3 sporting venues to visit in Japan

3 sporting venues to visit in Japan

by Japan Travel
Stripes Okinawa

Japan has invested heavily in their sporting stadiums over the last couple of decades. The country hosted the 2002 World Cup along with South Korea therefore built a number of new venues which were used for the event.

In 2013, Japan was chosen as the host nation for the 2020 Olympics. The country will therefore be spending more money over the next few years to make sure they have the right facilities and stadiums available to welcome the best athletes from around the world.

Here is a look at three stadiums you should visit in Japan in the near future if you enjoy sports.

Koshien Stadium
Koshien Stadium was once the largest stadium in Asia when it was built in 1924. It is home to the Hashin Tigers who compete in the Central League of the Nippon Professional Baseball.

There is no finer stadium to watch baseball in Japan. If you are lucky enough to see a game here when the Tigers are in the Japan Series, the stadium will be packed and the atmosphere will be rocking.

If you are unable to attend a Tigers game, the stadium also hosts the annual the National High School Baseball Championship and the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament, where you may get the chance to see some of the future stars of the sport.

When you are outside the Koshien Stadium, look out for the plaque which commemorates the legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, who played an exhibition game here in 1934.

International Stadium Yokohama
The International Stadium Yokohama has the highest seating capacity of any sports venue in Japan. The Stadium has 72,327 seats and was the venue used for the 2002 World Cup final where Brazil beat Germany.

The stadium is now the home of the Yokohama F. Marinos of the J-League, the top professional soccer division in Japan.

If you are looking to pay a visit to the stadium in the near future, bear in mind the venue will be used at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics and the Japan national football team can be seen playing qualifying matches here for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

For those not interested in sports, the stadium is also used for a number of high profile concerts. These events usually sell out fast.

National Olympic Stadium
You might have to wait another few years to see the National Olympic Stadium, as the original multi-purpose stadium, used at the 1964 Olympics, was demolished last year with plans for the new 68,000 capacity venue.

The new stadium will be used for the 2020 Olympics where the eyes of the world will be on Japan.

The opening ceremony and closing ceremony will both be held here, as well as many of the track and field events.

Japan is not only set to host the 2020 Olympics, but the country has also been awarded the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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