Basic information on professional sports teams in Hyogo Prefecture

he sports teams in Hyogo Prefecture include the following

Baseball

Team: Hanshin Tigers
Location: Osaka, Hyogo
Ballpark: Koshien Stadium
Year founded: 1935
Management: Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Titles:Japan Series(1), Central League(5)
Retired numbers: 10 Fumio Fujimura, 11 Minoru Murayama, 23 Yoshio Yoshida

Soccer

Team: Vissel Kobe
City: Kobe City, Hyogo
Team Name Origin:
The name "Vissel" was coined from the English words "victory" and "vessel". VICTORY means victory in English and VESSEL means ship. Kobe has developed as an international port city since the Meiji era. The name was chosen to represent Kobe as a city open to the world, with the hope that it will continue to challenge for victory.
Year of Joined the J League: 1997
Titles: Emperor's Cup(1)
Highest Ranking: 7th (2016)

Rugby

Team Name : Kobelco Kobe Steelers (Division 1 of JAPAN RUGBY LEAGUE ONE)
Home Town : Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Year of foundation : 1928
Titles :
Japan Championship 10 times (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2018)
Top League 2 times (2003, 2018)

Basketball

Team: Nishinomiya Stokes
Location: Nishinomiya, Hyogo
Team Name Origin: The team was named after the stork, the prefectural bird of Hyogo Prefecture.
Year founded: 2011
Arena: Nishinomiya City Central Gymnasium
Titles: None

American Football

Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers (X League)
Elecom Kobe Phinees (X League)

Stadiums/Arenas

Green Arena Kobe

Green Arena is a gymnasium located in the Kobe Sports Park in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. In the past, it has hosted the world volleyball championships, V-League games, and home g …

HottoMotto Field Kobe

HottoMotto Field Kobe is a baseball stadium located in Kobe Sogo Undo Park in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is a stadium where the Orix Buffaloes sometimes hold home games. Kobe …

Nishinomiya City Central Gymnasium

Nishinomiya City Central Gymnasium is located in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is the home of the Nishinomiya Stokes of the B League basketball team. Getting to the Arena …

Kobe City Oji Stadium

Kobe City Oji Stadium is an athletic stadium located in Oji Park in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Getting to the Stadium If you arrive at "Shin-Kobe Station" on the Shinkansen, Sann …

Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Hanshin Koshien Stadium is a sacred place of Japanese baseball. The stadium is the home of the professional baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, and is home to high school baseball c …


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