Going to a Game

Going to a game at lovely Meiji Jingu Stadium is, of course, the best way to enjoy the Swallows and, we think, the best way to enjoy the sport of baseball, a summer evening, or the comraderie of friends, acquaintances, or your fellow sufferers Tokyo fans.

Getting there: Meiji Jingu Stadium (明治神宮野球場) is easily accessible from Shinanomachi (信濃町) or Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷) Stations on the JR Sobu Line (総武線), Gaienmae (外苑前) or Aoyama-Ichome (青山一丁目) Stations on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (東京メトロ銀座線), Aoyama-Ichome (青山一丁目) Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (東京メトロ半蔵門), Kokuritsu-Kyougijou (国立競技場) Station on the Toei-Oedo Subway Line (都営大江戸線), or even, although it’s a walk of just over 1.5 km, Harajuku (原宿) Station on the JR Yamanote Line (山手線).

In other words, it’s very accessible via Tokyo’s world-beating train system.

It is near the National Stadium, the National Gymnasium, the Meiji Portrait Gallery, the Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium, and a large park containing numerous baseball, futsal, and soccer fields, and batting cages.

It is between Gaien-Nishi-dori (外苑西通り) and Gaien-Higashi-dori (外苑東通り),  North of Aoyama-dori (青山通り), South of Shinjuku Highway 4, in Shinjuku ward’s Kasumigaoka-machi (霞ヶ丘町).

Here’s a map.

Tickets: Tickets for regular season games run from ¥1,600 (OF General Admission) to ¥4,600 (IF Reserved); prices for seats along the baselines in the OF are slightly more expensive for games against the Yomiuri Giants or Hanshin Tigers.

Unless something really special is going on (Opening Day, the retirement of a popular player, a record stands to be broken, the game is crucial to the advancement of the Swallows or their opponents to the playoffs, etc.), tickets are almost always easy to get, especially for non-Hanshin/Yomiuri games.  Hence, we recommend just going to the stadium 30 minutes to an hour before game time, getting in line at the box office, and buying your tickets on site.  This has not failed us or our acquaintances yet and is by far the easiest way to go for those fans who aren’t comfortable with Japanese as it requires next to no speaking, no reading, and next to no confusion over what you’re getting.

To get OF tickets (the cheap seats), go to the box office near the OF gates (16, 17, 18).

If you like, tickets are also available through Pia (ぴあ) (found in larger department stores – we use the one in the basement of Isetan Kaikan in Shinjuku when we really want to be prepared or want to get our hands on out of town tickets well in advance) or at the ticket machines in many convenience stores, especially Lawson and Family Mart (only because we know tickets are available there.)

Those who are comfortable reading Japanese can also go through the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Official Site, of course.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail us.  We’ll say up front, though, that we have no official connection with the club whatsoever and can only answer questions to the best of our ability as generally nice guys and die-hard fans.