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
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 Fukuoke 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
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 4 hours
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City – 3 hours 30 mins
From Shizuoke 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