“Japan Football Museum” is established in 2003 as a memorial to the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. It has the variety of exhibitions from great matches and dramas in Japanese football history to resources before the World War II, and also personal belongings of star players. You may get familiar with football from various viewpoints in this museum.
This museum is located in the Japan Football Association building occupying the three floors. Admissions are free except to second basement exhibition. The first basement exhibits recent news and topics. The contents are changed irregularly. There is a J. League corner where you can read PR brochure of each team. Also, the footprints of J. League MVP players and the replica of J. League cup (championship silver plate) are displayed.
Japan Football Hall of Fame is located on the same floor. It recognizes people who put big effort to establish football in Japan. Every year the recipient is elected by football media people from a list of nominees made by the hall of fame committee. The result is announced on September 10, the anniversary of the establishment of Japan Football Association.
Let’s take a look at second basement which is an admission charged floor. At the entrance, the national team of 2002 will welcome you. They brought first winning of World Cup match. There is a space for a person to join the circle. So, please take a picture as a member of the team.
The 3D theater has some special films that you can enjoy only in this facility. You can enjoy the final of Women’s World Cup 2011 and other breathless suspense games’ digest in 3D.
At Historical Archive, you can follow footsteps of football in Japan, from the first sprout of the modern football brought by an Admiralty instructor in the early Meiij period, to Berlin Olympics’ “Miracle of Berlin” and also the establishment of J. League in 1990. There are many of precious resources such as the poster of the first match of Japan vs Korea in 1951 and the trophy of 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup won by Nadeshiko Japan (Japan National Women’s Team).
Both football lovers and newbie fans can get excited by dramas about football at the Japan Football Museum. Shall we look back the footsteps of Japanese football before the next match?
Open: Tuesday to Friday 13:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:30), weekends and national holidays 10:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:30) Close: Mondays (When Monday is a national holiday, closed on Tuesday) Admission: Adults 500 yen, Elementary/Junior High School Students 300 yen There are English notations.