The stadium is located in Hyogo-ku, Kobe City, south-west of 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 Kobe (Kobe Misaki 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 suggest you purchase a Japan Rail Pass before you arrive.
- 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.
- Travel the right way: Roads are expected to be busy on match days so please use public transport or walk. Remember there is no parking at the venue. There are also no drop-off or pick-up facilities.
- Travelling by public transport: The nearest stations to the stadium are Misakikoen Station (five-minute walk) and Hyogo Station (30-minute walk or there is also a temporary direct shuttle bus available after the match). Both are good options for getting to the match but long queues are expected for Misakikoen Station after the match so think about using Hyogo Station on the way back or spend some time in the stadium (gates close 90 minutes after final whistle) or local area before heading back. If you do have to queue please listen to announcements and follow directions from staff.
- Arrive early: Arrive into Kobe City with enough time to soak up the atmosphere and local attractions such as the Giant Buddha close to Hyogo Station. 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.
- Head to the Fanzone: The beautiful Meriken Park Fanzone will be a great way to spend time before 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. Large luggage and long umbrellas are not permitted into stadiums so please take this into account. Please refer to the match venue page for more information on prohibited items.
- Transport arrangements different to usual: If you are a regular visitor to the area, please note some transport arrangements will be different to usual during the tournament – please check before you travel to avoid disappointment.
- 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 day.
Which travel option is best?
Find out more about each travel option here.
Kobe Airport is the nearest to the stadium. It is on an artificial island just off the coast of Kobe. It is a 25-minute journey by public transport to and from the mainland. The airport primarily handles domestic flights.
The nearest stations to the stadium are Misakikoen Subway Station and JR Hyogo Station which and are 10 and seven minutes from Sannomiya Station in central Kobe respectively. Sannomiya Station is also a two-minute train journey from Shin-Kobe Station which has Shinkansen access.
Misakikoen Subway Station: Is a five-minute walk from the stadium. It is expected to be very busy after the match so please consider heading to Hyogo Station instead.
JR Hyogo Station: Is a 30-minute walk from the stadium. After the match you can also get a direct temporary shuttle bus back to the station. It takes less than eight minutes. See map for the location of the shuttle bus stop. It costs 210 Yen. The shuttle buses will not be running before the match.
Please note: The subway Kaigan line between Wadamisaki Station and JR Wadamisaki Station cannot be used for access from the stadium.
Direct temporary spectator shuttle buses will be running from the stadium to JR Hyogo Station after each match. See map for the pick-up and drop-off location. It takes less than 10-minutes and costs 210 Yen.
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.
There are no dedicated taxi drop-off and pick-up areas close to the stadium.
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.
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
The Meriken Park Fanzone will be a great way to spend time before and after the match. Daimarumae Station (which is one minute on the train from Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station) is the nearest to the Fanzone. Additional information about the Fanzone is available here.