When should you purchase tickets to the Yomiuri Giants baseball match at the Tokyo Dome in Japan? We recently booked our tickets and discovered that the tickets usually go on sale approximately 80 days prior to the match. Read on to find out how to purchase your tickets in advance online and not miss out or be at the mercy of ‘premium’ ticket sellers or scalpers.
- Yomiuri Giants Baseball Match Schedule in the Tokyo Dome
- Options to Purchase Your Yomiuri Giants Baseball Tickets Online
- How to use the E-tix Booking Website
- How to use the viaGoGo Booking Website
- Wrap Up
Yomiuri Giants Baseball Match Schedule in the Tokyo Dome
When we were planning our recent trip to Japan we decided early on that we really wanted to see a baseball match while we were in Japan as we had heard that it is a great option to see Japanese culture at its finest!
When we checked the upcoming match schedule at the Tokyo Dome we were pleased to see that the very popular Yomiuri Giants were going to be playing against their arch rivals the Hanshin Tigers during our visit. We decided to choose this option so that we could see a big baseball match with a full crowd. The Tokyo Dome is a fully enclosed stadium so you can watch the match in comfort regardless of the weather.
In past visits to sports matches my opinion has been that half the fun is the match itself and the other half of the fun is watching the crowd in action and participating in the crowd events.
When we finally went to the match we had a great experience seeing how much the Japanese people get into their baseball. The stadium was a good size, and we really enjoyed getting into it with the crowd – which was a full house due to it being a public holiday. We also learnt Japanese baseball match etiquette, which is a bit different from what we are used to in Australia. After buying some supporter gear and cheering for the Giants, lets just say that we made the mistake of doing a polite clap when the Tigers scored a run – and were quickly told by the Giants fans around us that that was an absolute no-no… another interesting cultural experience!
We had a lovely time and would definitely recommend that you plan to go to a baseball match as part of your visit to Japan.
Options to Purchase Your Yomiuri Giants Baseball Tickets Online
While there are many premium (and vastly expensive!) options to purchase baseball tickets, with some additional research I worked out that it was also easy to pre-purchase your own tickets online and print your own tickets.
There are two main affordable options to purchase your online baseball tickets:
- the official website is e-tix – it is mostly easy to use but takes a little bit of working out, and if you miss the ticket release date you may quickly miss out being able to purchase tickets.
- a great alternative option is to purchase reseller tickets using the viaGoGo website – the prices are reasonable and they have a good reputation, and it is a good affordable option to purchase the tickets you want even close to the match date.
How to use the E-tix Booking Website
When we first looked at the e-tix site the tickets for our preferred event were not yet on sale. When you click on the ‘Buy Tickets’ button it takes you to a month by month schedule page, and if you are not within the booking period it shows a ‘Sold Out’ message which can be confusing.
I sent an email inquiry through the ‘Email Support’ tab to ask when the tickets to our preferred match would go on sale and they responded promptly with this information.
The date our tickets went on sale was approximately 80 days prior to the actual match, so if you are planning to book your own I suggest that you make a similar inquiry so that you are ready to purchase your tickets immediately when they go on sale, otherwise you may miss out if it is a very popular event!
I was not quite as diligent so I only remembered that the tickets went on sale the day after their release date – and as a result while I was actually able to book our tickets, we only had a very limited range of options available, and might have missed out if I had been any later. If you are looking for a single ticket then look closely in the sections as there were a reasonable number of single tickets available. As a family of five we had a lot less options…
Selecting Your Seats at the Tokyo Dome
Different ticket locations have different price points. You can look up this information prior to commencing your purchase on the Ticket Price page. The total seating capacity of the Tokyo dome is 55,000 people so it is a relatively small stadium which means that every seat is reasonably close to the action. There are also big screens which project close ups of the match play so that you don’t miss out. Note that there is a maximum number of tickets you can purchase on the first date that the tickets go on sale, which then increases for subsequent days.
Return to the original page and you can then select the ‘Buy Tickets’ button, which takes you to a calendar section where you select the match you are interested in. You are then transferred to a page to select your seats. Note that there can be a ‘Sold Out’ message on the calendar, but when you have a closer look there may still be seats available for sale.
There are two tabs, ‘Location’ and ‘Seating Chart’. Switch over to the ‘Seating Chart’ page which brings up a graphical map of the Tokyo Dome seating. You are able to hover over each individual seating section and it will advise whether there are any seats available. Once you find a section with seating availability, click on the section and a more detailed section seating map appears which shows which seats are still available. On this page you are able to select the seats you want and then press the ‘Add Tickets’ button at the bottom to add them to your shopping cart.
Purchasing Your Yomiuri Giants Baseball Tickets at the Tokyo Dome
The next screen shows your tickets and provides the options for payment, noting that you still have the option to go and select more seats to add to your purchase if desired. Your tickets will only hold for 15 minutes so ensure that you complete your transaction within that timeframe otherwise you will have to return to the beginning of the process.
If you are ready to proceed with your purchase you can select any of the ‘Print at Home’, Pickup Tickets at Kiosk’ or ‘Pickup at Outlet’ (which enables you to pick up your tickets at a Seven Eleven store with an additional fee on pick up – a good option if you are already in Japan and do not have access to a printer) options.
Assuming that like me you wish to ‘Print at Home’, select that option and then proceed to the Billing screen. You need to enter your credit or debit card information, agree with the terms and conditions of sale and then press the ‘Purchase’ button.
From my experience the transaction went smoothly and I quickly received an email confirming my purchase which also included the link to enable me to print our own tickets. The link worked as advertised and it was very easy to print the tickets. Fortunately they print the gate, section, aisle and seat information in English so that we were able to work out where to go when we arrived. The tickets worked well and we had no issues gaining access to the stadium and finding our seats.
How to use the viaGoGo Booking Website
ViaGoGo is a great reliable and affordable option to purchase your Japanese baseball tickets after they have been released for sale. When you click on the link you will see the main viagogo site – in the ‘Search for an event, venue or city’ type in ‘baseball tokyo’ and a list of upcoming baseball matches in Tokyo sorted by date with minimum pricing information will appear.
Click on the date you are interested in and it takes you to the booking page for that match, which also includes a seating match for the venue. A pop up asks for information about how many tickets you are interested in purchasing. Click on the appropriate number to see the available ticket options. There is a healthy reseller market for the baseball tickets so you should have a reasonable of ticket options available – the resellers compete against each other on price which is why you should not have to pay exorbitant scalper prices for the tickets.
After considering the options available click on the ‘View’ button to commence the checkout process. You can purchase either as a guest or set up an account if you wish. You then go through a standard shopping cart process to pay for your tickets.
ViaGoGo guarantees provision of the tickets in the week leading up to the event, and in the event that there is a problem guarantees to provide comparable tickets or a refund. Once you receive your tickets, you print them off and then you are ready to see the baseball match!
The online option resulted in us purchasing tickets for the baseball which cost one third of what I had budgeted when I researched the premium online options.
We really enjoyed seeing a Japanese baseball match in a full stadium when we visited. We also visited the Sumo Wrestling when we visited Tokyo which will be the subject of another article!
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