Come join me for a Japanese Baseball Game experience at Meiji Jingu Stadium as I watch the Yakult Swallows play against the Chunichi Dragons in Tokyo, Japan. Going to a baseball game in Japan is affordable and the overall experience is incredible given how passionate the fans are for each team. In terms of prices the ticket for the baseball game was 1,300 Yen, beer was 500 Yen and food items were between 400 to 750 Yen in general. Basically, you could watch a game, have a beer and a bite to eat for under $25 USD. If you’d like to watch a baseball game in Tokyo you have the options of the Dragons or the Swallows. The Dragons are the most famous team in the league and tickets are hard to come by so book in advance espeically during the summer months or on weekends.
Meiji Jingu Stadium
Located in: Meiji Jingu Gaien
Address: 3-１ Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0013, Japan
Team: Tokyo Yakult Swallows
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Japanese Baseball Game Experience in Tokyo, Japan (野球 – やきゅう) Travel Video Transcript:
Good afternoon guys. Today is a bit of a special episode in the sense that I’m not with Audrey. Audrey is off visiting a friend here in Tokyo, Japan.
And what I’m doing today is I’m heading over to the metro station right now with a plan of traveling 4 stops to watch a baseball game here in Tokyo.
And I can’t wait to share the entire experience with you because going to a baseball game in Japan is a pretty unique experience.
Finally made it. Jingu Stadium. So guys tonight we’ve got the Swallows versus the Dragons. And the fans are basically directed to different sides of the stadium so the Swallows fans would go to the first base side as you can see over there on the left and fans of the Dragons would go to the third base side as indicated on the right.
Tokyo Yakult Swallows! Rising! That is the official slogan.
So a few fun facts before I head into the stadium. Japanese Baseball League basically has 12 professional teams I believe. And the teams are not named after cities they are named after companies.
So the very first game we went to in Osaka we watched the Hanshin Tigers and they are named after the Hanshin Electric Company. And sometimes there is multiple teams in some of the big cities. For instance, in Tokyo there is two teams. In Osaka there is two teams.
So yeah it is kind of interesting. It is a smaller league but the fans are super passionate. If it is anything like the game we went to in Osaka I’m going to be in for a real treat.
I’m inside Jingu Stadium but before I sit down and start watching the game I’ve got to show you the concession. Like the options here at Japanese baseball games is incredible. Like the diversity of food that you can pick up is just insane. Also the prices are really reasonable so let’s go take a little bit of a tour of the concessions here at the stadium.
Easily one of the coolest things about baseball here in Japan is that every player has a unique song for them. So when they come up to bat the crowd just has this unique chant that is only for them and it just makes it so festive and so cool.
Okay guys just a few final thoughts here from the game. That was simply awesome. Going to a baseball game in Japan is a must. It is the number one spectator sport in the country. The entertainment value is insane. Even if you’re not a baseball fan I’d highly recommend going. The tickets are affordable, the food the concession food is affordable and the entertainment value is incredible. The level of play is really high, the fans get into it like I’ve never seen fans so passionate. So if you’re thinking of going to a baseball game in Japan definitely do it and we’ll see you guys soon with more food and travel videos from Japan. Ciao for now.
This is part of our Travel in Japan video series showcasing Japanese food, Japanese culture and Japanese cuisine.
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