Opening Day, Japanese Baseball and Tokyo Dome Concession Fare

The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners arrived at Tokyo’s Narita airport this morning. They will be playing each other Wednesday and Thursday (March 28 and 29) at the Tokyo Dome to start the regular baseball season.

The Tokyo Dome is home to Tokyo’s beloved baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants, and one of the leading stadiums in the world, with a seating capacity of 55,000 people.  In addition to baseball, Tokyo Dome hosts other international sporting competitions (NFL, NBA and MLB included)  as well as mega concerts and exhibitions.

Japan is a baseball crazy country and the fans can’t wait to see their native players playing on a home field again. There are several Japanese baseball players returning home this week to play on their American teams.  The biggest Japanese baseball star is Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners.  Known simply as “Ichiro,” Suzuki has been Rookie of the Year and MVP in the American League and has repeatedly been voted an All Star by American fans. He is the also the first MLB player to enter the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (its museum is located inside the Tokyo Dome.)

So, what can a fan at The Tokyo Dome expect to find at the concession stands?  Will there be mostly Japanese food?  Will they offer hot dogs and french fries?  What about vegetarian fare?  The answer is D: all of the above.

We checked in with The Tokyo Dome yesterday and utilized the gracious assistance of Mia Tomikawa, editor at IRH Press in Tokyo, to call them directly with follow up questions.

Here is the listing of all the concession fare currently offered at The Tokyo Dome:

Infield 1st floor:

A Sample of the Bento Lunch boxes available

Drinks and Snacks
Bento Box (Lunch Box)
Curry Little Stadium
Gyoza (Chinese Dumplings)
Tunt Chitta (we’re not sure what this is)
31-Flavors Ice Cream (Baskin Robbins)
Hot Dogs (Chili, Cheeze, Delux)
Rice Bowls

Infield 2nd Floor:

Beer vendor at Tokyo Dome

Drinks and Snacks
Rice Bowls
Hot Dogs

Infield 4th floor:

Hamburgers and snacks
Rice Bowls
Bento Box
hot dogs
Convenience Store
31-Flavors Ice Cream


Hamburgers, snacks and drinks
hot dogs
Rice Bowl

Mia asked if they served tofu/soy dogs or another vegetarian version of the hot dog.  They do not.  Perhaps one of our American manufacturers can introduce one there, if a Japanese product isn’t already available.  Field Roast offers its fabulous vegetarian frankfurters at the Mariners’ own Safeco Field and may even offer a vegetarian “Japan Dog” there this season.  Hmmm.  Pause for thought.

Let us indulge Ichiro for one minute: イチロー: どう思いますか?