For the first time in history, the Rugby World Cup is leaving the homelands of the oval ball and venturing into the Land of the Rising Sun. Between tradition and modernity, Japan will offer us a new and exciting competition in an exotic setting. From Oita to Sapporo, passing through Tokyo, discover the 12 stadiums of this 9th edition of the Rugby World Cup below.
SAPPORO DOMECapacity: 41.410 spectators
Access: 13 minutes by metro from the city centre (Toho line – stop at the Fukusumi station – approx. 2 € a ticket)MORE INFO
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.
Saturday 21st September - 1.45pm: Australia – Fiji (D)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN SAPPORO
Sunday 22nd September - 7.15pm: England – Tonga (C)
KAMAISHI RECOVERY MEMORIAL STADIUMCapacity: 16.187 spectators
Access: information coming soonMORE INFO
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.
Wednesday 25th September - 2.15pm: Fiji – Uruguay (D)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Kamaishi
Sunday 13th October - 12.15pm: Namibia – Repechage winner (B)
Kumagaya Rugby StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Tuesday 24th September - 7.15pm: Russia – Samoa (A)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Kumagaya
Sunday 29th September - 2.15pm: Georgia – Uruguay (D)
Wednesday 9th October - 1.45pm: Argentina – USA (C)
Tokyo StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Friday 20th September - 7.45pm:Japan – Russia (A)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Tokyo
Saturday 21st September - 4.15pm: France – Argentina (C)
Sunday 29th September - 4.45pm: Australia – Wales (D)
Saturday 5th October - 5pm: England – Argentina (C)
Sunday 6th October - 1.45pm: New Zealand – Namibia (B)
Saturday 19th October - 7.15pm: Quarter Final 2
Sunday 20th October - 7.15pm: Quarter Final 4
Friday 1st November - 6pm: Runner Up Final
INTERNATIONAL STADIUM YOKOHAMACapacity: 72.327 spectators
Access: 10 minutes by train from the Yokohama station (JR Yokohama line – stop at the Shinyokohama station – 2€ a ticket)MORE INFO
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!
Saturday 21st September - 6.45pm: New Zealand – South Africa (B)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Yokohama
Sunday 22nd September - 4.45pm: Ireland – Scotland (A)
Saturday 12th October - 5.15pm: England – France (C)
Sunday 13th October - 7.45pm: Japan – Scotland (A)
Saturday 26th October - 5pm: Semi-final 1
Sunday 27th October - 6pm: Semi-final 2
Saturday 2nd November - 6pm: Final
Shizuoka Stadium EcopaCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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!”
Saturday 28th September - 4.15pm: Japan – Ireland (A)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Shizuoka
Friday 4th October - 6.45pm: South Africa – Italy (B)
Wednesday 9th October - 4.15pm: Scotland – Russia (A)
Friday 11th October - 7.15pm: Australia – Georgia (D)
City of Toyota StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Monday 23rd September - 7.15pm: Wales – Georgia (D)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Toyota
Saturday 28th September - 6.45pm: South Africa – Namibia (B)
Saturday 5th October - 7.30pm: Japan – Samoa (A)
Saturday 12th October - 1.45pm: New Zealand – Italy (B)
Hanazono Rugby StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Sunday 22nd September - 2.15pm: Italy – Namibia (B)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Osaka
Saturday 28th September - 1.45pm: Argentina – Tonga (C)
Thursday 3rd October - 2.15pm: Georgia – Fiji (D)
Saturday 13th October - 2.45pm: USA – Tonga (C)
Fukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Thursday 26th September - 4.45pm: Italy – Repechage winner (B)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Fukuoka
Wednesday 2nd October - 4.45pm: France – USA (C)
Saturday 12th October - 7.45pm: Ireland – Samoa (A)
Kobe Misaki StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Thursday 26th September - 7.45pm: England – USA (C)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Kobe
Monday 30th September - 7.15pm: Scotland – Samoa (A)
Thursday 3rd October: Ireland – Russia (A)
Tuesday 8th October - 7.15pm: South Africa – Repechage winner (B)
Kumamoto StadiumCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Sunday 6th October - 4.45pm: France – Tonga (C)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Kumamoto
Sunday 13th October - 5.15pm: Wales – Uruguay (D)
OITA STADIUMCapacity: 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)MORE INFO
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.
Wednesday 2nd October - 7.15pm: New Zealand – Repechage winner (B)DISCOVER OUR PACKAGES IN Oita
Saturday 5th October - 2.15pm: Australia – Uruguay (D)
Wednesday 9th October - 6.45pm: Wales – Fiji (D)
Saturday 19th October - 4.15pm: Quarter final 1
Sunday 20th October - 4.15pm: Quarter final 3