Held every four years since 1987, Rugby World Cup 2019 is being held in Asia for the first time - taking place in Japan from September 20 until November 2, 2019.
With venues all around Japan, this tournament would be a great opportunity not only to enjoy the highest level of rugby, but also to visit many places around the country.
With that said, tickets are already very hard to come by, and the remaining ones are said to not come cheaply. For this reason the introduction of the Fanzones is a welcomed addition for all rugby aficionados. These free-access areas have large monitors where fans can watch the matches, but also a number of activities, events, food, and merchandise.
Here we introduce the fanzones for 2019!
Tokyo Fanzone 1: Tokyo Sports Square
This Fanzone is divided into 4 areas.
Public Viewing Area – Area A, and Area C
This area is a large open space set up with a 10-meter multi-vision screen and high definition sound system. The same area is equipped also with two more small monitors, allowing more people to enjoy the matches.
Another section of the public viewing area is set up with a grass-like flooring and it’s designed to be more relaxing and manageable, especially for kids and the elderly.
Social Area (Interaction area) – Area D
This area is dedicated to introducing the public to the experience of Japanese traditional and local culinary culture and products, as well as helping visitors with maps and billboards outlining major attractions and points of interest.
Rugby Experience – Area A and C
This area is laced with information about all the teams in the Cup, as well as fun photo activities and more for both young and adults alike.
Stage Event – Area A
Here, there will be concerts, local groups offering cultural and art performances, and talk shows on games varying from the funny to the informational ones.
Catering – A, B, and C
On the first floor of this area there will be a Rugby Bar, offering alcoholic drinks.
The Rugby Café on the second floor, instead, will serve a number of beverages and dishes, but not alcoholic drinks.
Official Merchandise – Area B
In this area you will find the sponsor booths and all kinds of merchandise of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Tokyo Sports Square, Ginza, Yurakucho Station東京スポーツスクエア 銀座 有楽町駅
- Address 100-0006 Tokyo-to, Chyoda-ku, 3 Chome 8-3 Marunouchi
Tokyo Fanzone 2: Chofu Station Square
This Fanzone is also divided into four main areas, each offering different kinds of experiences.
Public Viewing Area – Area B (Chofu Green Hall)
Closed on September 21, 22; October 26, 27; November 2
When the main hall is closed, there will be three alternatives: a smaller hall in Green Hall and the Tazukuri Chofu City cultural Center, and Chofu Creston Hotel.
In addition there will be two outdoors public viewing areas (A, C).
Social Area – Area D
Rugby Experience – Area C
In addition to the features also presented in the Tokyo Sport Square, the Rugby Experience in Chofu will include a direct interaction with professional players from the 6 local teams:
・Riko Black Ramuzu
・Toshiba Brave Lupus
・Hino Red Dolphins
・Kurita Kougyou Water Gashu
Attendants will be able to play and exchange passes with the players on rotation.
Stage Event – Area A
Among other things mentioned earlier, there will also be shows connecting with the Fanzone in Tokyo Sport Square.
Catering – Area A
Here there will be traditional Japanese dishes, but also dishes from the countries of the other teams participating in the World Cup.
Official Merchandise – Area A
Chofu Station Square, Chofu Station調布駅前広場 調布駅
- Address 2 Chome-60 Kojimacho, Chofu, Tokyo 182-0026
3. Yokohama Fanzone: Rinko Park
In this Fanzone you will find the big screens that will show 32 out of the total 48 games.
Like in the other Fanzones, there will be a Rugby Experience for both kids and adults.
The catering will be handled by famous local restaurants when it comes to Japanese food, but you will also find ethnic food from the countries that are participating to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Of course you will find the Stage Event in Yokohama as well to better immerse yourself in the sport, the Cup, and the culture of the countries that are participating.
- Address 1 Chome-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0012
In addition to the Tokyo and Yokohama Fanzones, there are also many in all the location in Japan in which the world Cup matches will take place.
Kumagaya City (Saitama Prefecture)
Kumagaya Community Spaceコミュニティひろば
- Address 2 Chome Honcho, Kumagaya, Saitama 360-0042
Kamaishi (Iwate Prefecture)
Kamaishi Civic Hall釜石市民ホール TETTO
- Address 1 Chome-1 Omachi, Kamaishi, Iwate 026-0024
Shizuoka City (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Sunpu Castle Park駿府城公園
- Address 1-1 Sunpujokoen, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, 420-0855
Hamamatsu City (Shizuoka Prefecture)
- Address 320-1 Sunayamacho, Naka Ward, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 430-0926
Toyota City (Aichi Prefecture)
Sky Hall Toyotaスカイホール豊田
- Address 1 Chome-20, Yawatamachi, Toyota, Aichi 471-0861
Osaka City (Osaka Prefecture)
- Address 5-55 Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, 543-0063
Hanazono Central Stadium花園中央公園野球場
- Address 1-chōme-1-43 Matsubaraminami, Higashiosaka, Osaka 578-0923
Kobe (Hyogo Prefecture)
- Address ２-2 Hatobachō, Chūō-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0042
Fukuoka City (Fukuoka Prefecture)
JR Hakata Station SquareJR博多駅前広場
- Address 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, 812-0011
Kumamoto City (Kumamoto Prefecture)
- Address 7-10 Hanabatacho, Chuo Ward, Kumamoto, 860-0806
Oita City (Oita Prefecture)
Oita Ikoi no Michi Square大分いこいの道
- Address 1 Chome-5-5 Higashiomichi, Oita, 870-0823
The Rugby World Cup is of course a must-see event for all those who love the sport, but thanks to the Fanzones, it can be an enjoyable experience for everyone, so don’t miss on the fun!
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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