Ishikawa Dome is a bullfighting arena located in Uruma City.
About Bullfighting in Okinawa
In other countries, bullfights are fought between bullfighters and bulls, but in Okinawa's bullfighting, bulls weighing more than one ton collide one on one in a circular bullring to decide the winner.
In Okinawa Prefecture, bullfighting has long been a popular pastime.
The rule is that the person who loses the will to fight and turns his back on his opponent loses.
A person called a "seko" accompanies the bull to arouse his fighting spirit.
The outcome of a match can be decided in as little as 10 seconds, but a long match can last over an hour.
In a typical match, the outcome is usually decided in about five to ten minutes.
In a single tournament, there will be about ten matches, and you can expect to spend about three hours watching them.
The most popular tournaments in Okinawa are the Spring All-Island Tournament held on the second Sunday in May and the Autumn All-Island Tournament held on the second Sunday in November, which are so popular that tickets are sold out.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Getting to the Stadium
The location of the Ishikawa Dome is about 40 kilometers from the Naha Airport area.
If there is no traffic jam, it will take about 45 minutes by car, but it is basically a very congested drive from Naha City to the highway, so you should expect it to take about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Considering that there are few hotels around the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome, this is an area where you will need a car.
Since the Ishikawa Dome in Uruma City is close to the highway interchange, most people will drive to the venue, and depending on the event, parking may be scarce.
It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour before the start time to ensure parking. By the way, there is basically no parking fee.
About the Stadium
Location: 2298-1, Ishikawa, Uruma City, Okinawa, Japan
Seating Capacity: 3,500
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Learn about transportation, sightseeing, and food in Okinawa
Before your trip, we have compiled some basic information about Okinawa Prefecture for your reference.
To get to Okinawa, you need to fly from Haneda to Naha Airport, which takes about 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours, and from Kansai Airport to Naha Airport, which takes 2 hours 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.
From Naha Airport, Okinawa City and Ginowan area are about 30 to 40 kilometers away, depending on the location.
There is a city bus service from Naha, but it takes quite a while, so renting a car is a realistic option.
If you are planning to watch the games or sightsee around the Okinawa City/Ginowan area, you can either stay near the various tourist spots, including the beach, or if you rent a car, you can use Naha as a base since there are relatively more options.
The following is a list of hotels in the Okinawa City and Ginowan area.
In the Okinawa City/Ginowan area, there are the ruins of Nakajo Castle, Katsuren Castle, and Zakimi Castle, all of which are World Heritage Sites.
Cape Zanpa is a great place to watch the sunset.
The following is a selection of tourist attractions in the Okinawa City and Ginowan area.
Okinawa soba, taco rice, bitter melon stir-fry, and steak are just a few of the specialties you can enjoy. If you are a drinker, Awamori will be one of the major attractions. Here is a list of Okinawa's gourmet foods and stores in the city.