Where We Play

The Kanto has proper Cricket grounds in three locations – Sano (Tochigi), Fuji (Shizuoka) and Sammu (Chiba) – all of which the Chiba Sharks play at. In addition the Sharks use the practice facilities at Akai Farm in Chiba.

Sano International Cricket Ground

In the grounds of a disused high school, Japan’s showpiece facility features both turf and hard wickets, practice nets, seating areas and a toilet (of sorts). The JCA hold numerous events here including international matches. It’s situated on the edge of town but there is a 7/11 just around the corner from the ground. During Sakura season this ground is stunningly beautiful. Nearest station: Tanuma

Sano River Cricket Grounds

There are officially six compact cricket grounds with hard wickets between the river and the flood bank, however one – Sano 2 – is in poor repair and seldom used. Originally numbered Sano 1-4 from East to West, two new grounds were added next to Sano 1 at the end of 2022 and the naming changed to Sano 1a (the original Sano 1), with the new grounds being designated Sano 1b and 1c.  Sano 1a- 1c are around 2 km east of grounds 3 & 4.

Proper preparation is required as there are no convenience stores, no running water and no shade here. Nearest Station: Tatebayashi

Sammu Cricket Ground, Chiba

A single hard wicket on a pristine outfield, this is the home ground of the East Kanto Cricket Association and only went into full use in 2019. Facilities here are unmatched – changing rooms, toilets, drinks machines, seating, a community centre and a supermarket 5 minutes walk away. A perfect location for families to come and watch a match. Nearest station: Hyuga

Fuji Cricket Stadium, Shizuoka

An iconic pair of hard wickets under the gaze of the imperious Mt. Fuji. “Stadium” is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t one. It’s a big field. Fuji is always a stunning setting to play in despite the long trip from Tokyo. There is a Portaloo and some practice nets but no convenience stores or running water. Nearest station: Fuji

Akai Farm Cricket Nets, Chiba

This excellent training facility, run by the legendary Ishimoto san, is used by a number of clubs as it offers everything you could need – three netted lanes with Flicx pitches and Japan’s only bowling machine! The area is big enough for fielding drills as well. There is running water, a maintained Portaloo and a 7/11 nearby. Nearest Station: Kamatori.