Kyushu Is­land JA­PAN

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OITA CITY Pop­u­la­tion: 470,000

The big­gest city in the pre­fec­ture and the per­fect base from which to ex­plore the re­gion by ei­ther train or car.

About an hour’s drive from Oita Air­port – which is about a 100-105 minute flight from Tokyo. Oita City has some of the re­gion’s best restau­rants.

It also, cu­ri­ously, has a Straw­berry Short­cake themed pub­lic toi­let that was built to help Oita host a na­tional toi­let fes­ti­val.

Oita Sta­dium is a 20-minute drive out­side the city but free buses will be pro­vided dur­ing the World Cup.

BEPPU CITY Pop­u­la­tion 120,000

Beppu City is twinned with Ro­torua and it is easy to see why. There are hot springs and geo­ther­mal at­trac­tions ev­ery­where.

The city is also on the doorstep of the Mount Takasaki Na­tional Park and about a 50-minute drive from Oita Air­port.

Is not host­ing any games but is likely to be used as a train­ing base by some teams. Is about 25-minute drive to Oita Sta­dium.

YUFUIN Pop­u­la­tion 8000

The hol­i­day town of Yufuin is about an hour by train from Oita City. It is a shopping mecca for tourists from South Korea, China and other parts of Ja­pan and also the per­fect place to suck in Kyushu Is­land’s clean air as Yufuin is nes­tled in the shadow of Mount Yufu.

An­other re­sort with am­ple hot springs and ex­tra­or­di­nary food op­tions.

OITA STA­DIUM Ca­pac­ity: 40,000

Host­ing: New Zealand v Repechage Win­ner [ Will also host two quar­ter­fi­nals but All Blacks have been drawn to play their quar­ter­fi­nal, should they make it,in Tokyo] When: Oc­to­ber 2, 2019 On the out­skirts of Oita, the sta­dium has a re­tractable roof and will be able to, there­fore, guar­an­tee a dry ball and sur­face re­gard­less of the weather con­di­tions.

Oita should be warm – 20-27 de­grees Cel­sius dur­ing the World Cup – but when it rains, it re­ally rains. Or­gan­is­ers say buses will be avail­able to take fans to and from the sta­dium.

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