Hanazono Rugby Stadium

The Hanazono Rugby Stadium (東大阪市花園ラグビー場, Higashiōsaka-shi Hanazono Ragubī-ba) in Higashiosaka is the oldest rugby union stadium in Japan specifically dedicated to rugby. Its location is next to Hanazono Central Park (花園中央公園, Hanazono Chūō Kōen). Owned by the City of Higashiosaka, it opened in 1929 with a capacity of 27,346.[2] It is the stage for the annual National High School Rugby Tournament held every year at the end of December and has hosted important international, Top League games.

Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium
Kintetsu Hanazono rugby stadium Entrance 2018.jpg
Hanazono after renovation
Former namesHanazono Rugby Stadium (1929–Before WWII)
Hanazono Training Field (During WWII)
Hanazono Rugby Stadium (After WWII–1982)
Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium (1982-2015)
LocationHigashiosaka, Osaka, Japan
Coordinates34°40′8.2″N 135°37′35″E / 34.668944°N 135.62639°E / 34.668944; 135.62639
OwnerCity of Higashiosaka
30,000 (Expansion in 1991)
Opened22 November 1929; 93 years ago (1929-11-22)
Construction cost¥7.2 billion (Renovation in 2018[1])
Kintetsu Liners (1929-present)
FC Osaka (2023–present)
2019 Rugby World Cup
All-Japan Rugby Football Championship
All-Japan University Rugby Championship
Kansai University Rugby Football League
National High School Rugby Tournament
Official website

Hanazono is the home of the Kintetsu Liners rugby union team and J. League club, FC Osaka.

The stadium was selected as one of the venues for 2019 Rugby World Cup (Japan) which was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.[3]

World recordEdit

On May 14, 2006 Daisuke Ohata broke the record for the most overall tries in test matches at Hanazono with a hat-trick for Japan against Georgia. The previous record holder was David Campese.


It hosted the J1 League game between Cerezo Osaka and Nagoya Grampus Eight played there on May 8, 1999.[4]

FC Osaka hosted stadium in J3 League on 18 march 2023 against relegated team from J2 in last season Iwate Grulla Morioka after full calendar of J3 match in 20 January 2023.


The stadium underwent a large scale renovation during 2017-18 to increase facilities in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.[5] On 26 October 2018, Hanazono hosted an international fixture between Japan national rugby union team and World XV in celebration of the completion.[6]

2019 Rugby World Cup matchesEdit

Date Time (JST) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
22 September 2019 14:15   Italy 47–22   Namibia Pool B 20,354
28 September 2019 13:45   Argentina 28–12   Tonga Pool C 21,971
3 October 2019 14:15   Georgia 10–45   Fiji Pool D 21,069
13 October 2019 14:45   United States 19–31   Tonga Pool C 22,012

See alsoEdit

Hanazono before renovation


  1. ^ "ラグビーの聖地・花園、W杯仕様に~ようやく大型画面とナイター照明". 読売新聞. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  2. ^ "World Stadiums - Stadiums in Japan :: Kinki". Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
  3. ^ "World Rugby approves revised Japan 2019 hosting roadmap". World Rugby. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ J.League
  5. ^ "施設概要・案内". 花園中央公園管理事務所. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  6. ^ "ラグビー日本代表が世界選抜に大善戦". ラグビー情報チャンネル. 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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