Saorina is a general sports facility located in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.
The naming of Saorina comes from Ms. Saori Yoshida(Three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling), who was born in Tsu City, and is the original name of the facility (it is not a naming right).
Inside the museum, there is also a "SAORIUM" where you can see Ms. Yoshida's achievements.
Getting to the Stadium
Tsu Station (nearest station to Saorina)
The closest station to Saorina and the Tsu Municipal Baseball Stadium is Tsu Station (JR, Kintetsu).
Tsu Station is about 45 minutes from Kintetsu Nagoya Station by "Limited Express" or about 65 minutes by "Express", and about 55 minutes from JR Nagoya Station by "Rapid Mie".
It is located in an area where it is difficult to come on foot from the nearest station.
Therefore, you will have to take a bus or a cab from the station.
If you take the bus
From Kintetsu Tsu Shinmachi Station, it takes about 10 minutes to get to the Minamikawaji bus stop, which is about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
From the east exit of Tsu Station, take a 25-minute bus ride to the Minamikawaji bus stop, and walk about 5 minutes from the bus stop.
There is a parking lot at the facility, but please check the organizer's website to see if there may be restrictions on its use during the event.
About the Stadium
Saorina has a main arena, a sub-arena, and a martial arts hall.
The main arena has a capacity of over 3,000 people.
Location: 19-1, Kitakoji-cho, Tsu City, Mie 514-0056, Japan
Capacity: 3,054 (Main Arena)
The glory of Ms. Saori Yoshida is displayed in the SAORIUM, which is located in the area just inside the main entrance.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Mie as a reference for planning your trip.
If you are in Tsu or Matsuzaka, you will have to get there from Nagoya.
There is a train that will take you back to Nagoya later that day, unless the event is running very late.
For those in Iga and Nabari, you can also go to Nara, so you can consider a sightseeing trip that includes Nara.
The areas of Tsu, Matsuzaka, Iga, and Nabari do not have nationally famous tourist spots that you need to stay overnight to visit, so you may not have the opportunity to stay overnight in this area.
This is an area where you should choose a hotel after carefully considering your itinerary, checking the train back home after watching the game.
In the case of Tsu City and Matsuzaka City, you can think about sightseeing including Ise Shrine and the Nagoya area, but when you come to Iga City and Nabari City, Nara City is close by, so it is difficult to decide what kind of sightseeing is best for this area.
In Iga, Ueno Park is the main attraction, and there is also the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, the Basho Museum, and Iga-Ueno Castle.
Speaking of Mie Prefecture, "Matsusaka Beef" becomes famous.
Along with Omi beef and Kobe beef, it is said to be one of the three most famous Japanese cattle.
It is a must-eat local delicacy.
One of Mie's most popular souvenirs is Akafuku. There is also a main store near Ise Jingu Shrine where you can eat Akafuku.