The 12 ballparks of Nippon Professional Baseball – have you visited them all yet!?
This T-shirt depicts the 12* NPB parks in a way that only the brilliant artists of Ballpark Blueprints can. From Es Con Field all the way up in Hokkaido (Note: the image shows Sapporo Dome, but your shirt will have Es Con Field) to the five in the Tokyo region, and all the way down to Hiroshima and Fukuoka, each ballpark has its own unique architectural charm and flare, and it’s all captured on this map!
To learn more about the NPB ballparks, check out our stadium profiles.
Hanshin Koshien Stadium – one of baseball’s most legendary ballparks, right up there with Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. It is one of few ballparks in the world still in use where Babe Ruth played; in fact, a monument to The Babe stands in the plaza outside of the ballpark.
Opened in 1924 to host Japan’s annual high school baseball championship, Koshien Stadium still hosts Japan’s two premier annual high school tournaments and, in doing so, temporarily kicks out its more frequent home team – NPB’s Hanshin Tigers. For an in-depth look at the Koshien high school championship, read this first-hand experience or check out the amazing documentary by Ema Ryan Yamazaki.
With ivy on its outside walls, one of the most raucous baseball fanbases in the world, and a team with a fascinating history, Koshien Stadium is a treasure. For more on this legendary ballpark, read our Koshien Stadium profile.
The Tokyo Dome is the center of the Japanese baseball world. The country’s most famous and beloved team, the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, plays their home games in this stadium located in the heart of Tokyo. Affectionately referred to as “The Big Egg” for its resemblance to an egg from the outside, the Tokyo Dome and its home team are the epitome of Japanese baseball.
Many of NPB’s biggest stars have played their home games at the Tokyo Dome, and all of the legends are enshrined in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, which is located in the Dome.
To learn more about the Tokyo Dome, see our stadium profile page.