Japanese Baseball Game Experience in Tokyo, Japan

Good afternoon guys. Today is a bit of a special episode in the
sense that I’m not with Audrey. Audrey is off visiting a friend here in Tokyo,
Japan. And what I’m doing today is I’m heading over
to the metro station right now with a plan of traveling 4 stops to watch a baseball game
here in Tokyo. And I can’t wait to share the entire experience
with you because going to a baseball game in Japan is a pretty unique experience. Okay guys I’ve made it to Shanimatchi station
and now it is time for me to go pick up the tickets. Did I mention how hot and humid it is today. Like I am literally sweating bullets over
here. So I purchased these tickets online and instead
of picking up the tickets outside of the box office from the stadium I’m actually supposed
to pick them up at a local post office so I tracked it down on Google Maps and I’m just
going to go see if it actually works on not. I got my tickets guys. Just had to show my ID and what I did was
I basically just walked to the end of the Post Office. It is not in the main section it is in the
back. And what you do is you just go press this
little buzzer here and then an attendant will come help you. Make sure you bring your ID card. They did ask for that. So I showed them my drivers license and yeah
here are my tickets. That my friends is the sound of my burger
being ready. Oh la lah. Ho ho ho look at that thing of beauty. The double smoke shack. That is a double patty guys. Double amount of cheese and lots of bacon
on top. I am excited. Ho ho ho look at this. Oh that is so good. I am must going to put my camera down and
enjoy it. Guys that burger hit the spot and then some. So yeah I’m just finally walking over to the
stadium just like probably a five minute walk away. Something that I should mention that there
are two teams here in Tokyo. There are the Giants and there are the Swallows. And originally I wanted to go see the Giants. They are kind of the more famous team in Tokyo
but they were completely sold out. So I was actually lucky to even get Swallows
tickets because apparently in the summer games sell out really quickly. Finally made it. Jingu Stadium. So guys tonight we’ve got the Swallows versus
the Dragons. And the fans are basically directed to different
sides of the stadium so the Swallows fans would go to the first base side as you can
see over there on the left and fans of the Dragons would go to the third base side as
indicated on the right. Tokyo Yakult Swallows! Rising! That is the official slogan. Oh my gosh that kebab look so good and greasy. If only I hadn’t Shake Shack. Actually, I don’t regret having Shake Shack
what am I even saying. Guys you wouldn’t believe how many food trucks
I’m seeing here just outside of the stadium. Anyone who wants to come and watch some baseball
is definitely not going to go hungry. So I’m on a bit of a mission at the moment
to find an official team store but so far I’m just seeing these little like smaller
shops. There isn’t an official store that I can go
in and grab a cap which is what I’m considering to buy. So I was considering getting a hat guys but
if you take a look at the price tag over here which is 5,400 Yen you’re talking about $50
US bucks so I don’t think so. So a few fun facts before I head into the
stadium. Japanese Baseball League basically has 12
professional teams I believe. And the teams are not named after cities they
are named after companies. So the very first game we went to in Osaka
we watched the Hanshin Tigers and they are named after the Hanshin Electric Company. And sometimes there is multiple teams in some
of the big cities. For instance, in Tokyo there is two teams. In Osaka there is two teams. So yeah it is kind of interesting. It is a smaller league but the fans are super
passionate. If it is anything like the game we went to
in Osaka I’m going to be in for a real treat. I’m inside Jingu Stadium but before I sit
down and start watching the game I’ve got to show you the concession. Like the options here at Japanese baseball
games is incredible. Like the diversity of food that you can pick
up is just insane. Also the prices are really reasonable so let’s
go take a little bit of a tour of the concessions here at the stadium. You can get Bento boxes, you can get beer,
you can get noodles. Ramen and burgers as well. There is even KFC. Skewered sticks and here is some really timely
concessions items considering how hot it is you can get frozen ice. Different flavored frozen ice. Looks pretty good to me. The bento boxes just look awesome here. Especially the one on the far left. Burgers, rice and noodles and if other things
wasn’t enough you can even get a curry here. And for a reasonable price. Like 750 or 650 Yen is like 6 to 7 US dollars. That is insane value. Guys there is also pizza options and one of
the most interesting ones is the Teriyaki chicken for 400 Yen which is under 4 US dollars
and then you’ve also got the seafood Italiana also 400 Yen. So as you can see guys the food options look
absolutely legendary but I’m more thirsty than hungry right now so I think once I sit
down I may order myself a beer. I just found out I have a general admission
ticket and what that means is within the outfield section that I’m currently standing I can
sit anywhere I want but nowhere else within the stadium so this is one of the cheapest
options but I think it is great because there are so many people out here cheering and I
have unobstructed view of the entire field as well. (Chanting and cheering) Check out that. The backpack dispensing the beer. Easily one of the coolest things about baseball
here in Japan is that every player has a unique song for them. So when they come up to bat the crowd just
has this unique chant that is only for them and it just makes it so festive and so cool. (Chanting and cheering) So it took me a little bit of time to realize
this but I’m actually sitting in the away section. The Chunichi Dragons section. So this is the away team not the home team. The home team just hit a home run. Think I’m getting close to being ready for
a beer guys. Finally got that beer I was looking for guys
and it came to 500 Yen which is about four something US dollars. I’m using to paying double that maybe even
triple that for games in Canada or the US. So I think it is great value also it is over
30 degrees guys so an ice cold beer here at the baseball game is not just a luxury it
is a necessity. I think I’ll be ordering more than one tonight. That is some good stuff. And something I haven’t mentioned yet was
the price of the ticket. I paid 1,300 Yen which is approximately 12
US dollars. And I think that is an absolute steal. So far I’m loving the game. I’m loving the atmosphere and at that price
you can’t go wrong. (Chanting and cheering) Another fun fact about Japanese baseball that
is quite different from Major League Baseball is that there are ties. Yeah. If the game goes on past a certain amount
of innings and the score is still tied the game ends as a tie. That is pretty fascinating. Second beer in hand. What can I say it is a hot summer’s day. So it is four zip for the home team but I
have say the away crowd has not given up hope they are still cheering just as hard as when
the game first started. Something that took me a little while to notice
was that the different beer vendors are actually representing different beer companies. Hence the difference outfits, the different
colors and the different beer you can buy. But it is all priced at 500 Yen. I’m actually starting to get hungry so I’m
trying to decide what to get. Something I’m considering is a Teriyaki pizza
slice so I think I’m going to go check out the concession area and see what looks good. Think I’m going to try Teriyaki chicken. I have no idea if it is going to be any good
but let’s give it a shot. Here is the pizza slice guys from Pizza-La
Express. Teriyaki. Wow. That is pretty unique looking. Oh wow there is corn on there. Can you see that? Think I’m going to try to zoom into that. There we go. Do you see the corn? Oh my gosh. Okay time to try it. Mmmm. Oh wow. It doesn’t have a tomato sauce. It has kind of a mayo sauce. I don’t love it but the Teriyaki sauce is
kind of oddly tasty. Still don’t know what to think entirely but
it’ll do. It’ll do. Guys I can’t say I’ve ever had Coca Cola Peach
before. Time to give that a try. Coca cola peach. It has the original coke taste. Oh that is a really strange aftertaste. I can’t say I love it but I’m glad I tried
it. (Chanting and cheering) Final inning. The home team is winning 7 to 2. The Dragons were mounting a comeback but they
ran out of flames. They’ve got one last chance but I don’t think
they’re going to score 5 runs. There is a good chance that the Swallows are
going to win. Okay guys just a few final thoughts here from
the game. That was simply awesome. Going to a baseball game in Japan is a must. It is the number one spectator sport in the
country. The entertainment value is insane. Even if you’re not a baseball fan I’d highly
recommend going. The tickets are affordable, the food the concession
food is affordable and the entertainment value is incredible. The level of play is really high, the fans
get into it like I’ve never seen fans so passionate. So if you’re thinking of going to a baseball
game in Japan definitely do it and we’ll see you guys soon with more food and travel videos
from Japan. Ciao for now.

92 thoughts on “Japanese Baseball Game Experience in Tokyo, Japan

  1. Looks like so much fun! And good to see the food in the stadium wasn't too badly priced, especially after seeing the price of the baseball caps outside!

  2. Hi! Just found your channel and I'm already a big fan!
    Didn't know baseball was so big in Japan!
    Loved the video! Say hi to Audrey for me!! 👍😀

  3. Great as always. One question Sam. As much as we love your Gingery Goodness, where is your lovely other half hiding these days? x

  4. Great video! I love how affordable the stadium food is compared to the states! I’m thinking of going to a game in June in either Tokyo or Osaka. What website did you use to buy your tickets?

  5. When it comes to actual swallows vs. dragons, dragons would win every time. Unless the swallow, being smaller and quicker, could find a place to hide from the dragon. Just a random thought.

  6. I saw three games at three stadiums on my first trip to Japan. I recommend a game for any sports fans. Swallows play at an old stadium but it's all about what goes on inside. Beer girls, organized fan cheering, horns and drums, it all has its own original flavor.

  7. Great atmosphere mate!!! love that they bring the beer over to you🍺 Hope you guys are doing well?🙂🙂

  8. Sam you did a great job. I did not know Tokyo had baseball teams and its weird depending who your team is you go to different sections. what a huge burger you ate looked good

  9. asian baseball i've noticed is so much different than america…. but then again im from boston so we crazy hahaha…

  10. Looks great fun!
    Anyone interested in Similar Korean videos please check out my channel too. Thanks!

  11. I ended up spending ¥800 for a beer at the Yomiuri Giants game, but when the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters played a few home games at the “Big Egg” they were selling their Hokkaido Punch for only ¥500. It was really good, and so was the yakisoba.

  12. Give props to the beer girls that carry the mini beer kegs on their backs. You can also bring in your own food.

  13. Sam … and they all help clean up after the game … bizarre culture … would never happen in Oz nor Canada I assume … great vlog mate … miss Auds

  14. We managed to have the same experience last summer and it was wonderful, we even saw them play the Giants. One interesting fact, which isn't mentioned and I found fascinating was that you can bring your own food and drinks. There were huge lines at all the combinis in the area with all the locals shopping 🙂 The only thing they request from you is to pour the beer (or any drinks) into cups, which they provide you themselves.

  15. Hi Sam , great video as always! I'm headed to Tokyo in late April and would love to see a game can you or anyone out there recommend the best way to get tickets ahead of time? Thanks and looking forward to your South American videos!

  16. I'm soooo happy your this video cause I'm huge fan of japanese baseball⚾️
    Recently so many foreigners come to Japan,but hardly known about japanese baseball.
    its a lot of fun place,I want to be known for foreign people,especially US guys❗️

  17. That looked like fun. Seeing a Japanese Baseball game is on my list. Diggin' that corn style pizza too – Trevor

  18. Hi guys, what a great vid as usual. By the way, I hope all's well with you. Honestly, I am not into sports, as for soccer, baseball, hockey, tennis, curling you name it, my guess is they are fun if you are actually involved in the game as opposed to watching them. That said, I look forward to your future videos…….cheers

  19. I'm so glad you did a video by yourself without your wife hogging the camera and barley letting you speak. You did a good job

  20. Fuck you and your stupid fucking ads, you moron. Your videos have no views cause no one wants to watch them, so stop promoting them to force people to see your garbage, idiot.

  21. Hi Sam & Audrey
    How r u guys
    love all ur videos
    can you plz suggest which months r best to travel tokyo japan

  22. This is amazing! I love baseball and its so interesting to see the baseball experience in other countries! Very similar to Korea. Thank you for bringing us along! Fascinating! And finally GO Cubs Goooooooooo!

  23. 日本の野球を楽しんでいただきとても嬉しいです!w

  24. I went to a game last yr (September) and the same teams were playing! I don't know anything about baseball but it was the highlight of my trip! I recommend it to everyone now.
    We caught a bus from shinjuku and then went to the ticket sales box and got their cheapest tickets (GA) You can also bring your own food and alcohol, they just transfer your cans in to plastic cups.
    Again, it's a MUST do for anyone. Amazing atmosphere

  25. the intensity from the fans reminds me of my high school days. Imagine 8000 people at a high school game. It happened a lot for my school especially when we played our best rival (well pretty much every team in our city). That's why I want to play in Japan because the fans have that same energy.

  26. Hey! Heading on a 10-Day Japan trip at the end of the month. Was lucky enough to snatch tickets for both the Giants and Swallows. Extremely looking forward to the experiences!!!!! Also #GingersUnite

  27. there's something about open baseball stadiums…. so much fun. Dome is nice and weather proof but nowhere near as these!

  28. 外国人の目に外国人選手はどう映っているんだろう?

    How do you feel about foreign baseball player?

  29. You said Hanshin Tigers to be the Hanshin Electric team, but that is a mistake. The correct team is Hanshin Electric Railway.

  30. Nice to meet you.
    I’m TokyoYakultSwallows fan.
    Welcome to Jingu stadium!!

    The food I recommend for the stadium is a winner box!!

  31. わたしは一度セーフコフィールドで野球を観戦して、そのときはアメリカの応援団とかはなくてみんなでひたすら応援するっていうのを楽しく感じたのですが、海外の方からすると日本の応援方法も面白く感じるんですね。どっちもそれぞれに良いところがあって好きです。

  32. 今度はぜひ、この2チームのマスコットに注目してみてください。真のCOOL JAPANを見ることができます。

  33. so for a little over $20 you get a ticket, beer, and food. Meanwhile here in the states you might get a beer for that amount

  34. Just discovered your videos and I definitely have to subscribe now, especially since I’m a lifelong diehard Cubs fan. How many people noticed that you were wearing a Cubs shirt to the game in Japan?

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