Captain's Run Japan

Guide For Rugby Fans
Kanagawa Pref.
Yokohama City
Around the
International Stadium Yokohama
The Final Match will take place in Yokohama an international city, rich in culture, and where Japanese Rugby is said to have originated:

About the Stadium

About International Stadium Yokohama

Address:3300 Kozukue, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access:About 14 min. on foot from Shin-Yokohama Station on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen/JR Yokohama Line, 12 min. from Shin-Yokohama Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway.Or 7 min. from Kozukue Station on the JR Yokohama Line.

  • Getting to the stadium

     

    At Shin-Yokohama Station

    To get to the stadium, you can take a bullet train to Shin-Yokohama Station from Tokyo Station in a tidy 18 min, or take a local train for 30 – 40 min.

    Rugby fans approaching the stadium

     

     

  • Big fans ?

    Yokohama is home to the Nissan Stadium, or International Stadium Yokohama, making it a  choice venue for several world-class sporting events. It was here that Brazil faced off with Germany for 2002 FIFA World Cup™! The  International Stadium Yokohama is a quick walk from Shin-Yokohama Station, which is facilitated by several signs you can follow – not to mention, sports fans in jerseys all headed the same direction. The final will also be held here.

Report the match: Japan vs Australia

Inside Yokohama Stadium

  • Watch a Rugby Match at Yokohama Stadium

    On November 4th 2017, I had a chance to watch the Japanese rugby team take on my home country of Australia at Yokohama Stadium during Australia’s spring tour.. With a seating capacity of 72,327,  the largest stadium in Japan – complete with two jumbo screens and a grass field of 107×72 metres, making it the perfect venue for rugby.

    To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of turnout, but the crowd turned out to be huge! It seems that the Japanese people have really taken to rugby, though that’s not to say there weren’t quite a few Australians in attendance too. The giveaway of the difference in crowds was when the national anthems were sung… please come and support your team for 2019! Your team needs your voice!

    Drinking beer at the rugby game.

    Another great thing about International Stadium Yokohama is the food and drink. We can get a beer! How great is that? Aside from beer, guests can also enjoy various types of alcohol, including Japanese sake and flavoured spirits. The food is also on point, whether simple potato chips, or traditional Japanese sweets.

     

  • a heated game

    Although the match was dominated by the Australian Team in the first half, the Japanese audience really enjoyed it nonetheless – there were cheering and good sportsmanship all around. In the second half, the Japanese team fought valiantly, and the cheering became even more intense! The announcements were made in Japanese and then in English, so we didn’t miss anything. The English announcer was either a native speaker, or extremely proficient in the language.

    Ultimately, Australia took the game with a score of 63 to 30. Which ranking difference considered, is nonetheless pretty impressive for the Japanese team. The Australian defence was clearly too strong, so the Japan’s “Blooming Sakura” had to make risky attempts. I think that Japanese team will learn a lot from this match, and become a strong contender for 2019.

Yokohama, the Birthplace of Rugby

  • History of Yokohama; the City which contributed to Japan's Modernization

     

    The modern scenery of Minato Mirai, Yokohama.

    Welcome to Yokohama, the Japanese city of sport, beer, and dumplings! Located only half an hour from Tokyo by train, Yokohama has grown into one of the most popular cities in Japan. Unlike other famous Japanese cities such as Kyoto or Tokyo, Yokohama has humbler beginnings as a sleepy fishing village. So, how did a fishing village grow into a city of over 3 million anyway?

    During Japan’s feudal era, known as the Edo Period, the government enacted a policy of isolation. Most Japanese were forbidden from leaving the country, and foreigners were not allowed in. However, the Shogun (the military leader of feudal Japan) was eventually persuaded to allow trade. Because of its isolation from the main trade route between Kyoto and Tokyo, the village of Yokohama was selected to become an open port, and on June 2nd 1859 became the foreign trade port of Japan. Because of this, foreign culture and goods , such as beer coming into Japan have historically first made their mark in Yokohama.

  • The Birthplace of Japanese Rugby

    Yokohama ~the first place in Asia where rugby was played~

    “To the best of our knowledge, the oldest rugby football club confirmed in Asia was founded in Yokohama in 1866,” wrote Phil McGowan, Acting Curator at the World Rubgy Museum, Twickenham Stadium, that sacred place for rugby, in a text where he discusses the Yokohama Football Club (YFBC). When the YFBC was founded in 1866 in the foreign settlement, the All Blacks and the Wales Rugby Union, had not yet been founded. Just from this fact alone, the history of rugby in Japan is something to be astounded by. Perhaps it is fate that the final will be held in Yokohama, 150 years after that moment.

    ※ The first time rubgy was played by Japanese was in 1899, by Keio University students.

    ※ Originally Published: May 2016 “Nikkei Kairou”, 7th Edition, by Nikkei Newspaper

  • The Birthplace of Japanese Beer

    Kirin Beer Factory

    Kirin Beer factory

    First domestically-produced beer in Japan was brewed in Yokohama in 1869, by the group that would later become known as Kirin, which is one of Japans four largest breweries today. Beer, along with other western produce such as ice cream, would soon explode in popularity as Yokohama city continued to grow. Visitors can take a factory tour of the Kirin Brewery for free.

Exploring Local Spots

  • Running track for a magnificent view of the harbour

    Jogging around the Osanbashi Pier

    One of the top tourist spots in Yokohama is the area known as “Minato Mirai 21”, or “harbour of the future”. Here you can enjoy a 4km running track alongside the spectacular views of the port, stretching from Yamashita Park to the Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum. On the way, one can encounter beautiful gardens, historic statues and an amusement park.

    Furthermore, at Minato Mirai 21 we find the historic Red Brick Warehouses. These buildings were constructed in 1911 and 1913. Standing in front of Yokohama’s modern buildings, we witness a display of Japans wonderful mix of history and modernism.

     

     

  • The Red Brick Warehouses

    The Red Brick Warehouses echo Yokohama’s past as a trade port.

    The Red Brick Warehouses is now home to various shops and restaurants, and the grounds are often used to host markets.

  • CUPNOODLE MUSEUM Yokohama

    CUPNOODLE MUSEUM Yokohama displays the history of cup noodles.

    A short walk from the Red Brick Warehouses, we find the CUPNOODLE MUSEUM Yokohama. This museum introduce Japan’s greatest invention (at least in the eyes of students), instant noodles! Entry is cheap, at only 500 yen(free for children 18 and younger,) and 300 yen to participate in a workshop to make your own CUP NOODLES. Inside I found the displays interesting, and the presentation very artful.

    The original packaging from a 1958 Chicken Ramen

    A highlight for me was the variety of instant noodle packages, displayed chronologically from their origin in 1958 all the way to those which can be bought today. It was really cool to see the progression of marketing and art through the packaging.

  • The Landmark Tower Yokohama

    The Landmark Tower Yokohama, the second tallest building in Japan

    The Landmark Tower Yokohama is the second tallest building in Japan at 296 meters. With its elevators reaching a top speed of 45km/h, you can get to the top in no time! In fact, these are the world’s third fastest elevators. Why not use them to reach the Sky Garden? Located on the 69th floor, the Landmark Tower’s Sky Garden offers a 360 panoramic view. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Mount Fuji!

Night Life

  • Full Stomach at Chinatown after the Rugby Match!

    Yokohama China Town

    Yokohama’s Chinatown is a sight to behold ©Yokohama chinatown development association

    After the match, we made our way through the crowd of people back to Shin-Yokohama Station. From here we caught a train to Ishikawa-cho Station, and then took a short walk to Yokohama’s famous Chinatown. As the origin of Yokohama is a foreign trade port, it’s no surprise that it is also the location of the largest Chinatown or “Chukagai” in Japan. Here we can eat delicious Chinese food, from dumplings to Peking duck. And it’s not all about the food, the architecture and decoration are equally impressive.

     

  • Enjoy a Night View by Sea Bass on Your Way Home

    Sea Bass

    The night lights give a new life to the port-side of Yokohama.

    Catch the Sea Bass. This mini-cruise offers a convenient, not to mention beautiful way to get back to Yokohama Station.

  • Craft beers cannot be missed after the rugby match!

    Babel Bayside Kitchen

    Babel Bayside Kitchen near Yokohama Station serves a wide selection of craft beers.

    Did I mention Yokohama’s relationship to beer? If you are a craft beer fan, Yokohama may be your favourite place in Japan. Right at the Yokohama Port of Sea Bass, the comfortable “Babel Bayside Kitchen” serves a wide range of worldwide and Japanese craft beers. An informative menu helps you select. A brief blurb about the brewery is also included.

    Babel Bayside Kitchen serves a fantastic chicken dish.

    Babel Bayside Kitchen also serves food, and it’s the kind you don’t want to miss. Sirloin roast beef, which is recommended by the shop, is very popular. Chicken is also a popular dish ordered by many customers.

Other Venues