The stadium is in Hakata-ku, to the east of central Fukuoka City adjacent to Fukuoka Airport. Fukuoka is about 890km from Tokyo and 480km from Osaka.
The nearest station to the stadium is Fukuoka Airport Subway Station which is a 25-minute walk or short spectator shuttle bus ride away. The nearest Shinkansen station is JR Hakata Station in central Fukuoka. It is a five-minute subway ride from Fukuoka Airport Subway Station. JR Hakata Station is about two hours and 30 minutes from Osaka and five hours from 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 Fukuoka (Fukuoka Hakatanomori 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.
- Travel the right way: Roads are expected to be busy on match days so please use public transport, walk, park and ride and 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 except for taxis which are drop-off only. If you intend on driving, please use park and ride. It is reservation only. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Transport expected to be busy after the match: Transport after the match is expected to be busy. It might be a good idea to spend some time in the stadium and avoid delays. The gates remain open for 90 minutes after final whistle. The shuttle bus to Fukuoka Airport Station is expected to be particularly busy. If you are able to why not enjoy the walk back to the station. It only takes 25 minutes and our staff will be along the route to help you on your way and you can soak up the local atmosphere as you go. If you do have to queue please listen to announcements and follow directions from staff.
- Arrive early: Arrive into Fukuoka with enough time to soak up the atmosphere. Don’t leave it too late to get to the stadium. Hakata Station is in central Fukuoka and is well served by long distance trains. It is a short subway ride to Fukuoka Airport Station, the nearest to the stadium. 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.
- Stay longer and enjoy the local area: Rather than travel away from the host city after the match, spend some time at the stadium (gates close 90 minutes after the final whistle) or enjoying the local area before heading to your next destination. Staying on will also help you avoid the anticipated crowds at transport hubs.
- 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 a Fanzone: If you’re in the area early on the day of the match why not visit the Fanzone at JR Hakata Station Square? 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.
- 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. Click below for additional information on your preferred travel choice.
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The nearest airport to the stadium is Fukuoka Airport. It is about one hour and 50 minutes from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport by plane. The airport is a short walk or shuttle bus ride to the stadium. Please head to exit number three of Fukuoka Airport Station for the shuttle bus stop.
The nearest stations to the stadium are: JR Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport Subway Station.
JR Hakata Station is a major station served by Shinkansen and is about two hours and 30 minutes from Osaka and five hours from Tokyo. It is in central Fukuoka and is a short subway ride (five minutes) to the Fukuoka Airport Subway Station which is the nearest to the stadium.
Fukuoka Airport Subway Station is the closest to the stadium and about five minutes subway ride from central Fukuoka. The station is a 25-minute walk to the stadium or spectator shuttle buses (eight-minute journey time) will also be running before and after the match but are expected to be very busy. The shuttle bus services will run from three hours before kick-off until 15 minutes before kick-off and then for two hours after the match. The buses will run at five-15-minute intervals and will cost 100 Yen each way for adults and 50 Yen for children.
A number of spectator shuttle buses will run on the day of the match:
-services between Fukuoka Airport Subway Station and the Stadium (please see train section).
-between the stadium and the park and ride car parks (please see park and ride section).
The location of the spectator shuttle drop-off and pick-up points at the stadium is shown on the map.
Private charter buses: There are no private bus pick-up or 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. The park and ride car parks are located at Aeon Mall and Shimate. It is reservation only and requires a fee. Spaces are limited so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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 below). There are also no drop off or pick up facilities near the venue except for taxis which will be drop-off only.
When planning your journey please keep in mind that roads in the area are expected to be busier than usual, particularly during commuter periods. Please allow plenty of time to get to the park and ride car park.
Before the match taxis can drop-off at the facility near the stadium shown on the map. Please note that after the match taxis cannot use this facility. Anyone taking a taxi after the match should go to the taxi stand at the airport.
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).
Parking is available for those who possess wheelchair tickets. It should be booked in advance. 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
If you’re in the area early on the day of the match why not visit the Fanzone at JR Hakata Station Square? You can spend time at the Fanzone before then getting the subway from Hakata Station to Fukuoka Airport Subway Station Please check our Fanzone page for additional information.
Additional travel information
The host city has additional information on getting to the stadium. Please note some of the information is only available in Japanese.