A “Hospitality Area” will be established for the fans who will visit on the three days on which matches in Kumagaya will be held in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. This Hospitality Area will introduce the traditions, sightseeing spots, and specialty products of Saitama Prefecture and its 63 cities, towns, and villages.
The rice paddy art in Gyoda City is listed in the Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world. This year's work is designed to pay tribute to the Japan national rugby team. You can enjoy this work of art in its best condition from early August to mid-October, until right before the rice harvesting season begins. We recommend that you see this spectacle from the observation deck at the Kodai Hasu Kaikan (Ancient Lotus Hall).
The Rugby World Cup 2019TM Pop-up Museum in Saitama tours cities, towns and villages throughout the prefecture!
With the goal of creating further excitement throughout the prefecture about the Rugby World Cup which will be held this fall in Kumagaya, Saitama, we will start the Rugby World Cup 2019TM Pop-up Museum in Saitama. This museum will introduce the appeal of the host stadium Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama, the countries which will play matches in Kumagaya (hereafter referred to as competing countries), and other aspects. The museum is planned to tour all cities, towns, and villages in the prefecture between April and September, which is just before the start of the competition.
To commemorate 200 days until the beginning of the Rugby World Cup 2019TM to be held in Japan, special livery advertising the hosting of the Rugby World Cup 2019TM in Kumagaya, Saitama was applied to a train (three cars) operated by Chichibu Railway. On Saturday, March 2, a departure ceremony for the train was held at Chichibu Railway’s Kumagaya Station. The train will carry out three to four round trips per day on Chichibu Railway until the end of the competition.
The third conversation meeting of Hello! Project. This time, Ms. Reina Yokoyama (Morning Musume '19), Ms. Akari Takeuchi (Angerme), and Ms. Kokoro Maeda (BEYOOOOONDS/Amenomori Kawaumi) had a conversation. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium boasts the spectators’ seats close to the pitch where rugby players play a game. They want to watch a game at the front row where you can hear even the sounds of tackles.
The second conversation meeting of Hello! Project. This time, Ms. Miyabi Natsuyaki (PINK CRES.), Ms. Tomoko Kanazawa (Juice=Juice), and Ms. Ayano Hamaura (Magnolia Factory) had a conversation. They talked about the encounter with rugby players in front of the locker room before a match. They said that they had been impressed by a scene in which all team members including staff members were firing up the team.
Nine members of Hello! Project who are from Saitama Prefecture talked about the attractive features of rugby as special supporters of the host city. At the first meeting, three former members of °C-ute (Ms. Maimi Yajima, Ms. Saki Nakajima, and Ms. Chisato Okai) had a conversation. What is the method for enjoying rugby without the knowledge of its rules they talked about?
The celebrities who come from Saitama has risen to liven up the Rugby World Cup 2019TM hosted by Saitama/Kumagaya. They’re called “Host city’s special supporters (Saitama/Kumagaya)” Their activities include participating in events and promoting in social media. We expect more from the activities of supporters.
The tournament volunteers are the “symbol of the tournament,” with the role of bringing excitement to the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia. They are our invaluable partners that will welcome international visitors with a spirit of hospitality and teach them about the wonderful things in Kumagaya City and the value of rugby. Let’s all get fired up about Rugby World Cup matches hosted in Kumagaya City and Saitama Prefecture!