Ballparks of Japan

» 07 January 2009 » In npb »

Partially inspired by the River Ave. Blues header image, check out these Google Maps images of some of Japan’s ballparks. 

Central League

  • Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohama BayStars. That’s artificial turf there.
  • Koshien Stadium, home of the Hanshin Tigers. Old, offseason image here.
  • Hiroshima Civic Stadium, soon to be replaced home of the Hiroshima Carp. Note that the Genbaku Dome (原爆ドーム) is a short distance southwest of the stadium. The Genbaku Dome was the only structure fully encompassed in the atomic bomb blast that wasn’t destroyed.
  • Meiji Jingu Ballpark, home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The smaller baseball field is the No. 2 Jingu Ballpark, used for college and amateur baseball.
  • Tokyo Dome, and it’s predecessor Korakuen, both home to the Yomiuri Giants, Nippon Ham Fighters, and others. 

Pacific League

  • Yahoo Dome, home of the SoftBank Hawks. Note that the roof opens, but they only played one game with it open last year.
  • The unfortunately named Kleenax Stadium Miyagi, home of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. This is an old image, Rakuten has fixed it up quite a bit.
  • Skymark Stadium, the Kobe home of the Orix Buffaloes. This is my favorite ballpark in Japan. It’ll always be Green Stadium Kobe to me.
  • Chiba Marine Stadium, home of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Zoom out to see how close it is to Tokyo Bay.

Others

  • Nagano Olympic Stadium, built for the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, now home to the independant BC League’s Shinano Grandserows.
  • Starfin Park in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Named for early NPB ace and hometown hero Victor Starfin. The Yomiuri Giants played a few games at Starfin Park last season.
  • Matsuyama Bocchan Park is out in the sticks but occasionally hosts NPB games. It’s day job is hosting the home games of the Island League’s Ehime Mandarin Pirates.
  • A snow-covered Fukui Stadium, home of the BC League’s wonderfully named Fukui Miracle Elephants. 

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