99th Natsu Koushien Tier List

So as teams qualify I’ll keep track here what tiers I consider these teams to be in. For purposes of this exercise, the tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1 – Perennially in contention for Koushien
  • Tier 2 – Can be considered one of the lesser favorites perennially, will make periodic appearances
  • Tier 3 – Above-average team, constantly bumping into and losing to the upper tier teams, may occasionally breakthrough.

So without further ado:

Tier 1

  • Minami Hokkaido – Hokkai (38th appearance, 3rd consecutive)
  • Iwate – Moriokadai Fuzoku (10th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Miyagi – Sendai Ikuei (26th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Fukushima – Seikou Gakuin (14th appearance, 11th consecutive)
  • Tochigi – Sakushin Gakuin (13th appearance, 7th consecutive)
  • Saitama – Hanasaki Tokuharu (5th apperance, 3rd consecutive)
  • Chiba – Kisaradzu Sougou (6th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Kanagawa – Yokohama (17th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Yamanashi – Yamanashi Gakuin (7th appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Niigata – Nihon Bunri (9th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Nara – Tenri (28th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Wakayama – Chiben Wakayama (23rd, 1st in 2 years)
  • Osaka – Osaka Touin (9th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Hiroshima – Kouryou (22nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Kochi – Meitoku Gijyuku (19th appearance, 8th consecutive)

Tier 2

  • Gunma – Maebashi Ikuei (3rd appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Higashi Tokyo – Nishogakushadai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Toyama – Takaoka Shougyou (18th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Aichi – Chuukyoudai Chuukyou (28th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Gifu – Oogaki Nichidai (4th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Hyogo – Kobe Kokusaidai Fuzoku (2nd appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Shimane – Kaisei (10th appearance, 1st in 3 years)
  • Ehime – Saibi (5th appearance, 1st in 4 years)
  • Kumamoto – Shuugakukan (3rd appearance, 2nd consecutive)
  • Oita – Meihou (6th appearance, 1st in 2 years)
  • Kagoshima – Kamimura Gakuen (4th appearance, 1st in 5 years)
  • Okinawa – Kounan (11th appearance, 1st in 2 years)

Tier 3

  • Kita Hokkaido – Takikawa Nishi (3rd appearance, 1st in 19 years)
  • Aomori – Aomori Yamada (11th appearance, 1st in 8 years)
  • Akita – Meiou (9th appearance, 1st in 8 years)
  • Yamagata – Nichidai Yamagata (17th appearance, 1st in 4 years)
  • Ibaraki – Tsuchira Nichidai (3rd appearance, 1st in 31 years)
  • Nishi Tokyo – Tokaidai Sugao (3rd appearance, 1st in 17 years)
  • Nagano – Matsushou Gakuen (36th appearance, 1st in 9 years)
  • Shizuoka – Fujieda Meisei (1st appearance)
  • Ishikawa – Nihon Koukuu Ishikawa (2nd appearance, 1st in 8 years)
  • Fukui – Sakai (1st appearance), merger in 2016 of…
    • Harue Kougyou (no appearances)
    • Sakai Nougyou (no appearances)
  • Mie – Tsuda Gakuen (1st appearance)
  • Shiga – Hikone Higashi (2nd appearance, 1st in 4 years)
  • Kyoto – Kyoto Seishou (3rd appearance, 1st in 19 years)
  • Tottori – Yonago Shouin (3rd appearance, 1st in 17 years)
  • Okayama – Okayama Sanyou (1st appearance)
  • Yamaguchi – Shimonoseki Kokusai (1st appearance)
  • Tokushima – Naruto Uzushio (1st appearance), merger in 2012 of…
    • Naruto Dai-ichi (1 appearance, 2004)
    • Naruto Kougyou (6 appearance, last in 2008)
  • Kagawa – Sanbonmatsu (3rd appearance, 1st in 24 years)
  • Fukuoka – Touchiku (6th appearance, 1st in 21 years)
  • Saga – Waseda Saga (1st appearance)
  • Nagasaki – Hasami (3rd appearance, 1st in 16 years)
  • Miyazaki – Seishin (St.) Ursula (2nd appearance, 1st in 12 years)

2 thoughts on “99th Natsu Koushien Tier List

  1. Hi there!
    I’d first like to thank you for all the work you’ve done in translating all the Koshien news. For a Japanese baseball obsessive like myself, this blog is a godsend. I’m actually leaving from Australia to Japan next Friday to catch the last half of Koshien, wondering if you’ve ever attended a Koshien tournament and if so, your tips on attending. I’ll likely try the cheap route and just get in for free in the outfield but considering buying a ticket on some days, perhaps to get a better view or even just avoiding the heat.
    P.S: What got you interested in Kokoyakyu in the first place?


  2. Hello Jason!

    I’ve actually attended 2, 2006 (the famed Saitou Yuuki v Tanaka Masahiro, and the Teikyou v Chiben Wakayama, and to a lesser extent Bunsei Geidai Fuzoku v Kanzei) and in 2011 (when Nakata Shou was playing for Osaka Touin).

    Basically both times I tried to make sure I got there at least 1 hour before to buy tickets at the stadium, and even earlier on days where I knew demand would be high (Day 4 this year for instance).

    If you’re going to take the outfield route, but a LOT of drinks to hydrate, you will burn underneath the sun (though you being from Australia you might be used to the heat). Tickets are relatively cheap and last all day, so you really get your bang for the buck.

    Finally, I got into 高校野球 by accident really. The international channel we had showed Japanese news in the morning and occasionally I saw recaps of games where it seemed like non-professionals were playing (which seemed odd). Then on my first trip to Japan, I turned on the TV on a weekday morning and saw baseball on TV and again, didn’t look like professionals, not to mention the fact that it was a weekday morning. So when I got home I did research, found out about 高校野球, and well, here we are.


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