OpenStudium, Hanazono Rugby Museum ; open game days (from gates open to gates close)
The Hanazono Rugby Stadium opened in 1929 as Japan's first stadium built exclusively for rugby. Every year, the national high school rugby football tournament is held here, making it hallowed ground for rugby players. It's also used for top-tier professional play, hosting international games, and matches for the Japan Rugby Top League. Crowds of spectators flock from all around in and out. After its second major renovation in 2018, the stadium has been reborn and can now accommodate up to 26,000 people.The ground is covered with well-maintained natural turf.
The rugby museum is free to match spectators while games are underway. Inside the museum are exhibitions including a photo panel where you can learn about rugby history, displays of shoes and balls both modern and historical, and more.
Location1-1-1 Matsubaraminami, Higashiosaka-shi, Osaka
Directions10-minute walk from Higashi-Hanazono Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line
PriceHanazono Rugby Museum: free (separate fee for rugby match spectators)