Cloud Native Inc. Presents 2022 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest (2022JN) will be on June 4-5.

Unfortunately, we cannot have our International Open Freestyle this year since Japan is very strict about letting non-citizens into the country right now.

Live Stream

Schedule, Freestyle Order and Results

Contest Divisions

  • 1A Division
  • 2A Division
  • 3A Division
  • 4A Division
  • 5A Division
  • Compulsory Trick: Advanced Division
  • Over-40 Freestyle
  • Women’s Freestyle
  • Art & Performance Division (Canceled)
  • International Open Freestyle (Canceled)

Contest Structure

  • JYYF runs five Regionals and one National Contest in 2022.
  • Contestant can compete in ONLY one Regional, but wherever they want (per division).
  • The top 10 of Regionals within a certain score, the finalists of 2021JN and top 5 of 2020JN can compete in the 2022JN Semi-Final. There will be a WildCard Round for everyone else to compete.
  • The five regional champions and last year’s champion of each division will be seeded to the 2022JN Final round. (If the regional champion is last year’s National Champion, the seed goes to the player in 2nd place.)


Freestyle Rules (Summary)

  • Final: 3 minute freestyle
  • Semi-Final: 90 second freestyle
  • Wild-Card: 30 second freestyle
  • Music stops between 3:00 to 3:01
  • No yo-yoing on stage before the music starts. No throw-downs, no adjustments. No starts with sleeping or mounting position allowed.
  • Catch yo-yo(s) immediately after the music ends. If the player cannot catch, deductions happen until the player leaves the stage.
  • No getting off the stage during the performance, even for getting yo-yos the player lost from the stage. If the player steps off from the stage, the performance ends there.
  • No sitting on the edge of the stage. No standing on the edge. Can be DQed.
  • No props allowed. Only yo-yos, strings, counter-weights, gloves, and tray (contest provided).
  • No bags, yo-yo cases, clothes, jackets, tables on the stage. For the purpose of supervising one’s belongings, a bag, wallet, or cell phone will be allowed to be placed at the far edge of the stage.

Freestyle Scoring

Same as IYYF rules (WYYC2019)

JYYF Supports Flights for Winners

Since 2012, JYYF has been supporting all five JN winners’ travel fees to WYYC. In 2017, there was an important change pertaining to sponsorship and yo-yos used by players. Since we are able to provide this benefit thanks to the generous support of all of our sponsors, JYYF has decided to support flights only for champions who use yo-yos from JN sponsors (and will also use yo-yos from JN sponsors at WYYC). If the champion is not qualified, the runner-up will receive the benefit. If the runner-up is not qualified, the contestant in third place will receive it. 4th place or lower do not qualify. We made this change in hopes that it will help to promote sponsors who support our activities regularly.

About The Organization: JYYF

  • Name: Japan Yo-Yo Federation (JYYF)
  • Legal Entity: General Incorporated Association (Since 2010)
  • Representative Board Director: Hironori Mii
  • Holding National Contest: Since 1999
  • Rei Iwakura (Head Judge)
  • Hironori Mii
  • Kazuki Okada
  • Taiichiro Higashi
  • Shinya Kido
  • Naoya Takeuchi
  • Hiroyasu Ishihara
  • Hiroaki Yoshii
  • Yohei Kagawa
  • Masahiro Terada
  • Atsushi Yamada

(Last Update: 2022.6.5)