Where to watch the World Cup in Tokyo

Where to watch the World Cup in Tokyo

There are plentiful options to watch the blue samurai take on the world's best here in Tokyo
Blue Samurai fans out in force
Watch the World Cup in Tokyo like you're meant to, with friends, colors and drinks.

As one of the few Asian nations to qualify for the World Cup, Japan will be especially interested in what's going down in South Africa. Regardless of how the boys in blue perform, fans in Tokyo will have a variety of venues to choose from to follow all the action.

world cup in TokyoTokyo Dome.The stadium experience

For the big game versus the Netherlands on the 19th, the Tokyo Dome will hold a public viewing for fans who need thousands of friends nearby to feel better about football. Yoyogi National Stadium near Harajuku and Meiji-jingu mae stations will be another option, with Nakata.net Cafe (named after famed and now retired midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata) nearby if you prefer a smaller scale football venue.

Tokyo Dome, Koraku 1-3-61, Bunkyo-ku | Map

Yoyogi National Stadium, 2-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku | Map

Nataka.net Cafe, Jingumae 1-22-6, Shibuya-ku | Map

 

world cup in TokyoBar Quest.

Pick and choose in Roppongi

Given the time difference between Japan and South Africa, there's probably no better place to find nighttime excitement during the World Cup than Roppongi. Viewing options abound, starting with the Auzzie watering hole Bar Quest which has four large screens on hand including a 60-inch projector. Fans who pick the winner and scorers will earn themselves a free pint.

Not far from here you'll find Paddy Foley's which features a projection display and 14 other screens around the bar. With free entrance and 600 yen beers, Paddy Foley's will be sure to draw an excited crowd. Roppongi is also home to the White Room, who are showing Japan versus Cameroon on June 14 (price ¥3,500). For Japan against the Netherlands on the 19th, you might try Fujifilm at Tokyo Midtown because word on the street says some Dutch fans will be gathering to watch.

Bar Quest, No.2 Rene Bldg 3F, Roppongi 5-3-1 | Map

Paddy Foley's, B1F Roi Bldg, Roppongi 5-5-1  | Map

White Room, 3F, Roppongi 4-9-1 | Map  | More info

Fujifilm Square, Tokyo Midtown | Map

 

world cup in TokyoSpanish fans have high hopes.Go with the favorite

Widely deemed to be 4-to-1 favorites to win it all, Spain will be a fun team to follow this time around. You might check out Cafe Doce, a Spanish Cafe that will broadcast matches throughout the tournament. Be sure to call ahead for reservations though. There's another Spanish restaurant called Bikini Tapa down in Shibuya Mark City where you can get your footie fix. No guarantee of bikinis, but we're sure you'll find tapas there.

Cafe Doce, Shibuya, Uguisudanicho 6-6 | Map

Bikini Tapa, Shibuya Mark City, Restaurant Avenue, 4F | Map

 

world cup in TokyoFor fans of beer as well much as football.Beers of the World at Sakura Cafe

One unique way to enjoy the tournament would be at Sakura Cafe in Ikebukuro. They'll be featuring beers from the countries participating in the tournament, ranging from South African lager to a variety of South American beers. With a combination of live and recorded broadcasts scheduled, Sakura will surely be one of the more international experiences in Tokyo this month. 

Sakura Cafe, 2-39-10 Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro 1F | Map

 

The Footnik, TokyoThe Footnik welcome you.The Footnik

The self-proclaimed 'Home of football in Tokyo', this English pub has locations in Ebisu and Osaki where you can catch the matches. Many seats have already been sold out for major matches, but standing room might still be available for some games according to their website

The Footnik Ebisu, Asahi Bldg 1F, 1-11-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-Ku | Map

The Footnik Osaki, Think Park Building, 1F2-1-1 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku | Map

 

Womb, TokyoFootball fever at Shibuya's biggest club.Womb, Shibuya

Tokyo's most famous nightclub isn't missing out on World Cup fever either, with events planned for Japan's matches against Cameroon and Denmark.

  

Womb, 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya | Map


For more even more venues in Tokyo, check out this list over on Timeout Japan, or if you can read Japanese, try Nipponsen.