Kumamoto Stadium is located in Kumamoto city in Kyushu island. It is one of the 3 stadiums for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 in Kyushu island.
Kumamoto city is the capital city of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu island. Is is the southernmost city designated by government ordinance of Japan. Kumamoto city has the population of 740K, 3rd highest population city in Kyushu island.
The city is called Forest city as the city plans town development that coexisted with nature. The city is also called Water city as there are three rivers that flow through the center of city.
Kumamoto Stadium, also called Egao Kenko Stadium, is located in Higashi-ku of Kumamoto city. It is a multi-purpose stadium used for soccer and rugby matches mainly. J League Roasso Kumamoto uses this stadium as the home venue.
Kumamoto Stadium has the capacity of 32K people. The stadium was used for camp by Belgium for 2002 FIFA World Cup. And, it is often used by soccer teams, such as teams of J1 League, for camp.
The stadium is 10-minute by taxi from Aso Kumamoto Airport (KMJ) and 35-minute by walking from the nearest station, JR Hikarinomori station of JR Hohi Main Line.
The stadium can be accessed from JR Hikarinomori station by taxi or walking. It can be accessed from JR Sannrigi station, the next stop from Hikarinomori station. In order to JR Hikarinomori station, you have to take a train of JR Hohi Main Line from JR Kumamoto station. It takes about 25 minutes from Kumamoto station to Hikarinomori station and it takes 10 minutes to the stadium from the station by taxi and takes 35 minutes by walking.
There are local buses from JR Kumamoto station and Kumamoto Bus Terminal to Park Dome Kumamoto Mae which is 2 minutes form the stadium by walking.
From JR Kumamoto station, it takes about 50~55 minutes to the nearest bus stop.
From Kumamoto Bus Terminal, it takes about 50 minutes.
If you head to the stadium from Aso Kumamoto Airport, taxi will be your option. It takes about 10 minutes by taxi from the airport to the stadium.
Air is the most popular way to go to Kumamoto from Tokyo. There are flights from Haneda International Airport (HDN) Domestic Terminal or Narita International Airport (NRT) to Aso Kumamoto Airport (KMJ). It takes about 3~4 hours from Tokyo to Kumamoto, including trains to the airport in Tokyo.
You can go to Kumamoto from Tokyo by train. You can take Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Kumamoto station with 1 or 2 transits at Kokura, Hakata, or Shin-Osaka. With this option, it takes 5 hours 45~55 minutes.
From Osaka to Kumamoto, there are 2 options, by air and by train. By air, you can fly from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) or Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Aso Kumamoto Airport.
By train, you can take Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kumamoto. For some trains, there is no transit required. It takes about 3 hours from Shin-Osaka to Kumamoto.
You can go to Kumamoto from Nagoya by air or train. By air, you can take a flight from Nagoya Airport or Chubu Centrair International Airport to Aso Kumamoto Airport.
By train, you can take a Shinkansen from Nagoya to Kumamoto with 1 transit. It takes about 4 hours.
Shinkansen is the best option for this route. You can take a Shinkansen from Hakata station to Kumamoto station with no transit required. With this option, it takes 40~50 minutes from Hakata to Kumamoto.
Because the nearest station is JR Hikarinomori station, you can access to this station with your JR Pass from JR Kumamoto station. In order to go to JR Kumamoto station, you can take Shinkansen from major cities, such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. As long as you take JR trains, you don’t have to pay extra.
If you go to Kumamoto from Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, or Fukuoka, Shinkansen is recommended as you don’t need to pay extra. However, if you go to Kumamoto from Tokyo, air can be considered as it take nearly 6 hours from Tokyo to Kumamoto by train.
There will be 2 matches at Kumamoto Stadium.
Kumamoto is known by people in Japan and foreign countries due to a mascot of Kumamoto prefecture, Kumamon. Kumamon was born for getting tourists to Kumamoto in 2010. And, it was very successful that Kumamon draw tourists to Kumamoto, not only from Japan, but also from foreign countries.
Kumamoto Castle, also called Ginnan-jo, is a symbol of Kumamoto, located in Chuo-ku of Kumamoto city. It has an exhibition as a branch of Kumamoto City Museum in the tower.
The castle was damaged by the Kumamoto earthquakes in April, 2016. Since then, reconstruction is underway. Therefore, in some areas, access has been prohibited. For the latest information, please check the official website of Kumamoto Castle.
Mount Aso is located in Aso area of Kumamoto prefecture. The mountain is the largest active volcano in Japan. Its elevation is 1,592 meters (5,233 ft). The area where Mt. Aso is located is Aso Kuju National Park. This park is popular for tourists as there are hot springs, sightseeing spots, and leisure spots. Also, it is popular for riders to tour in summer in this area.
Kurokawa Onsen (hot spring)
Kurokawa Onsen is located the north of Mt. Aso. It is one of the popular hot spring places in Japan. In 2009, Michelin Green Guide Japon gave 2 stars to Kurokawa Onsen. In Kurokawa Onsen, there are 24 small Japanese ryokan (Japanese style hotel). And, most of them have an open-air bath. If you purchase a kind of ticket for hot spring, you can enjoy up to 3 hot springs in the area.
One popular food in Kumamoto is horse meat. One of the popular horse meat is horse meat sashimi. There are not many places where you can eat horse meat sashimi. Kumamoto is one of the places you can find restaurants serving horse meat sashimi.
Kumamoto ramen is also popular food in Kumamoto. It is a ramen based on pork bone soup. Kumamoto ramen uses thicker noodles than pork bone soup ramen in other areas.
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