Yamato Stadium is a stadium located in Sagamihara City.
It is the stadium where the Kanagawa Future Dreams of the BC League play their home games.
The nickname for Yamato Stadium is "Dokaben Stadium". At the stadium, there are bronze statues of the main characters of the manga, Taro Yamada (nicknamed Dokaben), the catcher, and Satoshi Satonaka, the ace.
Getting to the Stadium
The venue is located in Hikichidai Park, and the nearest station is Sakuragaoka Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line.
The nearest station is Sakuragaoka Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line. The park is about a 15-minute walk from the station, so walking from the station is a convenient location.
The Odakyu Enoshima Line is a train that connects Sagami-Ono Station (rarely Machida Station) and Katase Enoshima.
From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Line to Yamato Station and change trains to Sakuragaoka, which takes about 50 minutes.
If you are driving, there is a parking lot in the park that you can use, but parking rules may vary depending on the event, so be sure to check the organizer's website if you are driving.
About the Stadium
Location: 4-5000-1, Yanagibashi, Yamato City, Kanagawa
Opened: June 29, 1970
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.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Kanagawa as a reference for planning your trip.
Although there are train stations nearby, many venues in the Sagamihara and Atsugi areas are difficult to reach by train from major stations (such as Tokyo Station), especially once you reach the nearest station. Therefore, you will basically have to use your car.
Depending on the event, there may be an extra bus service from the nearest station, so please check the organizer's website.
Many hotels are located around Machida Station in Tokyo.
However, there is not much merit in staying in the Machida Station area since you will basically be driving there to watch the game.
You can rent a car in the Machida area, return it after the game, and stay overnight in the Machida station area, or, depending on the time of day, take the Romance Car from Machida to Hakone and stay overnight.
The National Film Archive Sagamihara Branch and JAXA Sagamihara Campus are some of the sightseeing spots in Sagamihara that you can visit while watching the game.
One of the best things to eat in Kanagawa Prefecture is house ramen, with the Yoshimura family being the original. The meat buns in Chinatown are also a must. Don't forget to try the siumai lunchboxes from Sakiyoken.
The Sagamihara/Atsugi area is very close to Machida City in Tokyo.
Basically, you will need a car to get to the venues in Sagamihara and Atsugi, so if you include nearby Machida as a candidate, you will have more options.