Join the Nagano Cup June 29-30, 2024!

2024 Nagano Cup

The Coolest Game on Ice - in the Japanese Alps

Welcome to the 2024 Nagano Cup

The Nagano Cup is an annual draft hockey tournament in Nagano, Japan, that brings together a great group of local and international hockey players. Since the first tournament in 2003, the Nagano Cup has been a great event for meeting other hockey players in Japan.

On behalf of the Tokyo Canadians Hockey Club, we cordially invite you to the 12th Nagano Cup tournament at the Yamabiko Arena in Okaya City, Nagano.

See you at 10am on June 29 when you sign in and get your jersey and team assignments!

-Eric Wolfe, Tournament Director


Nagano Cup and TCHC Sponsors

The Nagano Cup is a draft tournament, meaning the teams will be balanced

Draft Tournament

The Nagano Cup is a "Draft" Tournament. The tournament directors will divide the players based on ability and age so the teams will be balanced. There is limited availability on the roster, and it is first come – first served. Rosters will be announced when you check in on June 29th. If it’s your first time to play, we will contact you.

Waiting List

After reaching the maximum number of players, you will be put on a waiting list and informed if there are any cancellations.
  • 60

    Max Skaters

  • 4

    Max Goalkeepers

Nagano Cup Game Schedule

Registered Players to meet at Yamabiko no Mori rink at 10 am on June 29!

To keep the tournament on schedule, the game times will be held on time, and all players must be on the ice and ready for their games for their respective start times.

Game scheduleView Game Schedule & Results

A great weekend of hockey for a great price

Tournament Fees

You will have fun during the weekend, and many team members will bring their partners and family. If Yamabiko no Mori is fully booked, there is additional accommodation in Okaya City if our cabins are fully booked.

  • Tournament Fee + Accommodation

    We have booked 12 Cabins at Yamabiko no Mori. Yamabiko no Mori is just a short walk from the hockey rink. If you bring a guest, there is a fee of ¥6,500 (or $45 USD) per person.

    ¥26,500(or $185 USD)


    • 4 Games
    • Jersey and socks, complimentary water & beer (adult players), muffins (Sunday morning)
    • Championship team player receive gift
    • Cabin Stay - Families with infant children will get priority on the small "A-type" cabins (2-3 people).
    • Additional guests allowed - ¥6,500 (or $45 USD) per additional person
    • Bathhouse usage in cabin area on June 29th and June 30th
  • Tournament Fee Only

    If you decide to stay at one of the local hotels in Okaya City, Nagano, we have a tournament-only fee for you.

    ¥20,000(or $140 USD)


    • 4 Games
    • Jersey and socks, complimentary water & beer (adult players), muffins (Sunday morning)
    • Championship team player receive gift

The Nagano Cup tournament Includes:

Welcome Package

  • Guaranteed 4 games

  • Jersey and socks

  • Complimentary Domino's pizzas

  • Complimentary T-shirt

  • Complimentary Water for all games

  • Complimentary Beer for adult players

  • Complimentary muffins (Sunday morning)

  • Championship team receive gift (per player)

  • Championship Trophy

  • Game & Individual Photos - Online

If you need to cancel, let us know as soon as possible

We understand that life is busy. If you need to cancel, it's best to let us know as soon as possible so we can try to find someone to take your place. Please see our cancellation guidelines below for more information.

Refund Policy
  • Full refund

    If you cancel by May 31, 2024 we will refund the full amount, less ¥2,000 (administration fee).

  • 50% refund

    If you cancel between June 1 & June 14, 2024, we will process a 50% refund.

  • No refund

    If you cancel between June 15 & June 30, 2024, we will be unable to process a refund.

The tournament game format

Game Format

Saturday Games

Saturday Round Robin Games

  • Warm-up 5-minutes
  • Team/individual photos before the game (during warmup)
  • 2 periods of 25-minutes running time
  • 3-minute break between periods
  • No Hitting, No Fighting
  • Off-sides & icings* will be called
  • No abusing the officials
  • Penalty will be 1:30

Tie breaker rules for end of Saturday standings based on:

  • Most points
  • Most wins
  • Head-to-Head
  • Least goals against
  • Least penalty minutes
  • Greater goal difference
  • Higher goals for

If still tied, a puck toss will determine the position

Sunday Games

Sunday Bronze/Gold Medal Games

  • Warm-up 5-minutes
  • 15-minutes stop time
  • 3-minute break between periods
  • No Hitting, No Fighting
  • Off-sides & icings* will be called
  • No abusing the officials
  • Penalty will be 2:00 stop time
  • If game tied with 10 mins of time remaining on the ‘real’ clock (e.g., 11:20 am) a shootout will start.

OT & shootout rules Sunday Games

  • 5-minute 3-on-3 OT
  • If necessary: 3-player shootout, then sudden death shootout (one shooter at a time)
  • On-ice ceremony for winning teams
  • Additional rules will be announced prior to the start of the tournament.
  • The tournament format is subject to change. Final confirmation of the Rules and Format will be released prior to the start of the tournament.
  • Cabins at Yamabiko no Mori


    Yamabiko no Mori offers 12 cabins in close proximity to the hockey rink. These rustic cabins are well-equipped with everything you will need during the tournament.

    In addition, there is a bath house on site with showers and a bath. This is included in the accommodation fee.

    *Staying at the cabins is optional.
    • A-type cabin (sleeps 2-3) – 2 beds, 1 sofa bed
    • B-type cabin (sleeps 4-6) – 4 beds, 2 futon sets

Our sponsors are amazing!

Our sponsors

We would not be able to hold the Nagano Cup without our sponsors. Their financial contribution allows us to keep tournament costs down and ensure our participants have the best possible experience while playing.

On behalf of the Tokyo Canadians, we thank our sponsors and would invite others that would like to join in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions


We have collected a list of our frequently asked questions about the Nagano Cup tournament and the facilities to best assist you. If you still have questions, feel free to complete the contact form below.

Our previous Champions

Have a question?

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our team, and we will be happy to find an answer for you. We hope to see you on the ice!

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