Tokyo Guide: Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome 東京ドーム
Tokyo Dome History | Tokyo Dome City Video | Tokyo Dome sport & music
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum | Tokyo Dome construction
Tokyo Dome Hotel | Tokyo Dome City | La Qua | Tokyo Dome Access | Sights nearby
Tokyo Dome in the Koishikawa district of Tokyo's Bunkyo ward is Japan's biggest indoor baseball stadium, seating over 40,000 people.
Tokyo Dome is the major feature in the Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex.
Tokyo Dome History
Tokyo Dome opened in 1988. From 1871 until 1935, the site it is on was Koishikawa Arsenal, producing munitions and early warplanes. After the war, it became the center of Tokyo's cycle racing until 1972 when all sports gambling was prohibited by the city. It became the site of Korakuen Stadium, with a pool and golf shooting range, until Tokyo Dome replaced it in March 1988 as Japan's biggest fully covered baseball stadium.
Tokyo Dome City Video
Go with David of JapanVisitor through the facilities of Tokyo Dome City, including Tokyo Dome itself, and enjoy the vast panorama of the Tokyo metropolis from the top of the adjacent Bunkyo Civic Center.
Tokyo Dome is the home turf for the Yomiuri Giants baseball team - Japan's most famous ball club.
As a baseball stadium, Tokyo Dome is unusual for having a much larger foul territory than most, with a large number of spectator seats in the foul territory, a high outfield fence: 4.24m (almost 14 ft), and no warning tracks.
Tokyo Dome is also used for a variety of other sporting and cultural events, including football, basketball, pro wrestling, boxing, K-1 kick boxing, and music concerts. International performing artists often play at Tokyo Dome.
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is housed inside Tokyo Dome, just to the right of Gate 21 of Tokyo Dome. It preserves and exhibits the history and memorabilia of baseball in Japan.
Read more about the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Dome construction
Tokyo Dome covers 4.67 hectares (about 11.5 acres) and is almost 62 meters (292 ft) high from playing field to roof. The fabric roof is supported by the air pressure being kept a little higher inside the Dome than outside.
Tokyo Dome Hotel
Tokyo Dome Hotel was added to Tokyo Dome City in 2000. With 43 floors it offers good views of Tokyo, and its central location makes it an excellent base for visiting Tokyo. Includes several restaurants, bars, and other facilities individual and corporate.
Tokyo Dome City
Tokyo Dome City is a recreation complex with numerous attractions for all ages. There is a ferris wheel; various theatres; indoor bowling; several cafes and restaurants, including the Baseball Cafe, a huge restaurant serving Western-style food in a baseball-themed atmosphere; and rides for young children such as the indoor Pixie Cups, and the outdoor Kokokko ride in the Splash Garden.
Opening hours for Tokyo Dome City: 11am to 7pm, Mon-Fri; 10am to 7pm, Sat, Sun, public holidays.
Admission to Tokyo Dome City: A one day pass is available: 2,900 yen for adults, 2,500 yen for ages 12 to 17, 2,000 yen for ages 3 to 11
La Qua is a rest and relaxation facility occupying floors 5 to 9 of the 9-floor building across the road from Tokyo Dome, offering bathing in natural hot spa water, piped up from several hundred meters below the city. Beauty services, massage and fitness facilities also available.
Shops, cafes, restaurants occupy all nine floors of the building.
Open 11am to 9pm, every day. Cafes and restaurants open until 11pm. Admission: 2,565 yen (extra charges on weekends, holidays and after midnight)
Tokyo Dome Access
Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi and Namboku subway lines, Exit 2.
Kasuga Station on the Oedo subway line. Koraku Station's Exit 2 is accessible from it.
Suidobashi Station on the Mita subway line.
Suidobashi Station on the JR Chuo/Sobu Line (take yellow Sobu line trains only, not the orange Chuo line trains, which doesn't stop here).
Google Map to Tokyo Dome
Places of Interest near Tokyo Dome
Right next to Tokyo Dome is Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens. About 1.5km north is the equally beautiful Koishikawa Botanical Gardens belonging to Tokyo University, whose Hongo campus is also near. The Ochanomizu, Kanda, Yushima district, a little south-east of here also has a lot of worthwhile sights, including Kanda Myojin temple, Yushima Seido shrine, Nikolai Cathedral, and the Japan Football Museum