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Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium - Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium is located as a part of Unosumai Recreation Park in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. Kamaishi is the only host venue affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Kamaishi City

Located on the Southeastern coast of Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi is known as the perfect place to cultivate oysters, Japanese scallops, seaweed, and various fresh seafood.

It is also famous for the site of the steel industry and is home to the Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site, which are recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.

 

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium)

The place used to be an elementary and middle school, but this Unosumai area, located only 500 meters away from the coast, was devastated by the huge tsunami struck on March 11, 2011.

Around 600 students held hands as they made it safely to the high ground on that day which has made Unosumai a symbol of disaster resilience.

The place has been converted into this newly built stadium, which is completed in August 2018 (capacity: 16,000 seats).

 

Access to Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

The stadium can be accessed from Kamaishi station via shuttle bus (15 minutes from the station to the stadium).

Kamaishi station can be either accessed by Train, Airplane or Express Bus.

 

How to access to Kamaishi from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka

From Tokyo to Kamaishi

You can take Tohoku Shinkansen (operated by JR East) from Tokyo station to Shin-Hananomaki station which takes approximately 3 hours, and then transfer to JR Kamaishi line at Shin-Hananomaki station and it takes another 2 hours to reach Kamaishi station.

You can also take an express bus departing from Ikebukuro. It takes around 10 hours (Kesen Liner or Tono/Kamaishi Gou) but the bus will take you directly to Kamaishi station.

From Osaka to Kamaishi

Shinkansen is available from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo, but there is no direct Shinkansen from Osaka to Kamaishi, so you need to transfer at Tokyo station after 2 hours and 33 minutes ride from Shin-Osaka station to Tokyo station.

Or, there is a direct flight from Osaka International Airport to Iwate Hanamaki Aiport which takes 1 hour and 25 minutes.

You can then get to Shin-Hanamaki station and take JR Kamaishi line.

From Nagoya to Kamaishi

Shinkansen is available from Nagoya to Tokyo, but there is no direct Shinkansen from Nagoya to Kamaishi, so you need to transfer at Tokyo station after 1 hour and 43 minutes ride from Nagoya station to Tokyo station.

Or, there is a direct flight from Nagoya (Komaki) Airport to Iwate Hanamaki Aiport which takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.

You can then get to Shin-Hanamaki station and take JR Kamaishi line.

From Fukuoka to Kamaishi

Although you can take Shinkansen from Fukuoka, it will take more than 10 hours, taking a plane may be a better idea.

There is a direct flight from Fukuoka Airport to Iwate Hanamaki Aiport which takes 2 hours. You can then get to Shin-Hanamaki station and take JR Kamaishi line.

 

How to go to the stadium with Japan Rail Pass

If you plan to use JR Pass, you can take Shinkansen to Shin-Hanamaki station from Tokyo station. You can also use your JR Pass from Shin-Hanamaki station to Kamaishi station which is operated by JR Kamaishi line.

 

Matches at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

There will be 2 matches at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

  • 2019 September 25th (Sun.) 14:15 Fiji vs. Uruguay
  • 2019 October 13th (Sun.) 12:15 Namibia vs. Canada

 

Kamaishi attractions

What to do in Kamaishi

Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

This site is recognized as the birthplace of Japan’s modern iron and steel industry. It officially registered as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015. The place played a crucial role in the rapid industrialization of the Meiji Era until the operations ceased in 1894.

Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

Kamaishi Iron and Steel History Museum

The Iron and Steel History Museum features exhibitions of the history of the development of the industry in Kamaishi and many achievements of founder Mr. Takato Oshima and his fellow pioneers.

Kamaishi Daikannon

After 10 minutes ride by taxi from Kamaishi Station, you will see a 48.5 meter tall statue. It is the Buddhist goddess of mercy, called Kannon (“Dai” literally means “Big” so Daikannon means a big kannon) in Japanese.

Completed in 1970 on a peninsula south of central Kamaishi, the Daikannon holds a fish in its hand and stands facing toward the sea watching over Kamaishi's sailors for their large catch and safety.

Kamaishi Daikannon 

What to eat in Kamaishi

Since Kamaishi is known as one of the world’s best fishing areas, there are a lot of restaurants around town serving top quality seafood.

The area is particularly famous for oysters, Japanese scallops and sea pineapple, so it may be a good idea to visit one of the restaurants in the city to enjoy great seafood Kamaishi offers.

 

Where to stay in Kamaishi

There are hotels in Kamaishi city and cities around Kamaishi, such as Miyako. Please check hotels in below. You can reserved hotels through travel agent sites, such as Booking.com.

 

 

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