Utsugi Stadium is a dedicated softball stadium located in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.
It hosts games of the Japan Women's Softball League.
Getting to the Stadium
Basically, the venue is accessible by car.
There are parking spaces for 100 cars at the stadium.
The nearest station is Takasaki Station, so you can take the Takasaki Line or the Shinkansen to Takasaki Station, but it's about 8 kilometers from the station to the stadium, and the buses are not frequent enough.
About the Stadium
The stand seating behind the back net will be 850 seats and will be in an area that will be covered. The seats from the base will be temporary stands, and the stadium can accommodate an additional 1,200 seats.
(There will be an additional 8 seats for wheelchair users.
Location: 926-2 Ide, Takasaki-shi, Gunma 370-3534
Surface: Artificial turf
What to bring
Compared to countries such as the U.S., events in Japan are relatively free in terms of what you can bring in, and there are very few venues where you cannot bring in a backpack.
As for drinks, please note that there are some events where you cannot bring in cans or bottles.
Most Japanese events will allow re-entry, but some events will not allow re-entry. Please make sure to check the event you will be attending.
Before your trip, we have compiled some basic information about Gunma for your reference.
Takasaki Station is a stop on the Shinkansen bullet train and the last stop on the Takasaki Line and Shonan Shinjuku Line, so train access from Tokyo is not bad.
Takasaki Arena and Jonan Stadium are within walking distance from Takasaki Station.
Even in Gunma, it rarely snows in winter in the Takasaki area, so you can basically walk around the station to get there.
In Fujioka, the nearest station is on the Hachiko Line, which is less frequent, and you will need a car to get to your destination once you reach Fujioka Station, so a car is more convenient if you want to go to Fujioka.
Takasaki Station is the largest station in Gunma Prefecture, with a department store in front of it, and it is crowded with shoppers on weekends.
There are several hotels around the station.
New Sunpia Takasaki, which is a little far from the station but also serves as a skating rink, is located near the Takasaki Interchange, making it a convenient location for access by car.
It has a large parking lot and is free of charge.
Although it is a bit far from the center of Takasaki, one of the best and nationally famous tourist spots in Gunma Prefecture is the Tomioka Silk Mill.
The nearby Konjac Park is a smooth route for sightseeing.
In Takasaki, there is also Takasaki Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), but it is also a car ride from the station.
Takasaki is famous for its Daruma dolls, so Daruma lunch boxes are one of its specialties.
Torihei, which has its main store in Maebashi, is also located in the station building and is also very stable.
If you go to Shinmachi, you will find the headquarters of Harada, the nationally famous rusks.
This place is located along Route 17, so the easiest way to get there is to get off at Kamisato SA and take Route 17 toward Takasaki.