“Every single strike brings me closer to the next home run!!”
I’ve never played baseball in my life, but believe it or not, one of my must-do when I’m in Tokyo Japan is actually to go hit some ball! Even though I know nothing about baseball, but it’s actually a very fun activity just swinging your bat and hit the ball (or miss most of the time like me).
Now, you may ask, where on Earth am I gonna find someone who’s gonna pitch, or where are you gonna find the bats? Don’t you worry, we are in Tokyo!! Nothing is impossible here! In Japan, they have something called the “batting cage”. It’s like a golf driving range, except it’s with baseball. All you need to bring is money, and yourself, then you are good to go!
My favourite one to go to is the “Shinjuku Batting Cage” right in the center of Kabuki-cho of Shinjuku. The place is hidden in the little alley behind the Toho cinema at Kabuki-cho, so you may not have seen it around.
There are usually different speeds of the ball you could choose from, ranging from 70km up to 130km, so make sure you are choosing a speed that suits you. My tip would be to start from the lower range first, so you can actually hit the ball without feeling so miserable of you keep missing the ball.
The game cost 400yen/1 game (20 balls each game), or you could buy the prepaid cards, which is 1000yen/3 games and share with your friends. They do have prepaid cards which is like 5000yen/20 games, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are super into baseball, or you are planning to come back often, as it is already quite tiring about 1-2 games.
So, instead of going to the ordinary video games arcade next time, why not go and try to go hit some balls, and release your stress? This place is open from 10am to 4am, so you could basically come here anytime! Whether it’s after a few drinks, or want some morning exercise!
1-21-13 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan