The 2020 Olympic Games: Miyagi Stadium

The venue for football matches

By Elena Lisina    - 2 min read

At the 2020 Olympic Games, football matches will not only take place in Tokyo, but also at the venues of few more cities: Saitama Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Yokohama International Stadium and Miyagi Stadium.

Miyagi Stadium is located in Rifu town, not far from Sendai. The stadium is used for track and field competitions and football matches. In 2002, Miyagi Stadium hosted three matches of the World Cup. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000 spectators. As a means of transport action, shuttle buses will be in operation between the JR and subway stations of Sendai (see detailed information in Directions).

Loople Bus Sendai
Loople Bus Sendai

The design of the Miyagi Stadium’s crescent-shaped moon roof was inspired by the helmet of Date Masamune – the founder of Sendai City. Staying in Sendai tourists can find many places of interest including historical sites, old temples and shrines, many spacious green parks, shops and restaurants. A convenient way to see the most important places is via the Sendai Loople Bus that travels around the west part of the city with stops at place of interest.

The monument to Date Masamune on Aoba Mount.
The monument to Date Masamune on Aoba Mount.

Another opportunity is to stay in Shiogama – the area located close to Rifu. Shiogama offers traditional ryokans with hot spring baths and meals made from local seafood. From Shiogama Marine Gate there are cruise boats to picturesque Matsushima with its hundreds of sandy pine tree covered islands. Matsushima is a tourist area with lots of things to see and do. Located by the Pacific Ocean, it can be quite the summer vacation.

Picturesque views of Matsushima
Picturesque views of Matsushima

Getting there

Shuttle bus services operate from Sendai and Rifu stations on JR Tohoku Main Line, Tagajo Station on the JR Senseki Line, the Nanboku Subway Line stations of Sendai and Izumo Cho as well as Arai Station on the Tozai Sbway Line. Accessible routes are available at Sendai, Izumi Chuo and Rifu Stations.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!

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Christopher Lawson 7 months ago
Nice stadium, looking forward to visiting it....but too far;) Only joking... it's certainly worth a trip.
Elena Lisina Author 7 months ago
It's not too far! It took me 1 hour 45 min to Sendai and from Sendai it's also about half an hour or so. Transport in Japan is really good!
Sleiman Azizi 8 months ago
That's a great looking stadium!
Elena Lisina Author 8 months ago
Yes! But maybe it looks not so impressive from the ground! ;)