Apart from baseball, football is one of the most watched sports in Japan, showing that modern sports have surpassed the traditional Japanese sports, such as Sumo, Kendo or Karate. Favorite sports to watch in Japan as of September 2020. Characteristic Share of respondents – – – –
Baseball Baseball is historically the most popular sport in Japan. It was introduced to Japan in 1872 by Horace Wilson, who taught at the Kaisei School in Tokyo. The first baseball team was called the Shimbashi Athletic Club and was established in 1878. Baseball has been a popular sport ever since.