Our JapanBall Baseball Adventures give you the opportunity to see more than just baseball.
Japan is a fascinating blend of 21st century modernity with traditions that date back centuries: pagodas glitter amidst a forest of glass towers, city life is muted by the tinkling of temple bells, and as a farmer hand-plants his rice crop, a bullet train flashes by. Though we show you a broad array of baseball, we visit many other places all across Japan to provide an in-depth experience of the country. Here are some samples.
HIROSHIMA PEACE PARK
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims.
Japan's high speed bullet trains, also known as Shinkansen trains, offer visitors an experience like no other with speeds reaching up to 320 km/hr! Many visitors tell us this alone is a reason to visit Japan.
At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the city's most famous entertainment district and the center of its traditional arts. Gion was originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine.
Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima, is a small island in Hiroshima Bay, western Japan. It has long been regarded as the Island of Gods. It is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Grand Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide and referred to as the “Floating Shrine”.
Cosplay (derived from costume play) is a big part of popular culture in Japan. Cosplayers dress up as characters from movies, books, or video games, especially ones from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. It’s a fascinating part of underground Japanese culture and something not to miss.
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually. It’s named for its gold leaf finishing and is a must-see while visiting Japan.
Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan and was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters.
Once the home to craftsmen and tradesmen, Akihabara is now a virtual playground for anime and manga fanatics. Stay endlessly entertained by the arcades, maid cafes, and anime fanatics. A mere five minutes from Tokyo Station, find yourself in dizzying Akihabara, one of the liveliest and noisy districts in Tokyo.
SHINJUKU GOLDEN GAI
This area of Tokyo is composed of a network of six narrow alleys, connected by even narrower passageways which are just about wide enough for a single person to pass through. Over 300 tiny shanty-style bars, clubs and eateries are squeezed into this area. It’s an architectural wonder tucked away inside a giant metropolis.
Himeji Castle, also called Shirasagijo (White Heron Castle) due to its white outer walls, is the best preserved castle in all of Japan and another UNESCO world heritage site. Unlike many other Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles.
Shinjuku (located in Tokyo) has everything you could ask for - shopping, bars, gardens… and now Godzilla. Go to Shinjuku to see Godzilla watching over the district in the form of a life-size replica of the monster’s head peering down from one of its skyscrapers. Surely a sight to be seen!
Sumo wrestling originated in Japan and is considered a modern Japanese martial art. A rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring using nothing but his weight and soles of his feet. This ancient sport is very popular in Japan and tends to sell out very quickly.
Each JapanBall tour is unique and based on the baseball schedule.
If the tour you are interested in doesn’t include the sites you would like to see, we can help you visit these places before or after the tour.