Meijo Park located north of Nagoya Castle has a running course 1,300 meters in one circuit. You can easily set the pace because there is a distance marker in every 100 meter point. Meijo Park is also a start for longer running circuits for two, three or four kilometers in length.
In Nagoya, Grand Sumo Tournament is annually held in July at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium right beside the East Gate of the Nagoya Castle. Grand Sumo Tournament is held six times each year. In January, May, and September it is held in Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Osaka in March , Nagoya in July and Fukuoka in November. The gymnasium also has a swimming pool, and some restaurants. Particularly restaurants in this gym is often used for dining spaces for family tourists.
Track Field of Tsuruma Park is often used for sporting events. When I visited Tsuruma Park on September 2, 2012, a Lacrosse match organized by JLA(Japan Lacrosse Association) was going on. Lacrosse, similar to rugby but uses stick with net, is a minor sport in Japan played by 25,000 people. Tsuruma Park Track Field is often picked as the venue for Lacrosse matches in Japan.
Atsuta Jingu Park close to Atsuta Shrine is a nice place to stroll and watch local people play baseball, tennis and other activities. It is also known as the place where Danpusan Tomb Mound, the longest keyhole shaped Kofun in Aichi Prefecture,150 meters in length, is located. You cannot get inside the mound but you can walk around the ancient tomb which takes about 6 to 8 minutes. It's really huge. There is also a kiddie park but when I went there in July it was closed to make some repair work.
The Nagoya Grampas are the local proessional soccer (football) club. Soccer is becoming a really popular spectator sport in Japan. I think it will overtake baseball soon as the most popular sport. The Grampas play in Toyota Stadium. It's probably the most fantastic-looking stadium I've seen from afar. If you go to Toyota you won't miss it. It's located along a river park. I'm not sure how good the Grampas are, but the stadium draws a lot of fans.
There are major baseball team: Chunichi Dragons and soccer team: Nagoya Grampus Eight. Dragons have domed stadium and Grampus Eight have new stadium in Toyota city that is suburb city known for the castle town of Toyota motor company.
The dome is a pretty impressive indoor covered stadium. One weekend, on a lark, we took the subway out and found that even though the Dragons were not playing, there was a Jr. Sumo wrestling for childern being held. We were able to walk down on the field and check it out.
Check out Nagoya Dome to see the Chunichi Dragons, of the Japanese Professional Baseball League. They made it to the Japan series last year (2004).