If you’re visiting Japan and are a baseball fan, attending a game can be a cool addition to your trip. Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan, and Japanese people love it. The atmosphere in a Japanese stadium is something very unique, that I’d recommend trying at least once if you’re an avid supporter. Here’s your comprehensive guide on how to buy tickets to a baseball game in Japan.

Whichever cities you’ll be visiting, there are options to fit a game into your schedule. From purchasing tickets at the ballpark to navigating online sales, we’ll cover the essentials to help you plan your visit to a Japanese baseball game without the unnecessary drama.

Buying Tickets at the Ballpark

For many travelers, the simplest way to get baseball tickets is directly at the ballpark on the day of the game.

Most games are not sold out, with the exception of the season’s beginning and end for top-ranking teams.

This method is straightforward and adds an element of spontaneity to your trip. For example, for games starting at 6 PM, ticket windows typically open at 4 PM, allowing you to plan your day accordingly.

Buying Baseball Tickets Online

Buying tickets online is another convenient option. Visitors can successfully purchase tickets for teams directly from their official websites.

After buying, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a ticket code. This code can then be used to print your tickets at any 7-Eleven store in Japan, simplifying the process for foreign tourists who may face challenges with ticket purchases at the counter, or who simply want to plan ahead.

Here are the main Japanese baseball teams and their official websites where you can buy tickets:

TeamHome CityOfficial Website
Yomiuri GiantsBunkyo, TokyoYomiuri Giants Official Ticket Website (English)
Tokyo Yakult SwallowsShinjuku, TokyoYakult Swallows Official Ticket Website (English)
Hanshin TigersNishinomiya, Hyōgo (also plays in Osaka)Hanshin Tigers Official Ticket Website (Japanese)
Hiroshima Toyo CarpHiroshimaHiroshima Toyo Carp Official Ticket Website (English)
Yokohama DeNA BayStarsYokohamaYokohama DeNA Baystars Official Ticket Website (English)
Chunichi DragonsNagoyaChunichi Dragons Official Ticket Website (Japanese)
Chiba Lotte MarinesChibaChiba Lotte Marines Official Ticket Website (Japanese)
Orix BuffaloesOsaka (also plays in Hyogo)Orix Buffaloes Official Ticket Website (Japanese)
Fukuoka SoftBank HawksFukuokaFukuoka SoftBank Hawks Official Ticket Website (English)
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham FightersKitahiroshima, HokkaidoHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Official Ticket Website (Japanese)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesSendaiTohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Official Ticket Website (English)
Saitama Seibu LionsTokorozawa, SaitamaSaitama Seibu Lions Official Ticket Website (Japanese)

The Experience at Various Japanese Stadiums

Each stadium offers a unique vibe and experience. I cannot talk about them all from experience, but here are the main ones in Tokyo and how easy or hard it is to secure tickets:

Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome is a huge stadium of 55,000 seats. The stadium is covered, making it a great choice under any weather condition. It is part of a larger complex called Tokyo Dome City, which has attractions, hotels, onsen, and a lot of other activities to enjoy.

LaQua spa and Tokyo Dome City entertainment complex in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan at night
Tokyo Dome City Complex. Photo by 663highland / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Own work.

Contrary to some beliefs, Tokyo Dome tickets are relatively easy to secure online, and games rarely sell out. This makes it an accessible option for those looking to catch a game of the Yomiuri Giants, one of Japan’s most popular teams.

Yokohama Stadium

Yokohama Baseball Stadium
Photo: 横浜1978, derivative work by Torsodog / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Image cropped from the original.

Known for its vibrant atmosphere, Yokohama can be a bit more challenging due to regular sell-outs. Planning ahead is key when aiming to experience a game here.

Meiji Jingu Stadium

Aerial view of Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, showcasing the stadium's structure and surrounding greenery
Photo by Arne Müseler / arne-mueseler.com / CC BY-SA 3.0 DE / Own work.

The Swallows games, play in Meiji Jingu Stadium and are praised for their atmosphere. Tickets can also be bought online.

Tips for a Hassle-Free Experience

  • Consider Using a Service: For those looking to avoid any ticket-buying hassle, services like Japanballtickets offer a convenient albeit pricier alternative. They handle the purchase and can deliver tickets directly to your hotel, ensuring you don’t miss out on games that are likely to sell out.
  • The Vibe: Baseball games in Japan are known for their enthusiastic crowds, unique cheering styles, and an overall atmosphere that differs significantly from U.S. games. It’s an immersive experience that goes beyond the sport itself.
  • Plan Ahead for Popular Matches: If you’re aiming to see a match between high-demand teams like the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants, planning ahead is crucial. These games are highly sought after and embody the fierce rivalry and spirited fandom of Japanese baseball.

Final Words

Whether you decide to buy tickets online or at the ballpark, attending a baseball game in Japan is an unforgettable experience that offers a unique glimpse into the country’s culture and communal spirit. Each stadium has its charm, and with a little planning, you can easily find yourself immersed in the thrilling world of Japanese baseball. Don’t miss the chance to join the locals in cheering, singing, and experiencing the game in a way that only Japan can offer!


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