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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium - Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is located in Kumagaya city, Saitama Prefecture. This stadium is the main stadium for rugby in Saitama Prefecture and is famously used for University League games in Japan.

Kumagaya

Surrounded by rich nature yet having convenient access from the city center of Tokyo, Kumagaya has many spots to entertain tourists.

You can easily access to other famous sightseeing spots in Saitama Prefecture, such as Nagatoro and Kawagoe, from Kumagaya as well.

 

Stadium

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is part of a larger sports complex which also includes a small athletics stadium and a large arena. The whole complex is located in the Kumagaya Sports & Culture Park.

To increase its capacity, 6,000 temporary seats will be added to the stand (current capacity: 24,000 seats) by Rugby World Cup 2019.

 

Access to Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

The stadium is located in 10-minute walking distance from Tobitakyu station (Keio line) which is about 500 meters distance from the station and is connected via walkway directly from the North exit of the station.

Shuttle buses are operated in the event of big games such as J League game seasons or when large-scale events take place.

Train / Bus

Kumagaya station (JR, Takasaki and Chichibu line) is the nearest station to the stadium, however, you need to take a bus from Kumagaya station to the stadium.

From the station, you can either take the bus for 1) Kawada, get off at Akagi Jinja after 12 minutes ride, and then walk to the stadium for 5 minutes, 2) Kumagaya Sports & Culture Park, get off at the last stop after 15 minutes bus ride, and then walk for 2 minutes, or 3) Kumagaya Dorm, get off at Rugby Jo Iriguthi after 10 minutes ride and then walk for 2 minutes.

Kumagaya station

Shuttle bus

When there is a large event at the stadium, shuttle buses will be oprating from Kumagaya station.

 

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

From Tokyo to Kumagaya

You can take Hokuriku or Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Kumagaya station (takes 38 minutes total).

Or, you can use the local train (JR Takasaki Line) which will take you from Tokyo station to Kumagaya station in 1 hour and 10 minutes. If you don’t want to spend too much on transportation, then taking a Shinkansen may be a good idea.

From Osaka to Kumagaya

Shinkansen is available from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo station (there’s no direct Shinkansen to Kumagaya, so you always need to transfer at Tokyo station).

It takes about 2 hours 33 minutes to Tokyo station. Please transfer at Tokyo station and get to the platform of Hokuriku or Joetsu Shinkansen and head to Kumagaya station.

From Nagoya to Kumagaya

Shinkansen is available from Nagoya to Tokyo station (there’s no direct Shinkansen to Kumagaya, so you always need to transfer at Tokyo station).

It takes about 1 hours 41 minutes to Tokyo station. Please transfer at Tokyo station and get to the platform of Hokuriku or Joetsu Shinkansen and head to Kumagaya station.

From Fukuoka to Kumagaya

Taking a domestic flight from Fukuoka Airport to Haneda Airport, or using Shinkansen are the options traveling from Fukuoka to Tokyo and then to Kumagaya.

It takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Fukuoka Airport to Haneda Airport. There are more than three airlines operating direct flights between these cities, so taking a flight may be the fastest and most convenient way to reach Tokyo from Fukuoka area.

You can also take a Shinkansen from Hakata to Tokyo without any transit. It takes 4 hours 57 minutes by Nozomi train (not available for JR Pass) from Hakata to Tokyo. If you have JR Pass, you can take Hikari or Kodama trains from Fukuoka to Tokyo but it takes much longer than Nozomi. A transfer may be required at Shin-Osaka or Nagoya station depending on the train you take.

Please transfer at Tokyo station and get to the platform of Hokuriku or Joetsu Shinkansen and head to Kumagaya station.

 

How to go to the stadium with Japan Rail Pass

If you plan to use JR Pass, you can take any Shinkansen to JR Kumagaya station from any major JR stations in Japan.

 

Matches at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

There will be 3 matches at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.

  • 2019 September 24th (Tue.) 19:15 Russia vs. Samoa
  • 2019 September 29th (Sun.) 14:15 Georgia vs. Uruguay
  • 2019 October 9th (Wed.) 13:45 Argentina vs. U.S.A.

 

Kumagaya attractions

What to do in Kumagaya

Menuma Shodenzan Temple

Covered with colorful sculptures, Shodenzan Temple is a famous temple regarded as one of Japan’s three greatest temples enshrining Nandikesvara. People visit here believing it as a god of matchmaking. It was the first building in Saitama Prefecture to be listed as a national treasure.

Nagatoro River Boating & Whitewater Rafting

Nagatoro is the place you can enjoy seasonal flowers, hiking and water sports, such as white water rafting down the Nagatoro River. You can get to Nagatoro within an hour from Kumagaya by train.

Nagatoro river boating & whitewater rafting 

What to eat in Kumagaya

Kumagaya is knowns as one of the leading producers of wheat in Japan. One of the main Japanese dishes made from wheat is Udon, thick Japanese noodles. Udon is widely available at restaurants across Japan but its homeland may be the best place to try. Udon can be prepared in various hot and cold dishes.

 

Where to stay in Kumagaya

There are reasonable hotels in Kumagaya. However, hotel prices will be expected to be increased during the world cup. Also, hotels in Kumagaya can be full quickly. We recommend you to book as early as possible.

 

If there is no availability at hotels in Kumagaya, hotels in Saitama city can be option as Saitama city is close to Kumagaya city. Kumagaya can be accessed from Saitama by train easily.

Hotels in Saitama city:

 

 

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