Betting Sites in Japan

Betting Sites in Japan

Japan is an island nation located in East Asia and currently has a population of approximately 126 million.
Japan is a country with a stable economy and a high standard of living, where the population enjoys one of the highest levels of life expectancies in the world among local populations.

While Japanese online betting is not permitted in the country, betting on foreign betting sites has not been subjected to strict controls.

The Japanese are quite active in betting on the Internet, including betting through the use of modern progressive payment methods, which primarily include cryptocurrency bets.

Betting Sites and Bookmakers in Japan

Bookmakers and Betting Sites in Japan

The gambling market in Japan is a very specific and narrow one.

By and large, there are no full-fledged bookmakers operating in the country no are there any localized national betting sites.

The only relatively full-fledged opportunity that the Japanese have to bet on sports can only be found on the Internet.

International betting sites that accept Japanese players, as can be expected, are headed by the world famous 1xBet, which is visited by 400 to 500 thousand Japanese bettors every month.

The second in the list is Bet365 with 350 thousand site visitors.

As for the number of cryptocurrency betting sites, online bookmakers as, BCgame and Vave can singled out such.

⚡ Best Japanese Betting Sites

(Global Ranking of Japanese Bookies)
Updated in April 2024 April 2024
Global Ranking of Japanese Bookmakers: Detailed Information

⚡ Top 10 Online Bookies in Japan

Monthly Japanese Visitors: Detailed Information

✔️ International Bookies accepting Players from Japan

Sign-Up Bonuses for Japanese Players

Most Popular Betting Markets
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Rugby
  • Popular payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, ecoPayz, paysafecard, blik, Przelew24, Rapid.
  • Currency: € (Euro / EUR)

Top 10 Japanese Betting Sites

(Monthly Japanese Visitors | Percent of Japanese Visitors)

 1xBet Japanese Betting Site

1. 1xBet

Monthly Visitors: 433,729

Percent of Visitors: 13.70%

 Bet365 Japanese Betting Site

2. Bet365

Monthly Visitors: 470,809

Percent of Visitors: 0.42%

Review  Betting Site


Monthly Visitors: 332,426

Percent of Visitors: 15.91%


Pinnacle Finnish Betting Site

4. Pinnacle

Monthly Visitors: 76,500

Percent of Visitors: 6.12%


20Bet Betting Site

5. 20Bet

Monthly Visitors: 42,131

Percent of Visitors: 2.56%


William Hill Betting Site

6. William Hill

Monthly Visitors: 37,350

Percent of Visitors: 0.65%


BCgame Betting Site

7. BCgame

Monthly Visitors: 36,761

Percent of Visitors: 0.90%

Betway Portuguese Betting Site

8. Betway

Monthly Visitors: 34,761

Percent of Visitors: 1.04%


 Melbet Betting Site

9. Melbet

Monthly Visitors: 21,037

Percent of Visitors: 0.09%


22Bet Betting Site

10. 22Bet

Monthly Visitors: 10,989

Percent of Visitors: 0.83%


Is gambling legal in Japan?
Is Gambling Legal in Japan?

For the most part gambling is mostly illegal in the country, however there are types of sports betting that are quite legal and which bettors can bet on, these include for example: horse racing, bicycle racing, and the like. There are also several very specific football lotteries.

Formally, online gambling is banned in Japan, but online betting on international betting sites is actually in no way limited by the state.

How many Japanese bet on sports?
Japan Bettors

The lack of state regulations, primarily with regard to online gambling cannot but affect the activities of Japanese players. However Japan is significantly behind European countries in this regard. On average, the number of players participating in sports betting does not exceed 5 to 7 million local residents on a monthly basis.

What sports are popular for betting in Japan?

The most popular sports for betting in Japan are: baseball, football, golf, boxing, sumo wrestling and motorcycle racing and in recent years there has been an increasing interest in betting on football and martial arts, for example betting on MMA matches.