To Buy Baseball, please do TWO things first:
1. Understand how it works by reading How It Works.
2. Scroll through this entire page below schedule to fully see its contents. Click (or tap) on the home team of the date you want to start the ordering process.
The Tokyo area has five teams highlighted in blue below. The Kyoto area has three teams highlighted in tan. For tips on stadiums and teams, read Choosing a Game.
State-of-Emergency Extended to September 12th (Updated August 18th)
It hasn't been long since the last extension to the state-of-emergency, but it's been extended again. Yep, I'm afraid that is more of the same from previous posts.
The fifth wave of infections started just before the start of the Olympics last month and haas been increasing at a rate not yet seen here in Japan.
With that, it has been announced that the state of emergency will be extended to September 12th in seventeen prefectures. This being the day after the announcement, I've started to receive announcements from teams that they will be suspending tickets sales for games through September 12th within the next coupe of days. If policy continues as it has been, tickets sold before then will be recognized for all but Fukuoka (Hawks) and Osaka (Buffaloes) [those two will be playing to empty stadiums].
Weekend games are selling out quickly everywhere. If you are currently in Japan and want anything from September 1st through the 12th, please let me know soon. I'll see what I can do.
For most of you, though, it looks like 2022 will be your year for Japanese baseball. The Commissioner's Office teased us with a starting date of March 25th next year, with the Nippon Series starting from October 22nd. But they have not yet released more details. I'll be sure to let you all know when they do.
Carp Tickets Available
Oh, and speaking of attending games in September, I reserved 30 seats to the Hiroshima game on September 12th (Sunday) against the Giants for the annual JapanBall Tour, which is not likely to happen. The seats are in the 3B Performance section (cheering for either side is allowed there). You can get an idea of what the seats look like with a 360° viewer here.
It would make a great tour for those stationed at nearby Iwakuni, so if anyone can give MWR there my phone number (090-9974-8156), I'd love to see if I can assist in making that happen. (I'm just hoping to recoup my current losses by offloading the tickets.)
Rules for Attending Games
The clubs ask that you DO NOT use those empty seats, even if you come together with others. It may seem rather draconian to not allow a family to all sit right next to each other, but it's easier to enforce a blanket rule of having everyone sit in their designated seats than it is to get into the nuanced cases-by-case enforcement of the optics caused by groups sitting together. If that is an issue, please do not attend.
Other common restrictions include:
- You will not be permitted entry if you have a fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, or other symptoms
- No entry for those in the country for 14 days or less
- Temperature checks and wearing of masks will be required for all people entering
- Cheering style will undergo many changes (no balloon shoot, trumpets, whistles, high fives, etc.)
- Tight control over food and beverages sold within the stadium - some stadiums will NOT be serving alcohol at all
- Smoking areas may be closed
- Exchanges with fans for signatures, high fives, etc. will be suspended
- Retain your ticket stub for 14 days after attending a game to assist with contact tracing
Again, if you feel that such restrictions are too much, please do not request tickets. I expect that the restrictions in fan cheering are going to be the biggest difference, kind of detracting from the usual Japan Baseball Experience.
When you go into many of the stadiums, they will have you fill out a paper for contact tracing. In the event that someone in a seat near you is diagnosed with COVID-19, contact tracers will want to be able to contact you. If you get your tickets through me and don't have a domestic phone number, please feel free to use my phone number (included with the tickets). I can then pass on any contact information in English to you if necessary for the two weeks after attending. I'll have a record of your seat number, so can communicate that much with the contact tracers.
If you are in Japan and none of the above turns you off, please contact me and I'll supply you with costs and seating available. I will only charge you if I am able to get tickets.
Finally, the ball clubs are promoting the COVID-19 Contact App (COCOA) which uses the Apple/Google privacy emphasized framework and was created by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare. Tech and privacy leaders all agree that best privacy practices are followed in the framework's design, so please put aside any biases you may have for the tech companies. The framework was also designed to work in the background using very little power. Your mileage may vary depending on how old your phone is. But this app, used in conjunction with testing and contact tracing, is one of the best ways to help contain this virus. Please do consider installing it, especially if you will be attending events like a baseball game.
The COCOA app is available at:
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/id1516764458
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.go.mhlw.covid19radar
It's going to be a completely different experience this season for those of you who are able to go.That's it for this update. Until more information is released, take care.
No Restrictions on Bags
A question I've been getting a lot lately is, "Can I bring my bag/backpack to the game?" YES! Bags and backpacks are allowed to all events in Japan. You may want to limit the size to something that will fit under the seat. The general rule is that, so long as it doesn't get in anyone's way, no problem.
On a related question, yes, DSLR camera and large lenses are also allowed.
All prices in US Dollars.
Game times in the Tokyo area may start 15 to 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.
Games between July 27th and August 10th are exhibition/practice games during the Olympic break.
Games on schedule are listed by home team.
* denotes game at stadium other than primary home.
** denotes tentative playoff game. Venue may change depending on the season outcome.
Red denotes tickets sold out or otherwise not available.
Yellow text denotes ticket prices to be announced. Will become available in future.
Click on team for prices/venue details and to order.
|Central Tokyo||Yomiuri GIANTS||G||Tokyo Dome|
|Central Tokyo||Yakult SWALLOWS||S||Jingu Stadium|
|West Tokyo||Seibu LIONS||L||Seibu Dome|
|East Tokyo||Chiba Lotte MARINES||M||QVC Stadium|
|South Tokyo||Yokohama BAYSTARS||BS||Yokohama Municipal|
|Osaka||Orix BUFFALOES||B||Osaka Dome|
|Osaka||Hanshin TIGERS||T||Koshien Stadium|
|Nagoya||Chunichi DRAGONS||D||Nagoya Dome|
|Fukuoka||SoftBank HAWKS||H||Yahoo Dome|
|Hiroshima||Hiroshima CARP||C||Mazda Stadium|
|Sapporo||Nippon Ham FIGHTERS||F||Sapporo Dome|
|Sendai||Rakuten Golden EAGLES||E||Miyagi Stadium|