What you need to know about the 12 stadiums hosting matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
Rugby World Cup Venues
This will be the first Rugby World Cup played in Asia and there will be matches played at 12 stadiums across Japan as you can see from the map below. Here’s the lowdown on those Rugby World Cup venues…
Rugby World Cup Venues
A map of all the Rugby World Cup venues for Japan 2019 – 20 September to 2 November.
1) FUKUOKA – Hakatanomori Stadium
Uses Football (Avispa Fukuoka) and rugby
Did you know? The ground hosted four games during the 2009 Junior World Championship
2) KOBE – Kobe City Misaki Park
Uses Football (Visel Kobe) and rugby (Kobe Steel Steelers)
Did you know? Renovated for the 2002 Football World Cup, the stadium has a retractable roof
- Thu 26 Sep England 45-7 USA
- Mon 30 Sep Scotland 34-0 Samoa
- Thu 3 Oct Ireland 35-0 Russia
- Tue 8 Oct South Africa 66-7 Canada
3) KUMAGAYA – Kumagaya Rugby Ground
Did you know? This stadium is being rebuilt to meet World Rugby standards and will also host the sevens at the 2020 Olympics.
4) KAMAISHI – Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Did you know? Kamaishi was left devastated by the 2011 tsunami and this stadium was built in memory of those who died.
5) KUMAMOTO – Kumamoto Stadium
Uses Football (Roasso Kumamoto), rugby and athletics
Did you know? This ground was Belgium’s training base during the 2002 Football World Cup.
6) OITA – Oita Stadium
Uses Football (Oita Trinita) and athletics
Did you know? The stadium was designed by leading Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.
- Wed 2 Oct New Zealand 63-0 Canada
- Sat 5 Oct Australia 45-10 Uruguay
- Wed 9 Oct Wales 29-17 Fiji
- Sat 19 Oct QF1 England 40-16 Australia
- Sun 20 Oct QF3 Wales 20-19 France
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7) OSAKA – Higashiosaka City Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Uses Rugby (Kintetsu Liners)
Did you know? This ground is the oldest dedicated rugby stadium in Japan.
- Sun 22 Sep Italy 47-22 Namibia
- Sat 28 Sep Argentina 28-12 Tonga,
- Thu 3 Oct Georgia 10-45 Fiji
- Sun 13 Oct USA 19-31 Tonga
8) SAPPORO – Sapporo Dome
Uses Baseball (Hokkaido Fighters) and football (Consadole Sapporo)
Did you know? The stadium has a sliding pitch – artificial turf for baseball and grass for football.
9) SHIZUOKA – Ogasayama Sports Park
Uses Football (Jubilo Iwata) and athletics
Did you know? Sixteen works of art line the route from nearby Aino Station to the stadium.
- Sat 28 Sep Japan 19-12 Ireland
- Fri 4 Oct South Africa 49-3 Italy
- Wed 9 Oct Scotland 61-0 Russia
- Fri 11 Oct Australia 27-8 Georgia
10) TOKYO – Tokyo Stadium
Uses Football (FC Tokyo and Tokyo Verdy), athletics and rugby
Did you know? It was used as shelter for survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
- Fri 20 Sep Japan 30-10 Russia
- Sat 21 Sep France 23-21 Argentina,
- Sun 29 Sep Australia 25-29 Wales,
- Sat 5 Oct England 39-10 Argentina
- Sun 6 Oct New Zealand 71-9 Namibia
- Sat 19 Oct QF2 New Zealand 46-14 Ireland
- Sun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa
- Fri 1 Nov Third-place Play-off: New Zealand 40-17 Wales
11) TOYOTA CITY – Toyota Stadium
Uses Football (Nagoya Grampus) and rugby (Toyota Verblitz)
Did you know? The retractable roof folds like an accordion and takes about 50 minutes to open.
- Mon 23 Sep Wales 43-14 Georgia
- Sat 28 Sep South Africa 57-3 Namibia
- Sat 5 Oct Japan 38-19 Samoa
- Sat 12 Oct New Zealand 0-0 Italy (match cancelled)
12) YOKOHAMA – International Stadium
Uses Football (Yokohama F Marinos) and athletics
Did you know? This is the largest-capacity stadium in Japan and it hosted the 2002 World Cup final.
- Sat 21 Sep New Zealand 23-13 South Africa
- Sun 22 Sep Ireland 27-3 Scotland
- Sat 12 Oct England 0-0 France (match cancelled)
- Sun 13 Oct Japan 28-21 Scotland
- Sat 26 Oct SF1 England 19-7 New Zealand
- Sun 27 Oct SF2 Wales 16-19 South Africa
- Sat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final: England 12-32 South Africa
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