Captain's Run Japan

Guide For Rugby Fans
Sapporo City
Around the
Sapporo Dome
Enjoy the Rugby Matches at Sapporo’s Fully Domed Stadium!

About the Stadium

About Sapporo Dome

Address:1 Hitsujigaoka, Toyohira Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access:The Closest Station is Fukuzumi Station. It isconveniently just 10 minutes on foot from Sapporo Dome stadium.

  • Getting to Sapporo

    The sleek and modern New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido’s main hub.

    With 50 flights a day from Tokyo Haneda Airport and 15 flights per day from Tokyo Narita Airport, Sapporo is well connected to the Japanese mainland. The flight from Tokyo to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport takes an hour and half. The airport is designed to accommodate all our needs and desires, and then some we probably hadn’t even thought of yet! Besides its many shops, New Chitose Airport hosts a cinema and even has a relaxation onsen (hot spring spa), such as can typically be found throughout Japan.

    From the airport, you can board the JR Express Airport train. This train runs from inside the airport directly to Sapporo Station in the heart of the city. The train ride takes about 40 minutes.

  • Getting to Stadium

    A Subway heading for the stadium

    To get to the Sapporo Dome stadium, take the Toho Subway Line and get off at Fukuzumi Station. The stadium is then reached by a leisurely walk from the station (10 min. on foot).

  • Sapporo Dome

    The exterior of Sapporo Dome

    Sapporo Dome Observatory

    For the Rugby World Cup 2019, which shall be held in Japan, two matches will take place in Sapporo at the Sapporo Dome. With a capacity of more than 40,000, this stadium is quite large and has an impressive feature. As the stadium is fully covered, the lawn used for rugby and football matches is fully removable! With its own air cushion mechanism, the turf can be switched between grass for football matches and an artificial turf for baseball matches. It took three years of researching to develop this ingenious system that allows a landmass of 8,300 tons to move, just like that!

    You will be able to eat inside the stadium, or even follow the game on giant screens for those who have not managed to get a prime place.

    Cafeteria in Sapporo Dome

    Cafeteria in Sapporo Dome

Exploring Local Spots

  • City of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games

    Okurayama Observatory

    Okurayama Ski Jump

    City of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games
    In 1972, Sapporo City hosted the Winter Olympic Games. It is now possible to visit the Okurayama springboard which was built for the Olympic ski jumping competitions. The track has become a true symbol of Sapporo, and now serves as an observatory. The chairlifts will bring you to the top of the track, where you can imagine what the athletes must have felt, facing a magnificent and breathtaking view of the city of Sapporo and its surroundings.

    Okurayama Observatory

  • Jozankei Onsen - a Spa Village Paradise near Sapporo

    Jozankei Onsen

    Hokkaido Barbarians home ground

    A one-hour bus ride from Sapporo, Jozankei will offer you the unforgettable experience of a traditional Japanese onsen (hot spring spa), in a grand natural setting. The city also has its own rugby team the ”Hokkaido Barbarians”, whose home ground field is right in this heart of nature.

    Foot Spa at Jozankei Onsen

    The onsens feed from springs of hot thermal waters. As Japan is a volcanic archipelago, they are numerous and diverse. Fully rooted in Japanese culture, nothing is better than to relax in one of these traditional baths, often found outdoors.

    Japanese inn (ryokan) at Jozankei Onsen

    Japanese inn (ryokan) at Jozankei Onsen

    To make your experience even more special, you can spend the night in a ryokan. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, usually with meals. Each ryokan has its own onsen reserved for its customers. The meals served here are full of Hokkaido specialties: from crab, fresh fish and other seafood to vegetables. Hokkaido is famous throughout Japan for the quality and freshness of its food. After that, a spacious Japanese-style room with tatami mats awaits you for a quiet night in the mountains.

    Savour the Japanese cuisine at the ryokan

    Savour the Japanese cuisine at the ryokan

  • Momiji, the fall colours of Japan

    The matches for Sapporo are scheduled to be held on September 21st and September 22nd, 2019. Therefore, we have a great chance to admire the autumn colours in Hokkaido in October. Around this time, the trees of Hokkaido transform into thousands of colours, in all the gradients of yellow, orange and red. The ”momiji” tree, a Japanese maple with fine and delicate leaves, becomes particularly spectacular at this time of the year. The scenery offered by Jozankei is all the more grandiose in Autumn. Travelling onto the Jozankei Bridge will offer you a magnificent view of the colourful valley.

    The Autumn Leaves in Jozankei Onsen

  • A Popular Destination for the Autumn Leaves near Sapporo

    The Houheikyo Dam

    Autumn Leaves at Houheikyou Dam

    To  enjoy these autumn colours at their best, a bus from Jozankei can take you to the Houheikyou Dam for a half-day tour.Free shuttle buses are operated only during autumn-leave season.Walking under the momiji while enjoying the breathtaking view around the huge Houheikyou Lake will allow you to truly appreciate beauty of the autumn season of Japan. It’s such a perfect plan!

Night Life

  • The famous Sapporo Beer

    Sapporo Beer Garden

    Why not enjoy the rugby match with a cup of beer? Sapporo is after all a city of beers! Sapporo beer has been in production since 1876, and is one of the three most consumed beers in Japan. Let’s take the opportunity to visit the Sapporo Beer Garden and taste the many different beers of the brewery. For 600 yen, a tasting set will allow you to discover the myriad of different flavours of the beers produced locally in Sapporo at Sapporo Beer Museum, next to the Sapporo Beer Garden.

    Fresh brewed Sapporo beer

    Sapporo Beer Garden is also full of restaurants. One of the most popular local specialties is called Jingisukan. Jingisukan is a lamb and vegetable dish that you will cook yourself on a grill in the shape of a Mongolian helmet. This is why it gets its name, “Genghis Khan”. Ideal for sharing a convivial moment, this tasty meat is the culinary fame of Hokkaido.

    Hokkaido’s local cuisine, “Genghis Khan”

    Hokkaido’s local cuisine, “Genghis Khan”

  • Sapporo in the evening

    Susukino

    Ganso Ramen Yokocho

    If you want to continue to enjoy Sapporo into the evening after the match, the Susukino district is Sapporo’s most lively night district. Business men and women rub shoulders with students in a warm festive atmosphere. A great number of bars and restaurants are at your disposal. However, it is particularly advisable to go for a walk down to “Ganso Ramen Yokocho”. In this small narrow lane, you will find some of the most famous ramen restaurants of Japan. As ramen is another of Hokkaido’s culinary specialties, it’s a top spot to sample true Japanese ramen. Here you can indulge in ramen noodles in a rich and tasty broth, topped with meat, shellfish or vegetables. Keep warm while watching the cooks prepare the ramen in front of you, on the other side of the counter.

    One tasty Sapporo Ramen

Other Venues