Clubs & Circles

In Japan, clubs (also called “circles”) are the cornerstone of anyone’s high school or university experience. During your time with the Japan Studies Program, joining a club or circle can provide a totally different perspective on your time in Japan and complete your immersion into campus life.

TIU clubs are some of the best in the country. The women’s softball club has been the no.1 university team in Japan while the men’s marathon relay race has qualified for the prestigious Hakone Ekiden, featuring the top 20 teams in Japan.

Emma Welch | Virginia

It was a wonderful decision to join the Photography club, as it has given me a new way to meet not only other Japanese students, but people with similar interests.

Cultural Clubs

  • Art
  • B.M.A. (Beat Music Association – Rock band)
  • Chorus Group Cielo
  • Cinema
  • Drama Group Epsilon
  • ESS: English Study Group
  • Guitar
  • Mellow Dolphin Jazz Orchestra
  • Personal Computer Study Group
  • Photography
  • Rotaract (Volunteer Group)
  • Street Dance U.G.G.
  • Tiny Love (Music Band)
  • Wind Orchestra*

Sports Clubs

  • American Football*
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball*
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading*
  • Cheerleading Guidance Group
  • Ekiden (Japanese Marathon Relay Race)*
  • Golf*
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo*
  • Men’s Softball
  • Roller Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Scuba Diving Study Group
  • Shorinji Kempo
  • Skiing
  • Soccer*
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taido (Okinawa-style Karate)
  • Tennis*
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wandervogel
  • Weight Lifting
  • Women’s Soccer*
  • Women’s Softball*
  • Yachting

*Clubs marked with an asterisk are Kyoka Clubs, which are officially sponsored by the university. Students who would like to join one of these clubs should consult with the club coach.