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Japan: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome City)

As a tourist in Tokyo you may have visited Harajuku, Asakusa, the Tokyo Tower, the Tokyo Skytree, the Imperial Palace, Roppongi Hills, Ginza and Odaiba and you may be wondering what else is left? How about a trip to Tokyo Dome City, an amusement park in the center of Tokyo, which is open 365 days a year and does not charge an admission fee?

Tokyo Dome City is a leisure complex in central Tokyo consisting of the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome baseball stadium, the 43-story Tokyo Dome Hotel, an amusement park, the LaQua Spa, numerous shops and over fifty restaurants, cafes and bars serving Japanese, Western and Asian fusion cuisine.

The Tokyo Dome is the home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team and has hosted numerous concerts, festivals and other events since its opening in 1985. Mick Jagger was the first international act to play in the Tokyo Dome in 1988. Other well-known acts like L’Arc~en~Ciel, XJapan, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears and Luna Sea have all performed to sold out audiences at the stadium once referred to as the “Big Egg” due to its dome-shaped roof.

The amusement park area known as the Tokyo Dome City Attractions opened in May of 1988 and is comprised of a variety of rides and entertainment facilities including roller coasters, a Ferris wheel, a Merry-go-round and a parachute tower that drops riders from a height of 262 feet! The park is open daily, 365 days a year, from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and there is no admission charged to enter.

The large, Western-style Tokyo Dome Hotel (http://www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp/e/) opened in June of 2000 and has 1,006 guest rooms, eleven restaurants and bars in addition to several banquet rooms serving both Western and Asian dishes.

LaQua Spa opened in 2003 and features true hot spring pools, saunas, relaxation spaces and various massage and beauty services. The onsen (hot spring) water is pumped to the surface from a depth of more than 3,280 feet below. The spa charges an admission fee of ¥2,634 and there is an extra charge during weekends, holidays and after midnight.

Beginning in early November and ending in mid-February (right after Valentine’s Day), Tokyo Dome City hosts a winter illumination event known as the Tokyo Dome City Winter Festival. It is considered to be the top illumination event in terms of scale and duration and boasts over 2 million lights. The Tokyo Dome and the surrounding areas are lit up from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM and draw visitors from all over Japan.

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Tokyo Dome City you will be certain to find something that will capture your interest. From Tokyo Station, Tokyo Dome City is merely 8 minutes away on the Marunouchi Subway Line. If you choose to drive, there are 3 parking areas which can accommodate up to 700 vehicles. The cost to park is ¥400 for 30 minutes.

 

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X Japan Concert at the Big Egg

X Japan Concert at the Big Egg

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Bon Jovi at the Tokyo Dome

Bon Jovi at the Tokyo Dome

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Tokyo Dome Hotel

Tokyo Dome Hotel

One of the many restaurants

One of the many restaurants

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Tokyo Dome Hotel bar

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Address: 1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku

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