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Sports Festival and Umaimon Cup | KUMAGAYA
May 26 @ 10:00 - 15:00Free
Kumagaya Sports Festival and Umaimon Cup
With the Rugby World Cup and 2020 olympics on the horizon, Saitama has upped its game and introduced a number of new sports festivals over the last couple of years. One such relatively new sports festivals is that of the Kumagaya Sports Culture park sports festival which has been held in one form or other for the last couple of years.
Kumagaya Sports Festival
Last year the event was heavily publicized and there was lots of information online, but this year it is all about the food part of the festival “the Umaimon cup”. Both festivals are held in the Kumagaya Sports Culture Park. Update May 23rd: they finally released information about Sunday’s sports festival and the flyer (top image) for 2019.
Kumagaya Sports Culture Park is one of the host stadiums of the 2019 world cup rugby games and hence they have a lot of rugby related events. This year there will be an emphasis on rugby at the festival again. But they will also have some olympic and paraolympic related events.
There is also music and dance performances scheduled for the day, and there will be some mascots. And the very popular Umaimon Cup. The Umaimon Cup basically showcases some of Kumagaya’s “best” food as well as other gourmet. Essentially it is a food festival.
Access Kumagaya Sports Culture Park
From the official parks website for Saitama
Access by Public Transport
Note: All routes start at Kumagaya Station, north exit.
Board Inuzuka-bound bus at Kokusai Jūō Bus Stop #2.
Disembark at Rikujō Kyōgijō Iriguchi.
- 7 min additional walk to Kumagaya Dome
- 3 min additional walk to track and field stadium
Board Kuzuwada-bound bus at Kokusai Jūō Bus Stop #3.
Disembark at Akagi Jinja-mae stop.
- 15 min additional walk to Kumagaya Dome
- 5 min additional walk to rugby ground
Board Kumagaya Sports Bunka Kōen-bound bus at Kokusai Jūō Bus Stop #3.
Disembark at Kumagaya Sports Bunka Kōen.
- 12 min additional walk to Kumagaya Dome
- 2 min additional walk to rugby ground
Board Kumagaya Dome-bound bus at Kokusai Jūō Bus Stop #3.
Disembark at Kumagaya Dome.
- No additional walk to Kumagaya Dome
- 4 min additional walk to track and field stadium
- 10 min additional walk to rugby ground
Additional buses run for major events.
Timetable of additional buses departing Kumagaya station available at Kokusai Jūō Kōtsū homepage.
Parking/Access by Car
1,400 parking spaces are available on-site.
For major events, 1,400 additional parking spaces can be made available, for a total of 2,800 spaces.
Charging stations for electric vehicles are available in parking lot P3 between 6:30 A.M. and 8:00 P.M.
From National Route 17, Kumagaya Bypass:
Approx. 700 m (0.4 miles) from Koizuka or Kaminokita intersection
(See signage at intersection)
From Kan-Etsu Expressway (option 1):
Approx. 18 km (11 miles) from Higashimatsuyama Interchange towards Kumagaya on Kumagaya-Higashimatsuyama road
From Kan-Etsu Expressway (option 2):
Approx. 16 km (10 miles) from Hanazono Interchange towards Kumagaya on National Route 140
From Tohoku Expressway:
Approx. 20 km (12 miles) from Hanyū Interchange towards Kumagaya on National Route 125
MAP in the grey details box at the very bottom of post.
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Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.