Japan is the place to be this September! Experience the Rugby World Cup up close and in action at one of the many stadiums across the country hosting these historical games.

From Sapporo to Kumamoto to the heart of Tokyo, witness matches at any of the twelve amazing rugby stadiums starting from the 20th of September to the 2nd of November. The opening ceremony and kickoff game will take place at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan—less than an hour from Tokyo Station. You can find more information about tickets, matches, and venues here!

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup fast approaching, you may be wondering all the best places to watch the games—if you’re outside the stadiums, of course. If you’re unable to be there in person, check out the games in another fun and exciting way so that you don’t miss a single moment of these momentous games.

Where to enjoy fan zones?

Fan zones set up in each host city allow spectators to stand and watch the games without having to be at the stadium. These are individual zones that showcase the specialty of the host city’s region while each one shares the heart and soul of what it is to be a rugby fan. There are event corners for children and a large spectating area. It’s a fantastic way to casually interact with fellow fans of the sport and makes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Fan Zones Around Japan

Host City Venue Name Address
Sapporo Sapporo Odori Koen Nishi 2-chome Odori Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo Sapporo Station South Exit Square Kita 5 Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Kamaishi Kamaishi City Hall Omachi 1-chome 1-9, Kamaishi, Iwate
Kumagaya Community Open Space 2-62, Honcho, Kumagaya, Saitama
Tokyo Tokyo Sports Square 3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Chofu Station Square, Chofu City Green Hall 2-7-4 Kojimacho, Chofu, Tokyo
Yokohama Rinko Park Minato Mirai 1-chome, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Shizuoka Sumpu Castle Park Sumpu Castle Park 1-1, Shifu-ku, Shizuoka
Shizuoka Solamo/Entetsu Hall 320-1 Sunayamacho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka
Toyota Sky Hall Toyota 1-20, Hachimancho, Toyota, Aichi
Higashi Osaka Tenshiba 5-55 Chasuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka
Higashi Osaka Hanazono Central Park Baseball Stadium Matsubara Minami 1-chome 1-43, Higashi-Osaka, Osaka
Kobe Meriken Park Hatobacho 2-2, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo
Fukuoka JR Hakata Station Square 1-1 Hakata Station, Hakata Station Chuo-gai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Kumamoto Flower Field Promenade 7 Hanahata-cho, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Oita Oita Ikoi Road Square Higashidaido 1-chome 1000-16, Oita, Oita

How about a sports cafe or bar?

Prevalent in urban areas, sports cafés and sports bars can also be a terrific way to experience the games. Sit back and relax with delicious food and a cold drink to combat the hot September days. All while enjoying a play-by-play viewing on the large screens at these sports restaurants. During large events—such at the Rugby World Cup—there may be a cover charge at some cafés and bars. It’s still a cool and refreshing experience if you’re looking for something a little calmer and indoors. Two of the most popular chains are HUB and Hobgoblin; why not try some dining and gaming with a cold drink?

There's always the television!

If you’re just not able to make it out to the games while you’re in Japan, the games will be live broadcast on many television channels making for easy and convenient viewing; NHK and J Sports being the two most popular channels.

No matter how you decide to enjoy the tournament, you’re sure to be in for excitement as Japan hosts the 2019 Rugby World Cup games. Why not try experiencing the games in many different ways? See everything that Japan has to offer you by visiting as many venues as you can during your stay.