As one of the leading castles in Japan, Osaka Castle is one of the city’s most famous places to visit. The castle, which has more than 400 years of history, endured war and natural disasters and has been rebuilt several times. Now the interior of the castle is a historical museum. However, the moat and the majestic stone wall that surround the castle are the most important sights showcasing the remains of the Edo Period (1603–1868). In addition, Osaka Castle Park surrounding Osaka Castle is a place for people to enjoy cherry blossoms in March/April and colourful leaves in October/November, backed by the splendid castle towers.
540-0002 1-1, Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
9:00–17:00 (entrance until 16:30); extended hours during various holidays and special exhibitions
The closest JR station to Osaka Castle is Osakajokoen Station on the JR Loop Line, a 10-minute, 160-yen ride from JR Osaka Station.
Hozen-ji was built as a small temple dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. It is also called “Mizukake Fudo-san” locally and beloved by Japanese people nationwide. The small road to the north of the temple is referred to as Hozen-ji Yokocho and is lined with many nostalgic eateries and pubs. The area burned to the ground in the Pacific Warbut has since thrived as an entertainment quarter.
1-2-16 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Osaka’s nickname, “tenka no daidokoro” (the nation’s kitchen), is derived from its time as Japan’s rice hub during the Edo Period (1603–1868), but today refers more to the vast array of food options available within the city. Thanks to these plentiful choices, it is also known as “kuidaore”, which literally means, “to ruin oneself by extravagance in food” or “to enjoy really good food to the last bite.” The reason the food tastes so good in Osaka is perhaps because of this culture of culinary hedonism on which the city was built. One of the city’s most famous cullinary delights are takoyaki or deep-fried dough, veggie and ocotpus balls that are a symbol of the city’s passion for streetfood. Takoyaki are sold in restaurants, bars and food stalls, so make sure to try their many flavours while you’re in Osaka!
Hanazono Rugby Stadium
With its long history dating from 1929 and as the home of Japanese High School Rugby, Hanazono holds a special place in the hearts of Japanese rugby fans. In fact, it is considered by many as the spiritual home of Japanese rugby. Millions of Japanese rugby fans can trace their first memories of rugby back to classic matches played on this historic turf. Having undergone extensive refurbishment ahead of the tournament, Hanazono will write another thrilling chapter in its proud history as it hosts four RWC 2019 matches.
1-1-1 Matsubaraminami, Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture 578-0923
Opening hours and stadium information
Hanazono Rugby 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.
Sunday 22 September 14:15 (JST) Italy v Namibia
Saturday 28 September 13:45 (JST) Argentina v Tonga
Thursday 3 October 14:15 (JST) Georgia v Fiji
Sunday 13 October 14:45 (JST) USA v Tonga
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 Osaka’s Fanzones
Hanazono Chuo Kouen Baseball Stadium
12-minute walk from Higashi Hanazono station on the Kintetsu Nara line
Located next to the spiritual home of Japanese rugby, Hanazono Rugby Stadium, the Hanazono Fanzone is a great place to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some local food and drink.
20, 21, 22* September
*September 22 Fanzone events will only be accessible to match ticketholders.
Tenshiba, Tennoji Park
Next to Tennoji Station on the JR and Metro lines
Next to Osaka Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka line
Enjoy rugby events in Tenshiba Park right in the centre of the city, surrounded by famous tourist hot spots such as Tsutenkaku tower, Abe no Harukas building, and Tennoji Zoo
21–22, 28 September
3, 5, 13 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Getting to and from Hanazono Rugby Stadium
- The nearest stations to the stadium are Higashi-Hanozono Station (on the Kintetsu Nara Line) and Yoshita Station (on the Kintetsu Keihanna Line).
- Higashi-Hanazono Station is an eight-minute walk from the stadium. Yoshita Station is a 16-minute walk from the stadium or a five-minute journey on the free shuttle bus.
- Shuttle buses will run regularly, beginning three hours before kick-off.
- For spectators travelling by train, please be advised that Higashi-Hanazono Station is expected to be very busy. Consider using Yoshita Station as it will be less crowded. Please take the 16-minute walk to Yoshita station or use a free shuttle bus which takes around five minutes.
- On 22 September, the Fanzone will be open to ticketholders only. It will still be open after the match. Staying after the final whistle will allow you to avoid heavy congestion at public transport hubs.
- 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.
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