The biggest problem with visiting Japan and being a sports lover is finding out where the games are and how to get to the games. While there is ample information about when the games are, it can be difficult to know how to get there; where to sit; and what to do at the games. This is part of a series of posts designed to help you navigate to the stadium and enjoy the game as much as possible rather than getting lost in what to do.
*Information is as of the start of the 2017 season.
- Name: NACK5 Stadium Omiya
- Location: Omiya
- Team: Omiya Ardija
- Main Station: Omiya Station (20 minute walk)
- Alternative Stations: Kita Omiya Station (10 minute walk); Omiya-koen Station (10 minute walk)
- Capacity: 15,500
Omiya Ardija is the only team at NACK5 Stadium. Omiya Ardija is a small team that has been playing in the J League, Japan’s football league, since 1999. Initially a J2 team, they became a regular J1 team in 2005 before being relegated for the 2015 season for 1 year before winning the J2 championship to gain promotion back to J1 in 2016.
Getting to Omiya Station is not really difficult. It is one of the biggest stations in Saitama and they even have a Shinkansen stop. If you do take the Shinkansen, you will only save about 10 minutes on your trip from Tokyo Station. Most people will just take regular trains to Omiya Station which is serviced by the following lines:
- JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
- JR Tasaki/Tohoku Line
- JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line
- JR Saikyo/Kawagoe Line
- Tobu Urban Park Line
- Saitama New Urban Transit (New Shuttle) Ina Line
There is a bus from Omiya Station to NACK5 Stadium but it is not a regular service. You can take the “大15” bus from bus bay 6 at the East Exit.
Note: It costs 210 JPY each way; 206 JPY if you use an IC Card.
Most people will walk to the stadium as it is only a 20 minute walk. It is highly recommended to print out a map before going to NACK5 Stadium for the first time.
From Omiya Station, head out of the East Exit and look to the left side of the main drop off area. Look for the Ardija sign at the top of a shopping street entrance for Suzuran-dori (すずらん通り). If you walk down Suzuran-dori, just walk to the end of the street, turn left, and then right at the light. By the end of this street you’ll be near the entrance to Hikawa Shrine. There is a sign pointing towards Hikawa Shrine. Turn left and follow the path to Hikawa Shrine.
Once you get to the entrance of Hikawa Shrine, head right along the small road that had been adjacent to the path to Hikawa Shrine. Follow this road, which turns right after Hikawa Shrine, to the stadium.
At the stadium, there are 3 gates located at each corner. The northwest corner is gate 1; for backside seats and home side supporters. Gate 2 is on the southeast corner for main side seats and home supporter overflow seats. Gate 3 is for visitor supporters only. Be sure to go to the gate written on the tickets.
- Home Main S/SA (ホームメインＳ・ＳＡ指定) – Reserved Seats
- Home Back S (ホームバックＳ指定) – Reserved Seats
- Home Back SA (ホームバックＳＡ自由) – Free Seating
- Home Supporter Zone (ホームサポーターゾーン) – Free Seating (Note: Upper section has seating, lower section is standing only)
- Pair 2 (ペア2) – Special couple seats
- Group 4 (グループ4) – Special group seats
- 7-11 Table Seats (セブン-イレブンテーブルシート) – Special tables at the corner of the stadium
- 7-11 Counter Seats (セブン-イレブンカウンターシート) – Special counter seating at the corner of the stadium
- Visitor Back (ビジターバック指定) – Reserved Seats
- Visitor Supporter Zone (ビジターサポーターゾーン) – Free Seating (Note: Upper section has seating, lower section is standing only)
*Discounts available to fan club members.
J-league has its own website in English to purchase tickets for some teams, including Omiya Ardija. It is the easiest method to buy tickets if you cannot read Japanese.
Note: Tickets are usually released 1-2 months in advance.
If you can read Japanese, you can go to any convenience store or sign up on Omiya Ardija’s website. You can even become a fan club member to get big discounts on tickets.
Omiya Ardija has many options for purchasing tickets in Japanese:
- Omiya Ardija’s Official Online Ticket Office
- 7-Eleven Online Ticket Shop (Non Fan Club Members)
- 7-Eleven Online Ticket Shop (Fan Club Members)
- J-League Official Ticket Shop
- Ticket Pia Online Shop
- HMV Online Shop
- CN Play Guide Online Shop
- e+ Online Shop
- Orange Square (See Below)
- 7-Eleven (No Handling Fee)
- Lawson/Mini Stop
- Family Mart
- Circle K/Sunkus
- Shops with Ticket Pia ticket machines
Omiya Ardija Fanclub
If you plan to watch more than 1 game, or buy more than 1 ticket, joining the fan club is worthwhile. It costs 3,000 JPY to for a 1 year membership plus 500 JPY for the membership card. You get 2,000 JPY off every ticket purchased as a member. The fan club card doubles as a Nanaco card which is a type of digital wallet. It can be used within the stadium, at 7-11 convenience stores in Japan, and other places that accept Nanaco cards. The initial membership signup is 3,500 JPY with subsequent years costing 3,000 JPY.
- Omiya Ardija Fanclub Page (Japanese Only)
Same Day Tickets
Buying tickets on the day of the game, or at the stadium, is possible but it is a big risk. Games often sell out but you do have a chance to get tickets. If you cannot plan your schedule, and the game is against a small team, you may have a chance to get tickets, but if the visiting team is a popular team or a rival team you are unlikely to get tickets.
Orange Square/Club Merchandise
At the corner where you turn left towards Hikawa Shrine, there is a small fan shop called Orange Square. If you want to get Omiya Ardija merchandise, this is the best place to do it.
Alternatively, inside the entrance of Gate 2 and behind the Home Supporters stand there are club merchandise shops.
- Omiya Ardija (Official Site – English)
- Omiya Ardija (Official Site – Japanese)
- Omiya Ardija (Wikipedia – English)
- NACK5 Stadium Omiya (Official Site – Japanese Only)
- NACK5 Stadium Omiya (Wikipedia – English)
- J-League’s Omiya Ardija Ticket Site
- Seat Layout & Single Match Ticket Prices
- Omiya Ardija’s information on purchasing tickets (Japanese Only)
- Omiya Ardija Fanclub Page (Japanese Only)