Travel Photography – Hiroshima Carps Baseball Game

We have a small obsession over baseball in Hiroshima, Japan, and by obsession I mean the super awesome and amazing Hiroshima Carps.


Baseball in Japan is not to be missed. These people LOVE their team and by LOVE their team I mean that while their teams are equivalent to our minor leagues, they always have a packed house, and an individual song for every person that comes to bat from their home town. We were shown kindness by our neighbor sharing his beer snacks (dried squid) while we drank Kirin and watched in awe as udon was the food of choice at the game.

I would go back in a heartbeat.


The Hiroshima Toyo Carp (広島東洋カープ Hiroshima Tōyō Kāpu?) is a professional baseball team in Japan’s Central League. The team is primarily owned by the Matsuda family, led by Hajime Matsuda (松田元 Matsuda Hajime?), who is a descendant of Mazda founder Jujiro Matsuda. Mazda is the largest single shareholder (34.2%), which is less than the portion owned by the Matsuda family (about 60%). Because of that, Mazda is not considered as the owner firm. However, the company connection is highlighted in the club name—until 1984, Mazda’s official name was Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. (東洋工業株式会社 Tōyō Kōgyō Kabushiki Gaisha?). – Wikipedia

Address: 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 732-0803, Japan
Hours: (Ticket Sales) 

– free days game 11:00 to 16:00
– day game 11:00 – 30 minutes after the game
– night game 11:00 – 30 minutes after the game
until 22:00 ※ maximum

※ open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays however this may change ※ 
Price: 1800-450,000 yen (depending on seats)


10 Responses to “Travel Photography – Hiroshima Carps Baseball Game”

  1. greg urbano December 6, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    funny how the only two things i can read is the coca cola logo and the mazda ones!

    • Erica December 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

      @Greg: The interesting thing about Mazda is that they have a massive museum in Hiroshima – which is the reason for the sponsorship!

  2. Brendan van Son December 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I saw a game in Sapporo and loved every second of it. I’ve been a baseball fan since birth, so obviously it was a must. I loved the Japanese game because everyone has very different techniques in their swings and how they throw, it’s brilliant. And yes the food eaten at the games is great.

    • Erica December 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

      @Brendan: I’m normally not much of a baseball fan (but I’m more interested in experiencing the games) but this was an absolute blast. Hiroshima quickly became one of my most favorite cities.

  3. LeslieTravel December 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Looks like fun! I’ve been to Japan but never to a baseball game. Love your site and esp the cartoons of you. So cute!

    • Erica December 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

      @Leslie: Thank you so much for your sweet words! ♥

  4. Zablon Mukuba December 7, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    i didnt know you are a baseball fan. i would have loved to hear the songs for the players

    • Erica December 7, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

      @Zablon: It was so awesome! They brought their instruments too – tubas and all!

  5. Sarah Wu December 9, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    I know, I have Japanese friend here who love baseball and play in a team every weekend.. heheh fans!~


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