Tokyo Dome City Guide

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  • Conveniently located next to Tokyo Dome in the heart of Tokyo, Tokyo Dome City is a thrilling amusement park with fun rides, delicious food, and plenty of activities for the entire family.

    amusement park rides - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    We often get asked by friends and readers on Japan travel tips and itineraries so we try our best to share our Japan experiences on the blog.  However, one city we didn’t have much travel content on was Tokyo.  Why?  Since Nami’s family only lives 7 miles (15 km) from Tokyo and 15 miles (23 km) to Shibuya, it never seemed like a “Japan travel destination” for us.

    As we get repeated request for Tokyo travel guide, we spent 6 days this past summer in Tokyo exploring different wards, activities to do, places to visit and eat.  This is just the beginning of our Tokyo travel guide and we’ll continue adding to these posts as we explore new adventure and experiences.  We hope you will enjoy traveling throughout Tokyo with our family.

    The reality is that it’s impossible to finish exploring Tokyo in 6 days, or even possibly a month.  There are simply way too many options for dining, sightseeing, and entertainment!  This is our first effort to share Tokyo with you and we hope you’ll enjoy our journey.  There is something for everyone in Tokyo so pick and choose what your heart desires when you visit.

    For the Tokyo travel guide series, we’ll share the following posts:

    1. Shinjuku 新宿
    2. Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
    3. Harajuku and Omotesando 原宿・表参道
    4. Shibuya 渋谷
    5. Roppongi 六本木ヒルズ
    6. Tokyo Tower (update) 東京タワー
    7. Ginza 銀座
    8. Imperial East Garden 皇居東御苑
    9. Akihabara 秋葉原
    10. Ueno 上野
    11. Kappabshi かっぱ橋道具街
    12. Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー
    13. Asakusa (update) 浅草
    14. Tokyo Sky Tree (update) 東京スカイツリー
    15. Odaiba お台場

    You might notice there are many areas/wards/stations we missed in Tokyo from the above list, like Tokyo Station.  It’s because we simply ran out of time to cover and will add it in a future trip.  If you have any specific requests, please comment below and we’ll try to add it to our future itineraries.

    Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー

    Each summer when we visit Japan, we try to take advantage of the Japanese schools’ late start to their summer vacation (around July 20th).  It makes a big difference with the crowd and lines before and after the Japanese summer break starts.  We do our best to schedule locations that are popular with school-age children before their break, such as visits to Disneyland, USJ, and other amusement parks.

    amusement park rides - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    As our children are getting older, they love roller coaster rides and one of their favorite places to visit is Tokyo Dome City.  The rides are just perfect for children between the ages of 7-13 years old and there are plenty of attractions to keep them entertained..

    Getting to Tokyo Dome City

    Tokyo Dome City is located just a bit north of the Imperial Palace and there are a few subway stations that are conveniently located nearby including Korakuen and Suidobashi station.  Suidobashi station is a bit closer but both stations are just a short walk away from the amusement park.

    escalator at Kōrakuen Station - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Escalator at Korakuen Statio

    subway sign for Tokyo Dome exit - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Kōrakuen Station - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Korakuen Station

    When you get to Tokyo Dome City, it’s very easy to spot the most prominent landmark – “big egg”.  It is the home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team and holds music concerts and other sporting events.

    Tokyo Dome - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    As we continue walking towards the park, pretty soon we see the towering roller coaster track and the excitement takes over our emotion.

    Thunder Dolphin roller coaster at Tokyo Dome City - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    amusement park rides - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Rides At Tokyo Dome City

    There are many rides for all ages at Tokyo Dome City and its signature roller coaster is the Thunder Dolphin roller coaster.  The roller coaster travels at a high speed with views of Tokyo and skyscrapers, and the track goes through an opening the LaQua building as part of ride.

    roller coaster going through LaQua - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    La Qua ALSOK security robots - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    La Qua ALSOK security robots

    Tickets for Tokyo Dome City Rides

    Like other Japanese theme parks, you can purchase either a pass for all the rides or tickets for individual rides at Tokyo Dome City.  The all-day pass is 3,900 yen for adults and around 2,400 yen for children depending on their age.

    ticket booth - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Thunder Dolphin at Tokyo Dome City

    On the day we visited, it was a weekday and before summer break started so the lines for all the rides were never more than 5-10 min long.  Immediately from the very first ride our children and their friends wanted to ride the signature Thunder Dolphin.

    Thunder Dolphin ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    If you are wondering, Thunder Dolphin is a thrilling roller coaster but there are no loops.  It makes up for it with high-speed cruising through Tokyo providing unbelievable views throughout the ride, and of course when it goes through the LaQua building.  Our children rode the Thunder Dolphin 9 times that day.

    Thunder Dolphin roller coaster at Tokyo Dome City - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    roller coaster going through LaQua - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Thunder Dolphin roller coaster at Tokyo Dome City - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Other Rides at Tokyo Dome City

    The other ride our children loved and enjoyed multiple times was The Dive.  The attraction allows up to 3 players in a submarine, and as it goes through the track and different scenes players can shoot their weapon at targets to score points.

    The Dive ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    The Dive ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Other attractions include amusement park classics such as the Ferris wheels, race car, and the pirate ship (Super Viking SORABUNE).

    amusement park rides - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    The Ferris wheel at Tokyo Dome City

    Have you sung karaoke while riding in a Ferris wheel?  Some of the cars are equipped with karaoke machines!  The singing made the ride extra entertaining but the bad part is there is nowhere to escape when the singing is horrible.

    Karaoke ferris wheel - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    children singing in ferris wheel - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    sorabune ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Super Viking SORABUNE

    sorabune ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    children on bunbun ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    power tower ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    For me personally, one of the most thrilling rides is actually an oldie.  It’s a simple ride where metal cages are lifted up by wires at a fast speed to about 10 stories tall, and also descends quickly when going down.  It might seem like a boring ride, however, keep in mind there is no tracks, no harness, and the cage sways while going up and down.

    sky flower ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    sky flower ride - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Besides the outdoor rides, there’s an indoor part to the park as well.  The indoor part includes a play area for younger children, superhero theater,

    sign for indoor play area - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    One of the indoor attraction was a maze where teams had to find matching objects in different rooms, it was fun as we all played together.

    sign for I.C.P.O maze - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    I.C.P.O maze - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Restaurants at Tokyo Dome City

    Besides the rides, there’s an unusual amount of restaurants and food stalls to enjoy.  Instead of generic theme park food, many of the food choices are popular Japanese and Western restaurant chains.  There is gyoza, sushi, ramen, ice cream, shaved ice, and choices galore.

    restaurant floor - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Second floor food mall
    gyoza restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Gyoza restaurant
    Baskin Robbins - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Baskin Robbins
    tsukemen shop - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tsukemen noodle restaurant
    Gindako takoyaki restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Gindako takoyaki restaurant
    summer takoyaki with shikuwasa - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Summer takoyaki with Okinawa shikuwasa
    kakigori shaved ice stand - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Shaved ice kakigori stand
    matcha shaved ice kakigori - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Matcha kakigori

    Japanese Restaurant Shunpu Banri 春風萬里

    After a long day at the park, we decided to enjoy Japanese dinner on the 9th floor of the LaQua building at Shunpu Banri.

    shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    Shunpu Banri restaurant is an izakaya and serves a bit of everything.  The best seats are ones along the window where diners have an unobstructed birds-eye view of the park.  The menu is wide range of Japanese food from sashimi to yakitori to yoshoku.  The food were well prepared and all really delicious.

    interior of shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Interior of Shunpu Banri
    grilled chicken organs at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Grill chicken parts

    daily appetizer at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com

    chicken meatball skewer at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Tsukune – chicken meatball skewer
    kids onigiri set at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Kids rice ball meal
    kids meal at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Kids meal with ebi fry and hambagu
    kaisen seafood donburi at shunpu banri restaurant - Tokyo Dome City | www.justonecookbook.com
    Seafood kaisen-don

    Other Just One Cookbook Tokyo Travel Guides

    Thank you for reading our guide to Tokyo Dome City.  Besides Tokyo Dome City, there are other places to visit nearby including Koraku Park, Space Museum, TeNQ, and The Baseball Hall of Fame and museum.  It’s a great area of Tokyo to spend a day for school-age children.

    If you are interested in our other Tokyo post, you can click here or one of the links below:

    1. Shinjuku 新宿
    2. Meiji Jingu 明治神宮
    3. Harajuku and Omotesando 原宿・表参道
    4. Shibuya 渋谷
    5. Roppongi 六本木ヒルズ
    6. Tokyo Tower (update) 東京タワー
    7. Ginza 銀座
    8. Imperial East Garden 皇居東御苑
    9. Akihabara 秋葉原
    10. Ueno 上野
    11. Kappabshi かっぱ橋道具街
    12. Tokyo Dome City 東京ドームシティー
    13. Asakusa (update) 浅草
    14. Tokyo Sky Tree (update) 東京スカイツリー
    15. Odaiba お台場

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