Tokyo Dome

Tokyo Dome City is a leisure complex in central Tokyo consisting of the Tokyo Dome stadium, an amusement park, the LaQua spa, a variety of shops and restaurants and the Tokyo Dome Hotel.  It is conveniently located in central Tokyo, with several subway lines and stations (Suidobashi, Korakuen and Kasuga stations).

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Tokyo Dome is Japan’s first domed stadium, opened on the March 17,1988.  With a seating capacity of about 55,000, its dome-shaped roof is an air-supported structure, a flexible membrane held up by slightly pressurizing the inside of the stadium (Tokyo Dome’s original nickname was "The Big Egg", with some calling it the "Tokyo Egg Dome", but this is not used any longer).

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It is the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, and has also hosted basketball, American football and association football games, as well as puroresu (pro-wrestling) matches, Mixed Martial Arts events, K-1 Kickboxing events, monster truck races, and music concerts.

Last week, Pool A of the World Baseball Classic 2009 was held in Tokyo Dome, with Japan and Korea advancing to the next round.  Read Tokyo Five’s recent blog post about this.

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The Tokyo Dome City amusement park featuring various rides and entertainment facilities.  Among the main attractions are the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster which reaches speeds of 130 km/hour, the world’s first center-less Ferris wheel,  a hanging type roller coaster named the Linear Gale and the Tower Hacker, dropping riders from a height of 80 meters.  Admission ranges from 200 to 1000 yen per ride depending on the attraction.  A one-day free pass costs 3000 yen.

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Opened in 2003, LaQua is a commercial facilities complex consisting of three zones:  spa, attractions, and shops and restaurants.

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Opened in 2000, the Tokyo Dome Hotel towers at a height of 155 meters above the city, which includes 43 floors and 1,006 guest rooms, 10 restaurants & lounges, 18 small to large banquet rooms. two distinctive chapels and other wedding facilities, a business center, a child care room, and an outdoor pool.

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5 thoughts on “Tokyo Dome

  1. So, Tuesday will the Tokyo Dome‘s 21st birthday.

    I’ve seen Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, Aerosmith, KISS and a few other concerts at the Tokyo Dome over the years.

  2. I haven’t been inside the Tokyo Dome yet. I have watched several baseball games in Toronto’s Sky Dome, a retractable domed stadium so I should try to watch some Japanese baseball games at Tokyo Dome one of these days.

    Thanks for commenting.

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