|J.League YBC Levain Cup|
|Champions||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Toshiyuki Takagi (4 goals)|
The 2016 J.League Cup (also known as the 2016 Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, later changed to J.League YBC Levain Cup for sponsoring purposes) is the 41st edition of the most prestigious Japanese football league cup tournament and the 24th edition under the current J.League Cup format.
Teams from the J1 League will take part in the tournament. Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Gamba Osaka, Urawa Red Diamonds and FC Tokyo were given a bye to the quarter-finals due to qualification in the 2016 AFC Champions League. The remaining 14 teams started from the group stage, where they were divided into two groups of seven. The group winners and the runners-up of each group qualified for the quarter-final along with the four teams which qualified for the AFC Champions League.
All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
|1||Vissel Kobe||6||5||1||0||15||3||+12||16||Knock-out stage||1–1||4–1||4–0|
|Kashima Antlers||1-2||Ventforet Kofu|
|Yamamoto 60'||Report|| Billy Celeski 6'|
|Omiya Ardija||1-0||Nagoya Grampus|
|Júbilo Iwata||1-2||Vissel Kobe|
|Saito 13'||Report|| Pedro Júnior 35'|
|Ventforet Kofu||0-0||Omiya Ardija|
|Nagoya Grampus||0-1||Shonan Bellmare|
|Vissel Kobe||4-1||Kashima Antlers|
| Pedro Júnior 23', 64'|
|Shonan Bellmare||0-1||Omiya Ardija|
|Júbilo Iwata||1-0||Ventforet Kofu|
|Nagoya Grampus||1-3||Kashima Antlers|
|Noda 38'||Report|| Endo 52'|
|Shonan Bellmare||0-0||Júbilo Iwata|
|Nagoya Grampus||0-0||Ventforet Kofu|
|Vissel Kobe||1-1||Omiya Ardija|
|Watanabe 58'||Report||Esaka 17'|
|Kashima Antlers||2-3||Shonan Bellmare|
| Nagaki 11'|
|Report|| Otsuki 18'|
|Omiya Ardija||1-0||Júbilo Iwata|
|Ventforet Kofu||0-2||Vissel Kobe|
|Report|| Tanaka 64'|
|Kashima Antlers||1-1||Júbilo Iwata|
|Sugimoto 58'||Report||Fujita 17'|
|Ventforet Kofu||1-0||Shonan Bellmare|
|Vissel Kobe||4-0||Nagoya Grampus|
|Omiya Ardija||1-0||Kashima Antlers|
|Shonan Bellmare||0-2||Vissel Kobe|
|1||Yokohama F. Marinos||6||3||2||1||7||5||+2||11||Knock-out stage||2–1||1–3||1–0|
|Vegalta Sendai||1–0||Albirex Niigata|
|Kawasaki Frontale||0-0||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Avispa Fukuoka||2-2||Kashiwa Reysol|
| Jogo 17'|
|Report|| Wako 55'|
|Kashiwa Reysol||0-1||Vegalta Sendai|
|Kawasaki Frontale||0-1||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Albirex Niigata||1-0||Sagan Tosu|
|Léo Silva 75'||Report|
|Albirex Niigata||0-5||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Report|| Taniguchi 8', 23'|
Kano 20', 83'
|Sagan Tosu||1-1||Vegalta Sendai|
|Baek Sung-dong 38'||Report||Kim Min-Tae 86'|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1-3||Kashiwa Reysol|
|Togashi 5'||Report|| Nakagawa 42'|
Masushima 50', 68'
|Vegalta Sendai||0-0||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Kashiwa Reysol||2-1||Kawasaki Frontale|
| Diego Oliveira 39'|
|Report||Eduardo Neto 72'|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1-0||Sagan Tosu|
|Kashiwa Reysol||1-2||Albirex Niigata|
|Diego Oliveira 66'||Report|| Ito 55'|
|Sagan Tosu||1-1||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Tomiyama 72'||Report||Kim Min-hyeok 16' (o.g.)|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2-1||Avispa Fukuoka|
| Hyodo 73'|
|Kawasaki Frontale||2-1||Vegalta Sendai|
|Otsuka 43', 48'||Report||Ramon Lopes 85'|
|Albirex Niigata||1-1||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Ibusuki 7'||Report||Nakagawa 72'|
|Avispa Fukuoka||1-1||Sagan Tosu|
|Hirai 85'||Report||Toyoda 45'|
|Vegalta Sendai||0-2||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Report|| Nakamura 42'|
|Avispa Fukuoka||4-2||Albirex Niigata|
| Kanamori 16', 37'|
|Report|| Yamazaki 6'|
All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
|Yokohama F. Marinos (a)||1||1||2|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||0||1||1|
|Gamba Osaka (a)||0||1||1|
|Gamba Osaka||1 (4)|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||1 (5)|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2||4||6|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||2||3||5|
|Omiya Ardija||2–1||Yokohama F. Marinos|
| Mateus 23'|
|Sanfrecce Hiroshima||1–1||Gamba Osaka|
|Shibasaki 28'||Report||Goya 86'|
|Vissel Kobe||1–2||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|Leandro 35'||Report|| Takagi 6'|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1–0||Omiya Ardija|
2–2 on aggregate. Yokohama F. Marinos won on away goals
|Urawa Red Diamonds||4–0||Vissel Kobe|
| Takagi 39', 60'|
Urawa Red Diamonds won 6-1 on aggregate.
|Gamba Osaka||6–3||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
| Nagasawa 32', 45+2'|
Ademilson 60', 63'
|Report|| Nogami 24'|
Gamba Osaka won 7-4 on aggregate.
|Avispa Fukuoka||0–2||FC Tokyo|
|Report|| Tanabe 30'|
FC Tokyo won 3-1 on aggregate.
|Gamba Osaka||0–0||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||1–1||Gamba Osaka|
|Ito 56'||Report||63' Endō|
1–1 on aggregate. Gamba Osaka won on away goals
|Urawa Red Diamonds||3–1||FC Tokyo|
|Koroki 24', 38', 53'||Report||81' Nakajima|
Urawa Red Diamonds won 5-2 on aggregate.
|1||Toshiyuki Takagi||Urawa Red Diamonds||4|
|2||Shinzo Koroki||Urawa Red Diamonds||3|
|Pedro Júnior||Vissel Kobe|
|Kazuma Watanabe||Vissel Kobe|
|Shoki Hirai||Avispa Fukuoka|
|Sho Ito||Yokohama F. Marinos|
Updated to games played on 15 October 2016
Names of players in bold are still active.
Source: J. League Data
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