Rugby World Cup: Countdown to Kickoff

2019 Rugby World Cup: Match Venues and Host Cities

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup, in which the world’s top-ranked rugby teams will face off in matches played at a total of 12 different stadiums around Japan, kicks off on September 20.

The venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup include Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, which has been newly built in the tsunami-hit city of Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture. The final will be held at International Stadium Yokohama, which previously hosted the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Read on for a list of all the venues and fixtures.

Sapporo Dome

  • Address: 1 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira Ward, Sapporo
  • Capacity: 41,410
  • Opened: May 2001
  • Access: 13 minutes from Sapporo Station on the Sapporo Municipal Subway to Fukuzumi Station on the Tōhō Subway Line, then 10 minutes’ walk. Alternatively, get on a bus for Sapporo Dome and get off at the Fukuzumi 3-jō 3-chōme bus stop, a 2-minute walk from the venue.

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Australia vs Fiji September 21 (Saturday) 1:45 pm
England vs Tonga September 22 (Sunday) 7:15 pm

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium: Kamaishi, Iwate

  • Address: 18-5-1 Unosumaichō, Kamaishi, Iwate
  • Capacity: 16,334 (including temporary seating)
  • Opened: August 2018
  • Access: 13 minutes from Kamaishi Station to Unosumai Station on the Rias Line (Sanriku Railway), then 7 minutes’ walk. Alternatively, take an Iwateken-kōtsū bus and get off at the Unosumai bus stop, then 10 minutes’ walk

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Fiji vs Uruguay September 25 (Wednesday) 2:15 pm
Namibia vs Canada October 13 (Sunday) 12:15 pm

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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium: Kumagaya, Saitama

  • Address: 810 Kamikawakami, Kumagaya, Saitama
  • Capacity: 25,600
  • Opened: March 1991
  • Access: From Kumagaya Station (JR or Chichibu Railway) take a Kokusai-jūō-kōtsū bus (15 minutes) to the Kumagaya Sports Bunka-kōen bus stop, 2 minutes’ walk from the venue, or the Rugby-Jō Iriguchi bus stop, 4 minutes’ walk from the venue

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Russia vs Samoa September 24 (Tuesday) 7:15 pm
Georgia vs Uruguay September 29 (Sunday) 2:15 pm
Argentina vs United States October 9 (Wednesday) 1:45 pm

Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo

  • Address: 376-3 Nishimachi, Chōfu, Tokyo
  • Capacity: 49,970
  • Opened: October 2000
  • Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Tobitakyū Station (Keiō Line) or 20 minutes’ walk from Tama Station (Seibu Tamagawa Line)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Japan vs Russia September 20 (Friday) 7:45 pm
France vs Argentina September 21 (Saturday) 4:15 pm
Australia vs Wales September 29 (Sunday) 4:45 pm
England vs Argentina October 5 (Saturday) 5:00 pm
New Zealand vs Namibia October 6 (Sunday) 1:45 pm
Quarterfinal 2: Winner Pool B vs Runner-Up Pool A October 19 (Saturday) 7:15 pm
Quarterfinal 4: Winner Pool A vs Runner-Up Pool B October 20 (Sunday) 7:15 pm
Bronze final November 1 (Friday) 6:00 pm

International Stadium Yokohama

  • Address: 3300 Kozukue-chō, Kōhoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
  • Capacity: 72,327
  • Opened: October 1997
  • Access: 14 minutes’ walk from JR Shin-Yokohama Station or 12 minutes’ walk from Shin-Yokohama on the Yokohama Municipal Subway. Alternatively, 10 minutes’ walk from Kozukue Station (JR Yokohama Line)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
New Zealand vs South Africa September 21 (Saturday) 6:45 pm
Ireland vs Scotland September 22 (Sunday) 4:45 pm
England vs France October 12 (Saturday) 5:15 pm
Japan vs Scotland October 13 (Sunday) 7:45 pm
Semifinal 1: Winner Quarterfinal 1 vs Winner Quarterfinal 2 October 26 (Saturday) 5:00 pm
Semifinal 2: Winner Quarterfinal 3 vs Winner Quarterfinal 4 October 27 (Sunday) 6:00 pm
Final November 2 (Saturday) 6:00 pm

Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa: Fukuroi, Shizuoka

  • Address: 2300-1 Aino, Fukuroi, Shizuoka
  • Capacity: 50,889
  • Opened: March 2001
  • Access: 15 minutes’ walk from Aino Station (JR Tōkaidō Main Line)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Japan vs Ireland September 28 (Saturday) 4:15 pm
South Africa vs Italy October 4 (Friday) 6:45 pm
Scotland vs Russia October 9 (Wednesday) 4:15 pm
Australia vs Georgia October 11 (Friday) 7:15 pm

City of Toyota Stadium: Toyota, Aichi

  • Address: 7-2 Sengokuchō, Toyota, Aichi
  • Capacity: 45,000
  • Opened: June 2001
  • Access: 15 minutes’ walk from Toyotashi Station (Meitetsu Mikawa Line), or 17 minutes’ walk from Shin-Toyota Station (Aichi Loop Railway)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Wales vs Georgia September 23 (Monday) 7:15 pm
South Africa vs Namibia September 28 (Saturday) 6:45 pm
Japan vs Samoa October 5 (Saturday) 7:30 pm
New Zealand vs Italy October 12 (Saturday) 1:45 pm

Hanazono Rugby Stadium: Higashiōsaka

  • Address: 1-1-1 Matsubara-Minami, Higashiōsaka
  • Capacity: 24,000 (including temporary seating)
  • Opened: 1929
  • Access: 10 minutes’ walk from Higashi-Hanazono Station (Kintetsu Nara Line), or 15 minutes’ walk from Yoshita Station (Kintetsu Keihanna Line)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Italy vs Namibia September 22 (Sunday) 2:15 pm
Argentina vs Tonga September 28 (Saturday) 1:45 pm
Georgia vs Fiji October 3 (Thursday) 2:15 pm
United States vs Tonga October 13 (Sunday) 2:45 pm

Kobe Misaki Stadium: Kobe

  • Address: 1-2-2 Misaki-chō, Hyōgo Ward, Kobe, Hyōgo
  • Capacity: 30,132
  • Opened: 2001
  • Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Misaki Kōen Station on the Kaigan Line (Kobe Municipal Subway)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
England vs United States September 26 (Thursday) 7:45 pm
Scotland vs Samoa September 30 (Monday) 7:15 pm
Ireland vs Russia October 3 (Thursday) 7:15 pm
South Africa vs Canada October 8 (Tuesday) 7:15 pm

Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium: Fukuoka

  • Address: 2-1-1 Higashi-Hirao Kōen, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka
  • Capacity: 21,562
  • Opened: 1995
  • Access: From Fukuokakūkō Station (Fukuoka City Subway), the stadium is 25 minutes’ walk or 10 minutes by Nishitetsu shuttle bus from Exit 3

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
Italy vs Canada September 26 (Thursday) 4:45 pm
France vs United States October 2 (Wednesday) 4:45 pm
Ireland vs Samoa October 12 (Saturday) 7:45 pm

Kumamoto Stadium: Kumamoto

  • Address: 2776 Hirayamamachi, Higashi Ward, Kumamoto
  • Capacity: 30,228
  • Opened: August 1998
  • Access: 15 minutes by taxi from Aso Kumamoto Airport. Alternatively, take a Kyūshū Sankō Bus (50 minutes) from JR Kumamoto Station and get off at Park Dome Kumamoto-Mae bus stop, 1 minute’s walk from the venue, or get off at Hikarino Mori Station on the JR Hōhi Main Line and take a taxi (10 minutes)

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
France vs Tonga October 6 (Sunday) 4:45 pm
Wales vs Uruguay October 13 (Sunday) 5:15 pm

Ōita Stadium

  • Address: 1351 Yokoo, Ōita
  • Capacity: 40,000
  • Opened: March 2001
  • Access: Get on an Ōita Bus from Ōita Station (45 minutes) and get off at the Ōita Sports Kōen Higashi stop, 5 minutes’ walk from the venue

• Matches

Date Kick-Off
New Zealand vs Canada October 2 (Wednesday) 7:15 pm
Australia vs Uruguay October 5 (Saturday) 2:15 pm
Wales vs Fiji October 9 (Wednesday) 6:45 pm
Quarterfinal 1: Winner Pool C vs Runner-Up Pool D October 19 (Saturday) 4:15 pm
Quarterfinal 3: Winner Pool D vs Runner-Up Pool C October 20 (Sunday) 4:15 pm

(Originally published in Japanese. All photos courtesy of Rugby World Cup organizing committee unless where otherwise noted. Banner photo: Spectators held fishermen’s flags at an August 2018 match held to commemorate the completion of the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. © Jiji.)

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