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Pre Tour

by Brandon Yano

Less-Traveled Ballparks Where Legends Were Born

September 2-10: Four Games, Four Cities, Eight Days

Shohei Ohtani. Yu Darvish. Ichiro Suzuki. Three all-time legends who once played home games in ballparks that most NPB fans have not been to. Why? Ohtani and Darvish were on the Nippon-Ham Fighters, meaning one had to travel all the way to Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, to see the two stars play in their home whites. Ichiro played for the Orix BlueWave, a team that eventually moved to Osaka and became the Buffaloes.  Out of respect for their longtime fans in Kobe, the Buffaloes still play a handful of games at their former home stadium, Hotto Motto Field.

On this Pre Tour, we’ll start things off in Tokyo for a home game of the Chiba Lotte Marines, then head north to see NPB’s two northern teams, the Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Fighters. We’ll then fly down to Kobe to see the Buffaloes before wrapping things up in Tokyo with an optional Giants game at the Tokyo Dome for who want to add an extra game to their Pre-Tour itinerary (if you are not continuing on to the Main Tour, this requires an additional hotel night). 

This tour can be paired with our South Korea Tour and/or Main Tour.

  • Thur. 9/2: Depart U.S.A., cross international date line in-air
  • 9/3 Tokyo: Arrival and welcome dinner
  • 9/4 Tokyo: Fighters @ Chiba Lotte Marines (5:00 PM)
  • 9/5 Sendai: Lions @ Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (3:00 PM)
  • 9/6 Fly to Sapporo
  • 9/7 Sapporo: Eagles @ Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (6:00 PM)
  • 9/8 Fly to Kobe
  • 9/9 Kobe:  Marines @ Orix Buffaloes (6:00 PM)
  • Fri 9/10: Departure or optional Dragons @ Tokyo Yomiuri Giants game (6:00 PM) if you plan to join the Main Tour or would like to extend your Pre Tour by one game and night.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.

  • A guide to lead you through a detailed itinerary with an engaging combination of stadiums, teams, targeted sightseeing and outings, the result of which will give you a cost-effective and in-depth personal tour of the country like no other.

  • Business class accommodation with modern facilities.

  • All in-tour land and air travel (including flights to and from Sapporo and the famous high-speed bullet train!).

  • Tickets for the best available seats for four NPB games. Tickets for the extra game on 9/10 require an additional cost.

  • A welcome dinner.

  • Additional sightseeing at little or no cost to you.

  • Visits with local friends and/or baseball personalities.

  • Detailed airport arrival and departure instructions (in some cases, airport transportation may be included).

  • Scheduling flexibility. Want to come early or stay late? We can help you plan that. Many of our guests arrive a day or two early to acclimate to the time change and get their bearings. However, we do recommend that you do most of your personal travel after our tour because we take pride in teaching our guests how to get around on their own and that will make your personal travel more enjoyable.

  • Translation and travel desk services.

  • A truly remarkable time.

Not included: airfare and most meals.

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