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Baseball

Baseball is by far Japan’s most popular sport. It has been played here for over 120 years with the Japanese professional baseball league beginning in 1937. In 2006 the national team won the World Baseball Classic, illustrating the high standard of Japan’s baseball. The Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB) is comprised of two leagues, Central …

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Basketball

Play There aren’t many options to play pick-up basketball as you may be used to in your home country.  However, one way to play is at your school with the students.  Check to see if you school has a basketball team (most do) and ask the coach if you can practice with them.  The students really enjoy …

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Football (Soccer)

Play See The Japanese Football League System is comprised of three tiers. The top two are from the Japan Professional Football League, better known as J.League, which is split into division one and two. The third tier is the Japan Football League or JFL which is sometimes considered to be semi-professional. Avispa Fukuoka plays in the J.League division …

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Hiking

Hiking: 70-80% of Japan is forested and/or mountainous, making it a hiker’s paradise. Some mountains have trails that range in difficulty from “your genki grandmother can do it” to “be prepared to get lost.” Your school may even have a mountain climbing or hiking club you can join. Trailheads can be difficult to find, so …

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Snow Boarding

Snowboarding: Alas, Fukuoka Prefecture is not exactly a boarder’s paradise. There are two sites that have gained a respectable amount of popularity, but sadly they are both indoor artificial snow parks: Big Air Fukuoka (Hakata Bayside, Tel 092-263-5755) and Snowba Kashii (Tel 092-674-4688). The runs are quite short in length, but are open all year …

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Sumo

This ancient sport dates back about 1500 years. At first, sumo matches had religious affiliations, being accompanied by harvest prayers to the gods. During times of war it evolved into a type of military fight training. Later, in more peaceful years, it began to develop into its present form as Japan’s national sport. There are …

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Surfing

Surfing: Swells in Fukuoka are predominantly brought on by winds (hokuto) generated from low-pressure systems to the Northeast of the prefecture. Generally, waves can be counted on to come at the tail end of a bout of good strong NE winds. However, swell windows are short and usually come and go within a few days. …

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