Watch Baseball games in Tokyo!
- Watch Baseball games in Tokyo!
- 1. How to purchase Japanese baseball tickets
- Purchase Baseball tickets online at aticket marketplace
- Buybaseball tickets at the venueIf tickets aren’t sold out by the day of the event, you can purchase baseball tickets at the stadium.
- Buy baseball tickets through a travel agencyPurchasing sports tickets through travel agencies is a pretty common practice for foreigners.
- Yomiuri Giants and its home stadium
- Tokyo Yakult Swallows and its home stadium
- Tokyo Series – Giants vs Yakult
- Baseball in Japan
Yomiuri Giants & Tokyo Yakult Swallows are Tokio based teams and here’s how to buy their tickets
There are 2 teams based in Tokyo: Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Both teams compete in the Central League and both stadiums are easy to access from the center of Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Shibuya. Read the following guide to find out how to buy baseball game tickets in Japan.
1. How to purchase Japanese baseball tickets
We have listed several ways you can purchase baseball tickets and its pros & cons
- Purchase baseball tickets online via a Japanese ticketing company.Visit each team’s official website and purchase from there.
- Yomiuri Giants: http://www.giants.jp/en/ticket/
- Tokyo Yakult Swallows: http://www.yakult-swallows.co.jp/en/
- Pia: http://t.pia.jp/sports/baseball/index.jsp
- L-ticket: http://l-tike.com/sports/baseball/
- e+: http://eplus.jp/sys/web/sports/baseball/index.html
Official baseball team websites are translated in English and you can see detailed seating information.
Ticket selling websites including the aforementioned Pia, L-ticket and e+ are not translated in English, making it very challenging for non-Japanese speakers to purchase tickets online. Also, the purchasing process for all of these sites is not very intuitive.
Purchase Baseball tickets online at aticket marketplace
viagogo is a ticket platform where you can buy & sell your event tickets. You can almost always find a variety of baseballtickets for sale on viagogo.
You can purchase the tickets in your language and there is a guarantee policy which ensures you will receive your tickets. You can sometimes find tickets cheaper than the face value (so cheaper than the official team websites) on viagogo
Since it is a ticket marketplace, the timing at which the seller sends you the tickets is up to the seller.Therefore, it is important to register your travel details and to put your hotel address (and the correct reservation name) in Japan to make sure you receive the baseballtickets on time.
Buybaseball tickets at the venueIf tickets aren’t sold out by the day of the event, you can purchase baseball tickets at the stadium.
You have more flexibility as to when you go to the game, as you don’t have to set a specific date.
You cannot secure your seat until the last minute, nor is there a guarantee that you will be able to.
Buy baseball tickets through a travel agencyPurchasing sports tickets through travel agencies is a pretty common practice for foreigners.
No need to go through the hassle of securing tickets.
More expensive and the range of tickets that you can order is limited depending on the agency.
Yomiuri Giants and its home stadium
About Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants is known as one of the oldest and most popular professional baseball teams in Japan. Former MLB player and New York Yankee Hideki Matsui, who is also known as ‘Godzilla Matsui’,started his career in Yomiuri Giants.
Home Stadium of Yomiuri Giants
The home Stadium of the Yomiuri Giants is Tokyo Dome and it is the world’s largest roofed baseball stadium. Tokyo Dome is a part of Tokyo Dome City which also includes an amusement park located in the heart of Tokyo.
Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0004
Closest station is Suidobashi Station (JR and Subway).
Tokyo Yakult Swallows and its home stadium
Tokyo Yakult Swallows is another baseball team based in Tokyo. The team mascot ‘Tsubakuro’ is known for its funny and humorous character. He even negotiates his salary like team players do! Here’s a video that shows off his funny and entertaining personality.
Home Stadium of Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Meiji Jingu Stadium is their home ground. It is located close to Shinjuku and Shibuya, and it is an open top stadium. As you can tell from its name, Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine) is close to the stadium.
Address is 3-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0013
And its closest station is JR Shinanomachi Station or Subway Gaienmae Station.
Tokyo Series – Giants vs Yakult
Since both Youmiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows are based in Tokyo, match agains each other is called ‘Tokyo Series’. Tokio series is very popular among baseball fans in East side of Japan.
Baseball in Japan
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan and there are millions of enthusiastic fans. It is common to go to see games after work or on weekends.
Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB, called as Puro Yakyuin Japanese) is the highest level of baseball in Japan, made of 2 leagues and 12 teams.
|CENTRAL LEAGUE||PACIFIC LEAGUE|
|Tokyo Yakult Swallows||Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks|
|Yomiuri Giants||Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters|
|Hanshin Tigers||Chiba Lotte Marines|
|Hiroshima Toyo Carp||Saitama Seibu Lions|
|Chunichi Dragons||ORIX Buffaloes|
|YOKOHAMA DeNA BAYSTARS||Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
Now that you have a general idea about baseball in Japan and how to purchase baseball tickets here in Japan, it’s time to grab some tickets and head to the stadium!