Hanshin Koshien Stadium, Nishinomiya

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Hanshin Koshien Stadium is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The stadium was built to host the national high school baseball tournaments, and opened on August 1, 1924. It was the largest stadium in Asia at the time it was completed, with a capacity of 55,000.The name Kōshien (甲子園) comes from the Sexagenary cycle system. The year of the stadium's founding, 1924, was the first year kōshi (甲子) in the cycle. The design of the stadium was heavily influenced by the Polo Grounds in New York City. In 1936 it became the home stadium for the Osaka Tigers (current Hanshin Tigers), now with the Central League. On February 14, 1964, Hanshin, the Tigers' owners, was appended to the name of Koshien Stadium.In addition to the annual National High School Baseball Championship, played in August, the stadium hosts the annual National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament in March, a smaller, invitational tournament. Both tournaments are generally known simply as Kōshien. The high school tournaments are given a higher priority, with any tournament games that need to be rescheduled forcing the Tigers to postpone conflicting home games. It also hosts Japan's American college football national championship game, the Koshien Bowl.
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  • If you have never been to a Japanese baseball game you are missing a great time and this stadium adds to the event. The home team has cheerleaders and plays music for every hitter. The stadium is...  more »
  • Huge stadium for nationals event - baseball. There is a museum outside the stadium which you have to pay for the entrance 600yen for adult and 300 for children.  more »
  • awesome experience be sure to catch a game here. 👍
  • I went to the Koshien museum, tour, and a baseball game. Overall I had a positive experience, but it was a bit difficult as a solo traveller. The museum and tour were all in Japanese. They do give you a little paper with info on it, but it's not much. I think this is only for really big fans or who speak Japanese. I still enjoyed it though. The match started at 18:00 but the doors opened and 16:00 so I went in then. Did not need to do that, because there was not much to do or look at for a long time. You can take food and drinks inside, but alcoholic drinks must be poured into cups that they give you at the entrance. I saw some people with trays so I suppose it's possible to take, like, four drinks in? I do recommend bringing a few if you want to drink though, because a beer cost me 700 yen inside. The game was nothing interesting, the tigers played terribly. Some fans were really into it, some were just chilling.
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