(original photo by Richie Johns; CC BY 2.0)

Spectator Sports


Photo_TokyoDomeBaseball fans will want the chance to see their favorite sport in Japan, which is home to Ichiro and other Japanese players who are well-known in the US. The JapanBallTickets.com website sells tickets online and is a good resource for information on Japanese baseball. Tokyo Dome is Japan’s most widely recognized stadium, and houses the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Home field of the Yomiuri Giants.
03-5800-9999 | 5 min. from Suidobashi Sta.
Home field of the Yakult Swallows.
03-3404-8999 | 5 min. from Gaiemmae Sta.
Home field of the Yokohama DeNA Baystars.
045-661-1256 | 3 min. from Kannai Sta.


Soccer has become more popular in recent years and is closing in on baseball as Japan’s top spectator sport. The official J-League site has schedules, links to club sites and more information about soccer in Japan.


Sumo matches on the Sumo ringMajor tournaments take place in Tokyo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan (January, May and September), and in Osaka (March), Nagoya (July) and Fukuoka (November). The least expensive tickets are sold on the day of the performance.

See also: our featured article “Sumo

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