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Sports betting is popular in Japan, and with a wide range of events available, like soccer, baseball, basketball, and even sumo wrestling, as a traveler you can easily place bets at one of the many licensed betting shops, or through online betting sites.

When betting in Japan, it’s important to note that the legal age for gambling is 20 years old. Additionally, while sports betting is legal in Japan, there are some restrictions in place. For example, live betting on games is not allowed and there are limits on the amount that can be bet on a single game.

As a tourist looking to take part in the thrill of sports betting it’s important to familiarize yourself with the local betting rules and regulations before placing a bet. This can be done by asking staff at a betting shop, or by checking the terms and conditions of an online betting site.

But overall, sports betting is a fun and exciting way to experience the local culture and get involved in the action of sporting events.

Sports Betting in Japan

Liscened Betting Shops

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If you’re betting in person, placing a bet at a licensed betting shop is a simple and straightforward process. These shops are regulated by the Japanese government, and you can find them in most cities and towns.

To place a bet at a licensed betting shop, you will need to become a member. This typically involves providing your personal information and identification, and may require a small fee.

Once you have become a member, you will need to deposit funds into your betting account. This can be done at the shop using cash or through a variety of electronic payment methods.

With funds in your betting account, you are now ready to place a bet. There will be a wide range of sports events available for betting, from soccer and baseball to basketball and sumo wrestling. Simply choose the sport and event you want to bet on and select your preferred betting option.

If your bet is successful, you can collect your winnings at the shop or have them credited to your betting account for future use.

Online Betting

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In addition to physical bookmakers outlets, there has been an increasing trend towards online sports betting in Japan, and with the rise of the internet and mobile devices, online betting has become popular for both Japanese residents and tourists.

There are many licensed online sports betting sites available in Japan, and these sites are regulated by the Japanese government, ensuring a safe and secure betting experience for all users.

To place a bet online, you need to first  create an account and deposit funds. This can be done with credit card, bank transfer, or e-wallet, and you can then place bets on your preferred sports events and track their progress in real-time.

Online sports betting in Japan is subject to the same rules and restrictions as traditional betting, with live betting on games not allowed and limits on the amount that can be bet on a single game.

One popular site called “Umati” provides users with access not only local markets but also global ones including NBA games, Premier League fixtures etc, which has made it a popular local choice. 

Online casinos are another growing sector within the world of Japanese gaming with any operators now accepting cryptocurrencies too.

Sports Betting Odds

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The first thing you should look for when choosing a Japanese language betting site is whether or not they offer competitive odds.

Most reputable online bookmakers will list their odds prominently on their website, but if not then you may want to consider looking elsewhere as there may be better deals available from other providers.

You should also check out any bonuses that might be offered by the site – some operators offer free bets or cashback rewards for regular players, so these could give you an edge over other punters who are unaware of them. 

When placing wagers at any type of gambling site it’s important that safety is taken seriously; fortunately most legitimate companies provide secure payment methods such as e-wallets and cryptocurrency wallets like Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

But also read up on customer reviews before signing up with any particular operator – while many sites provide excellent service there are always those who don’t live up to expectations, so do your research beforehand!

Which Sports to Bet On

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One of the most popular sports to bet on in Japan is soccer. With the J-League, the top-tier professional soccer league in Japan, attracting a large following of fans and bettors, soccer is a staple of the Japanese sports betting scene.

Betting options include match winners, total goals, and individual player performance, making it an exciting and engaging betting experience.

Another popular sport to bet on in Japan is baseball. With a long history of baseball in Japan, and the Nippon Professional Baseball league being one of the highest-level leagues in the world, it’s no surprise that baseball is a popular betting option.

Betting options include match winners, total runs, and individual player performance, making it a thrilling betting experience for fans of the sport.

In addition to soccer and baseball, there are also a number of other sports available for betting in Japan, including basketball, sumo wrestling, and horse racing

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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