During extra time, there was little to choose between the two teams, with Kaoru Mitoma and Lovro Majer coming closest for their respective countries.
After some scrappy Croatian defending, Daizen Maeda (43) gave Japan the lead in the first half, before Ivan Perisic's (55) powerful header levelled shortly after the restart.
Japan are set to take on Croatia in a round of 16 fixture at Al Janoub Stadium on Monday, aiming to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history.
Japan will take on Croatia at the Al Janoub Stadium on Monday, aiming to enter the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup.
Japan and Spain will go head to head in a crucial Group G fixture, aiming to secure a spot in the knockouts of Qatar World Cup.
Japan missed a golden opportunity to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the Qatar World Cup after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica in a Group H fixture on Sunda...
Japan will take on Costa Rica in a Group E fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Khalifa International stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Japan will be looking to build on their stunning victory over Germany when they continue their World Cup campaign in a Group E campaign against Costa Rica on Sunday.
Second-half goals from Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan's penalty in the first half, securing a result that puts Hansi Flick's men in serious trouble.
Germany will be eager to put behind their 2018 World Cup disappointment when they had to stunningly depart the tournament in the group phase.