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Tokyo Stadium - Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019

Tokyo Stadium

Tokyo Stadium is located Chofu-shi in Tokyo prefecture. It is known as the home stadium of the J League (Japan Professional football league) FC Tokyo Verdy 1969.

Tokyo metropolis

Tokyo is the financial, political and commerce heart of Japan.

Divided into a series of smaller cities efficiently connected by public transport, Tokyo is the center for Japanese architecture, art, business, fashion, food, music, politics.

There is a wide spectrum of places to visit, from the very distinguished Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor and past shogunates, the legendary Tokyo Tower, and Tokyo Sky Tree, the new landmark of Tokyo.

You can also enjoy the traditional performances of Japanese theaters which perform kabuki, kyogen and noh.



Tokyo Stadium, or so-called Ajinomoto Stadium among Japanese, is one of the stadiums where Rugby World Cup JAPAN 2019 will be held at. It is located in Chofu, Tokyo.

The stand (capacity: 49,970 seats) is divided into four sections (main, back, north and south sides) and each section contains two levels; the upper level accommodates 20,600 and the lower level 29,370.

This stadium has been chosen to host the opening ceremony as well as the opening match of the tournament at 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Tokyo Stadium

Access to Tokyo Stadium

The stadium is located in 5-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.


Tobitakyu (Ajinomoto Stadium) station is the nearest station to the stadium which takes about 5 minutes from the station to the stadium.

Tobitakyu station is 17 minutes ride from Shinjuku station by Keio Line. Rapid trains, express trains, semi-special express trains and special express trains stop at Tobitakyu station on the day of an event at Tokyo Stadium.


There are local buses, Keio bus and Odakyu bus, from Chofu, Komae and Tama stations, but it may be useful to use the local train to get to the stadium as the stadium is located very close to the train station.

Shuttle bus

When there is an event at the stadium, there are shuttle buses available from several points (Kichijoji, Mitaka, Musasisakai, Chofu, Tama, and Komae station) in Tokyo.


How to access to Tokyo from major airports, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka

From Narita International Airport

As already mentioned earlier, the most convenient major station in Tokyo to get to the stadium is Shinjuku station (it takes around 25 minutes from Shinjuku station to the stadium).

To get to Shinjuku station from Narita International Airport, you can either take Narita Express or Airport Limousine (Airport shuttle bus). They both get you directly from the airport to Shinjuku area within two hours.

If you stay at a hotel in Shinjuku, then taking Limousine may be the best option, as the Limousine bus stops at major hotels in the Shinjuku area.

From Haneda Airport

If you will be landing at Haneda Airport (both International and Domestic), the direct way to get to Shinjuku is to take Airport Limousine (Airport shuttle bus). It will take less than an hour to get to Shinjuku area from the airport.

Just like the Limousine buses from Narita International Airport, the Limousine from Haneda will stop at major hotels in Shinjuku area (such as Hilton Tokyo, Keio Plaza Hotel, Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regency, etc.) it may be convenient for those who will be staying at these hotels in Shinjuku.

Or, if you have a JR Pass, or prefer to take the local train, you can take the Monorail from the airport and transfer at Hamamatsucho and then take JR Yamanote line to Shinjuku station (takes around 50 minutes total).

From Osaka to Tokyo

Shinkansen is available from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo area (Tokyo station or Shinagawa station).

It takes about 2 hours 26 minutes from Shin-Osaka to Shinagawa (or 2 hours 33 minutes to Tokyo) station.

You can reach Shinjuku station by taking JR Yamanote line from Shinagawa station or JR Chuo line from Tokyo station. Either way, you can get to Shinjuku within 20 minutes. Since there are flights from Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport to Haneda Airport, a flight can be an option.

From Nagoya to Tokyo

Shinkansen should be the option from Nagoya to Tokyo area (Tokyo station or Shinagawa station). You can take a Shinkansen from Nagoya to Tokyo area without any transit. It takes 1 hour 41 minutes by Nozomi train (not available for JR Pass). If you have JR Pass, you can take Hikari or Kodama trains from Nagoya to Tokyo area which takes a bit longer than Nozomi, but no transit required.

From Fukuoka to Tokyo

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

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


How to go to the stadium with Japan Rail Pass

If you plan to use JR Pass, you can take Shinkansen to Shinjuku station from other major stations, such as Tokyo or Shinagawa. These are the two stations that Shinkansen stops at in Tokyo area.

Please note that you cannot use JR Pass from Shinjuku station to Tobitakyu station (Keio Line), the closest station to the stadisum, as you can only use JR Pass for the transportations operated by JR and Tobitakyu station is one of the stations operated by Keio Line.



Matches at Tokyo Stadium

There will be 8 matches at Tokyo Stadium.

  • 2019 September 20th (Fri.) 19:45 Japan vs. Russia
  • 2019 September 21st (Sat.) 16:15 France vs. Argentina
  • 2019 September 29th (Sun.) 16:45 Australia vs. Wales
  • 2019 October 5th (Sat.) 17:00 England vs. Argentina
  • 2019 October 6th (Sun.) 13:45 New Zealand vs. Namibia
  • 2019 October 19th (Sat.) 19:15 Quarter Final
  • 2019 October 20th (Sun.) 19:15 Quarter Final
  • 2019 November 1st (Fri.) 18:00 Bronze Final


Tokyo Attractions

Tokyo offers an unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. There are so many things to discover in Tokyo so you may want to stay more than a few days in Tokyo between the matches and spend your time exploring this huge city never sleeps.

What to do in Tokyo

Imperial Palace

The current Imperial Palace is the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family and it is just 10 minutes-walk from Tokyo station. It is the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and stone walls in the center of Tokyo.

Guided tours of the palace grounds are offered throughout the year (no buildings can be entered though). The tours take about 75 minutes and are held in English and Japanese daily.

Asakusa / Sensoji Temple

If you wish to explore the mixture of traditional and modern side of Tokyo, then Asakusa is the very place to visit.

Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, the oldest temple in Tokyo. It can be approached by walking through the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs.

Asakusa can easily be explored on foot. You may want to visit Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center once you reach Asakusa and gather the latest information recommended to tourists.

Asakusa Sensoji

Tokyo Tower / Skytree

Tokyo Tower (height: 333 meters) has been a symbol of Japan since it’s construction was completed in 1958. Then, in 2012 a new symbol of Japan took form with the completion of Tokyo Skytree (height: 634 meters).

Both function as telecommunications towers as well as highly popular tourist spots. Both towers have many facilities within it, including gift shops, restaurants, and aquariums.

Tokyo Tower


Shinjuku is one of the 23 city wards of Tokyo and also refers to the large business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station is known as the world's busiest railway stations. More than two million people uses this station every day.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office is located in the west area of Shinjuku Station, known as Shinjuku Skyscraper District.

Northeast are of the station is often called Kabukicho area, where countles restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and pachinko parlors entertain tourists.

What to eat in Tokyo

Tokyo is known as one of the world's best food cities and is best known for its sushi, ramen and izakayas.


You can enjoy Sushi in Tokyo from inexpensive conveyor belt sushi to incredibly expensive sushi restaurants. The Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the best places to eat fresh sushi.


Japan’s iconic noodle soup dish can be found almost everywhere in Tokyo. Tokyo is known as the world’s most competitive ramen city, where you can enjoy many varieties, from classic flavors to unique ones.


Izakaya are Japanese-style pubs, where you can enjoy shareable food, cold drinks and relaxed socializing. They were originally special places to socialize with colleagues and friend over food and drinks, but visitinng and experiencing Izakaya atmosphere have now become bery popular among foreign tourists.

Where to stay in Tokyo

There are many hotels in Tokyo, from luxury ones to reasonable ones. We recommend to stay in Tokyo central area since it is easy to access to the stadium as well as to attractions in Tokyo.



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