Kobe survive, Tokyo relegated
New champions Nagoya Grampus completed the J-League season with a 2-1 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima, as Vissel Kobe avoided relegation to send FC Tokyo into the second division.
Kobe, trailing Tokyo by one point before their game, overwhelmed Urawa Red Diamonds 4-0 as veteran midfielder Takayuki Yoshida helped the team with a brace.
Midfielder Park Kang-Jo added another seven minutes later with Keijiro Ogawa hitting an insurance goal in injury time.
FC Tokyo crashed 2-0 to Kyoto Sanga, to join Kyoto and Shonan Bellmare in the second division next season.
"We were nervous in the beginning, but we were able to gain the momentum with my goal. We had some tough times this season, but it's a great feeling to play games with my great team-mates," said Yoshida tearfully.
"It's shameful to shed tears by winning a survival game. I want to shed tears by winning the title some day."
Kobe coach Masahiro Wada said: "I told my players to concentrate on this game, not think about the result of other games. I didn't want to tell them the result [of FC Tokyo] until the end.
"But my players made such a wonderful result with 4-0. We did not lose the previous six games. I'm really happy with my job and I'm really happy that we fought together with my players," he added.
Defending champions Kashima Antlers also missed a place in the AFC Champions League next season as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Montedio Yamagata, surrendering the tickets to Gamba Osaka and Cerezo Osaka.
Gamba Osaka blanked Shimizu S-Pulse 3-0 to finish second, and Cerezo Osaka overwhelmed Jubilo Iwata 6-2 with Brazilian striker Adriano scoring the team's first four goals. Kashima, who were second a week ago, ended the season in fourth place.
In other games, Kawasaki Frontale drew with Vegalta Sendai 1-1, Omiya Ardija defeated Yokohama Marinos 2-0, and Albirex Niigata whipped Shonan 3-1.