Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo Stadium)

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Japanese script: 味の素スタジアム
Area: Chofu
Address: 376-3 Nishi-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo [map]
Phone: +81 42-440-0555 +81 42-440-0555
Access: 0.6 km from Tobitakyū Station Keiō Line (KO20)
0.8 km from Nishi-Chōfu Station Keiō Line (KO19)
Website: http://www.ajinomotostadium.com/

Known as the Tokyo Stadium due to Olympic rules on commercialization, this stadium will host group games, two quarter finals and the 3rd place playoff for Rugby World Cup 2019 as well as the football events during the 2020 Olympic Games.

The first stadium in Japan to sell naming-rights, the contract was bought by Ajinomoto (a food company) in 2003 and has been renewed ever since. Used largely for football, it is the home ground of FC Tokyo in league one and Tokyo Verdy in league two but also hosts rugby and american football games occasionally. The stadium has also been home to flea markets, music concerts and provided shelter for displaced victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

During the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the opening ceremony and the opening match will both be held here. The stadium is next door to the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza which will host badminton, the modern pentathalon and the wheelchair basketball tournament in the Paralympics.

The closest station to Tokyo Stadium is Tobitakyu (Ajinomoto Stadium) Station on the Keio Line. If coming from Shinjuku, take the limited express from Keio Shinjuku Station (not the JR station!) headed for Takaosanguchi (240 yen). If coming from Shibuya, take the Keio Inokashira Line and change to the Keio Main Line at Meidaimae Station. On match days, the trains, Tobitakyu Station and the approach to the stadium can be extremely crowded. To make sure you’re comfortably ensconced in your seat with food and refreshments before the game begins, aim to arrive at Tobitakyu Station an hour or more before kick-off.

Also, be aware that there is practically nowhere to eat or drink (bar a few convenience stores) around the stadium before or after the game, so if you need to stay primed on the slow procession to the stadium, bring a drink or two with you.

Ajinomoto Stadium / Tokyo Stadium
Photo by Tokyo 2020