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Sports, Concerts, and Art Museums

Photo credit: Better Than Bacon via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Photo credit: Better Than Bacon via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Sports:

Baseball, soccer, sumo, and martial arts are among the major sports in Japan, but if you’re not a fan of a particular athlete or team, you probably wont get that excited. Still, seeing baseball and soccer fans dance and sing their hearts out to cheer their teams on can be quite an experience. If you happen to be at a game and join in on the chanting and celebrating with local fans, you’ve got a pretty good chance to be treated to a drink or two and be treated as "one of us". 

 

  1. Concerts & Performances:

Japan, in particular Tokyo, is an entertainment hot spot and well known to host an unfathomable number of concerts and performances. Not only do popular Japanese artists and entertainers perform in Tokyo, but world famous orchestras and theater companies stop by the mega city as well.  

 

You can reserve concert tickets from Ticket Pia, but the site is entirely in Japanese, so unless you can read Japanese get someone who can and beg them to do it for you.

Perhaps asking the concierge in advance to do it on your behalf (if you are staying at a 5 star hotel),  might do the trick. Another option is to ask the  credit card company’s concierge (if you hold a platinum grade or credit card with concierge service).

 

If none of the above is an option for you, you’re out of luck.   In any case, get tickets in advance for sports games, performances, and concerts.

 

Art:

Museums are clustered around the Ueno and Roppongi areas. Below are the main or popular museums.

Tokyo National Museum

The National Art Center, Tokyo

National Museum of Nature and Science

The National Museum of Western Art

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Nezu Museum

Hara Museum