Koiwa, Tokyo

Ground Name: Koiwa or Edogawa Ground

Location: The nearest meaningful address is Edogawa Hospital, 2-24-18, Higashi Koiwa.
The ground itself is at 35°43′ 33.87″N   139°53′ 44.19″E

Nearest Station: JR Koiwa (Sobu Line) or Mizue (Toei Shinjuku Line)

Access: From JR Koiwa Station, take the #72 bus (for Edogawa Sports Land) and get off at Edogawa Byoin Mae (Y210). Walk over the embankment, turn right and walk about 5 minutes to the pitch. Alternatively, if you feel like some exercise, it’s about a 20 min walk from Koiwa station. If there’s 4 of you then take a taxi – it’s easier and cheaper at Y710.

Meeting Point: JR Koiwa station by the Sumo wrestler statue inside the station or the ground itself.



Pitch report:

The first hard wicket in Japan. Laid in the 1980’s on the Edogawa riverbank. Prime location for cricket in close proximity to downtown Tokyo. The Koiwa ground is under the control of the Edogawa council and the outfield is always well kept and a fantastic fielding surface. Unfortunately the years of use and undoubtedly the many earthquakes that have occurred have taken their toll on the original concrete slab and the pitch has become a very dangerous surface to bat on. Seemingly harmless balls pitched on a length have been known to break both toes and nose. It is the type of wicket that sends simple-minded quick bowlers into a mouth foaming frenzy.

Batting is only possible from one end as the area behind the wicket at the road end is very short and has both a walkway and a cycle path where second slip and fine leg would usually stand. In the last few years urbanization has taken an even bigger toll on this ground as the road was widened further, encroaching even closer to the keeper and reducing Koiwa to little more than a training ground.

Still the ground is rich in history and was the home of the Japan Gold Cup for many years. These days it is used by school, university and women’s competitions as well as Tokyo clubs (who are reluctant to travel) organizing friendly matches. A word of warning; the sunken nature of the pitch means that any standing water on the outfield will migrate to the batting track and fill it to about 4cm. Heavy rain makes Koiwa unplayable for at least 2 days afterwards (see photos below) [Chris]

Facilities: There are toilets and a covered shelter at the ground but no convenience stores, so best to stock up at the bakery and kiosk in the station.





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