The Hall Of Fame is located on the outside of the Tokyo Dome, between Gate 21 and the To-Do Baseball Shop (where I bought a Chunichi Dragons hat).
|Hall Of Fame Entrance|
I walked in and paid my fee and was rewarded with a small guide for the museum and a postcard featuring the latest inductees to the Hall Of Fame:
The Hall Of Fame is actually located beneath the entrance area, so I went downstairs and saw at the foot of the stairs a small display on the 2013 WBC:
I went to the left into the exhibition area for professional baseball. This area is split into two rooms. The first room has "lockers" made up for each of the 12 teams in NBP. Each locker contains a uniform and hat along with bats, gloves, shoes and other items for players for those teams:
|Central League lockers|
|Pacific League lockers|
|More Pacific League lockers|
|Lions locker - I think it's Hiroyuki Nakajima's uniform|
|Sadaharu Oh's display|
|Yutaka Fukumoto's display|
|Sachio Kinugasa's display|
|Masaichi Kaneda's display|
The rest of the room had other displays on the wall. Not being able to read Japanese was a major drawback here. I'm not quite sure what this display was for:
On the other hand, I didn't need to understand Japanese to know what this was:
|Sadaharu Oh's sword|
|Commemorative "slab" for Oh passing Aaron|
|I think these are 1958 Fujiya Carmel cards|
|1949 Karuta "Dreaming Of Baseball" cards|
The next section was dedicated to amateur baseball. Lots of high school and college stuff. I was surprised to see this there:
|Cal Ripken World Series trophies|
There was also a display on the Olympic teams (including the teams made of professionals):
The final room of the "permanent exhibits" was the actual Hall Of Fame - the room containing all the plaques of players. For some reason, I didn't take a picture of the entire room (probably because of my jet lag), but I took lots of pictures of individual plaques. Here's a couple:
A little further along was an area where you could swing a bat against an NBP pitcher. There was a group of high school kids in the museum and they pretty much were monopolizing it:
I think the machine was throwing wiffle balls. I don't think they'd have displays set up on either side otherwise. I think the displays had something to do with stadiums but I didn't get a good look.
The final room in the museum was a special exhibit dedicated to the World Baseball Classic. It had a lot of memorabilia from the 2006 and 2009 tournaments, including the trophies:
There was also a small display of autographed baseball cards (all US cards of non-Japanese players):
There's also a small library at the Hall Of Fame. Ralph Pearce had suggested that I ask for a particular person that he knew who worked there, but the museum was busy enough that I didn't really want to try. I was thinking that I might make it back there later in the trip but it didn't happen.
I was kind of surprised at how small the museum was. I probably didn't spend any more than about 20 minutes there. I was severely jet lagged so I had limited patience to try to figure anything out much. I'd hoped to come back again later in the trip and give it another try but time ran out.
I was also surprised that there really wasn't a museum shop. There were a couple items in display cases upstairs in the entrance hall that you could buy if the person running admissions wasn't busy. I think everything they had to offer is on this web page.
To summarize - I think the Hall Of Fame is worth taking a look at if you're going to Tokyo anyway, but unlike Cooperstown it's not a place that's worth going way out of your way for. It's a great way to kill an hour before a game at the Tokyo Dome.