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Yokohama: Everything you need to know about the main host city for the Rugby World Cup


One of the Rugby World Cup’s main host cities, the laid-back port-side city of Yokohama is a wonderful vacation destination and an ideal base from which to discover and experience Japan.

Despite being situated just over 30 minutes (24 kilometers) from Shibuya, Tokyo, and technically classified as part of the capital metropolis, Yokohama is a bustling city with its own very distinct flavor. From the European architecture by the bay, the American-influenced shopping and dining outlets, to the biggest Chinatown in Asia, the city is a mixing pot of different cultures, and home to one of the most diverse populations in Japan. No matter where you’re from you’ll surely feel at home.

Nissan Stadium

The International Stadium Yokohama (locally known as the Nissan Stadium) is where the main Rugby World Cup events will be held. Officially the biggest stadium in Japan, in its 20-year life span it’s hosted an impressive roster of events, including the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is located about a 14-minute walk from Shin-Yokohama station or a 7-minute walk from Kozukue Station.

Things to do

When it comes to Yokohama’s tourist attractions, one name you’ll see pop up time and time again is Minato Mirai, and with good reason. Spread along the bayfront, this glittering heart of the city is home to world class shopping and entertainment outlets like the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the Yokohama Cosmo World amusement park and the stylish Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse commercial and art complex.

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