Hanazono Rugby Stadium is located in eastern Osaka, about 17km from the city centre
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 Osaka/Higashiosaka (Hanazono Rugby 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, 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.
- Transport expected to be very busy: Public transport is expected to be busy particularly after the match. If possible, travel to and from the area on the days before or after the match and stay local if you can. If you do have to queue please listen to announcements and follow directions from staff.
- Travelling by train: The nearest stations to the stadium are Yoshita Station and Higashi-Hanozono Station. Both are good options for getting to the match, but Higashi-Hanozono Station is expected to be busy after the match so think about using Yoshita Station on the way back. It’s only a 16-minute walk from the stadium or you can catch a shuttle bus.
- Arrive early: Why not spend time locally before the match. Don’t leave it too late to get to the stadium. We recommend you arrive 90 minutes early, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat. Gates open two hours before kick-off. There will be plenty to see and do inside so leave enough time to enjoy it before the match starts. See advice below about the Fanzone options too.
- Stay longer and enjoy the local area: Rather than travel away from the area after the match, spend time at the stadium (gates close 90 minutes after final whistle) or enjoying the local area before heading to your next destination. See advice below about the Fanzone options too.
- 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: Osaka will host two Fanzones, Hanazono Chuo Park Baseball Stadium and Tennoji Park. The Fanzones will be a great way to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event so make sure to enjoy the attractions and entertainment on show. 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.
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Find out more about each travel option here.
The nearest airports are Kansai International Airport and Itami Airport. Itami Airport is predominantly for domestic services while international flights operate to and from Kansai International Airport.
Kansai International Airport is about 50km west of the stadium and Itami Airport is about 30km north-west of the stadium. Both airports are about 60 minutes away from the stadium by public transport. Additional information on getting to and from the airport is available here.
The nearest stations to the stadium are Higashi-Hanozono Station (on the Kintetsu Nara Line) and Yoshita Station (on the Kintetsu Keihanna Line).
Higashi-Hanazono Station: Eight-minute walk from the stadium. Yoshita Station: 16-minute walk from the stadium or a five-minute journey on the free shuttle bus. The shuttle will run regularly from about three hours before kick-off.
A free spectator shuttle bus will be running between Yoshita Station and the stadium on the day of the match. It will run regularly from three hours before kick-off.
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.
There is a taxi drop-off and pick-up area at Higashiosaka City Library 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.
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
Osaka will host two Fanzones at Hanazono Chuo Park Baseball Stadium and Tennoji Park. The Fanzones will be a great way to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime event so make sure to enjoy the attractions and entertainment on show. Additional information about the Fanzones is available here.
Additional travel information
The host city has additional information on getting to the stadium.