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J League (football is getting popular). .or . Professional Baseball Game (still major "national" sport of Japan)
Baseball (Yakyu in Japanese) is one of the most popular sports in Japan. Nomo, Ichiro, Fukudome, Daisuke, Sasaki, Kuroda, Matsui, Shinjo and more played national professional baseball in Japan. 2nd popular is football (soccer) which has relatively young history, but baseball was introduced from the United States during the early Meiji period.

There are two professional baseball leagues (the Central League and the Pacific League) in Japan, each consisting of six teams therefore altogether 12 teams. It is held from spring to autumn (until early November).

Several Japanese athletes are playing highly successful careers in the American Major Leagues, and their games are often broadcasted on television with special highlights of the Japanese players such as Ichiro, Matsui, Fukudome, Daisuke, Aoki, Yu Darvish and more (oh no, Igawa was no good at all) and more.

In Tokyo region, you may enjoy watching games at Tokyo Dome, Jingu (easiest access from Tawaramachi and Asakusa as shown below), Makuhari in Chiba, Seibu in Saitama and Yokohama in Kanagawa.
Two easiest access ball parks from Asakusa and Tawaramachi
This ball park is managed by Meiji Shrine, yes, one of Japanese gods has baseball business! and that's why the stadium is admired as sacred of baseball by players. This is the home of Yakult Swallows (lactic acid bacteria beverage company, friend of Danon). Beer with baseball winds in summer evening is popular among suit-and-tie-business-people. Sensouji Temple in Asakusa, Shopping in Ginza, then baseball (Gaienmae) are all along Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Orange Line).
Access from Asakusa :
Please take Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Gaienmae Station from Tawaramachi Station, takes about 27 min, costs 200yen one way per adult.
Ticket is avaialble on spot at gate #9 of the stadium, or purchase on your way at convenience stores such as Lawson, FamilyMart, Circle K Sunks or 7 Eleven, or on-line reservation at Swallows Crew and Ticket Pia.
Tokyo Dome is the home stadium for the Yomiuri Giants. It is also one of the leading stadiums in the world, having hosted Japanese-American baseball games, and the first MLB opening match held outside America (Mets vs Cubs) in 2000. Also 2012 hosted Mariners vs Athletics for their rocket start. 2017 hosts WBC.
Access from Asakusa :
Please take Toei Oedo Line to Kasuga Station from Kuramae Station, takes about 7 min, costs 180yen one way per adult.
Ticket is available on spot at gate #22 of the stadium, or purchase on your way at convenience stores such as Lawson, FamilyMart, Circle K Sunks or 7 Eleven, or on-line reservation at Ticket Giants and Ticket Pia .
Professional Baseball Teams in Japan
Central League Pacific League
Name Home Stadium Name Home Staduim
Tokyo Yakult Swallows Jingu Stadium
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Yahoo Dome
Osaka Hanshin Tigers Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Saitama Seibu Lions Seibu MetLife Dome
Tokyo Yomiuri Giants Tokyo Dome
Chiba Lotte Marines ZoZo Marine Stadium
Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars Yokohama Stadium
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Sapporo Dome
Nagoya Chunichi Dragons Nagoya Dome
Osaka ORIX Baffaloes Kyocera Dome Osaka
Hiroshima Toyo Carp Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Rakuten Park Miyagi
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