Thursday, October 02, 2008

Is this the way to Todoroki?

Planning a trip to see the mighty Kawasaki Frontale in action? Then the following might be of use.

Getting tickets

Advance tickets can be bought online, from automated ticket machines at many convenience stores, or directly from the club. Here are a few of your options.

Online:

Ticket Pia / Yahoo! Tickets / Lawson Ticket

Convenience Stores:

FamilyMart / Circle K Sunkus / Lawson / Seven-Eleven

Club Outlets:

Kawasaki Frontale Supporters Club - Map
Nearest station: Musashi-Kosugi (see below)
(Open 10:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, except holidays. Tel: 044-739-6070)

Kawasaki Frontale Office - Map
Nearest station: Musashi-Shonji, JR Nambu Line
(Open 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, except holidays. Tel: 044-829-3011)

Azzurro Nero (Official Merchandise Store) - Map
Nearest station: Musashi-Kosugi (see below)
(Open 11:00 to 20:00 all year round. Tel: 044-738-0671)


Of course, you can always just turn up on matchday and buy tickets at the ground, but you'll end up paying a little extra.

The table below shows basic pricing for all unreserved seating areas. The colour-coding is to help with this (Japanese) stadium seating plan.

Zone Type Advance Day
Members General General
S Zone Adults 3,200 yen 3,600 yen 4,000 yen
Children 1,600 yen 1,800 yen 2,200 yen
SG Zone Adults 2,300 yen 2,700 yen 3,000 yen
Children 800 yen 1,200 yen 1,600 yen
Home
A Zone
Adults 1,800 yen 2,200 yen 2,500 yen
Children 500 yen 800 yen 1,200 yen
Away
A Zone
Adults - 2,200 yen 2,500 yen
Children - 800 yen 1,200 yen

Getting to Todoroki

Frontale play their home games at Todoroki Stadium which is situated in Kawasaki City, across the Tama River from the southernmost part of Tokyo.

The stadium is just off the Nakahara Kaido (a dual carriageway connecting Tokyo with Yokohama), making road access fairly straightforward, but it's far easier to go by rail.

There are two stations within walking distance of Todoroki: Shin-Maruko and Musashi-Nakahara

Shin-Maruko station is on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, connecting Shibuya (in central Tokyo) with Yokohama, and is probably your best bet. Turn right out of the west exit and keep walking north til you reach the Nakahara Kaido. Turn left and follow the Nakahara Kaido west until it bends sharply to the left. Don't follow this bend, but instead take the small road on your right and follow your nose til the stadium comes into view.

Musashi-Nakahara station is on the JR Nambu Line. From here, turn right out of the north exit and then left onto the Nakahara Kaido heading east. Once you've passed the intersection with Route 409 (another main road) take the next left and you'll eventually see the stadium in the distance.

Alternatively, if the thought of a 20-minute walk gets you all hot and bothered, you can take a bus from outside the north exit of Musashi-Kosugi station (the next stop along from both Shin-Maruko on the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Musashi-Nakahara on the JR Nambu Line).

You can take a Kawasaki City Bus from stop No. 1 (either route #05 or route #40). Or a Tokyu Bus from stop No. 2 (either route #02 or route #31). Get off at the "Todoroki Ground Iriguchi" stop (just follow the crowd!).

Google Maps now has Street View covering this area, so you can familiarise yourself with the routes before you go. (Features some nice shots of the cherry blossom round the stadium in full bloom, too!)

Click on the red markers for Street View links


8 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Good idea for a post. I suspect that many a foreign footaball fan has taken a wrong turn walking from the station.

PudgyM said...

This is helpful. But I had thought that I should travel to|from Musashi-Kosugi on the Tokyo Toyoko Line because it is an express stop station (so there will be more service). Is this preferable?

manyar said...

Depends where you're joining the Toyoko Line. If you're getting on at Shibuya or Yokohama then an express to Musashi-Kosugi is probably the better option.

Chris said...

I plan to get off the train at Musashi-Kosugi as it's a direct train from my hotel. Where should I get off the bus to get to the stadium? Looking forward to seeing the match this Saturday!

manyar said...

Hi Chris, I've updated the bus-related info in light of your question. You should just be able to follow the crowd, but listen out for "Todoroki Ground Iriguchi" on the bus.

Chris said...

Hi Manyar, Great game today. I won't say any more, as I'm sure you'll put it all in your match report. Thanks so much for the info on how to get to the stadium, I would never have tried going without your help. From Musashi-Kosugi it was even easier than you suggested. There were special buses lined up in front of Bus Stop No.1 that went directly to the stadium. They were 200Yen for adults and 100Yen for children. The same service took you back to the station, picking up at the same place you were dropped off. Fantastic.

manyar said...

No worries. To be honest, I've never gone via Musashi-Kosugi, I just took the travel info from the official Frontale site. Good to hear that they lay on special services for their supporters.

qrlson said...

Thanks,

I went to see the game yesterday and had this page printed out. The stadium was really easy to find. If nothing else just follow the Frontale flags on lamp posts (yea, and all the people with blue shirts...).

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