Shizuoka Stadium EPOCA – Fukuroi City, Shizuoka

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Shizuoka Stadium EPOCA is perhaps sitting against one of the more picturesque backgrounds of all the Rugby venues. In the background, you can observe the panning green hills in the background, while the immediate area is home to tea plantations and lush green hills. Shizuoka is also a place home to stunning landscapes and natural beauty.

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It will hold a total of 4 games, with the initial kick-off being a key match for the home team. Japan will face off against Ireland in its opening game, and this will no doubt be a must-win for the hosts. Ireland will be looking to build on their success from their 2015 performance, where they made the quarter-finals. The 3rd seeded team in this tournament, they will still present an immense challenge for Japan.

Shizuoka Stadium Epoca has a large amount of seating for one of the smaller prefectures, able to max out at 50,889 spectators. It has also held previous international events like the 2002 FIFA World Cup matches and Semi-Final, where it regularly approached the capacity limits. Built in 2001, and you can appreciate this from its modern appearance and architecture.

Getting to Shizuoka Stadium Epoca

The stadium can be accessed via Aino Station on the Tokaido Main line. This runs parallel with the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen railway. From the station, it is about a 15-minute walk to the venue. The closest station to Aino Station on the Tokaido Main line is Kakegawa Station. Kakegawa is on the Tokaido Shinkansen line and the trip takes about 4 minutes via local train.

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