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2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan

Hello from Taipei, where I recently arrived back after a month in Japan for the Rugby World Cup while running my website Rugby Guide Japan (archived here), and before that a month seeing family back home (though I likely won’t blog that up as it mostly consisted of hospital visits and sadly a funeral).

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Rugby Guide Japan Archive

This is the main navigation page for my old website Rugby Guide Japan, which was a guide to help rugby fans visiting Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Following the end of the tournament I took the website down, but archived the useful content here either in its original form,

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Japan Autumn Colours Guide for the Rugby World Cup

Buddha statue and autumn colours at Osorezan, Aomori

This post originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website (which is archived here if you want to check it out), providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. But obviously autumn is still autumn regardless of whether there’s a World Cup taking place,

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Yokohama International Stadium

Yokohama International Stadium

This beast certainly isn’t the prettiest stadium in Japan, but it is the biggest. The home stadium of Yokohama F Marinos FC, Yokohama International Stadium has a capacity of 72,300 and played a major role in both the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Kobe Wing Stadium

Kobe Misaki Stadium aka Kobe Wing Stadium

Still popularly known by its former name of Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe Misaki Stadium is home to Vissel Kobe (football J1) and Kobelco Steelers (rugby union Top League), so while not a dedicated rugby stadium it does see regular rugby and was therefore a logical choice for the Rugby World Cup.

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Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka

Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium

Shizuoka Prefecture’s 50,000 seat Ecopa Stadium opened just before the 2002 FIFA World Cup (hosting 3 games), and as the prefecture’s biggest stadium is used as a part-time home ground by both main Shizuoka teams (the nearby Jubilo Iwata, and Shizuoka City based S-Pulse). It’s also sometimes used by the Brave Blossoms for home international test matches,

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Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby site down; Rugby Guide Japan is archived here if you want to check it out.

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Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium

Ajinomoto Stadium, Chofu, Tokyo

A major J-League football stadium, Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium (de-branded as simply ‘Tokyo Stadium’ for the Olympics) has a capacity of 50000 and is home to FC Tokyo. It was one of the key stadiums in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (hosting the opening ceremony and 5 pool matches,

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Kumamoto Egao Kenko Stadium

Kumamoto Egao Kenji Stadium

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby site down; Rugby Guide Japan is archived here if you want to check it out.

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Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Higashi-Osaka’s Hanazono Stadium is one of the few dedicated rugby venues being used in 2019, and prides itself on being ‘the sacred ground of Japanese rugby’.

Higashi Hanazono Station, Kintetsu Line

There are little signs of rugby fever everywhere in the detail of the road signs & manhole covers and so on, and even a small Shinto shrine dedicated to rugby in the area.

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Toyota Stadium

The 45,000-seat Toyota Stadium is home to Nagoya Grampus Eight football club (the J1 club formerly of Gary Lineker and Arsene Wenger fame), and one of the most architecturally impressive of the lot. Yes, it’s the same Toyota as the car company – Toyota is in fact the name of the city where the company is based (Toyota-shi),

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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby site down; Rugby Guide Japan is archived here if you want to check it out.

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Oita Bank Dome

Oita Bank Dome

This page originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website, providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. It may still be useful for future visitors, so I’ve moved it here after taking the rugby site down; Rugby Guide Japan is archived here if you want to check it out.

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Fukuoka Level 5 Stadium

Fukuoka Level 5 Stadium

A handsome little football stadium (capacity 25,000) discreetly tucked away within a residential environment, unlike the other two Kyushu rugby venues this one’s super convenient. You can walk to Level 5 Stadium in 25 minutes from Fukuoka Airport, which in turn is just 5 minutes by subway from the bullet train at Hakata Station or 10 minutes from downtown Fukuoka.

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Hanazono Rugby Shrine, Higashi-Osaka

Kasuga rugby shrine, Hanazono, Higashi-Osaka

Heading to a match at Osaka’s Hanazono Rugby Stadium?

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

There’s a shrine (Yoshita Kasuga Shrine) dedicated to rugby near the stadium where players & fans of the local team Kintetsu Liners pray for success on the field – if you make a detour en route to the stadium you can do the same for your team!

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