of the true strength of the Kiwi players. Many players are invited to demonstrate their skills in such ways, or are interviewed on talk shows on Japanese TV. The Japanese Professional Rugby League also took a big step forward now that many New Zealand rugby players are also performing in the Japan Rugby Season and contribute to the various teams and the Japanese rugby society.

Japan has held many world-class sporting events in the past 20 years. Japanese people love to support their national team and really enjoy watching the games. When people hear the words “World Cup”, most Japanese think of Football. This is mainly because Japan co-hosted the Football World Cup with Korea in 2002. Then, the Japanese team made the knockout stage and the whole of Japan cheered them on through TV, Radio, and other media as well as at the stadiums. However, sports science in Japan has improved recently and allowed athletes from other sports to be able to compete on the world stage. As a result, we could have more opportunity to hear the words “World Cup” in other sports.
For the next 3 years, three of the biggest sporting events will be held in Japan. We suppose that for a New Zealander, the words “Japan” & “2019” will have a particularly special meaning… Let’s go and have great sporting fun in Japan!

basketball players in Japan

JTB Group & Japan Rugby Football Union

JTB Group is a group of Travel Coordinating Specialists. One of JTB Group’s values is contribution to society. JTB Group believes that we can assist the development of modern society from a tourism industry point of view. As a Travel Advising Expert, JTB Group can facilitate the future growth of the current society through its contributions, which can lead to an increase in the personal well-being of all players and fans. Hence, JTB Group has signed the Official Support Partnership with the Japan Rugby Football Union. JTB will support the 15’s & 7’s Japan National Rugby Team for both male and female as well as the Junior Japan National Rugby Team for 4 years from 1st of July 2017 to 30th of June 2021. We believe that we can contribute to the development of the Japan Rugby Society and assist the growth of individual players. Furthermore, the performance of the Brave Blossoms (Japan National Team) will stimulate future Brave Blossoms and lead to the prosperity of the Japan Rugby Society.
Reference(Japanese Page): https://www.rugby-japan.jp/2017/07/03/contract_jtb/

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