Captain's Run Japan

Guide For Rugby Fans
Kobe City
Around the
Kobe Misaki Stadium
Kobe, Selected the Venue for RWC2019™, which had long been Sought after by Japan’s “Mr.Rugby”, Seiji Hirao.

About the Stadium

Kobe Misaki Stadium
Address:1-2-2 Misaki-cho, Hyogo-ward, Kobe,Hyogo Prefecture
Access:5 min. on foot from Misaki-koen Station on the Subway Kaigan Line

  • Getting to the stadium

    Misaki Koen Station

    Getting to Misaki-koen Station from Tokyo: take the Shinkansen to either Shin-Osaka or Shin-Kobe, then change trains for a total journey of about 3 hours 30 minutes. From Osaka, the train takes about 40 minutes.

    The Subway Kaigan Line

    Kobe Misaki Stadium

Take a Stadium Tour

  • “Stadium tour, here we come!“

    Kobe Misaki Stadium

    Inside the stadium

    With a capacity of 30,132, Kobe Misaki Stadium features a retractable roof, for a dynamic and exciting atmosphere. It is also the home turf of one of the most famous rugby teams, the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

  • The player’s training room

    Shoes once owned by famous Japanese rugby players

Mr. Rugby, Seiji Hirao

  • Check out the footsteps of Seiji Hirao, known in Japan as “Mr. Rugby”.

    While Kobe is known worldwide for its prime beef, it is also one of Japan’s leading rugby venues. In 2019, Kobe will host the rugby world cup, thus fulfilling the dream of one of its emblematic figures, Seiji Hirao, who fought to make this sport known in the archipelago.

  • Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers

    One of the oldest rugby clubs in Japan is in Kobe. The Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers was founded in 1928. A winner of the very first Japanese Top League, they have remained one of the most important rugby teams in Japan.

    The uniform of Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers

    From 1989 to 1995, the team was indestructible, winning seven consecutive national championships, driven by the legendary Seiji Hirao. Nicknamed “Mr. Rugby” in Japan, Hirao was several times selected to the national team, he is one of the personalities who have worked the most towards the popularization of rugby in the land of the rising sun. Seiji Hirao also sought for the Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in 2019. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2016 due to his illness and will not be able to see his dream come true. However Japanese rugby would not exist in its current state without him, and with this he will be forever marked in the history of this sport.

  • The Father of Japanese Rugby also Rests in Kobe

    Kobe is also home to Edward Bramwell Clarke, the father of Japanese rugby. After studying in Cambridge,he came to Japan and formed the Very first rugby team.

Exploring Local Spots

  • Proudly Renowned Kobe Beef

    Kobe Beef has a reputation for its deliciousness worldwide.

    At the mention of Kobe, the first thing that gourmands from around the world will think about is inevitably the beef named after this city. The reputation of this tasty and delicate meat is well-established; to earn the title, the breeding of oxen of Kobe must follow very strict rules. All stress is meticulously avoided – the animals drink mineral water, and some breeders even go as far as to massage them with sake every day. Until 2012 it was impossible to find authentic Kobe Beef outside Japan, with any export being prohibited. While now you can find it occasionally in Europe or the United States, the export remains minimal, which makes the prices prohibitively expensive outside of Japan.

    Try Kobe Beef when you visit here.

    In Kobe, restaurants serving Kobe beef are region, offering it in many forms – even sashimi! That said, the most classic way to enjoy this meat is teppanyaki. Sitting in front of the hotplate, you can watch the chef prepare your meal extravagantly before your eyes, before putting it gently on your plate, providing diners with both dinner and a show!

  • Discover Sake, Japan’s Rice Wine!


    The traditional gate to the sake brewery

    Thanks to the high quality of rice available in the region, Nada District quickly became famous for the quality of its sake, regarded as some of the finest in Japan. Earning exceptional prestige, Fukuju sake is world-renowned for its quality and has been used for a long time at the Nobel Prize Ceremony Banquet. Like wine, sake has several different varieties –  it may be more, or less pronounced in flavour, and very different degrees of alcohol. While touring the Ishiyagawa Brewery, you can enjoy a free tasting of sake produced in the region. What better way to acquaint yourself with sake than this?

    Take a sake tour to learn the process

  • Asics, decades of innovation in Kobe

    Asics Sports Museum

    Asics Sports Museum

    This famous brand of sporting goods was born in Kobe 70 years ago. Today, Kobe is home to ASICS global head office.
    At the office, the brand is developing various products from athletic sports to lifestyle.

    Attached to the head office, a museum will allow you to discover the history of the brand. Through the various models on display, the museum retraces the evolution of their sports shoes over time. You can also discover custom-made models for world-class athletes and better understand the impact ASICS has made through these innovations.


Night Life

  • Want to Try Kobe’s Craft Beer?


    Craft beer bar, BRUGGE

    Nice selection of craft beers

    If you prefer beer, the Brugge bar, right in the centre of Kobe, will offer you a wide choice of beer from all over the world. Not forgetting, of course, local beers, as well as delicious tapas.

    Bon Appetit!

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