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.
1934 Organized American football was introduced into Japan in 1934 by Paul Rusch, an American missionary who was teaching at Rikkyo University in Tokyo and formed a team at the school. The first-ever game was played in November that year at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, drawing a crowd of 15,000 despite being held on a weekday.