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Venues of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan

Rugby World Cup 2019 was staged across Japan in 12 stadiums from the far north in Sapporo City down to the southern Kyushu Island. Explore the unique local culture each city and stadium has to offer.

1. Sapporo Dome

2. Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

3. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

4. Tokyo Stadium

5. International Stadium Yokohama

6. Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa

7. City of Toyota Stadium

8. Hanazono Rugby Stadium

9. Kobe Misaki Stadium

10. Oita Stadium

11. Kumamoto Stadium

12. Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

 

Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome in Sapporo City, host to two matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Sapporo City, Sapporo Dome

Located in a bustling city and the northernmost prefecture of Japan, The Sapporo Dome is the first stadium in the world with an impressive retractable surface, which enables this venue to host both rugby matches on a grass field, and baseball matches on an artificial field.

The stadium is home to the professional football team Consadole Sapporo and professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and also hosted three pool games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Things to do and see

Japan’s fifth-largest city and the prefectural capital of Hokkaid, Sapporo is a vibrant urban hub that offers a diverse food scene which includes world famous beer and the best ramen noodles in Japan. Just an hour away from the centre of Sapporo, explore the famous hot springs of Jozankei Onsen and picturesque Shikotsu Toya national park.

How to get there

The easiest way to get to Sapporo is to take a flight from Tokyo. As Tokoyo-Sapporo is one of the busiest routes in Japan there are several airlines to choose from flying between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo.

By plane

Tokyo to Sapporo – 1 hour 30 mins
Osaka to Sapporo – 2 hours

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities

By plane

From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 30mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture, via Shizuoka Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Chubu Centrair International Airport – 1 hour 45 mins
From Kobe City via Kobe Airport – 1 hour 50 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 20 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 20 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 20 minutes

 

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Kamaishi City, host to two matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™ inc. Uruguays historic win over Fiji.

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium is a new stadium under construction for Rugby World Cup 2019, in honour of the residence of Kamaishi who lost their lives when the city was devastated by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The city of Kamaishi historically hosted one of Japan’s most successful rugby union clubs, Nippon Steel Kamaishi, who won several titles during the 1970s and 1980s.

The 16,187 seat venue is located on the former site of schools destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. Fortunately local children managed to run to higher ground to escape with the support of one another. The story of this successful evacuation became known as “the miracle of Kamaishi”.

Things to do and see

Kamaishi City is found on the southern eastern coast of Iwate Prefecture, within the Sanriku Fukko National Park. Situated in a region of Japan known as the Tohoku region, the area is rich with history and natural beauty. The coast of Kamaishi provides the perfect conditions for oysters, Japanese scallops, wakame seaweed and a large assortment of other fresh seafood.

Hike to the top of Mount Iwate, often referred to as the “Nambu Fuji”, or “Mt. Fuji of the North”, due to its likeness to Japan’s most famous mountain, Mt. Fuji. Once at the top you can enjoy the beautiful views of the nearby Morioka City, the capital of Iwate Prefecture.

For spectacular views of Kamaishi bay, climbs the stairs inside the Kamaishi Daikannon, a large stature of the Buddhist deity of mercy, who has been watching over fishermen and guarding the oceans of the Kamaishi peninsula since the 1970s.

How to get there

Kamaishi City is accessible by both plane and train. Catch the bullet train (Shinkansen) from Tokyo which takes 2 hours 10 minutes, or reach the city by plane from Osaka in 1 hour 20mins.

By train

From Tokyo

Tokyo Station to Moriko Station – 2 hours 10 mins
Tokyo Station to Kamaishi Station – 4 hours 30 mins

By plane

From Osaka
Itami Airport to Iwate Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour 20 mins

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities

By plane

From Sapporo City – 1 hour
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Nagoya Komaki Airport – 1 hour 15 minutes
From Kobe City via Osaka Itami Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoke City via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 5 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 5 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Fukuoka Airport – 2 hours 5 mins

By train

From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City – 5 hours
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 6 hours

 

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Kumagaya City, host to four matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is a well-known rugby venue in Japan with a capacity of 24,000. The stadium is currently undergoing renovation for the tournament and is being converted into an all-seater venue.

Kumagaya City boasts a rich rugby history and is called Japanese rugby’s “hallowed ground of the East” in recognition of its hosting of the annual spring national high school rugby tournament, which is one of two major national high rugby tournament in Japan.

Things to do and see

Conveniently located near Tokyo, Saitama is part of the Greater Tokyo Area and is home to over a quarter of Japan’s entire population. Despite its close proximity to the Tokyo metropolitan area, Saitama prefecture offers visitors the perfect escape from the city, with many of its own natural, historical and cultural attractions.

Historical spots include the Musahi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine with a two thousand year history, the Mitsumine shrine which is one of the best spiritual spots in the Kanto region and the Shodenzan temple, a designated National Treasure.

Saitama Prefecture is also world famous for its Bonsai plants. This traditional form of Japanese art and culture where a tree is planted and meticulously groomed to the artists’ vision dates back to the ninth century. Visit Omiya Bonsai Village, the largest village of its kind in Japan, and learn much more about this unique craft.

Be sure to try the regions famous sake which is often served in a sweet sauce with Unagi (Japanese eel) and udon noodles that make up a stable part of the local diet.

How to get there

Located in the northern part of Tokyo, Kumagaya City, Saitama prefecture is easily accessible by either train or the bullet train. The centre of Saitama City, Omiyam is just 30 minutes from Tokyo by train, and three hours by train from Osaka.

By train

From Tokyo Station to Omiya Station – 30 mins
From Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station – 40mins

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Kobe City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 20mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoke City Airport – 1 hour 40mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City via Tokyo Haned Airport – 1 hour 55 mins

By train

From Iwate Preferecture, Kamaishi City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamaishi City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 2 hours
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 3 hours
From Kobe City – 4hours 15 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 6 hours 50 mins
From Oita Prefecure via Tokyo Haneda Airpor – 1 hour 40 mins

 

Tokyo Stadium

Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo Metropolitan, host to eight matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™ inc. opening ceremony and quarter-final matches.

Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan

Tokyo Stadium which has a capacity of 49,970 will host the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019. The multi-function stadium has a rounded roof cover above the seating area and a range of facilities.

Located in the Chofu area in the west of Tokyo, the venue is less than 25 kilometres from the city centre.

Tokyo is a capital city that continues to surprise, delight and intrigue visitors from all over the world. The city offers historical attractions, entertainment, incredible dining experiences and world class hospitality.

Carry on the excitement and celebration of match day on the bustling streets of Tokyo. For a unique experience visit Golden Gai (“Golden District”) a quaint collection of mismatched bars which are just a few feet wide and offer a one-of-a-kind experience, or explore the area of Roppongi, known for its nightlife, with bars, restaurant and night clubs.

Not just bright lights and skyscrapers, Tokyo has managed to preserve much of its traditional culture amongst the hustle and bustle. The area of Shitamachi which literally means “city centre” is the place to experience old town Tokyo. This includes the Senso-ji Temple, found in the most famous district of Shitamchi, Asakusa.

How to get there

As the capital city of Japan, Tokyo is the biggest hub and is indisputably the easiest place to get to in Japan. A direct flight from the UK to Japan usually takes around 11-12 hours with two international airports flying directly; Haneda Airport (HND, also known as Tokyo International Airport or Tokyo Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport (NRT, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport).

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecure via Fukuoka City – 1 hour 35 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture via Kumamoto City – 1 hour 55 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Fukuoka Aiport – 1 hour 35 mins

By train

From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City – 5 hours
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 40 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City – 30 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 1 hour 25mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 2 hours 30 mins
From Kobe City – 2 hours 45 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City – 5 hours 5mins
From Kukamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 5 hours 45 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 6 hours 10 mins

 

International Stadium Yokohama

International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama City, host to seven matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™ inc. the semi-finals and the final.

International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City

With a capacity of over 72,000, International Stadium Yokohama is the biggest stadium in Japan and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Hospitality flagship venue. Situated just 18 minutes from Tokyo by train, Yokohama Stadium will host the most in-demand matches of the tournament including England vs France, the two semi-finals and the final.

The stadium has previously hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/JapanTM pool round and final match, as well as the 3rd-place match and final match of the 2001 FIFA Club World Cup.

Things to do and see

Yokohama is the capital city in Kanagawa Prefecture situated on the western coast of Tokyo Bay, which is just 20 minutes away from Tokyo (link to this venue page).

Situated just one stop on the bullet train from Tokyo, Kanagawa also offers an array of scenic, historical and modern points of interest including hot springs and spectacular views of Mt Fuji, seen from the Yokohama Landmark Tower.

How to get there

Yokohama is the capital city in the Kanagawa Prefecture and is just minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen. From Osaka, it takes approximately two hours by bullet train making this venue very accessible.

By train

From Tokyo Station to Shin-Yokahama Station – 20 mins
From Shin-Osaka Station to Shin-Yokohama Station – 2 hours

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 55 mins

By train

From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City – 5 hours
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 1 hour 30 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 1 hour 20 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 3 hours
From Kobe City – 3 hours
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 4 hours 50 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 5 hours 25 mins

 

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka Prefecture, host to four matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™ inc. Japan’s historic win over Ireland.

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Stadium lies at the foot of Ogasayama Mountain Park and is surrounded by forests. With a capacity of 50,899 the stadium was built for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ JapanTM.

Things to do and see

Shizuoka has an abundance of attractions, from natural beauty to historic and cultural relics. Witness the stunning beauty of Mt Fuji and hot springs of the Izu Peninsula found along the Pacific coast, which make this region a popular tourist destination.

You will also find sake breweries that use Mt. Fuji’s clear groundwater, originating from snow that has fallen on Mt. Fuji for countless years, in order to brew high quality sake blends. The most famous, the Fuji Takasago Sakes Brewery has a 200-year history and offers brewery tours, sake tastings and shopping. The brewery is located just a ten minute walk from Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji’s head Shinto shrine in Fujinomiya City.

How to get there

Shizuoka City, which is the capital of Shizuoka Prefecture, is located approximately half way between Tokyo and Nagoya. Travel from Tokyo via bullet train (Shinkansen) in an hour, or two hours from Osaka.

By train

From Tokyo Station to Shizuoka Station – 1 hour
From Tokyo Station to Aino Station – 3 hours
From Shin-Osaka Station to Shizuoka Station – 2 hours
From Shin-Osaka Staton to Aino Station – 1 hour 50 mins

 Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 55 mins

By train

From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City – 5 hours
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 1 hour 30 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 1 hour 20 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 3 hours
From Kobe City – 3 hours
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 4 hours 50 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 5 hours 25 mins

 

City of Toyota Stadium

City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, host four matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City

City of Toyota Stadium offers a theatre-like feel with a unique, retractable roof that folds like an accordion. The venue that has a capacity of 45,000 has previously hosted the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 semi-final.

Things to do and see

Aichi Prefecture is seen to offer visitors the perfect mix of history, culture and technological advancements.

The prefectures capital, Nagoya, is the fourth largest city in Japan, after Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka.

How to get there

Situated between Japan’s two biggest cities, Toyota City is just over an hour from Tokyo by bullet train and just 50 minutes from Osaka.

By train

From Shin-Osaka Station to Nagoya Station – 50 mins
From Sin-Osaka Station to Toyotashi Station – 1 hour 50 mins
Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 45 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour 15 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 1 hour 10 mins

By Train

From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 3 hours
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 2hours
From Kobe City – 2 hours 20 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 4 hours
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 4 hours 14 mins

 

Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashi-Osaka City, host to four matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashi-Osaka City

Hanazono Rugby Stadium is Japan’s oldest dedicated rugby union stadium. Built in 1929, the stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and hosts Japan’s annual National High School Rugby Tournament, which draws teams from all 47 prefectures.

Things to do and see

Japan’s second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, Osaka is a vast industrial city with impressive, modern architecture and up to the minute technology from across the world.

The city of Osaka has a culture of culinary hedonism which includes more than 100 michelin-starred restaurants. People in Japan are known to refer to the city as “Kuidaore”, which translated means “to enjoy really good food to the last bite”.

There are also a number of historical landmarks to visit including Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple (the first and oldest Buddhist temple in Japan), and the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.

How to get there

Osaka is one of the biggest metropolitan hubs in the Kansai area and has good transport links. From Tokyo you can get to the city by bullet train in two hours thirty minutes or by plane in just over an hour.

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By Plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 50 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 10 mins
From Fukuoka Prefecure via Fukuoka City – 1 hour 5 mins
From Oita Prefecture via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 55 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 10 mins

By train

From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 4 hours
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City – 3 hours 30 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 2 hours 25 mins
From Kobe City – 1 hour
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 3 hours 10 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 1 hour 5 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 4 hours 15mins

 

Kobe Misaki Stadium

Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe City, host to four matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City

Kobe Misaki Stadium has a capacity of 30,132 and has hosted 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ JapanTM games, as well as Japan national football and rugby team matches. The minimum length from the stand to the seats is only 6 metres which offers fans an up close viewing experience.

Things to do and see

Kobe city is Japan’s sixth-largest city and the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. As an important centre for business the city also has plenty of things to do and great places to shop and eat.

Kobe’s culinary speciality, known by many as Japanese Wagyu or “kobe beef” is world famous. The city is also known for high-quality seafood and numerous other delicious local specialities.

How to get there

Get to Kobe by bullet train in around two hours forty minutes from Tokyo, or just 12 minutes from Osaka.

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 50 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 20 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 10 mins

By train

From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City – 3 hours
From Shizuoka Prefecture – 2 hours 30 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 2 hours 20mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 2 hours 20 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 2 hour 50 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 3 hours 30mins

 

Oita Stadium

Oita Stadium in Oita Prefecture, host to matches at five Rugby World Cup 2019™ inc. two fo the quarter-final matches.

Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

Oita Stadium was designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ JapanTM. It has the biggest retractable roof in Japan which has earned it the nickname, “the Big Eye”, due to its resemblance to a winking human eye, when opening and closing.

Oita is a coastal prefecture in Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu with a number of sightseeing spots both in the bustling city and surrounding areas.

It’s famous in Japan for its natural hot springs and throughout the city there are many geothermal spas to choose from, designed to suit different types of groups.

How to get there

Oita Airport is the main commercial airport in Oita Prefecture. There are daily flights between Tokyo and Oita with average flight time of an hour and a half. Oita is also accessible from Osaka, either by plane which can take just under an hour, or by bullet train.

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 2 hours 20 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 2 hours 50 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture, via Shizuoka Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Chubu Centrair International Airport – 1 hour 10 mins

By train

From Kobe City – 3 hours 30mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 1 hour 45 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 2 hour 20 mins

 

Kumamoto Stadium

Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto City, host to two matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City

This multi-purpose stadium is very distinctive, with a wing-shaped roof supported by floodlight pylons. The stadium has a capacity of 32,000 and hosts football matches and Top League rugby games.

Things to do and see

Kumamoto City is a gateway to the popular Aso-san region and is most famous for its castle which dates back to the 17th century. Explore Shimotori and Kamitori, the two popular districts for shopping and eating out, with countless sushi bars and ramen shops to choose from.

How to get there

You can catch a flight or bullet train from either Tokyo or Osaka to reach Kumamoto City, which is located in the central part of Kyushu Island. Flights between the cities can take just 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo and just over an hour from Osaka.

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 2 hours 20 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 2 hours 5 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 55 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 55 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture, via Shizuoka Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Chubu Centrair International Airport – 1 hour 30 mins

By train

From Kobe City – 2 hours 50mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 40 mins From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 2 hour 20 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 2 hour 20 mins

 

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka City, host to three matches at Rugby World Cup 2019™

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City

Located within walking distance form Fukuoka International Airport, the stadium is surrounded by forests at the centre of Fukoaka City. The venue has a capacity of 22,563 and due to the design; spectators can experience the game within a close distance from the field.

Things to do and see

Located in the north of the island of Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture is an industrial hub, with nearly 40% of the island’s economy coming from Fukuoka. The modern city, which is Japan’s fifth largest, has a rich food culture that is not to be missed. This includes Hakata tonkotsu ramen noodles and fresh seafood.

The prefecture also has a plethora of historic shrines, templates and castle ruins to explore, such as the famous Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.

How to get there

It’s easy to get to Fukuoka City from Tokyo or Osaka by plane or bullet train. There are frequent flights between the cities which can take about 1 hour 35 minutes from Tokyo, or 1 hour 10 minutes from Osaka.

Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities

By plane

From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 2 hour 20 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 2 hours 5 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Chubu Centrair International Airport – 1 hour 20 mins

By train

From Shizuoka Prefecture – 4 hours 20 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 4 hours
From Kobe City – 2 hours 20mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City –40 mins
From Oita Prefecture – 1 hour 45mins