Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu is another green and lush area in Saitama Prefecture. It is most famous for its hill full of beautiful shibazakura (moss phlox) in April and May. You can enjoy views of the carpet of shibazakura blossoms and the nearby mountain.
Address Hitsujiyama Park, Omiya, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture 368-0023
Opening hours 08:00-17:00
Access 20-minute walk from Seibu-Chichibu Station
Nagatoro River White Water Rafting
Located in Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture, Nagatoro River is a place of great natural beauty where you can experience rafting in Japanese wooden boats. Handled by a skilled boatman who uses only one bamboo rod, each boat offers breath-taking views of nature, including the Iwadatami Rocks, which have been designated as a special national treasure!
Address 1918-1 Water Park Nagasu Campsite, Kanzaki, Minano-cho, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture 369-1621
Opening hours 09:00-17:00
Access 10–15-minute walk from Oyahana Station and Kami-Nagatoro Station
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
A pleasant 20–30-minute walk from Omiya Station in Saitama City, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine has more than two thousand years of history. The shrine was once the head Shinto shrine of the former Musashi Province, which sprawled from Tokyo to large parts of Saitama. After a long walk through a series of Torii gates, the two-storied Romon Gate in vivid red marks the entrance to the main shrine grounds. Here you will find the main hall, the praying hall and a dance and performance stage.
Address 1-407 Takanomachi, Omiya ward, Saitama Prefecture 330-0803
Opening hours 9:00-16:00
Access Hikawa Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Kita Omiya Station (2 minutes, 150 yen from Omiya Station by Tobu Noda Line). Alternatively, it is a 20–30-minute walk from Omiya Station.
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
Built in 1991, Kumagaya Rugby Stadium is a favourite of Japanese rugby fans as one of the country’s premier stadia built exclusively for rugby. It has played host to many iconic matches over the years including the national university rugby championships and the annual springtime national high school tournament. It also regularly hosts the Top League, Japan’s premier club rugby competition. The stadium was completely refurbished ahead of RWC 2019, making it a truly world-class, international rugby venue.
Opening times and stadium information
Kumagaya 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. Please be aware that there is no dedicated spectator parking at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium. Please use park-and-ride or shuttle bus services instead. Buses will run from Hanyuu Station, Shinrin-koen Station and Ota Station and can be reserved. Free shuttle buses will run from Kumagaya Station and Kagohara Station. Park and ride, reservable buses and shuttle buses all require advanced bookings, so book now to secure your spot. More information is available here.
Tuesday 24 September 19:15 (JST) Russia v Samoa
Sunday 29 September 14:15 (JST) Georgia v Uruguay
Wednesday 9 October 13:45 (JST) Argentina v USA
Rugby World Cup 2019™ Fanzones
Rugby World Cup 2019 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 Community Space
An 8-minute walk from Kumagaya Station
Whether you’re a die-hard rugby fan or joining with your family on a day out, anyone can enjoy the special attractions the Kumagaya Fanzone has to offer. Using projection mapping technology to create a 360°installation inside a dome-shaped tent, the Fanzone will host several exhibitions, showing off this rugby town’s most sacred rugby memorabilia. Free shuttle busses run to the Fanzone so why not stop by before or after the match!
20, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29 September
4, 5, 6, 9 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Getting to and from Kumagaya Rugby Stadium
- Shuttle buses departing for Kumagaya Station and Kagohara Station are expected to be very crowded after the match. Those attending the Russia v Samoa match on 24 September should check last train times beforehand.
- Park and ride, reservable buses and shuttle buses all require advanced bookings so book now to secure your spot. More information is available
- We recommend people using park and ride arrive at the car park area well ahead of time. Also, roads are likely to be crowded after the match, so why not soak up the atmosphere in the stadium for a while to avoid peak traffic hours?
- Public transport is likely to be crowded on match days, so allow plenty of time to travel back and forth. Also note that final train or bus services can be very crowded so please take this into account when planning.
- 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