By ESPNSTAR.com staff
With a berth in the 2013 edition of the AFC Champions League on offer for the winners of the competition, Gamba, who were relegated from Japan's top-flight last season, made it through to the final showdown thanks to a 1-0 win against Kashima Antlers. Japan international Yasuhito Endo scored the only goal of the game after 23 minutes.
Meanwhile, a Masato Kudo strike helped Kashiwa seal their passage through to the final with a 1-0 defeat of Yokohama Marinos.
The Emperor's Cup winners will be placed in Group H of next year's AFC Champions League tournament along with Australian champions Central Coast Mariners, China's Guizhou Renhe and Korea Republic's Suwon Bluewings.