Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
Oita Stadium was designed by the famous architect, Kisho Kurokawa for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ JapanTM. It has the biggest retractable roof in Japan which has earned it the nickname, “the Big Eye”, due to its resemblance to a winking human eye, when opening and closing.
Oita is a coastal prefecture in Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu with a number of sightseeing spots both in the bustling city and surrounding areas.
It’s famous in Japan for its natural hot springs and throughout the city there are many geothermal spas to choose from, designed to suit different types of groups.
How to get there
Oita Airport is the main commercial airport in Oita Prefecture. There are daily flights between Tokyo and Oita with average flight time of an hour and a half. Oita is also accessible from Osaka, either by plane which can take just under an hour, or by bullet train.
Access via other Rugby World Cup 2019 host cities
From Sapporo City via New Chitose Airport – 2 hours 20 mins
From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City via Hanamaki Airport – 2 hours 50 mins
From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokahama City via Tokyo Haneda Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Shizuoka Prefecture, via Shizuoka Airport – 1 hour 40 mins
From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City via Chubu Centrair International Airport – 1 hour 10 mins
From Kobe City – 3 hours 30mins
From Fukuoka Prefecture – 1 hour 45 mins
From Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City – 2 hour 20 mins