Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is a well-known rugby venue in Japan with a capacity of 24,000. The stadium is currently undergoing renovation for the tournament and is being converted into an all-seater venue.
Kumagaya City boasts a rich rugby history and is called Japanese rugby’s “hallowed ground of the East” in recognition of its hosting of the annual spring national high school rugby tournament, which is one of two major national high rugby tournament in Japan.
Things to do and see
Conveniently located near Tokyo, Saitama is part of the Greater Tokyo Area and is home to over a quarter of Japan’s entire population. Despite its close proximity to the Tokyo metropolitan area, Saitama prefecture offers visitors the perfect escape from the city, with many of its own natural, historical and cultural attractions.
Historical spots include the Musahi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine with a two thousand year history, the Mitsumine shrine which is one of the best spiritual spots in the Kanto region and the Shodenzan temple, a designated National Treasure.
Saitama Prefecture is also world famous for its Bonsai plants. This traditional form of Japanese art and culture where a tree is planted and meticulously groomed to the artists’ vision dates back to the ninth century. Visit Omiya Bonsai Village, the largest village of its kind in Japan, and learn much more about this unique craft.
Be sure to try the regions famous sake which is often served in a sweet sauce with Unagi (Japanese eel) and udon noodles that make up a stable part of the local diet.
How to get there
Located in the northern part of Tokyo, Kumagaya City, Saitama prefecture is easily accessible by either train or the bullet train. The centre of Saitama City, Omiyam is just 30 minutes from Tokyo by train, and three hours by train from Osaka.
From Tokyo Station to Omiya Station – 30 mins
From Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station – 40mins
Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities
From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 1 hour 30 mins
From Kobe City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 20mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoke City Airport – 1 hour 40mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City via Tokyo Haned Airport – 1 hour 55 mins
From Iwate Preferecture, Kamaishi City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Kamaishi City – 4 hours 20 mins
From Shizuoke Prefecture – 2 hours
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City – 3 hours
From Kobe City – 4hours 15 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 6 hours 50 mins
From Oita Prefecure via Tokyo Haneda Airpor – 1 hour 40 mins