Know about the 12 stadiums hosting matches at the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019
Rugby World Cup Venues:
1. FUKUOKA – Hakatanomori Stadium
Capacity: 22.563 spectators
Access: 25 minutes by metro, then bus from the Hakata central station (take the metro to the airport, then at the airport take a bus in the direction of AEON mall Fukuoka or n°3 Umm Eigyosho – get off at Higashi-Hirao Koen-Iriguchi – 1.30€ a ticket)
Did you know? Also named the Level 5 Stadium, the Fukuoka is one of the fortresses of Japanese Rugby. It hosts numerous matches throughout the year. In 2019, this Stadium, which reminds us of the legendary Thomond Park in Munster, will host the best players in the Rugby world.
- Thu 26 Sept Italy v Canada, 8.45am
- Wed 2 Oct France v USA, 8.45am
- Sat 12 Oct Ireland v Samoa, 11.45am
2. KOBE – Kobe City Misaki Park
Capacity: 30.132 spectators
Access: 10 minutes by metro from the Kobe Sannomiya station (Kaigan metro line – get off at the Misaki Koen station – 1.75€ a ticket)
Did you know? It’s one of the most beautiful stadiums in the competition. With its retractable roof, stands that are close to the pitch and perfect acoustics, the Kobe stadium offers great spectacles and great shared moments.
- Thu 26 Sep England v USA, 11.45am
- Mon 30 Sep Scotland v Samoa, 11.15am
- Thu 3 Oct Ireland v Russia, 11.15am
- Tue 8 Oct South Africa v Canada, 11.15am
3. KUMAGAYA – Kumagaya Rugby Ground
Capacity: 24.000 spectators
Access: 10 minutes by bus from the Kumagaya station (Kumagaya Dome direction – stop at the Kumagaya Dome Station or Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park – 1.60 € a ticket)
Did you know? Right in the middle of a sport complex the Kumagaya stadium happens to be one of the most emblematic rugby places in japan. Named the Rugby sacred land of east, this stadium welcomes each spring the high school all japan rugby tournament. It is one of the 12 stadiums that will be welcoming the world cup in 2019.
- Tue 24 Sep Russia v Samoa, 11.15am
- Sun 29 Sep Georgia v Uruguay, 6.15am
- Wed 9 Oct Argentina v USA, 5.45am
4. KAMAISHI – Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 16.187 spectators
Access: information coming soon
Did you know?After the devastating tsunami on 11 March 2011, World Rugby decided to give a helping hand to Kamaishi and chose it to be the host city of this World Cup. A very noble initiative in commemorating the 1200 victims.
- Wed 25 Sep Fiji v Uruguay, 6.15am
- Sun 13 Oct Namibia v Canada, 4.15am
5. KUMAMOTO – Kumamoto Stadium
Capacity: 32.000 spectators
Access: 50 minutes by bus from the Kumamoto station (Shika n°8 Menkyo Centre direction – get off at Park Dorm Kumamoto mae – 4.5€ a ticket)
Did you know? Also named the Umakana Yokdna Stadium, this elegant stadium of 32,000 seats is habitually used by the Roasso Kumamoto football club but also for Top League Rugby matches.
- Sun 6 Oct France v Tonga, 8.45am
- Sun 13 Oct Wales v Uruguay, 9.15am
6. OITA – Oita Stadium
Capacity: 40.000 spectators
Access: 45 minutes by bus from the Oita station (Park Place direction, via Mera BP – get off at Oita Sport Park Higashi – 2.75€ a ticket)
Did you know? With its dome, larger than 270m and its unique design, the Oita Stadium, nicknamed the big Eye, will be one of the attractions of this 9th edition of the World Cup.
- Wed 2 Oct New Zealand v Canada, 11.15am
- Sat 5 Oct Australia v Uruguay, 6.15am
- Wed 9 Oct Wales v Fiji, 10.45am
- Sat 19 Oct QF1 Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D, 8.15am
- Sun 20 Oct QF3 Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C, 8.15am
7. OSAKA – Higashiosaka City Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Capacity: 30.000 spectators
Access: 20 minutes by train from the Osaka Namba station (Kintetsu Nara line – get off at the Higashi Hanazono station – 2€ a ticket)
Did you know? The Hanazano stadium is the temple of Japanese Rugby. Inaugurated in 1929, it is by far the oldest rugby stadium in the country. Its atmosphere, its charm, its old stands… a unique venue to delve into the history of Japanese rugby.
- Sun 22 Sep Italy v Namibia, 6.15am
- Sat 28 Sep Argentina v Tonga, 5.45am
- Thu 3 Oct Georgia v Fiji, 6.15am
- Sun 13 Oct USA v Tonga, 6.45am
8. SAPPORO – Sapporo Dome
Capacity: 41.410 spectators
Access: 13 minutes by metro from the city centre (Toho line – stop at the Fukusumi station – approx. 2 € a ticket)
Did you know? The Sapporo Dome is a technological wonder. Thanks to new technical innovations (hover-gliding pitch, adjustable stands), this stadium can hold concerts, baseball games, football matches, and soon rugby ones too. Built in view of the football World Cup in 2002, this stadium now hosts the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball club and the Consadole Sapporo football club.
- Sat 21 Sep Australia v Fiji, 5.45am
- Sun 22 Sep England v Tonga, 11.15am
9. SHIZUOKA – Ogasayama Sports Park
Capacity: 50.889 spectators
Access: 50 minutes by train from Shizuoka station or 20 minutes by train from the Hamamatsu station (JR Tokaido line – stop at the Aino station – from 3 to 22€ a ticket depending on your departing station)
Did you know? Inaugurated in 2001 for the Football World Cup, the stadium will be one of the gems of the next Rugby World Cup. Usually, it’s the Jubilo Iwata supporters who bring crowds to the Ecopa Stadium, but in September and October 2019, it will hear “Alllllllll Blacks”, and the “Allez les Bleus” or “Come on Blues!”
- Sat 28 Sep Japan v Ireland, 8.15am
- Fri 4 Oct South Africa v Italy, 10.45am
- Wed 9 Oct Scotland v Russia, 8.15am
- Fri 11 Oct Australia v Georgia, 11.15am
10. TOKYO – Tokyo Stadium
Capacity: 49.970 spectators
Access: 13 minutes by train from the Shinjuku station or 30 by train from the Shibuya station (Keio line – stop at the Tobitayu station – 2 € a ticket)
Did you know? After abandoning the plans for a New National Stadium for the World Cup, the organisers chose the Ajinomoto Stadium as a replacement. This multi-function stadium is principally known for the exploits of the FC Tokyo and the Tokyo Verdy 1969 football clubs. In 2019, it will resonate with the sound of uproar and exhilaration.
- Fri 20 Sep Japan v Russia, 11.45am
- Sat 21 Sep France v Argentina, 8.15am
- Sun 29 Sep Australia v Wales, 8.45am
- Sat 5 Oct England v Argentina, 9.00am
- Sun 6 Oct New Zealand v Namibia, 5.45am
- Sat 19 Oct QF2 Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A, 11.15am
- Sun 20 Oct QF4 Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B, 11.15am
- Fri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off, 9.00am
11. TOYOTA CITY – Toyota Stadium
Capacity: 45.000 spectators
Access: 50 minutes by train from the Nagoya station (Aichi Loop Railway line – stop at the Toyotashi station – from 5 to 7€ a ticket)
Did you know? It is without a doubt one of the gems of the upcoming World Cup. Inaugurated in 2001, this stadium has a retractable roof which folds down in a unique way, and offers superb acoustics. Get ready to enjoy great rugby moments in this stadium.
- Mon 23 Sep Wales v Georgia, 11.15am
- Sat 28 Sep South Africa v Namibia, 10.45am
- Sat 5 Oct Japan v Samoa, 11.30am
- Sat 12 Oct New Zealand v Italy, 5.45am
12. YOKOHAMA – International Stadium
Access: 10 minutes by train from the Yokohama station (JR Yokohama line – stop at the Shinyokohama station – 2€ a ticket)
Did you know?On the 2nd November 2019, the Rugby planet will have its eyes drawn towards Yokohama. Its stadium, the largest in Japan, will be the epicentre of this 9th edition to the World Cup right up until the Grand Final. A magnificent place imbued with emotion!
- Sat 21 Sep New Zealand v South Africa, 10.45am
- Sun 22 Sep Ireland v Scotland, 8.45am
- Sat 12 Oct England v France, 9.15am
- Sun 13 Oct Japan v Scotland, 11.45am
- Sat 26 Oct Winner QF1 v Winner QF2, 9.00am
- Sun 27 Oct Winner QF3 v Winner QF4, 9.00am
- Sat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final, 9.00am
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