Hashino Iron Mine
Recognized as the oldest western-style blast furnace in Japan, the Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site was registered on the World Heritage List as one of the “Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution” in 2015. Today, Hashino’s remains consist of three weathered and moss-covered furnaces, two of which were built around 1860. The surrounding park has many informative illustrated signs, of particular interest to history fans.
Address: Hashino, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture
Wanko Soba Noodles
Wanko Soba Noodles are a famous local dish available only in Iwate. Born out of a tradition of hospitality, Wanko Soba involves servers who keep giving you bite-sized portions of noodles until you’ve had your fill. The quicker you gulp down your soba noodles, the quicker you get a refill! These noodles can be eaten at many of Kamaishi and Iwate’s local restaurants, so why not take your pick and try the Wanko Soba Noodle-Eating Challenge that many of these establishments offer?
Kamaishi Dai-kannon Statue
The Kamaishi Dai-kannon Statue is a white limestone carving situated at the Kamasaki Peninsula, a plateau in Odairacho, from which one can see Kamaishi Bay in the distance. Kannon is considered a goddess of mercy who conveys the spirits of the dead to enlightenment, rescues those living from suffering and invokes a prayer for peace.
Address: 3-9-1 Odaira-cho, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
Set in the stunning surroundings of densely forested mountains and with views out to sea and the surrounding countryside, Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium pays tribute to the people of Kamaishi - to those who perished in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011, to those who have taken part in its glorious rugby history and to those who live in this most famous of Japanese rugby towns. The stadium was built on the site of the former elementary and junior high schools that were wiped out by the tsunami. While the location brings up deep emotions when remembering all those who were lost, the site also remembers the Miracle of Kamaishi, namely that all children attending both schools that fateful day were saved by escaping to higher ground. As fans from across the world cheer with delight during Rugby World Cup 2019, this town, so famous for its rugby history, will take another major step in its ongoing recovery.
18-5-1 Unosumai-cho, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture 026-0026
Opening times and stadium information
The stadium will open two hours 30 minutes before kick-off to allow spectators time to get to their seats as well as enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime RWC 2019 atmosphere. Due to large crowds, spectators may experience delays when entering the stadium, so we recommend you arrive at the stadium at least 90 minutes before kickoff, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat. Food and beverages cannot be taken inside the stadium. There will, however, be food outlets within the stadium and Fanzone that spectators can use. For more information please click here
Wednesday, 25 September 14:15 Fiji v Uruguay
Sunday, 13 October 12:15 Namibia v Canada
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Fanzones
Rugby World Cup 2019TM Fanzones bring together fans from all over the world to celebrate everything that is rugby. Take in the unique culture, entertainment and local food and beverage of each host city while watching matches live on the big screen and enjoying one-of-a-kind Rugby World Cup 2019 events on show. Make the most of this once-in-a- lifetime experience and make friends with fans from all across the globe!
Getting to the Fanzone at Kamaishi Civic Hall
An 8-minute walk from Kamaishi Station from both JR and Sanriku rail lines
Running for 30 days, the Kamaishi Civic Hall Fanzone will be open longer than any other in the tournament! Watch all 48 matches on the big screen while enjoying locally sourced seafood and other gourmet specialties, all washed down with cold, fresh Heineken. The town is forever grateful to host RWC 2019 and to welcome fans from all over the world. Devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the town has strived to recover and seeks to leave an impression in the hearts of all its visitors. Enjoy the local entertainment and make friends with the people of Kamaishi and rugby fans from all over world.
20 September - 13 October
19, 20, 26, 27 October
1, 2 November
Please register with Kamaishi City’s, Kamaishi Rugby Information website to receive important updates during match days. For more information please click here
Getting to and from Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
- Please be aware that there is no dedicated spectator parking at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. Please book a shuttle bus to the stadium in advance. For more information, please click
- Public transport and shuttle buses are expected to be very busy directly after the match so please remain patient.
- Due to large crowds, you may be asked to stay in your seat for a while after the final whistle. Please listen to the directions of staff and pay attention to any announcements.
- Allow plenty of time to get your return transport; do not wait until the last service.
- For more information, please visit rubyworldcup.com
- For live transport updates follow us on Twitter at @Japan2019_ENG
There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment on offer in the stadium that you can enjoy, however, to ensure the safety of spectators, the following items are prohibited from being brought into match venues.
- Weapons of any type, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, cans or bottles, metal containers, long umbrellas, any luggage, selfie sticks, drones, flares, radio wave emitting devices (such as walkie-talkies, wireless microphones,) etc
Please note that there will be no place to leave luggage, either inside or outside match venues.
Further information about security can be found here