Hanazono Rugby Stadium is a dedicated rugby stadium located in Higashi Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture.
Due to the World Cup, the stadium has undergone a major renovation and has been transformed into a stadium that, even if you just look at the exterior, you will be impressed.
Hanazono is an excellent stadium level and is only a 10-minute walk from the station.
There are monuments of past high school rugby championship teams (in the park, so you can see them at any time), and later, there is a museum attached to the stadium, so I recommend that you check the opening hours before going there.
Getting to the Stadium
The closest station to the Hanazono Rugby Stadium is Higashi Hanazono Station. There are two exits from Higashi Hanazono Station, North and South, and as the sign says, the rugby field is the North exit. The rugby field is about a 10-minute walk from the north exit.
About the Stadium
Location: 1-1-1 Matsubaraminami, Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Home team: Kintetsu Liners (Japan Rugby Top League)
As rugby fans know, the Hanazono Rugby Stadium is where the National High School Rugby Football Tournament is held. Outside the rugby field, there is a stone monument to the winning schools of the past. It might be interesting to look for your prefecture's high school here.
The stadium has been completely renovated for the Rugby World Cup, and there is a large stone monument in front of the stadium, similar to Stonehenge in England.
There is also a museum inside the rugby stadium, so it would be interesting to visit this area as well.
About the roof
At Hanazono Rugby Stadium, the roof is only on the side of the main stand.
If you want to avoid the influence of rain as much as possible, it would be better to sit in the back row than the middle row.
Please note that there is no roof on the end zone and back stand side.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Osaka as a reference for planning your trip.
Higashi Osaka City and Kadoma City are more like Nara Prefecture. For example, Higashi Hanazono Station, where the Hanazono Rugby Stadium is located, is about 30 minutes away from Namba Station in Osaka on the Kintetsu Line, and about 30 minutes away from Kintetsu Nara Station.
Therefore, this area offers a wide range of sightseeing options if you consider the combination of sightseeing spots and research the train lines to plan your itinerary.
There are not so many hotels in this area.
If you are planning on sightseeing, you will probably want to stay in Osaka City.
You can find hotels anywhere in Osaka City, but especially in the Umeda and Namba areas. The convenience of hotels varies depending on the venue you are going to watch the game at, so it is recommended that you choose a station that is easy to get to and book a hotel.
If you go to Osaka City, you will find many places of interest such as Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, Tsutenkaku, and Universal Studios.
Higashi-Osaka area is close to Nara, and Higashi-Hanazono Station, the closest station to Hanazono Rugby Stadium, is only about 30 minutes away from Kintetsu Nara Station.
Therefore, you can visit Osaka and Nara at the same time, but it is difficult to visit all of them in one night and two days, so please make a reasonable itinerary while checking the convenience of transportation.
Osaka is famous for its takoyaki (octopus dumplings), kushikatsu (skewered pork cutlets), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), and pork buns from 551 Horai Horai.
As a large city, there are many restaurants.
Find a restaurant that suits your taste and try it out.