Tokyo Dome City
Baseball is undeniably one of the most celebrated sports in Japan. You can spend an entire day exploring Tokyo Dome City to check out the largest, roofed baseball stadium in the world, especially if you’re a baseball fan.
Known to locals as the “Big Egg”, Tokyo Dome is the first dome stadium in Japan, and the home field of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team.
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, I believe most of us here have been to the Tokyo Dome at least once, to catch our favorite bands perform live on stage. Japanese veteran metal band; X-Japan performed their “Last Live” in here, too! Many international bands have since taken advantage of the superb acoustic capability of the stadium, staging their world tours/live concerts right here in Tokyo Dome. Yes, many events are being held there every year!
That aside, in my blog entry today, I want to let you know more about Tokyo Dome City.
By now, I assume everybody already knows of the existence of the Tokyo Dome. But have you been there? Did you know that built around Tokyo Dome, there is a whole amusement park with rides so thrilling, they’ll literally kill you.
This theme park has no actual name and is simply known as: “Tokyo Dome City Attractions”. It’s not really well-documented also, so not many visitors know about the existence of this place.
At Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park, the two main attractions are the “Thunder Dolphin” & “Big-O”.
Thunder Dolphin is a steel roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park, which is part of Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Japan. At 80 meters tall, Thunder Dolphin is currently the 7th tallest continuous circuit roller coaster in the world.
Big-O is a center-less Ferris wheel at Tokyo Dome City in Japan. Big-O has a diameter of 60meters and was listed as the world’s largest center-less Ferris wheel by Guinness World Records. Tokyo’s largest roller coaster, the 130kilometres per-hour coaster; Thunder Dolphin, starts off higher than the dome and plunges 80meters through the center of the wheel.
This are just two of the various attractions waiting for you in the amusement park. It’s possible to buy a one day pass or you can simply pay as per ride. Of course, the one day pass is more worth it, in terms of value!
For small kids, there’s “Toys Kingdom”, with room after room of toys and educational equipment, making the place a great rainy-day solution.
Besides the amusement park, there is Korakuen Hall; a venue for boxing, wrestling & fight club events.
On top of all these, there is a spa here, too! The spa is right at the top floor, inside LaQua.
LaQua is a shopping complex targeted at women.
This complex, comprises a shopping centre, restaurants, video game centers and the previously mentioned spa – which houses a hot mineral bath theme park where spring water is pumped up from an incredible 1,700meters below ground.
The spa at LaQua is not only used by tourists. Locals like housewives & business women alike, mostly who work/live a few doors down the street – they all come here to do one thing; take their clothing off.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
It’s not exactly Japanese food: If you haven’t guessed from the name, this is a Forrest Gump themed restaurant.
There’s a recreation of the famous bench outside, Forest Gump’s white suit is inside a display case, and they’ve got the movie playing on screens around the restaurant. When you sit down you’ll notice there’s a sign on the table that says “Run Forest Run” to let waiters know to give you some space, but if you want their attention you just flip the sign up to say “Stop Forest Stop”.
It’s quite pricey, though not much different to the rest of Tokyo. I’d say it’s quite standard actually, how much do you expect to save when eating at a themed restaurant within an amusement park? Set lunches & dinners are slightly cheaper though (baked salmon and rice with shrimp) costing about 1200 yen, but it came with soup and a drink as well.
In terms of taste, the food was extremely delicious. Especially the garlic bread appetizer. If you like shrimp, this is the place to go. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has many outlets all over Japan so it shouldn’t be too hard finding one.
If you happen to attend a concert or something here next time, make sure you remember to try the amusement park out!
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