Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
Football might be the main game played at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, but during the tournament the 51,000-capacity venue will play host to four major matches, including the host nation Japan as they take on Ireland, as well as fixtures for Scotland, South Africa, and Australia. The stadium is close to the bullet train line that connects Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, making it an accessible location for some top rugby matches.
Shizuoka tea fields with Mt Fuji – image © JNTO
Shizuoka Prefecture is the home of the Ecopa Stadium, equidistant between Shizuoka City and Hamamatsu. Shizuoka literally translates as “calm hills”, and this strip of rolling land between the Suruga Bay to the south and the Southern Japan Alps to the north boasts ideal conditions for green tea cultivation. The bullet train whizzes the entire length of the prefecture connecting Tokyo with Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. At the eastern end of the prefecture straddling the border with Yamanashi, is Japan’s tallest and most sacred mountain, Fuji-san.
Located in the centre of the prefecture, Shizuoka City boasts superb view of Mount Fuji, particularly from the Nihondaira plateau in the middle of the city. Meanwhile the city of Hamamatsu in western Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Hamamatsu Castle which played host to one of Japan’s most important historical figures Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Sengoku Period (1467-1603). These days Hamamatsu has a lively festival scene, such as the annual Kite Festival, and is also the headquarters of several top companies including Suzuki Motor Co. and Yamaha.