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Oita Stadium - Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Oita Stadium

Oita Stadium is located in Oita city in Kyushu island. It is one of the 3 stadiums for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 in Kyushu island.

Oita city

Oita city is the capital city of Oita prefecture in Kyushu island. It is located in the center of Oita prefecture.

The city is the fifth highest population city in Kyushu island with 478K people. The population of Oita city accounts for 42% of the population of Oita prefecture.

 

Stadium

Oita Stadium, also called Show Denko Dome Oita, is a multi-purpose stadium, opened in 2001. It is located in Oita Sports Park. Oita Trinita, J League team, uses this stadium as the home stadium.

This stadium was used for 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan for 3 matches. And, it is used for sports events and musical concerts.

The stadium used to hold 43,000 people including movable seats for 3,000 people. However, these movable seats were removed after 2002 FIFA World Cup and now the stadium holds 40,000 people.

 

Access to Oita Stadium

There is no train station around the station. It takes 25 minutes from Oita station by taxi. The main transportation is bus or shuttle bus.

Train / Bus

The stadium can be accessed from JR Oita station by bus. There are buses from bus stops at Oita station to a bus stop at Oita Sports Park. From the bus stop, it takes 5 minutes to the stadium by walking. In total, it takes 50 ~ 60 minutes by bus and walking from JR Oita station.

There are 2 bus stops at Oita station, Oita Ekimae bus stop No.3 and No.6. Buses from No.3 take 35 minutes to the bus stop at Oita Sports Park while buses from No.6 take 45 minutes to the bus stop at Oita Sports Park.

Oita station

Shuttle Bus

Even though there are local buses between Oita station and the part where the stadium is located, there are usually shuttle buses available when a sport event is taken place at the stadium. Shuttle bus operates between Oita station and the stadium. This is the best option to go to the stadium from the station for most of the people.

Taxi

If you don’t wanna use bus, taxi can be an option. By taxi, it takes 25 minutes from Oita station. It usually costs around 2,500 yen.

 

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

From Tokyo to Oita

Air is the most popular way to go to Oita from Tokyo. There are flights from Haneda International Airport (HDN) Domestic Terminal or Narita International Airport (NRT) to Oita Airport (OIT). It takes about 3~4 hours from Tokyo to Oita, including trains to the airport in Tokyo.

You can go to Oita from Tokyo by train. You can take Shinkansen and limited express train from Tokyo station to Oita station with 1 transit at Kokura. You can take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kokura. Then, you take Limited Express Sonic from Kokura to Oita. With this option, it takes more than 6 hours.

From Osaka to Oita

From Osaka, you can either fly or take trains. There are flights from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) to Oita Airport.

By train, you can take Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kokura. And, then you take Limited Express train Sonic from Kokura to Oita. In total, it takes around 4 hours by train.

From Nagoya to Oita

You can go to Oita from Nagoya by air or train. By air, you can take a flight from Chubu Centrair International Airport to Oita Airport.

By train, you can take a Shinkansen from Nagoya to Kokura. And, then you take Limited Express train Sonic from Kokura to Oita. It takes 4 hours 50 minutes from Nagoya to Oita by train.

From Fukuoka to Oita

From Hakata (Fukuoka), you can go to Oita by train. You can take Limited Express train Sonic from Hakata station to Oita station. There is no transit required for this option. And, it takes 2 hours 20 minutes for this option.

You can take Shinkansen from Hakata to Kokura. And, then you take Limited Express train Sonic from Kokura to Oita. With this option, it takes little less compared to the previous option.


How to go to the stadium with Japan Rail Pass

If you want to use Japan Rail Pass, please go to JR Oita station by JR train. From Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, you can take Shinkansen to Kokura station. And, then you can take Limited Express train Sonic from Kokura to Oita. You can take these trains with your JR Pass, excluding Shinkansen Nozomi trains.

From Fukuoka/Hakata, you can also use your JR Pass. You can take Shinkansen and Limited Express trains from Hakata to Oita.

From JR Oita station, you need to take shuttle bus.

 

Matches at Oita Stadium

There will be 5 matches at Oita Stadium including 2 quarter finals.

  • 2019 October 2nd (Wed.) 19:15 New Zealand vs. Canada
  • 2019 October 5th (Sat.) 14:15 Australia vs. Uruguay
  • 2019 October 9th (Wed.) 18:45 Wales vs. Fiji
  • 2019 October 19th (Sat.) 16:15 Quarter Final 1
  • 2019 October 20th (Sun.) 16:15 Quarter Final 3

 

Oita Attractions

Oita is known as a place for hot springs. Many people visit Oita for hot spring from all over Japan as well as outside of Japan.

What to do in Oita

Beppu

Beppu is one of the most famous hot spring areas in Japan. Beppu is a city near Oita, not area in Oita city, however, you should visit Beppu if you have some free time. Every year, over 8 million people visit Beppu to enjoy hot springs.

Beppu Onsen (hot spring)

Beppu is divided into eight major hot spring areas, called Beppu Hatto.

Beppu Hatto:

  • Beppu Onsen
  • Kankaiji
  • Kamegawa
  • Shibaseki
  • Kannawa
  • Myoban
  • Horita
  • Hamawaki

You can challenge to try all of them.

Beppu Onsen in Oita prefecture 

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium is an aquarium located in Oita city. It is also called Umitamago. This aquarium have 500 species of 15,000 fishes. It is selected top 10 aquariums/animal theme parks in Japan for several rankings.

There are performances which you can enjoy watching sea animals as well as touching them.

Walrus is the most popular performer at this aquarium. Also, there is performance by dolphins.

You can access this aquarium from JR Oita station by local buses.

What to eat in Oita

Fugu (blowfish) is a famous food in Oita. There are some restaurants serving fugu. It is a high-protein, low-fat food.

Deep-fried chicken is also a famous food in Oita. It is called toriten. Toriten is deep-fried marinated chicken. Marinated chicken is deep-fried and served with a dip sauce. You will find restaurants serving toriten in the city.

 

Where to stay in Oita

There are hotels in Oita city. Please check the following hotels. You can reserve hotels via Booking.com and other travel agent sites. 

 

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