Kyoto/Nishinomiya, Sunday September 23, 2018

Day 2 of our Japanese baseball tour moved us to Kyoto. We chose to stay in Kyoto for a few days, since it was the ancient capital of Japan and would afford us an up close view of Japan the way it used to be. My brother chose a hotel close to Kyoto Station, asContinue reading “Kyoto/Nishinomiya, Sunday September 23, 2018”

Hiroshima, Monday, September 24th, 2018

The third stop on our 2018 Japanese baseball tour took us to Hiroshima. Our main purpose was to see the Carp in action at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium. However, the trip itinerary also included a visit the the Atomic Peace Dome and Peace Memorial Park. Having seen the plane that delivered the first atomic weapon,Continue reading “Hiroshima, Monday, September 24th, 2018”

Kyoto/Osaka, Tuesday September 25th, 2018

1. Kyoto We started the day in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, where we had been stationed during this portion of our Japanese baseball tour. Having arrived at the tail end of the monsoon season, the weather was generally warm and humid, with periodic sunshine and showers. These conditions made being outside tricky, butContinue reading “Kyoto/Osaka, Tuesday September 25th, 2018”

Shinjuku, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

1. Tokyo to Fukushima Since we had time, and the JapanRail Pass at our disposal, the day started with a side trip to Fukushima. We intentionally left after the Tokyo morning commute, arriving at Tokyo Station after 0900. We boarded the Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen bound for Fukushima station at 1000. Shortly after leaving the Tokyo metroContinue reading “Shinjuku, Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019”

Sendai, Japan Wednesday, April 4th, 2019

1. Getting to Sendai After seeing a ballgame in Shinjuku Tuesday night, we rose early to take the train from Shinjuku to Tokyo Station to catch the Shinkansen to Sendai for an early afternoon ballgame. Since we were leaving Tokyo for a few days, we checked out of our hotel, taking our luggage with us.Continue reading “Sendai, Japan Wednesday, April 4th, 2019”

Yokohama, Sunday April 7th, 2019

The last stop on our 2019 stadium tour brought us to Yokohama Stadium, the home of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. Unlike the previous stops on the tour, the weather was much more agreeable, with a hint of spring in the air. 1. Getting to the game We did not go straight from our hotel inContinue reading “Yokohama, Sunday April 7th, 2019”

Seeing Baseball Games in Japan: Part 4: Being a Tourist in a Foreign Land

During our visits to Japan, we experienced a culture to which we had no direct connection. Even though the culture was different, there were many touchstones from home. Below are some of the customs about which we learned traveling in Japan. 1. The Language Barrier Traveling to a land where you neither read or speakContinue reading “Seeing Baseball Games in Japan: Part 4: Being a Tourist in a Foreign Land”

Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 3: Going to the games

Going to a baseball game in Japan is much like going to a game in the US. However, being in a place where we could not speak or read the language did pose some issues not experienced here. Below are a few of the things we learned going to Japanese baseball games. 1. Getting toContinue reading “Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 3: Going to the games”

Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 2: Traveling in Japan

In the previous post, we covered some of the aspects of planning the trip we felt were important to prepare you for the journey. In this post, we will review some of the things we discovered about traveling while you are in Japan. Hopefully these tips can make your travels easier. 1. Getting to whereContinue reading “Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 2: Traveling in Japan”

Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 1: Before you leave for Japan

You want to see baseball games in Japan? Having been there twice (with another trip scheduled for May 2020), I would say GO! While baseball is baseball, regardless of where it’s played, the Japanese passion for the game alone is worth the visit. A Japanese baseball is more like a college football game in theContinue reading “Seeing Baseball Games in Japan – Part 1: Before you leave for Japan”