SWEAT OR WATCH SPORTS

enjoy sportFrom running to swimming to hiking to football, Osaka is a sports-lovers paradise.

Sport lovers, welcome to paradise!

With world-class facilities for a wide range of sports and an endless series of matches and games each year, Osaka has much to offer sports lovers.

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In fact, the city is so committed to being a genuine sports destination, that active steps are taken to make sure there are facilities catering for top athletes as well as citizens of all ages and abilities. For this reason, the city has constructed myriad sports facilities, from sports clubs to stadiums to parks to fields. So whether you're looking to catch a game of football in a World Cup stadium, go running along a picturesque river, or just get in a few laps in the pool before lunch, it's guaranteed you'll find what you need here.

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Tennis

Osaka has several superb venues for tennis. The most famous is the Utsubo Tennis Center in Utsubo Park, with a gallery of 5,000 seats and newly-built center court where international tennis championships are played. Other great options are the popular courts at Tsurumiryokuchi Park.

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Swimming

Those serious about swimming laps will find everything they need at Osaka Pool, which has a 50-meter official competition pool, a 25-meter pool and an official diving pool all under one roof. Great swimming can also be had at pools in Tsurumiryokuchi Park and in the Namihaya Dome. And water lovers wanting something a bit different can try a seaside swim at the Nanko Swimming Resort.

Cycling

As a relatively flat city punctuated by wonderful sights, Osaka is the perfect place to explore on two wheels. And if you want a clean route with few interruptions, there's a road in Northern Osaka that's devoted to cycling. A short 4.4 km course will take you from the north edge of Tenjimbashi Bridge, along the Okawa River to the east and over Temmabashi Bridge to Kemabashi Bridge. Or, for a longer stretch, continue along the Yodogawa Riverbank to Torikai-Ohashi Bridge for a total ride of 12.5 km.

Riding

Equestrians can practice at riding clubs in either the Tsurumiryokuchi or Hattori Ryokuchi Parks.

Jogging

A wide variety of beautifully manicured parks that change with the seasons makes Osaka a runner's paradise. Routes in Nagai Park and Osaka Castle Park are popular with joggers, as are the many picturesque river banks lined with cherry trees that explode into pink during spring.

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Martial Arts

Osaka is the birthplace of aikido and the city continues to foster its rich tradition in a variety martial arts. Ancient disciplines such as judo, kendo, naginata and karate are still practiced today in schools (dojo) across the city. New students are welcome to drop into classes at almost any dojo, with a popular option being Osaka Shudokan, located just outside the Otemon Gate in Osaka Castle.

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Other Sports

Golf, boating, water-skiing, hiking...just about any sport you're interested in can be found in Osaka. In addition to the numerous baseball fields, sporting grounds, tennis courts, and pools in the city, sports facilities at most of the municipal schools are also available for public use. And community sports centers, featuring heated pools and training facilities, are being developed for each of the 24 wards.

Osaka Welcomes Sports Competitors from All Over the World

As an international sports city, Osaka welcomes athletes from all over the globe to compete in it's world-class facilities. Many events are held here on a regular basis.

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FIFA World Cup Soccer

In 2002, Osaka's Nagai Stadium was used in the FIFA World Cup co-hosted by Korea and Japan. Located 10 km from the center of the city, it boasts a 9.3m x 24.8m projection screen, which is the largest in Japan. Today, the stadium is usually home to the Cerezo Osaka J-League team.

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Osaka International Ladies Marathon

Held every January, this event draws many world famous participants. The marathon starts from Nagai Stadium, passes through Osaka Castle and goes to the Nakanoshima area, heads southwards from Osaka City Hall to Shinsaibashi and then turns around and goes back to Nagai Stadium.

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World Super Junior Tennis Championships

The Osaka Mayor's Cup World Super Junior Tennis Championships are held at the Utsubo Tennis Center's newly-built center court with a gallery of 5,000 seats. These championships are famous internationally, and often mark the starting point of a successful career for young tennis players.

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2003 World Judo Championships

In September 2003, the World Judo Championships were held at Osaka-jo Hall, adjacent to Osaka Castle. Approximately 640 athletes from 80 countries and regions participated in the event, which was watched by students from close to 7,000 municipal schools around the world. Various cultural activities were also organized for those present in Japan. Osaka looks forward to its next opportunity to host such an event.

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2007 World Championship in Athletics

In the summer of 2007 Osaka hosted the IAAF World Championship in Athletics at Nagai Stadium. The stadium, which holds an IAAF Grand Prix event each year, and has ideal facilities for a competition of this scale. The Championship is expected drew some 2000 athletes from 210 countries, as well as tens of thousands of spectators.

Osaka City Nagai Sports Center for Persons with Disabilities

Japan's first sports facility for people with disabilities. Provides sports classes for parents and children, along with health counseling services by nurses.

Maishima Sports Island (Maishima Urban Auto Village/Barbecue Garden)

On the Maishima Sports Island, visitors can enjoy not only tennis, baseball, auto camping and barbecuing, but also making pottery like "Naniwazu-yaki," Osaka's new specialty.

Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium

This multipurpose gymnasium includes a main arena, sub arena, judo hall, kendo hall, as well as large, medium and small conference rooms.

Osaka Hokko Yacht Harbor

At Osaka Hokko Yacht Harbor, visitors can enjoy marine sports including yachting, as well as other casual recreational activities. In the harbor, yachting classes are given for beginners.

Osaka City Maishima Sports Center for Persons with Disabilities (Amity Maishima)

Amity Maishima, a sports center for persons with disabilities, offers various sports facilities, including a heated swimming pool, indoor arenas, a table tennis room and a bowling room, and is a venue for various sports classes, including swimming and tap dancing classes.

Osaka Kadoma Sports Center (Towa Pharmaceutical Ractab Dome)

This center is used to provide venues for international competitions, but when there are no official events, it can accommodate sports of many types in different seasons, such as swimming, volleyball, ice skating, etc. There are also various sports classes such as tennis and trampoline.

Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

A sporting center for various sports, including volleyball, basketball, judo and gymnastics. Classes for yoga and aerobics are also available.

Osaka-shi Nagai Rikujo Kyogi-jo (Nagai Stadium)

Also known as Nagai Stadium, this venue is home of the professional soccer team Cerezo Osaka.

Kyocera Dome Osaka

Seating capacity of 36,000 peoples, fans are sure to have an unmatchable experience!

Osaka Pool

A world-class indoor heated swimming pool facility, with a 50-meter, 10-lane main pool and a diving pool. The main pool is converted into an ice-skating rink in winter.

Maishima Arena

The versatile arena is situated within Maishima Sports Island, and hosts sports events, concerts, conventions and other events.

Kincho Stadium

Only located around 20 min by Subway or JR line from the center of the city, both KINCHO Stadium and Yanmar Stadium Nagai are highly convenient to access.

Nishikinohama Park

A seaside park for clam-digging in spring and swimming in summer.

Utsubo Tennis Center

This public tennis center also serves as a venue for junior tennis tournaments attracting global attention, with the participation of many tennis superstars of the future.

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