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Ballparks of Japan

by Patrick Newman (Jan 7, 2009)

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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