SAPPORO DOME (41,410) Located in Sapporo City, one of the host venues for the 1972 Winter Olympics and one of >> Read more
KAMAISHI UNOSUMAI STADIUM (16,187) Kamaishi has long been known for steelmaking, being the site of Japan’s oldest steelworks. This also >> Read more
KUMAGAYA RUGBY GROUND (24,000) Opened in 1991, the stadium is being redeveloped to meet the 2019 Rugby World Cup standards. >> Read more
TOKYO STADIUM (50,000) Opened in 2001, the Tokyo Stadium is a multi-purpose venue in the nation’s capital. It has a >> Read more
Inaugurated in March 1998 the International Stadium Yokohama has the highest seating capacity of any stadium in Japan. It hosted >> Read more
TOYOTA STADIUM (45,000) Not surprisingly, Toyota is called the “City of Automobiles” stemming from one of the world’s top car >> Read more
OGASAYAMA SPORTS PARK ECOPA STADIUM (50,889) Located in Fukuroi City, the stadium is the centrepiece of the larger Ogasayama Sports >> Read more
HANAZONO RUGBY STADIUM (30,000) Higashi Osaka is renowned for is rugby and in 1929 Hanazono became the first stadium in >> Read more
Misaki Park Stadium (30,312) The Misaki Park Stadium is a mid-sized multi-purpose sports arena located in Kobe. Featuring a fully >> Read more
- Kumamoto Stadium
KUMAMOTO STADIUM (32,000) Kumamoto is home to some of Japan’s most exquisite scenery and national parks. In addition to natural beauty, Kumamoto has such renowned man-made attractions as the 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle, one of the largest in Japan. In the Japan rugby community, several top players have come from Kumamoto and Rugby World Cup 2019 represents a chance for the Kumamoto rugby community to encourage greater participation and further expand the popularity of the sport throughout the prefecture. Also known as “Umakana Yokana Stadium” it is a multi-purpose venue in Higashi-ku that is currently used mostly for football matches, with second-division side Roasso Kumamoto playing there, and some top-tier rugby games.
- Oita Stadium
OITA STADIUM (40,000) Oita and its venue are no strangers to major international sports events, having hosted matches for the 2002 Fifa World Cup and creating an internationally covered human interest story featuring the Cameroon national team and the village that hosted their camp. The strong bonds that developed between the village and Cameroon expanded to include the entire prefecture. The “Big Eye” is a world-class multi-purpose stadium that opened in May 2001 and originally had a capacity of 43,000. But after the 2002 Fifa World Cup ended, 3,000 movable seats in front of the ground were removed, so its current capacity is 40,000. The stadium hosted two first-round games in 2002 as well as the Round-of-16 match between Sweden and Senegal, which the African side won 2-1 after extra-time.
- Hakatanomori Stadium
HAKATANOMORI STADIUM (22,563) Widely known as a gourmet paradise, Fukuoka boasts a wide variety of local specialities. A Fukuoka speciality in a different area is rugby, with the city being the centre of the sport for Japan’s southernmost main island, Kyushu. Rugby in Kyushu got its start when a group of alumni from Keio University in Tokyo working for the same electric utility were transferred to Fukuoka. The team they formed, the Kyushu Rugby Club, led to the wide popularity of the sport. As an indication of rugby’s popularity in Fukuoka, the city actually leads the nation with a proportionately higher number of registered players, compared to cities with much larger populations. Located in the Hakata ward it is the home ground of Avispa Fukuoka football club. The stadium was also host to four games (two match days) in the IRB Junior World Championship in 2009.