The stadium is in the city of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture within Sanriku Fukko National Park. Iwate Prefecture is located about 470km north-east of Tokyo.
We have prepared the following advice to help you plan your travel. The hints and tips below should be read in conjunction with the information on each travel option that follows. Please download our Official Travel Guide for Iwate/Kamaishi (Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium) here. Make sure to print it off and bring with you as access to WiFi is not guaranteed in every stadium.
- Plan and book ahead: Arrange your travel and accommodation as soon as possible. If you are an international visitor and intend travelling by train, we strongly recommend you purchase a Japan Rail Pass before you arrive.
- Travel the right way: Roads are expected to be busy on match days so please use public transport, park and ride, walk or cycle where possible. Remember there is no parking at the venue except for wheelchair ticket holders that have reserved a parking space. There are also no drop off or pick up facilities near the venue except for taxis. If you intended driving, please use park and ride and note it is reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Travelling from further away: Please consider using the train and spectator shuttle buses. Unosumai Station is the closest to the stadium with services to and from Kamaishi Station. Liner shuttle buses will also be running to and from Morioka Station, Shin-Hanamaki Station, Kitakami Station, Mizusawaesashi Station, Ichinoseki Station, Miyako Station and Sakari Station before and after the match. Please note these buses are reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Arrive early: Shuttle buses will run between the stadium, Fanzone and Kamaishi Sea Plaza before and after the match. Why not spend time locally before the match. Don’t leave it too late to get to the stadium. Gates open two hours before kick-off. We recommend you arrive 90 minutes early, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat. There will be plenty to see and do inside so leave enough time to enjoy it before the match starts.
- After the match: Shuttle buses back to park and ride and rail stations are expected to be very busy. Why not spend some time in the stadium (gates close 90 minutes after final whistle) or head to the Fanzone or central Kamaishi for a while after the match if time allows. If you do have to queue please listen out for announcements and follow directions from staff.
- Pre-paid travel cards are best: Paying for public transport is easier using a prepaid travel card or IC Card. These cards are available for different regions and can be pre-loaded with credit. Simply tap the card at the ticket gate at the start and end of your journey and the correct fare is deducted.
- Pick up travel tickets in advance: Consider picking up your travel card or other travel tickets before match-day to avoid queues at ticket machines on the day.
- Head to the Fanzone: There will be a Fanzone at Kamaishi Civic Hall. It will be a great way to spend time before and after the match and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Please check our Fanzone page for additional information.
- Check before you travel: For those travelling out of the area after the match, please be sure to check the time of your chosen transport and don’t leave it until the last service of the day.
- Safety and security: When planning your trip, remember there are restrictions on what you can take into the venue. There are no bag-drop or luggage storage facilities at venues so travel light. Please refer to the match venue page for more information on prohibited items.
- New to Japan? If you are not familiar with the area, please refer to the additional tips for international visitors.
- Stay up to date: Follow us on Twitter at @Japan2019_ENG (English) or @Japan2019_JP (Japanese) for the latest travel and ticket information, weather reports, venue guides, seating information and more.
Please see the map which shows the location of the travel options available on match days.
Which travel option is best?
Find out more about each travel option here.
Iwate Hanamaki Airport is the nearest to the stadium. Hanamaki Station is the closest station to the airport from where spectators can ride a shuttle bus to the stadium.
The nearest station to the stadium is Unosumai Station. It is a 10-minute walk from the stadium.
The stadium can also be accessed by several other stations via shuttle bus. These are Morioka Station, Shin-Hanamaki Station, Kitakami Station, Mizusawaesashi Station, Ichinoseki Station, Miyako Station and Sakari Station
The shuttle buses are reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment. It costs 1,000 Yen each way.
Spectator shuttle buses will be running on the day of the match between the stadium and several locations in the area. These include:
- Between the stadium, the Fanzone (at Kamaishi Civic Hall) and Kamaishi Sea Plaza. The shuttle buses cost 500 Yen for unlimited travel and is reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Between the stadium and a number of local train stations (See train section). The shuttle buses are reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Between the stadium and park and ride car parks (See park and ride section). The shuttle buses are reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
See map for the shuttle bus drop-off and pick-up locations.
Private charter buses: There are no private bus pick-up/drop-off facilities at or near the stadium. Please do not drive to the venue unless you have made prior arrangements.
As shown on the map there are several walking routes for stadium access. Our friendly staff will be on hand to help you on your way and look out for directional signs too.
Cycle parking is available close to the stadium as shown on the map.
Park and ride
If you intend travelling by car, please use park and ride. Spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance so book park and ride as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. There are three park and ride car parks which will have direct shuttle bus services to the stadium on the day of the match. These are within Tono, Otsuchi and Heita.
There is no parking available at the venue. The only exception is for wheelchair ticket holders that have reserved a parking space beforehand (see accessible transport section). There will also be changes to how some roads operate and there are no drop-off or pick-up facilities near the stadium with the exception of taxis as shown on the map.
When planning your journey please keep in mind that roads in the area are expected to be busier than usual, particularly during regular commuting hours. Please allow plenty of time to get to the park and ride car park.
There is a taxi drop-off and pick-up area located a 10-minute walk from the stadium as shown on the map.
There is no parking available at the venue. The only exception is for wheelchair ticket holders that have reserved a parking space beforehand (see accessible transport section). There will also be changes to how some roads operate and there are no drop-off or pick-up facilities near the stadium with the exception of taxis as shown on the map. If you intend driving, please use park and ride (see park and ride section).
Reserved parking is available for those who possess a wheelchair ticket. Assistance is available from staff to get you between the car park and stadium. If you require additional information on travel associated with wheelchair tickets please contact the ticket support centre.
Additional information is available separately for those with restricted mobility. It includes information on accessibility of local stations, location of toilets and other advice to assist you.
Getting to the Fanzone
There is a Fanzone at Kamaishi Civic Hall. There will be shuttle buses running between the Fanzone and the stadium on the day of the match. There is a charge for the shuttle bus and it is reservation only. Additional information on the shuttle bus is available here. Additional information about the Fanzone is available here.
Additional travel information
The host city has additional information on getting to the stadium.