This peninsula is located a few hours by train southeast of Tokyo but is a world away from the bustling metropolis. Here you can find everything from tropical beaches, acres of green tea fields and abundant nature and history. Iritahama Beach (pictured below) offers a relaxing getaway from busy Tokyo and is ready to attract the sophisticated traveller with its island feel.
Iritahama Beach, Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture 415-0028
About ten minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a five-minute walk to the beach
On taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kakegawa Station, the stunning Kakegawa Castle might be the first landmark you see. Kakegawa Castle is a hilltop castle, which is listed as one of the Top 100 Castles of Japan and considered one of the finest examples of reconstructed Japanese castles. Visitors can take a tour of the castle and visit Ninomaru Goten, once the residence of the area’s former feudal lord. Visitors can bask in the magnificence of his suit of armour and visit the museum. There are also shops and, occasionally, ninja performances.
1138-24 Kakegawa, Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture
A seven-minute walk from JR Kakegawa Station
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Built in 806, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine is Mount Fuji’s head Shinto shrine. Visitors entering the grounds are greeted by breath-taking views of Mount Fuji, the undeniable centrepiece of the entire area. Unsurprisingly, the object of worship at this shrine is Mount Fuji. The peak has been considered sacred since ancient times, so it has long attracted Japanese visitors and is well represented in Japanese art and literature. Visitors will be enthralled by not only Mount Fuji but also the grounds, which feature a vibrant red shrine, pond, river and nostalgic shopping arcade to stop by.
1-1 Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0067
10–15-minute walk from Fujinomiya Station
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting for a RWC 2019 venue. Nestled among green, verdant hills and looking out across Shizuoka’s famous tea plantations, Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA is set to host some incredible matches at RWC 2019, including the massive Japan vs Ireland game on 28 September.
Address: 2300-1 Aino Fukuroi City, Shizuoka 437-0031
Opening times and Stadium information
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa will open three 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. Please note there will be no spectator parking available at the stadium. We recommend you make use of the free shuttle bus that will run between the stadium and Kakegawa Station.
Saturday 28 September 16:15 (JST) Japan v Ireland
Friday 4 October 18:45 (JST) South Africa v Italy
Wednesday 9 October 16:15 (JST) Scotland v Russia
Friday 11 October 19:15 (JST) Australia v Georgia
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 make friends with fans from all across the globe!
Getting to Shizuoka Fanzones
Shizuoka Prefecture will host two Fanzones at Sumpu Castle Park in Shizuoka City, and Soramo and Entetsu Hall in Hamamatsu City. Spectators can come together to try local gourmet food and experience traditional performances and street art exhibits on show at the Fanzones. Interact with fans from across the world and take in the music and rugby-themed attractions to make the most of this spectacular event. The Aino Station area near Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa will hold special omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) events that will open around five hours before kick-off on each match day. Please stop by and enjoy the attractions and atmosphere before heading to the stadium.
Sumpu Castle Park
15-minute walk from JR Shizuoka station
20–22, 28–29 September
4–5, 9, 11, 13 October
Soramo and Entetsu Hall
1-minute walk from JR Hamamatsu station
20, 28 September
4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 26–27 October
For more information, please visit rugbyworldcup.com/fanzones
Getting to and from Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
- The nearest stations to the stadium are Aino Station and Kakegawa Station.
- There will be no parking or pick-up/drop-off points for cars at the stadium on match days; please use public transport.
- If you do intend on driving into the area, please make use of the park-and-ride service. More information is available here; Please note this website is in Japanese and will only be accessible in other languages if your host device supports translation.
- The closest station to the stadium is Aino Station, approximately 15 minutes on foot.
- Shuttle buses will run between the stadium's P9 car park and Kakegawa Station. Reservations are not required but please keep in mind that at busier times it may take longer to board.
- The matches on 4 and 11 October are scheduled to finish at a time that will make it difficult to catch public transport back to Tokyo or towards Kyoto and Osaka. If you’re attending one of these matches, we strongly recommend you book accommodation locally such as in Kakegawa, Shizuoka or Hamamatsu.
- The Aino Station area will hold special omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) events which will open around five hours before kick-off on each match day. Please stop by and enjoy the attractions and atmosphere before heading to the stadium.
- 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 about prohibited items, please click here