How to Purchase Online Yomiuri Giants Baseball Tickets in the Tokyo Dome

How to Purchase Online Yomiuri Giants Tickets in the Tokyo Dome

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

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!

The Tokyo Dome

The Tokyo Dome

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.

Yomiuri Giants Baseball in the Tokyo Dome

Yomiuri Giants Baseball in the Tokyo Dome

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.

Watching the Yomiuri Giants in the Tokyo Dome Baseball - Score!

Watching the Yomiuri Giants in the Tokyo Dome Baseball – Score!

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!

Wrap Up

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, and we also went to see the Sumo Wrestling while we were in Japan.  I have written a similar guide on how to purchase your Sumo Wrestling tickets online to help you book in to participate in another amazing Japanese cultural experience.

How to Purchase Online Yomiuri Giants Tickets in the Tokyo Dome

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Have you purchased tickets to see a big baseball match in the Tokyo Dome?  Please leave a comment below to share your experience.

24 Comments

  • Hey Anne,

    Great to see your Japan trip planning is coming along well. Seeing the Yomiuri Giants will be awesome fun.

    I haven’t purchased tickets for baseball in Tokyo but I did get Sumo tickets in advance when I visited a few years back. We were lucky enough to be visiting during the Grand Championships and luckily I’d done my research put my name of a waitlist for when the tickets went on sale. We ended up with fab seats and really enjoyed our experience.

    This post is so informative and will be so handy for anyone looking to score themselves tickets.

    • Jen, thank you for your comment. We are really looking forward to seeing the craziness of a Japanese baseball game! I have the date the sumo tickets go on sale (which is this week) so hopefully we can get some good seats at a reasonable price.

  • You’re going to love the match guys and I’m so excited that you’re buying tickets for the sumo wrestling. It was one of my top experiences in Japan. They give you headphones and a radio to listen to commentary in English which really adds to the experience 🙂
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  • This is REALLY great information! We didn’t end up going to a game in Tokyo – saw a game in Osaka instead – but it was tricky finding information and we ended up going to the stadium to buy our tickets. It would’ve been much more difficult to do so in Tokyo and this online info helps lots!
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    • Carolann and Macrae, thank you for your comment. I also found it difficult to work out how to book tickets so I did a deeper investigation and finally found this option, so hopefully this article can help others to make their bookings more easily.

  • A baseball game in Tokyo sounds like an absolute blast! I’ll look forward to hearing about the game you attended. I couldn’t agree more, going to sporting events is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture. Very through article, I’ll be sure to use this as a guide if I have an opportunity to visit Tokyo!

  • Awesome that it came in under budget! That’s a definite score. I hadn’t previously thought of Japan as a destination for baseball, though am definitely going to look into it now for our upcoming trip. I’ve never been an avid follower of any one sport, though as you mentioned, I do agree with you that witnessing a sporting event is one of the best ways to see the culture of your destination at it’s finest.

    And the atmosphere is always so fab!! Thanks for the great advice 🙂
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  • zof says:

    I’ve never been to Japan, but I hope to visit it one day. I’ll keep your tip in mind for that day.
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  • I know that when we do travel to Japan, that Justin would LOVE to attend a baseball game there…he’s really big into watching and playing baseball. So these are really helpful tips that I’ll have to remember for when that day comes!
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  • Veronika says:

    HI! I am not big fan of baseball, but I just want to tell you that you are really great planner:) Tokyo is on my list as well.

  • Mia says:

    I would love to go to a Baseball game in Tokyo! I lived there for 3 months, many years ago, but it never occured to me to go to any sporting events. My husband and I are considering a trip to Tokyo since we’ve both been there but never together. I’m going to keep an eye on this as we’re nailiing down our plans. My husband went to a game when he was there on business and he said it was incredible so I’m looking forward to it!
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    • Mia, thank you for your comment. When my husband and I heard that the Japanese people are crazy about baseball we decided that it would be great to see a match during our upcoming visit – it is a great way to really see the culture of a place! I hope you have the opportunity to go to a game next time you visit Tokyo!

  • I’ve been to Tokyo twice but never to a sporting event there. Sumo Wrestling seemed like the best choice until I read your post. Great idea to attend a baseball game given how much the Japanese are into it. I hope you have an incredible trip.
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    • Elaine, thank you for your comment. We are going to the sumo wrestling too – when I was panning our trip itinerary I researched when both events were on so that I could plan our time in Tokyo to attend both events. We are really looking forward to our trip, it is not long to go now!

  • My son started playing T Ball last summer and is continuing this summer. I am hoping that we will go and we will go and see our first official baseball game this season (though not in Japan).

  • Fairlie says:

    We saw the Tokyo Giants vs Hiroshimi Carp at Tokyo Dome in June. To be honest, most of the experience for us was watching the crowd and all the stadium action, rather than the game itself (which was an extremely low-scoring one). And while the stadium is relatively small we didn’t feel at all close to the action in our seats which were up high (Block E22). The seating is mostly on two sides of the field, so that the seating on those two sides seemed equivalent to a much bigger stadium which would have seating right around the field. However, it didn’t matter for us – just the atmosphere and noise and drama was enough! There’s a whole complex of entertainment options around the stadium itself too – rollercoasters etc.

    • Fairlie, thank you for your comment. It is great to hear what your experience was like – we are also booked for seats which are up in the higher sections so I expect we will have a similar experience. I am really looking froward to seeing the local crowd in action!

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