Attraction 3 Chome-10-15 Hongō, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0033, Japan Published on: 25-02-2016
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Why JAPAN FOOTBALL MUSEUM is special ?
he Japan Football Museum possesses and displays many valuable documents and materials preserved over ninety years of our glorious history that trace the outstanding achievements of Japanese football and the footprints of our forerunners who laid the foundation for our thriving status today.
Recent additions to the collection include the FIFA Women’s World Cup champion trophy won by Nadeshiko Japan and the subsequent People’s Honour Award, which became the first time the Government of Japan bestowed the honour upon a team and not an individual, as well as the FA Silver Cup, which was restored on the occasion of the JFA’s 90th anniversary.
What to explore at JAPAN FOOTBALL MUSEUM?
In homage to the big guns of the sport, there is a Hall of Fame. The names and faces on the plaques were, admittedly, totally unfamiliar to me, but it was still a pleasure to stroll down the corridor and look into the earnest faces of the local legends of the game.
There is also the chance to watch some football in 3-D, either in comfortable viewing pods or on an almost cinema-sized screen. This was a first for me. I watched some of the action from the last World Cup, and it looked pretty good.
Naturally, there is memorabilia aplenty. There are autographed balls, shirts and scarves, together with a cabinet full of trophies. I had never heard of many of the competitions, but it would seem that Japan had indeed won them. In common with many museums in Japan, however, much of the accompanying information is in Japanese only, which can prove to be frustrating if you are not fluent.
Worth looking out for is a small collection of reprinted photographs dating back to the 1930s. Included are some interesting shots of a tour to Manila in the Philippines, and of the 1936 Berlin Olympics; Japan made it through to the quarter finals but then came a cropper against Italy, when they lost 8-0.
To hone visitors' skills on the pitch, both table football and a Playstation football game have been provided and are free to use. Sadly but perhaps predictably, I steered my team to an ignominious 0-1 home defeat.
To cover the museum in its entirety takes about an hour, depending on how deeply sucked in you become by the Playstation, and at only 500 yen it's well worth a look.
How to get to JAPAN FOOTBALL MUSEUM?
6-minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on Subway Marunouchi Line or JR Line, Shin-Ochanomizu Station on Subway Ciyoda Line.
No parking is available.
- Holy Land of soccer
- Exhibitions on Japanese football history
- Hall of the Fame
- Heaven for soccer lovers
- Goaling Palace
3 Chome-10-15 Hongō, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0033, Japan
Tips for you
Japan history has been exhibited in an easy-to-understand manner. By period, because it the exhibit has changed, you should even go at a later time, also enjoy. will take the adult if 500 yen, but it is recommended because the Samurai Blue Nadeshiko Japan both players sign and spikes, uniforms, etc. can also be seen.