Airbus presents the images captured by Pléiades  of the 12 Rugby stadiums selected for 2019 International Rugby Competitions, taking place in Japan and for the first time event, in Asia.

 

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Egao Kenko Stadium

Kumamoto, Kyushu Island

Built: 1998
Capacity: 32,000
The stadium has hosted international Athletics, Football and now Rugby competitions. It is at the centre of a multisport complex created in 1978.

Japan Kumamoto RWC Egeo Kenko Stadium

Level5 Stadium

Fukuoka City, Kyushu Island

Built: 1995
Capacity: 22,563

Located in Higashi Hirao Koen Park, it is a 15–20 minutes walk or a short bus ride from Fukuoka Airport.

Japan Fukuoka Stadium

Oita Bank Dome

Oita City, Kyushu Island

Built: 2001
Capacity: 40,000
3 hen's match
2 Quarterfinals

This spectacular multi-purpose stadium has been designed by Kisho Kurokawa who has also built the New Wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Japan Oita Stadium

Sapporo Dome

Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture

Renovated in 2018
Capacity: 26,544
2 hen's match

Baseball, football and now rugby matches are played on an underlying artificial turf field, which slides in and out of the Dome as and when needed.

Japan RWC Sapporo Dome

Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture

Renovated in 2018
Capacity: 26,544
4 hen's match

Built in 1929, this arena is the oldest dedicated rugby union stadium in Japan. It has hosted the Top League, which is the highest level of rugby competition in Japan

Japan Higashiosaka RWC Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Nissan Stadium

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Built: 1998
Capacity: 75,000
4 hen's match
2 Semifinal
1 Final

The highest seating capacity stadium in Japan has previously hosted the final of 2002 FIFA World Cup and now in 2019, it will host the final of Rugby World Cup.

Japan Yokohama RWC Nissan Stadium

Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto Stadium)

Chofu Tokyo Metropolis

Built: 2001
Capacity: 49,970
5 hen's match (Opening match)
2 Quarterfinal
1 Bronze Final

The multi-purpose stadium will be hosting the opening ceremony. The north end of the stadium adjoins to the Chōfu Airport which is directly connected by a pedestrian bridge over Route 20.

Japan Tokyo RWC Ajinomoto Stadium

Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA

Fukuroi City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Built: 2001
Capacity: 50,889

It is a primary venue for major sporting events as Athletics, Football and Rugby and is also situated in the centre of the large Ogasayama Sports Park.

Japan Shizuoka RWC ECOPA Stadium

City of Toyota Stadium

Toyota, Aichi Prefecture

Built: 2001
Capacity: 45,000
4 hen's match

Used by Toyota Verblitz, a rugby union team in the Top League, the Toyota Stadium is equipped with a unique roof that folds like an accordion.

Japan Toyota RWC Toyota Stadium

Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium

Kobe City, Hyōgo Prefecture

Built: 2001
Capacity: 30,132

This stadium features a retractable roof and is the home ground of the Kobelco Steelers (Japanese rugby team).

Japan Kobe RWC Misaki Park Stadium

Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi, Unosumai Region

Built: 2018
Capacity: 16,187
2 hen's match

The stadium was built in 15 months on the coast which was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Nippon Steel Kamaishi won several national titles during the 1970s and 1980s.

Japan Kamaishi Stadium

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture

Expanded: 2018
Capacity: 30,000

The stadium is part of the huge sports complex of Kumagaya Park. For the Rugby World Cup, 6,000 temporary seats will be added to increase the stadium’s capacity.

Japan Kumagaya Rugby Stadium