Kobe Wagyu, the Finest Beef in Kobe
Having reached international fame, Kobe’s culinary specialty wagyu or “Kobe beef” may already be familiar. Kobe beef is distinguished by its tender meat that is well-marbled with fat and full of flavour. The meat must pass a series of strict tests, as only the highest grades of meat with exceptionally high levels of marbling earn the Kobe Beef label. Kobe beef can be eaten in many different establishments in the area, but we recommend asking around for the local favourites.
Arima Onsen Town – a Historical Hot Springs Resort
While you are visiting Kobe City for the Rugby World Cup 2019, you can take a bus for about 30 minutes from the city centre to Arima Onsen. With more than a thousand years of history, it has become a prominent hot spring retreat.Arima Onsen town offers two types of hot spring waters which flow from various sources around town: gold and silver. The gold hot spring water is coloured by iron deposits and is said to be good for preventing skin disease and muscle pain, while the silver hot spring water contains radium and carbonate and is said to cure various muscle and joint pain.
Access: 30-minute bus journey from Sannomiya Station, Kobe
Mount Rokko Hiking
From Mount Rokko, which offers panoramic views, visitors can delight in the shopping and gourmet cuisine at Rokko Garden Terrace. The highlight of Mount Rokko is the breath-taking night views, including of Mount Inasa. The view from the top of Mount Maya, a part of the Rokko mountains, has been dubbed a “Ten Millon Dollar Night View”. Mount Rokko provides one of the most renowned hiking experiences in the Kansai region.
Access 20-minute bus ride from Hankyu Rokko station, Kobe
Kobe Misaki Stadium
Nestled inside the thoroughly cosmopolitan and quietly sophisticated port city of Kobe, Kobe Misaki Stadium will offer fans an unforgettable RWC 2019 experience. Compact and intimate, this purpose-built rectangular stadium will afford fans, no matter where in the stadium they are sitting, an up-close view of all the on-field action.
Address 1-2-2 Misaki-cho, Hyogo-ku, Kobe 652-0855
Opening times and Stadium information
Kobe Misaki Stadium will open two hours 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 kick-off, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat.
Thursday 26 September 19:45 (JST) England v USA
Monday 30 September 19:15 (JST) Scotland v Samoa
Thursday 3 October 19:15 (JST) Ireland v Russia
Tuesday 8 October 19:15 (JST) South Africa 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 beverages of each host city while watching matches live on the big screen and enjoying one-of-a-kind RWC 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 Meriken Park Fanzone
Surrounded by a beautiful ocean and with views of nearby mountains, the Meriken Park Fanzone will be a spectacular location to enjoy an array of special attractions during RWC 2019. With live match broadcasting, local food and drink, rugby-themed events, an exhibition celebrating the life of local rugby legend, Seiji Hirao, and much more, Kobe is sure to provide you with a truly memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
26, 28, 29, 30 September
3, 5, 6, 8 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Please make the most of your time in Kobe by checking out the local attractions and events that are on during tournament time. The route from Hyogo Station is filled with historic landmarks for you to enjoy, so please check the map here for more detailed information.
Getting to and from Kobe Misaki Stadium
- There is no car or bicycle parking available at the venue. There are also no drop-off or pick-up facilities near the venue.
- The stadium is a 5-minute walk from the Subway Kaigan Line, Misaki Koen Station, and a 30-minute walk from JR Hyogo Station.
- Paying for public transport is easier using a prepaid travel card or IC Card. These can be purchased at most station ticket machines.
- The subway Kaigan Line between Wadamisaki Station and JR Wadamisaki Station cannot be used for access from the stadium.
- For those travelling by train, Hyogo Station is expected to be less busy than Misaki Koen Station. It’s a short walk to the stadium and a shuttle bus is available.
- Stations are expected to be very busy, particularly Misaki Koen Station. Please be prepared to queue; we will get you on your way as quickly as possible.
- There are no dedicated taxi drop-off and pick-up areas close to the stadium. Please use taxi services outside of the perimeter.
- Check the map for your return journey, listen to announcements and follow directions from staff. Allow plenty of time to get your return transport and 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.
For more information on prohibited items, please click here