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.
*All information is valid as of the start of the 2019 season and subject to change.
- Name: Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium
- Location: Kashiwa, Chiba
- Team: Kawasaki Frontale
- Main Station: Musashi Kosugi Station (20 minute walk)
- Alternative Stations: Shin Maruko Station (15 minute walk); Musashi Nakahara Station (15 minute walk)
- Capacity: 26,232
Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium only has one main tenant, Kawasaki Frontale. Kawasaki Frontale had been jumping between the top tier J1 and second tier J2 at the beginning of their club history but since 2005 they have been in J1. They are the current J-league champions having won the J1 championship in both 2017 and 2018.
Getting to Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium is easy. It is a stop for all trains on the JR Nambu, Shonan Shinjuku, and Yokosuka Lines. It is also a stop for all regular trains on the Tokyu Meguro and Toyoko Lines. Alternatively you can access the stadium from Shin Maruko Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line as well as Musashi Nakahara Station on the JR Nambu Line. Musashi Kosugi Station is serviced by the following lines:
- JR Nambu Line
- JR Shonan Shinjuku Line
- JR Yokosuka Line
- Tokyu Meguro Line
- Tokyu Toyoko Line
Walking from any nearby station to Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium can be a little confusing at first. From Musashi Kosugi Station, there isn’t really a set path as people tend to take various routes to get to the stadium. It is safer to have a map printed out, or better yet, use your smartphone to make sure you are going the right way. The main entrance to the stadium area is on the south side of the stadium.
From Musashi Kosugi Station, there is a shuttle bus service for those exiting the Yokosuka Line exit. Head to bus bay 2 and take the bus to Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium (等々力陸上競技場).
For home team fans, alight at Midorigaoka (緑ヶ丘). For visitors, continue to Hitachi-dai (日立台). There are only 1 to 2 buses per hour so most fans walk to the stadium. Alternatively, there are other buses from the Tokyu and JR Namba lines at Musashi Kosugi Station, as well as buses from Musashi Nakahara Station that go to Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium.
Note: It costs 210 yen for the shuttle bus.
- SSS/Main SS/Back SS/Main S Seats (SSS指定席・マインSS・バックSS・マインS) – Home Reserved Seating
- Back S/SG/Home A (バックS・SG・ホームA) – Home Free Seating
- Visitor Reserved (ビジター指定席) – Reserved Seating
- Visitor A (ビジターA自由席) – Free Seating (Note: 1st floor is standing only)
- Pitch-side Seats (ピッチサイドシート) – Reserved Seating next to the pitch
- Family Seats 6/4/3 (ファミリーシート 6・4・3) – Special box seats for families of up to 6, 4, and 3 people
- Group Seats 6/4 (グループシート4・6) – Special seating for groups of up to 6 or 4
- Party Seats (パーティーシート) – Special box seats for groups of 15 and 12
- Pair Seats (ペアシート) – Special box seats for 2 people
- Table Pair Seats (テーブル付ペアシート) – Special tables for 2 people
- 6th Floor Terrace Seats (6F テラスシート) – Special 6th floor terrace seats
*Discounts available to fan club members.
Kawasaki Frontale tickets can be difficult to purchase due to the popularity of the team. Their partnered convenience store is 7-Eleven. Tickets are also sold at Frontale’s own online ticket shop, connected with J League’s online ticket shop, but only in Japanese.
Note: Tickets are usually released 1-2 months in advance.
Kawasaki Frontale has few options for purchasing tickets:
- J League Online Ticket Shop
- Ticket Pia
- Lawson Ticket
- e+ Online Shop
- CN Play Guide
- Rakuten Ticket
- Lawson/Mini Stop
- Family Mart
Kawasaki Fan Club
Joining the fan club can be worth your money. It costs 3,000 JPY for a 1 year membership, 6,000 JPY for families (up to 4 people), plus a 500 JPY new member fee. Membership comes with 2 Home A free seating tickets, a towel scarf, or a coupon for DAZN, the official online streaming service for J League regular games. You also receive discounts on tickets to games, 5% off at their official shop, Azzurro Nero, and discounts at other shops near the main stadium.
- Kawasaki Frontale Fan Club (Japanese Only)
Same Day Tickets
Buying tickets on the day of the game, or at the stadium, is risk. As Kawasaki Frontale are the 2 time defending champs, games are likely to sell out as the team is popular. It is better to purchase tickets in advance. The visitor sections are also small and sell out quickly. It is not unheard of for popular games to sell out in 15 minutes.
There is a small ticket booth where you can purchase tickets at the main entrance (Gate B).
Merchandise can be purchased throughout the stadium. The Azzurro Nero (official Kawasaki Frontale shop) is located near Musashi Kosugi Station. In front of Gate A, Kawasaki Frontale has Frontale Park, a small festival area with merchandise for both teams and food stalls.