MetLife Dome is the home of the Seibu Lions and is located in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture. Originally, the stadium had no roof, but a dome-shaped roof was installed in 1999. Besides professional baseball, the stadium also holds concerts etc.
Getting to the Stadium
To go to MetLife Dome, take a private railway of Seibu Railway Company. The nearest station to MetLife Dome is "Seibu-Kyujō-mae Station" on the Seibu Sayama Line. This Seibu Sayama Line is a train that connects "Nishi-Tokorozawa Station" and "Seibu Kyujo-mae Station." (There is another train called Seibu Yamaguchi line connects "Seibu Yuenchi Station" and "Seibu Kyujo-Mae Station.")
If you are coming from Ikebukuro or Kawagoe area, please transfer at "Nishi-Tokorozawa Station. On the day of the game, there may be some special trains that don't need to transfer at Nishi-Tokorozawa station. Please check on the Seibu Railway's website.
About the Stadium
Address: 2135 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama,
Dugout: Lions | 3B, Visitor | 1B
Opened: 1979, 1999 (Domed)
Outside of MetLife Dome
Inside of MetLife Dome
MetLife Stadium has a single "Level" seating. This stadium has a dome roof, but it is not a wholly sealed type like Tokyo Dome. Because of that, wind or rain may blow in, so if the weather is bad, it's better to bring rain outerwear just in case.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Saitama as a reference for planning your trip.
In Saitama Prefecture, trains are not connected in a circle like in Tokyo, so different train lines may seem close but are quite far apart.
Kawagoe is served by JR lines, but Tokorozawa and Higashimatsuyama are not served by JR lines.
Therefore, you need to consider Ikebukuro in Tokyo as a base for Tokorozawa and Higashimatsuyama.
Higashimatsuyama is about an hour away using the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro.
For Tokorozawa, you can use the Seibu line.
If you are coming from Tokyo, it is not impossible to reach the nearest station by train, but in many areas such as Higashimatsuyama, you will need a car after you reach the station.
Kawagoe and Tokorozawa are close to Tokyo, so there is not much advantage to staying in these areas when visiting the suburbs of Tokyo for sightseeing.
Kawagoe is one of the most major sightseeing spots in Saitama Prefecture that is easily accessible from Tokyo and can be reached by train.
Kawagoe is called "Koedo" (Little Edo), and the streets with the Bell of Time have a nice atmosphere, and you can walk around the Kashiya Yokocho and Kita-in Temple.
In the Higashimatsuyama area, there is the Saitama Children's Animal Nature Park with koalas, which is a fun spot for children.
In the Tokorozawa area, there is Seibu Amusement Park and Seibu Baseball Stadium.
In Higashimatsuyama, yakitori has become a specialty (although it is pork), and it is pork kashira meat with spicy miso.
If you come to the city, you will see several restaurants, so you can easily try it.
Kawagoe is known for its sweet potatoes.
However, there are not a lot of stores where you can buy only sweet potatoes, but you can enjoy sweets made from sweet potatoes.
Here are some stores in Kawagoe, Tokorozawa, and Higashimatsuyama.