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Updated: April 2, 2018
Perhaps best known for Jingu Stadium, the Meiji Jingu Gaien complex houses sports facilities of all kinds, a kids park, and a Meiji-era picture gallery for history buffs. Located due east of the venerated Meiji Shrine, it's just a few minutes' walk from Aoyama-itchome Station.
Explore the vast outdoor complex, basking in the sunny greenery of the park, or spend an evening watching baseball with a cold beer. Practice your swing at the massive golf driving range, or try your home run skills at the batting practice range. If you feel like brushing up your double axels, check out the indoor ice skating rink, open year-round. If you've got a team or even just a partner, rent out a futsal or tennis court for a few hours at a reasonable price.
Once you’ve had your fill of playing sports, head to Jingu Stadium between March and October to catch a game of pro-league baseball. Be prepared for culture shock, as you watch the Japanese fans chant, dance and sing, unlike anything you would see during an MLB game. If you're lucky, you might even witness Yakult fans performing the famed “umbrella dance” after their team scores a run. You can buy tickets on game day from the ticket box, located next to Gate 9, ranging from 1,300 yen for unreserved outfield seats, to 5,300 yen premium reserved seats.
If sports aren't your thing, head over to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery to see an original wall art gallery dating back to the Meiji period (1868-1912). The gallery also offers lessons in traditional Japanese arts ranging from ikebana (flower arranging) to traditional tea ceremony and calligraphy.
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