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Chichibunomiya Rugby Field, Minato

(4.3/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
in the Aoyama district of central Tokyo is the spiritual home of Japanese rugby union and the headquarters of the Japan Rugby Football Union.FacilitiesThe stadium currently can accommodate 27,188 spectators, but only part of the stands are covered. A large electronic scoreboard was added to the grounds as a step toward modernization before the fifth Rugby World Cup in 2003.On April 19, 2007, it was announced that the stadium was to be equipped with lights for night games by the end of July, to assist with the RWC 2015 bid. The first rugby game under lights was Japan v Asian Barbarians in August 2007, the send-off for Japan going to RWC 2007. Since then it has been used for the first Top League game of the 2007–8 season between Suntory Sungoliath and Toshiba Brave Lupus, also played under lights and won 10–3 by the former on October 26, 2008.HistoryOriginally completed in 1947, it was at first called Tokyo Rugby Stadium. In 1953 the name was changed to Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium. The stadium also served as a venue for football matches in the 1964 Summer Olympics.The name Chichibunomiya commemorates the sporting prince, Prince Chichibu, who was not a rugby union player but was passionately fond of the sport and died in 1953. His statue is in the stadium.
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  • We have to see the Super Rugby match. Back seat felt distance and background is closer than the main side. Is sun visors and Sun is strong and hard to see, so may be better.
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  • Married people was the Rugby-loving people. Go everytime I take once in a while and say, I'm told. Then 14 years, go to the Chichibu shrine. In the meantime in Aoyama, Rugby is didn't even know! Probably a wonderful city.... Beautiful Ginkgo trees in the middle of the season, on the way back in the HUB of the neighborhood of course beer and watching friends and fun time. Rugby culture is beautiful. Chichibu shrine kept from it so!
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  • Went to see Rugby, is invited. Because unfortunately my seat was a short-side sense of distance is very tasty, is also difficult to see ball. Also short side-even those of you who are used to seeing Rugby? I thought beginners should to tipa may.
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  • Max capacity around 24,000. You could call it cozy. Nothing fancy with a good number of shops nearby to bring food and drinks into the stadium and post-game entertainment.
  • Tokyo's premier rugby venue is definitely showing its age compared to modern sports stadiums. There are limited food choices, and the queues for the restrooms can be long even if the game only half fills the stadium. But rugby!
  • Excellent stadium, atmosphere and access. Definitely an excellent place for the family and a day out. It's possible to bring your own refreshments so the trip is great value for money too. The only negative side was the lack of a cash machine and shops offering payment via credit card.
  • This field is very convenient to get to from the subway and is BYO EVERYTHING, so be sure to grab a snack or a drink before heading into the game. The stadium is small and does not have very much organization with regards to vendors and food sales, but if you bring in your own, it is not a problem.
  • Home of Japanese rugby. Watch internationals, super rugby and JP top league. BYOB also good.