Take yourself out to the ball game Japanese style
Japanese baseball fans are often called the world's most fervent baseball fans. With highly organized cheering squads and deafening stadiums, seeing a game in Japan is a truly unique experience. Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba is home to the Chiba Lotte Marines and a great place to catch a game.
The stadium is one of the stages in the video game Tekken
The stadium made a cameo in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, in which Godzilla predictably destroyed it
It has hosted concerts for artists such as Madonna and Lady Gaga
How to Get There
Access Zozo Marine Stadium by rail.
Zozo Marine Stadium is about a 20-minute walk from JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the Keiyo Line, which runs from Tokyo Station. It's also not far from Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea at JR Maihama Station.
Zozo Marine Stadium opened in 1990 and was originally called Chiba Marine Stadium. It holds 30,000 people and hosts mostly baseball and rugby games, although it's been known to occasionally host a big name concert by artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Just like back home
While the ritualized cheering might seem a bit odd to you, many of Zozo Marine Stadium's sights are familiar. Food and drink vendors move about the crowd hawking stadium food and beer just like any other stadium around the world.
Fireworks in the summer
In addition to baseball games and concerts, Zozo Marine Stadium also has a fantastic fireworks display that lights up the summer night. It's also located right on the beach of Tokyo Bay.