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Sapporo Dome - Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome is located in Sapporo city in Hokkaido island. This is the only stadium located in Hokkaido island for Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019.

Sapporo city

Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido prefecture, is the fourth largest city of Japan by population. The population in Sapporo, nearly 2 million, accounts for 36% of the total population in Hokkaido prefecture. And, Sapporo is the center of Hokkaido economy.

The city hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 as the first place hosted the Winter Olympics in Asia. There were many sports events held in Sapporo, such as Asian Winter Games, Winter Universiade, FIFA Soccer World Cup, FIBA Basketball World Cup, and FIA World Rally Championship.

Stadium

Sapporo Dome is a stadium for Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019 in Sapporo. It is located Toyohira-ku of Sapporo city, Hokkadio, about 45-minute drive from New Chitose Airport.. This stadium was one of the stadiums for 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Sapporo Dome has an observatory at the top of a dome where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Sapporo area.

Sapporo Dome

Access to Sapporo Dome

Public transportation is available to access to Sapporo Dome.

Subway

Fukuzumi station of Toho subway line is the nearest station to the stadium. It takes about 10 minutes from Fukuzumi station to the stadium by walking. From Sapporo city central, you can take Subway Toho line to Fukuzumi station which take about 13 minutes.

Shuttle bus

When there are events at Sapporo Dome, shuttle buses operate from several stations. Shuttle bus route:

  • Makomanai Subway station: 25 minutes
  • Hiragishi Subway station: 25 minutes
  • JR Shiroishi station: 30 minutes
  • Nango-juhatchome Subway station: 15 minutes

For all routes, fares are 210 yen for adult and 110 yen for child. If you stay at a hotel near one of the stations above, shuttle bus can be a cost-saving option.

Airport Shuttle bus

There are airport shuttle buses between New Chitose Airport and Sapporo Dome.

Shuttle bus between New Chitose Airport and downtown Sapporo

You can get off at Sapporo Dome bus stop. It takes approximately 45 minutes from New Chitose Airport. Shuttle buses operate every 15 minutes during the day.

Shuttle bus between New Chitose Airport and Maruyama Bus Terminal

You can also take this route to go to Sapporo Dome. You can get off at Fukuzumi 3-jo 3-chome bus stop or Fukuzumi 3-jo 2-chome bus stop. It takes approximately 45 minutes from the airport. Shuttle buses for this route operate every 60 minutes during the day.

We recommend you to take a bus between New Chitose Airport and Downtown Sapporo. For Airport Shuttle bus, it costs 1,000 yen for adult ad 550 yen for child.

Taxi

It takes approximately 30 minutes from JR Sapporo station by taxi. This is the most expensive way to access to the stadium, but no walking required. Its cost depends on traffic conditions.

 

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

From Tokyo to Sapporo

You can take a Shinkansen, bullet train, from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and take a limited express train, Hokuto, from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo.

You can also choose to fly from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido.

From Osaka to Sapporo

If you want to take a train, you have to go to Tokyo first from Osaka. Then, you take trains from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo.

If you want to save time, you can take flights from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport to New Chitose Airport.

From Nagoya to Sapporo

You can go to Tokyo from Nagoya by shinkansen. Then, from Tokyo to Sapporo, you can take a Shinkansen and a limited express train.

There are flights from Chubu Centrair International Airport to New Chitose Airport.

From Fukuoka to Sapporo

It is possible to take trains from Fukuoka to Sapporo via Tokyo. However, it takes time so that people usually fly from Fukuoka Airport to New Chitose Airport.

 

 

How to go to the stadium with Japan Rail Pass

You can use JR Pass for JR lines, such as trains from New Chitose Airport to JR Sapporo station.

If you go to Sapporo Dome from Tokyo and other areas, you can use your JR Pass to take Shinkansen to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto in Hokkaido. And, then you can use your pass from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo.

From Sapporo to Stadium, such as by subway and buses, you can not use your pass.

Matches at Sapporo Dome

There will be 2 matches at Sapporo Dome.

  • 2019 September 21st (Sat.) 13:45 Australia vs. Fiji
  • 2019 September 22nd (Sun.) 19:15 England vs. Tonga


Sapporo Attractions

Sapporo is popular for not only for Japanese but also for international tourists. The most popular attraction is Sapporo Snow Festival. There are 2 million people from all over the world visiting this event. It is held annually in February. Therefore, you can not enjoy this event during Rugby World Cup.

Other popular attractions are Moerenuma Park, Mount Moiwa, Sapporo Beer Museum, Curb Market, Odori Park, Historic Village, Teine Ski Resort, Okurayama Ski Jump, etc.. There are popular places where you can access from Sapporo, such as NNiseko ski resort, Rusutsu ski resort, Noboribetsu, Otaru, and Lake Toya.

Since Sapporo has snow in winter, ski resorts and events are popular, you can still enjoy many parks, museums, and markets during the world cup period.

What to do in Sapporo

Mount Moiwa

Mount Moiwa Night View

If you have time in Sapporo, try to visit Mount Moiwa at night. Mount Moiwa is known for the spectacular view of Sapporo city. There is an observation deck on Mt. Moiwa. You can go there by the Mt. Moiwa Ropeway from the base of the mountain.

Mount Moiwa Rope Way

Sapporo Beer Museum

If you like beer, why not visiting beer museum. There is the only museum of beer in Japan. Sapporo Beer Museum used to be a brewery. This museum introduces the process of beer making as well as the history of beer in Japan. Beer tasting is available at this museum.

Sapporo Beer Museum is located in Sapporo Beer Garden. In this garden, there are restaurants where you can, of course, enjoy beer.

Moerenuma Park

There are many parks in Sapporo. Among them, Moerenuma Park is one of the popular parks. It is designed by Isamu Noguchi, Japanese American artist and landscape architect, with the concept of “park that is considered to be one complete sculpture.” Even though Isamu Noguchi died right after making a miniature model of the planned park, the park was constructed with his master plan.

There are many facilities in the park. The main symbol of the park is a glass pyramid, Hidamari. The atrium overlooks the park and creates a great space for relaxing filled with sunlight. Other facilities are Sea Fountain, Tetra Mound, Aqua Plaza, Moere Beach, and more. If you are interested in this park, check the official site.

Moerenuma Park

What to eat in Sapporo

Sapporo is well-known as a place for eating. There are seafood/food markets in Sapporo, such as Curb Market and Nijo Market. You can explore those markets. Also, you can find many restaurants serving seafood and food from Hokkaido. Popular foods in Sapporo are suchi as there are fresh seafood available from ports.

Where to stay in Sapporo

Here are some top hotels in Sapporo. You can check hotel prices from various travel sites.

 

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