Japan is the number one rugby destination in Asia. The Japanese have been playing rugby for over a century and have the fourth largest population of rugby players in the world. Since 2009 when they won the bid to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup the amount of interest in the sport has skyrocketed.
Rugby in Japan continues to grow today, in part due to the success of the national team and the Sunwolves in Super Rugby. If you’re looking for a change of culture and to experience a whole new world then head to the Far East and play rugby in Japan.
The highest level you can play rugby in Japan is the Top League, consisting of 16 teams. It runs during the Super Rugby off season and so has seen an influx of top players from the southern hemisphere. Most notably in recent years, George Gregan, Dan Carter and Jaque Fourie.
Due to all of the teams being owned by major companies the salaries in Japan are some of the highest in world rugby. Making this a great location if you’re looking to earn money from playing rugby. Below the Top League, the second tier is the Top Challenge League. Underneath the top two leagues there are three regional competitions, Top East League, Top West League, Top Kyushu League.
Most of the clubs are centred around the capital Tokyo with six teams in the Top league based here and is the perfect place to play rugby in Japan. Tokyo perfectly blends traditional culture with a passion for everything new. Tokyoites are widely acknowledged as some of the friendliest locals in the world, always happy to help visitors out. The city’s food scene is impeccable, you’re pretty much always within 100m of a top class restaurant. Transport links are some of the best in the world, making access to the rest of the country very easy.
Other major cities such as Osaka and Kobe have sides as well, two of Japan’s most attractive and charming cities.
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Does Japan sound like you’re perfect new home? Say konnichiwa to your new life. Don’t hesitate, start your research into playing rugby in Japan today. Firstly, check out our blog for more information on how to make your dream a reality.