Let’s go to the Japanese baseball field ~Characteristic Stadiums~

Japanese professional baseball is played in 12 teams. Each of the 12 ball team stadiums has its own personality. In some cases it became a characteristic stadium due to force majeure, and in some cases the teams have renovated the stadium to acquire new fans. I introduce best 4 of some interesting Japanese professional baseball stadiums.

MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima (Hiroshima Toyo Carp)

Sapporo Dorm (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)

Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)

Met Life dome (Saitama Seibu Lions)

MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima (Hiroshima Toyo Carp)


This stadium is the most newest stadium in stadiums that 12 teams has. The distance from the base to the right wing is different from the distance from the main base to the left wing. In major leagues, the left and right asymmetric fields are often seen, but introduction in Japan is very rare and can be said to be a big feature of this stadium. If you see the picture below, you will see that it is asymmetric.


There are Terrace seats, seats that can watch while lying down etc. There are also seats where you can watch while barbecuing and it is a unique stadium.


Team: Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Opened: 2009
Address: 2-3-1 Minamikaniya, Hiroshima Minami-ku, Hiroshima
Nearest station: Hiroshima station
Seating capacity: About 33,000
Playing surface: Grass

Sapporo Dome (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)


Sapporo dome has been used as the base stadium of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters since 2004. However, it is also home stadium of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo of Japanese professional soccer team. It is only Sapporo dome that different professional sports use the same stadium in Japan. it is mechanism which role up the artificial turf laid for baseball and put the football stage indoors from outdoors.

URL: https://youtu.be/tCE2igPy798

Team: Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Opened: 2001
Address: 1 Hituzigaoka Toyohira-ku Sapporo-shi Hokkido
Nearest station: Fukuzumi station
Seating capacity: 40,476
Playing surface: Artificial turf

Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles)


Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi is nicknamed Miyagi Baseball stadium and has been used since January 2018. The stadium itself was built in 1950, after several refurbishment work, it is used as the home ground of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles from 2005. It also changed the name of the stadium several times. And the most feature of this stadium is that there is a Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round. Besides these two attractions, there are attractions for children, there is space for watching on lawn and small children can also enjoy.


Team: Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Opened: 1950
Address: 2-11-6 Miyagino Miyagino-ku Sendai-shi MIyagi
Nearest station: Miyaginohara station
Seating capacity: 30,508
Playing surface: Grass

Met Life dome (Saitama Seibu Lions)


MetLife dome was originally an outdoor stadium. Twenty years after it opened, in 1999 the construction of the roof was completed and it became a dome stadium. Because the roof was later installed, unlike other dome stadiums, it is characterized by the fact that you can see the scenery outside from between the stand and the roof. It is designed to take in natural air and has no air conditioning equipment. So, summer is hot and winter is cold.


Team: Saitama Seibu Lions
Opened: 1979
Address: 2135 Kamiyamaguchi Tokorozawa-shi Saitama
Nearest station: Seibukyūjō-mae
Seating capacity: 33556
Playing surface: Artificial turf