Discover international sports matches in Japan
The capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, draws millions visitors from abroad for many reasons. Skiers and snowboarders make their way through the city en route to Hokkaido’s many ski resorts, while the Sapporo Snow Festival, which is held in February, is one of the city’s most celebrated cultural events.
Access from Tokyo by plane about 1.5 hours~
The Sapporo Dome is the heart of sports and entertainment in northern Japan.
- From Sapporo Station on the Toho Subway Line to Fukuzumi Station (About 15 minutes). 10-minute walk from Fukuzumi Station.
Kamaishi in southern Iwate Prefecture is known for its beautiful coastline, which is all part of Sanriku Fukko National Park. The city was devastated by the tsunami of March 11, 2011, but has been steadily rebuilding ever since, and intends to leverage its sports in its recovery.
Access from Tokyo by train about 4.5 hours ~
Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium
Of the 12 Rugby World Cup venues in Japan, the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium is the only newly built facility.
- Temporary bus service from Morioka Station and Shin-Hanamaki Station: 2-3 hours.
Kumagaya is a major city in northern Saitama Prefecture. During the Edo period（1603-1868）, Kumagaya was one of the towns along the old Nakasendo Trail. Perhaps its most recognizable sight is the temple, Menuma Shodenzan Temple, whose main hall, Kangi-in Shodendo, is a Japanese National Treasure.
Access from Tokyo by bullet train about 40 mins ~
Access from Tokyo by train about 1 hour 10 mins ~
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Kumagaya City boasts a rich rugby history and is celebrated as Japanese rugby’s “hallowed ground of the East.”
- From Kumagaya Station’s north exit, take Kokusai Bus No. 3 to the Rugby-jo-iriguchi or Kumagaya-sports-bunka-koen stop (About 10 minutes). 3-minute walk from the bus stop.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the center of the country’s culture and economy. This city is packed with temples and shrines, some dating back over a 1,000 years, state of the art technology, cutting edge art, and abundant nature. As you plan to enjoy the best of Japanese sports tourism, please look to the city of Tokyo as a base where you can enjoy a range of meals, from cheap tasty foods to Michelin star restaurants, as well as cuisines from all over the world.
Rugby World Cup action will kick off at this stadium—one of Tokyo’s finest—on Septemberr 20, 2019. The stadium which can accommodate about 50,000 spectators attracts a lot of people looking forward to various events regardless of the season. Some of these events include professional sports matches, amateur league matches and concerts.
- Keio Line Limited Express from Shinjuku to Chofu; change to the Keio Line local train to Tobitakyu Station (About 30 minutes, ¥240). About 10-minute walk.
Yokohama is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, and is located less than about 30 minutes south of Tokyo by train. The city is home to one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and the famous Sankeien garden, a park filled with preserved Japanese buildings from different eras.
Access from Tokyo by bullet train about 20 mins ~
Access from Tokyo by train about 50 mins ~
International Stadium Yokohama
Nissan Stadium, also known as International Stadium Yokohama, is Japan’s largest stadium.
- From Yokohama Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line to Shin-Yokohama Station (About 11 minutes, ¥240). 14-minute walk from Shin-Yokohama Station.
Shizuoka Prefecture is well known for soccer. Shizuoka City, the Capital of Shizuoka prefecture is located near Suruga Bay and across from Mt. Fuji. One of the city’s most famous structures is Sunpu Castle, which was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu (first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan) in 1585. After the war, it was turned into Sunpu Castle park for citizens' rest and relaxation. Seafood from Shizuoka City’s fishing ports is also one of the city’s local attractions.
Access from Tokyo by bullet train about 1 hour ~
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Perched on a hilltop in the center of Ogasayama Sports Park, this sporting venue is surrounded by nature and seats 50,000 people.
- JR Tokaido Honsen from Shizuoka Station to Aino Station (About 50 minutes). 15-minute walk from Aino Station.
The city of Toyota, in Aichi Prefecture, used to be called Koromo, but changed its name in 1959 in honor of the city’s primary employer, Toyota Motor Corporation. In this town you can enjoy staple dishes like Miso Katsu and Hitsumabushi that are mainstays in Nagoya’s unique food culture. When it comes to sports, Aichi Prefecture is the birthplace of some of Japan’s top figure skaters, and there are quite a few well-regarded ice-skating rinks to be found there.
Access from Tokyo by train about 3 hour ~
Toyota Stadium is a unique venue that is known for its ingenious design.
- Higashiyama Subway Line from Nagoya Station to Fushimi Station; change to Tsurumai Line to Toyota-shi Station (50 to 60 minutes). 18-minute walk from Toyota-shi Station.
The economic powerhouse of the Kansai region, Osaka is a lively city known for culinary traditions and distinct urban culture. Some of the city’s top attractions include the atmospheric Shinsekai neighborhood and the iconic Osaka Castle. It’s also the site of Universal Studios Japan, one of the country’s best known theme parks.
Access from Tokyo by bullet train about 2.5 hours ~
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Hanazono Rugby Stadium is Japan’s oldest dedicated rugby union stadium.
- Osaka Circle Line from Osaka Station to Tsuruhashi Station, change to Kintetsu Nara Line to Higashi Hanazono Station (About 15 minutes). 12-minute walk from Higashi Hanazono Station.
The port of Kobe has long been considered one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. It was one of the first cities to open to the West in the 19th century, and it has a distinctly cosmopolitan flair. Nearby is a well know sake brewery with over 300 years of history. The execptional taste of the sake compelled admirers to offer the brew at the Nobel Prize banquet. Badly damaged in Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, the city has made a full recovery and very few remnants of the disaster remain.
Access from Tokyo by bullet train 2 h 40 mins ~
Kobe Misaki Stadium
The seats at this stadium are very close to the field, which makes for up close, dynamic viewing.
- Kaigan Line from Sannomiya Hanadokei-mae Station to Misaki Koen Station ( About 10 minutes). 5-minute walk from Misaki Koen Station.
The largest city in Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture is one of Japan’s gateways to mainland Asia. It’s also the location of Shofukuji, the first Zen temple in Japan. If you’re there at the right time of year, you shouldn’t miss the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, which sees teams race one-ton floats around the Hakata neighborhood.
Access from Tokyo by plane 1 h 35 mins ~
Access from Tokyo by bullet train 5 hours ~
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
This stadium is close to Fukuoka International Airport, and ringed by the forests. It also offers great views of on-field action.
- Fukuoka City Subway “Kuko Line” from Hakata Station to Fukuoka Kuko, change to shuttle bus: About 15 minutes.
Oita City is the capital of Oita Prefecture, which is located on the island of Kyushu. The prefecture is known for its variety of onsen (hot springs), and it has Japan’s highest annual yield of hot spring water. The number of the source of the hot spring is number one in Japan, too.Two of the prefecture’s most famous onsen destinations are Beppu and Yufuin; both cities are less than one hour from Oita.
Access from Tokyo by plane 1.5 hours ~
Recognized for its daring architecture, this stadium features the largest retractable roof in Japan.
- Bus bound for Park Placefrom Oita Station to Oita Sports Koen Higashi stop(30 minutes). 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
The Kyushu city of Kumamoto is the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture, which may be best known for its celebrated mascot, Kumamon(bear mascot). Although it was damaged in a 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle remains one of the city’s prominent architectural landmarks. One claim to fame is that the great swordsman and philosopher Musashi Miyamoto spent his final days there.
Access from Tokyo by plane 1 h 40 mins ~
Access from Tokyo by plane 6 hours ~
Beloved by Kumamoto locals, this venue has a number of distinctive features, such as its wing-shaped roof and its prominent floodlight pylons. An innovative construction in which the large roof over the stand hangs on cables emanating from four LED lighting towers.
- Hohi Honsen Line from Kumamoto Station to Hikari no Mori Station (About 25 minutes), take a taxi to the stadium (5 to 10 minutes)