Baseball in Japan: Yakult Swallows and Meiji Jingu Stadium
The stadium is unique and not without its problems. Mainly, I'd like more food choices. There was some selection out in the outfield, but nothing really appealed to me on this visit. There was a small souvenir store in the left field corner under the outfield stands and I picked up a couple neat items. It would also be nice to be able to walk around the entire stadium, but what are you going to do? As I mentioned, most people do bring their own food and you should too. Bentos are easily found if coming via the Ginza line. The stadium is a few minutes walk from Gaienmae Station (there are other nearby stations for other lines as well), and the sidewalks are surprisingly narrow for such a big sporting complex (several 1964 Olympics venues are located here including the main Olympic stadium with the Olympic museum)
The clubhouse and training field are not in the stadium itself, so players have to walk through the crowds in uniform to get to the field. Note that autographs are usually not obtained this way, but it seems that people have success at the field itself before the games. Unless you're sitting in the outfield, plan on getting any souvenirs before you enter the gates. I don't remember any souvenir shops inside the rest of the seating bowl and the tables outside the stadium could be gone when you leave. Even if you're sitting in the outfield, buy anything you want outside, as the souvenirs inside the stadium are different.
Due to its age and history, Meiji Jingu Stadium is a must-visit for any baseball fan in Japan. Even if you can't catch the Swallows, be on the lookout for college or high school games, where tickets should be cheaper and access even easier.