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Japan 2014 – 13 LaQua in Tokyo Dome City (2014-10-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 10 NOV 2015

So on our first unaccompanied day in Japan, my brother Ryan and I had headed off to Bunkyo, Tokyo, making our way straight to Big Egg City, aka Tokyo Dome City.

DSC07302 ryan lotter looking at thunder dolphin at laqua in tokyo dome city

Having now ogled more than enough baseball related things to satisfy our need, we next turned our gaze to LaQua, the adjacent spa resort (complete with shops, restaurant, and thrill attractions) that is technically still part of the bigger Tokyo Dome City complex.

(The reason for having grabbed our attention, is of course the giant, hubless Ferris wheel – Big O – and noisy roller-coaster – Thunder Dolphin – that passes right through both the building and Ferris wheel as part of its route! How can you not want to go and take a closer look at that!)

DSC07305 view of thunder dolphin rollercoaster at laqua in tokyo dome city

Although neither Ryan nor I was interested in visiting a spa at that time of day, it’s worth noting that if you did pay a visit to Spa LaQua, you would be treated to a particularly luxurious onsen experience, with the spa hosting natural hot spring pools, an outdoor bath, massage bubble bath, saunas and of course serene relaxation areas.

(And if I think back now to how all the walking seriously killed my feet, in hindsight perhaps we should have made a pit stop there!) 

IMG_20141004_102748 japanese restaurant plastic replica food dishes on display in laqua, tokyo dome city

After watching people enjoy some of the thrill rides (note, LaQua also has a water slide on the premises!), we played around with the idea of grabbing a bite to eat (which by the way is quite easy in Japan thanks to their obsession with picture menus and of course their world famous plastic replica food displays to help you along), did a spot of shopping (technically browsing through a supermarket to see how it looks), and then settled for some delicious Halloween-themed ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, better known as 31 in Japan.

IMG_20141004_105126 ryan lotter eating baskin-robbins halloween ice cream at laqua in tokyo dome city

(Seriously, their selection of flavours are incredible!)

And what were we doing while we were wolfing down our refreshing treats?

Why taking in the immensely entertaining Water Symphony musical fountain display of course!

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Japan 2014 – 12 The Big Egg Baseball Stadium in Tokyo Dome City, Bunkyo, Tokyo (2014-10-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 08 NOV 2015

Following our night time Yokohama walkabout, my brother Ryan and I found ourselves spending the first day on our own in Japan by taking a trip out to Bunkyo, Tokyo, in order to visit Tokyo Dome City, home of The Big Egg, otherwise known as Tokyo Dome!

IMG_20141004_101437 craig lotter at baseball stadium in tokyo dome city, bunkyo, tokyo

Home of the Yomiuri Giants (the oldest baseball team among the current Japanese professional teams), Tokyo Dome is a 55,000-seat baseball stadium that first opened back in 1988. It is recognised as the world’s largest roofed baseball stadium.

Its original nickname is The Big Egg, stemming from the fact that thanks to its unique dome-shaped roof, it well… looks a bit like an egg. The roof itself is pretty interesting. It is an air-supported structure, with the flexible membrane covering being held up by a slight pressurization on the inside of the stadium.

DSC07284 inside big egg tokyo dome city, bunkyo, tokyo

Tokyo Dome forms part of what is known as Tokyo Dome City, an entertainment complex built on the grounds of the former Tokyo Koishikawa arsenal.

It features a number of other attractions, including a hotel, multiple sports arenas, the Japanese baseball hall of fame museum, spa, shopping center, amusement park (which is home to Big O, the world’s largest centreless Ferris wheel, and Thunder Dolphin, Tokyo’s largest roller coaster – that just happens to pass right through the center of aforementioned wheel!), video game centers, and the largest JRA WINS horse race betting complex in Tokyo.

DSC07297 Tokyo Dome City Attractions roller coaster in tokyo dome city, bunkyo, tokyo

We were of course the most interested in the baseball aspect of the complex, and as such spent plenty of time browsing through the baseball curio shops, with Ryan picking out a few nice items to bring back home with him.

DSC07295 celebrating yomiuri giants big egg tokyo dome baseball stadium

And of course, as is Ryan’s international travel custom, out came the stuffed pig for a photo op:

IMG_20141004_094847 ryan lotter photographing pig at baseball stadium in tokyo dome city, bunkyo, tokyo

Actually, the pig makes a pretty good model truth be told.

True, it doesn’t pay heed to any of the instructions that you might give, but generally it stays nice and still, holding pose for as long as you need it to.

IMG_20141004_094906 ryan's pig at baseball stadium in tokyo dome city, bunkyo, tokyo

Sadly, there weren’t any baseball games being played on the day that we were there, so instead of going inside the actual stadium, we ended up being lured away by the colourful LaQua building across the bridge…

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Related Link: Tokyo Dome City | Tokyo Dome | Yomiuri Giants