The Korakuen stop on the Marunouchi subway line, about 10 minutes from Tokyo Station, lets you out in front of the Tokyo Dome, Japan's first air-supported indoor stadium, built in 1988 and home to the Yomiuri Giants baseball team. Across from the stadium is Tokyo Dome City, a combination of family amusement park, shopping mall, restaurants, and a natural-spring spa.
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Baseball has been popular in Japan since the 19th century,
and bats, balls, and gloves pay tribute to the legends that made Japanese Pro Baseball the game it is today. Fittingly, the museum is next to the Tokyo Dome, Japan's first air-supported indoor stadium, built in 1988 and home to the Yomiuri Giants baseball team. 1–3–61 Koraku, Bunkyō-ku, Akihabara and Jimbo-Cho, 112-0004. 03/3811–3600. www.baseball-museum.or.jp. ¥500. Mar.–Sept., Tues.-Sun. 10–6; Oct.–Feb., Tues.–Sun. 10–5.
LaQua Amusement Park. The park in Tokyo Dome City, a shopping and entertaining complex across from the Tokyo Dome stadium, has a stomach-churning roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, and a merry-go-round. 1–3–61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Akihabara and Jimbo-Cho. 03/5800–9999. www.tokyo.dome.co.jp. Roller-coaster rides ¥600–¥1,000. Daily 10–10.
LaQua Spa. LaQua Spa, in Tokyo Dome City shopping and entertainment complex, is a natural hot spring for adults, more like an amusement park in itself. There are four floors of pampering and hot springs with high concentrations of sodium chloride, which is believed to increase blood circulation. Tokyo Dome City, 1–3–61 Koraku, Bunkyō-ku, Akihabara and Jimbo-Cho, 121-0004. 03/5800–9999. www.tokyo-dome.co.jp. ¥2,565; ¥315 more on holidays; ¥1,890 surcharge 1 am–6 am. Daily 11 am–9 am.
1-3-61 Koraku, Tokyo, Japan