Located on the Kumamoto and Fukuoka prefectural border, the traditional onsen town along Buzen Kaido has about 20 hotels and inns, and is known as one of Kumamoto prefecture's premier onsen towns. In this onsen town there are many hot springs at ryokans annd public onsen that you can enjoy as a day visitor. Of particular note is Sakurayu, a municipal onsen that revived its buildings around 370 years ago using Japanese traditional construction methods. At the time, it was the largest wooden onsen in Kyushu. The contemporary building technology that made traditional reproduction possible offers a wonderful welcome and a bathing experience that cannot be obtained elsewhere. There are various onsen besides Sakurayu, so why not spend a quiet evening at your favorite inn?
The hill of Oshitoishi
Oshitoishi Hill can be reached by traveling along the farm road known as Mazeno Mystery Road. As you might expect from the name “Mystery Road,” you’ll find Oshitoishi Hill full of marvels. For example, some of the stones are carved with the world’s most ancient script, cuneiform (Sumerian writing), and some are magnetic, causing compass needles to waver when brought close. We hope you’ll enjoy mysterious Oshitoishi Hill, a place that is believed to enhance life energy as well as purify mind and body.
Nakabaru, Minamioguni-town, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture
Hitoyoshi, a 700-year-old castle town, boasts the ruins of Hitoyoshi Castle and the ancient streets that surround them. Stroll around the town, which is known as “Little Kyoto in Kyushu”, to enjoy nostalgic views and sample Japanese sake at the local brewery. Aoi Aso Shrine is a branch of Aso Shrine where you can check out a gorgeous romon gate, which has been designated as a national treasure.
Hitoyoshi Castle, Fumotomachi, Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture 868-0051
Japan is home to many start-of-the-art sporting stadia that are located in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings. Set among green-forested hills, rolling parkland and rich agricultural land, Kumamoto Stadium is a prime example. Hosting two Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 fixtures, Kumamoto Stadium will hum with passion and excitement as capacity crowds cheer on competing teams.
2776 Hirayamamachi, Higashi Ward, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture 861-8012
Opening times and stadium information
Kumamoto Stadium will open its gates two hours ahead of kick-off to allow spectators time to get to their seats as well as enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime RWC 2019 atmosphere within the stadium precinct. Due to large crowds, spectators may experience delays when entering the stadium, so we recommend you arrive at least 90 minutes before kick-off, allowing at least 60 minutes to clear security and access your seat.
Sunday 6 October 16:45 (JST) France v Tonga
Sunday 13 October 17:15 (JST) Wales v Uruguay
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 drink 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 meet fellow fans from across the globe!
Getting to Hanabata Square and Symbol Promenade Fanzone
10-minute journey from Kumamoto Station via Kumamoto city tram
3-minute walk downtown from central Kumamoto
10-minute journey on the free shuttle bus
40-minute bus journey from Kumamoto Airport
With beautiful Kumamoto Castle as a backdrop, Kumamoto’s Fanzone will host live match broadcasts, where spectators can experience traditional Kumamoto cultural entertainment as well as try locally harvested and prepared dishes.
20–22, 28–29 September
2, 5–13, 15 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Getting to and from Kumamoto Stadium
- It is expected to be very busy after the match. Please be prepared to queue; we will get you on your way as quickly as possible.
- Shuttle buses will run between the stadium and Kumamoto Station and the stadium and Hikarinomori Station before and after the match.
- If you intend on driving, please use park and ride. It is reservation only and spaces are limited, so book your place well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Why not spend time in the stadium after the match to allow queues to subside before you depart? The stadium is open for 90 minutes after the final whistle.
- If you are travelling by train from Kumamoto Station, don’t forget that the Fanzone will be a great way to spend some time before you head back. It’s located on Hanabata Square and open until 21:00 on 6 October and 22:00 on 13 October.
- Allow plenty of time to get your transport back; 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.
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