The Dolphins Arena is the home of the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins of the B League (Japan Professional Basketball League). This arena is also the venue for the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. It is right next to Nagoya Castle.
Getting to the Arena
From JR Nagoya Station
It is about 3 km from JR Nagoya Station to the arena area. It's a bit far to walk.
If you use public transportation, you can use the subway to get to the arena. Take the Higashiyama Line to Sakae Station, change to the Meijo Line at Sakae Station, get off at Shiyakusho Station, and walk 5 minutes. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes from Nagoya Station.
About the Arena
Address: 1-1, Ninomaru, Naka-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi
Nagoya Diamond Dolphins: Official Website
Grand Sumo Tournament: Official Website
What to bring
Compared to other countries such as the U.S., Japanese events allow people to bring their own belongings, and there are few venues that do not allow backpacks.
For drinks, please note that in most cases, you cannot bring in cans or bottles. In many cases, you can bring in plastic bottles.
Gate Opening Time
The opening hours may vary depending on the event, so please check the website of the event you are attending.
Many events in Japan allow re-entry, but it depends on the event.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Aichi as a reference for planning your trip.
If you are coming to Nagoya from the Tokyo or Kansai area, you can conveniently access the city by bullet train.
If you take the Nozomi bullet train from Tokyo, it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) is located in the suburbs of Nagoya and has many international flights.
For domestic flights, there are flights from Kyushu, including Okinawa, Shikoku, and Sapporo, Hakodate, Sendai, and Akita in the north. Tokyo's Haneda Airport is also available, but if you are using Tokyo as a base to travel to Nagoya, flying is not very efficient.
If you want to save money, you can take a night bus or other options.
In Nagoya, there are choices from economy hotels to high class hotels.
There are many hotels around the station, but when you get to a station of Nagoya's class, it is a bit of a walk from one exit to the next, even if the hotel is close to the station.
The downtown area of Nagoya is Sakae.
There are many hotels between Nagoya station and Sakae.
Here is a list of hotels in the Nagoya area.
Nagoya Castle, the biggest tourist attraction in Nagoya, is about 2.5 kilometers away from Nagoya Station. It is not impossible to get there on foot from Nagoya Station, but subways or cabs are more convenient.
Kinjo-Futo Station, a 30-minute train ride from Nagoya Station, is home to Legoland and Linia Tekkenkan.
There are many specialties in Nagoya, such as nikomi udon, miso katsu, and hitsu-mabushi.
A city as big as Nagoya has a wide range of restaurants, but you can also enjoy specialty foods at Nagoya Station.
Here is a list of restaurants in the Nagoya area.