From Costa Rica, England, Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, they have come from the far corners of the globe. FIFA.com spoke to players and coaches from all six teams competing at the FIFA Club World Championship to get their impressions of the host nation. We asked how they viewed Japan.
Didi Hamann (Liverpool midfielder, German)
My first experience of Japan was when I went over there with Bayern Munich's team for a few weeks, which was great, but my best memories of the country came at the 2002 World Cup. We had a fantastic time, the hospitality was great and we felt welcome from day one. We had our base in Miyazaki and we felt really at home.
Hernan Medford (Deportivo Saprissa coach, Costa Rican)
Was lucky enough to be in Japan for the World Cup and I like the culture. But I cannot speak a word of Japanese so we'll have to get by in English.
Gilberto (Al Ahly midfielder, Angolan)
Very progressive country. I was hoping to face a Japanese team because I couldn't play in the friendly game between my country and Japan last month due to injury.
Cicinho (Sao Paulo defender, Brazilian)
A country of nice electronics and modern technology.
Pierre Littbarski (Sydney coach, German)
Emad Motab (Al Ahly forward, Egyptian)
They help poor countries and are a very advanced nation.
Hamad Montashari (Al Ittihad defender, Saudi Arabian)
It's my first time. I was injured for the World Cup but it's an honour to be here. They're famous for technology but so far I've found the people warm.
Sami Hyypia (Liverpool defender, Finnish)
Never been to Japan and really looking forward to it. To be honest, I am not too sure what to expect, but my team-mates have told me that it is a great place to visit.
Christian Bolanos (Deportivo Saprissa midfielder, Costa Rican)
Was there with the U-23 side, and found their culture very nice. The people are completely different to Latinos, and also very well educated and civilised.
Junior (Sao Paulo defender, Brazilian)
Very well organized and intelligent country.
Dwight Yorke (Sydney forward, Tobagan)
Fantastic place with fanatical football fans.
Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly midfielder, Egyptian)
They manufacture TOYOTA cars.
Djibril Cisse (Liverpool forward, French)
Really nice country and really like Japanese people.
Steve Corica (Sydney midfielder, Australian)
Hiroshima where I played for two years.
Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo goalkeeper, Brazilian)
Very honest, dedicated and determined people.