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.
Tokyo Station to Moriko Station – 2 hours 10 mins
Tokyo Station to Kamaishi Station – 4 hours 30 mins
Itami Airport to Iwate Hanamaki Airport – 1 hour 20 mins
Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities
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
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City – 5 hours
From Shizuoke Prefecture – 6 hours