Kyoto Japan Sports
A late-night stroll through Kyoto reveals the faces and names behind the bars at Fenway Park and even the names of some of the world's best baseball players.
If you are planning to visit Honshu and Islan on your Japan adventure, be sure to read our guide to Japan's top tourist destinations and see places. Virtuoso, a partner of Windows Japan, offers an excellent western Kyoto route that includes highlights of the area, with private tours to Arashiyama. Kyoto is high on our list because it is known for its cultural capital and many students want to explore its rich history. Don't pick a university in Kyoto, but get stuck in the past in Japan, it's a place you absolutely must see.
Stroll through this beautifully preserved Edo-era city and shake right at the entrance to the bamboo forest or head into the city centre for a great view of Kyoto.
It was built and rebuilt during the Japanese Heian period (794 - 1185), when Kyoto was its capital, and it was this triumph that propelled Japan into modernity. In 1964, Tokyo became the first Asian city to host the Olympics, and in 1972, Sapporo and Nagano hosted the Winter Games. It was decided that the Olympic Games would be held in Japan three times, but the 2021 Summer Games would be held in Tokyo. Tokyo will host the Summer Games for a third time in 2026, the same year as the 2020 Winter Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2020 Beijing Olympics (the first ever outside Asia), and the 2024 Paris Games.
Japan has two professional leagues in the Central Pacific, which play from April to October and meet in a "Japan Series." One of them is the Japan Series, a series of tournaments held in March, July and November.
In Tokyo, the home teams are the Yomiuri Giants, who play in the Nippon Professional Soccer League (NPSL), and the Yakult Swallows, who play in the Tokyo Dome, home of the Tokyo Giants of the Japan Baseball League. In Hokkaido, JRA operates two tracks, and professional sumo tournaments are held on two separate tracks: one in Sapporo and one in Nagoya. The Japan Series, a series of tournaments held annually in Osaka, Nagaya and Fukuoka, is broadcast live on television and radio in Japan, with tournaments taking place in Tokyo and other major cities such as Osaka and Kyoto.
JR Sagano Line runs from Kyoto Station to Saga Arashiyama Station and JR Kyushu Line runs from Saga Station to Nagoya Station. The JR Kanto Line, the main line of the Hokkaido railway system, will take you to Kyoto Station and onwards to Osaka.
Kyoto City also has many of the country's leading universities, and the Kyoto Institute of Technology is also highly regarded. Kyoto Prefecture is working on a comprehensive All-Kyoto support, with the economic centre playing a central role in this project and other related organisations. While it is a major attraction that Kyoto has met all the conditions to develop a world-class sports and entertainment industry in Japan, both Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto City are working hard to support start-ups. Chiesangyo provides programs to the city, which has long been a hub for start-ups, where industry, government and science work together to support the industry. Kyoto has a number of companies, such as Kyoto University of Science and Technology, Kyushu University, Kansai University and others.
There are also hundreds of colleges and universities, including the highest-rated institutions in the country, such as Kyoto University of Science and Technology, Kyushu University, and Kansai University. Closely followed by 38 other Japanese universities, some of the best in the world, with the Kyoto Institute of Technology topping the list.
Kyoto University is located in Japan's oldest capital Kyoto and remains the country's second and highest rated university. Osaka has a major focus on linguistics and the University of Tokyo Todai Has the highest number of students per capita in his country and has one of the highest ratio of students to faculty of all universities.
Baseball is the undisputed top sport in Japan and is jokingly called Japan's national sport (ironically, Japan currently has no officially recognized national sport). Although this may be one of the more popular sports in Japan, it is not very well known outside Japan.
This sport has a large following in Japan and the atmosphere at sporting events outside Japan is very different from that of Western sporting events.
If you learn about the trends and culture of sports in Japan, you can share exciting moments with the locals during exciting games. Your sporting experience outside Japan also gives you the opportunity to engage in the exciting moment with locals, even if you don't speak Japanese well.
For information on what the weather is like in Kyoto this month, see our Kyoto page under "Best time to visit Kyoto." Japanese tourists pose for photos wearing colourful kimonos. All images and contents of this article were taken with permission of Hidden Japan.