For those who love sports more than anything, particularly soccer (football), it can be fun to watch a match of our local team, Kyoto Sanga FC.
Kyoto Sanga FC is now in J-League Division 2. Sanga is the kind of team that goes back and forth between Division 1 and Division 2 frequently. They lost the opportunity to go up to Division 1 at the play-offs last year, therefore they are working even harder to achieve their goal this year. By the way, Park Ji-sung used to play for Sanga before he moved to PSV in The Netherlands and Manchester United in England.
Unfortunately, Kyoto Sanga does not provide an English website at this moment, so the only way to get the tickets is to go to the stadium on the day of the match and purchase tickets. They have several different seating options and the price differs depending on the seat, ranging from 4620 yen (2310 yen/child) to 2050 yen (1020 yen/child). Honestly, it is highly likely that tickets will be available on the day.
Here’s the schedule of the matches in 2014 held at Nishikyogoku Stadium in Kyoto.
August 17th against Oita Trinita, from 19:00
August 31st against Giravanz Kyushu, from 19:00
September 6th against Jeff United Chiba, TBD
September 23rd against Shonan Bellmare, TBD
September 28th against Yokohama FC, TBD
October 11th against Roasso Kumamoto, TBD
October 19th against Matsumoto Yamaga, TBD
November 9th against Kataller Toyama, TBD
November 23rd against FC Gifu, TBD
Note that the Nishikyogoku Stadium is not the a stadium dedicated to soccer, so if it is possible try to get seats closer to the pitch.
Access to the stadium.
Take Hankyu Line from either Kawaramachi Station, Karasuma Station or Omiya Station and get off at Nishikyogoku Station. Walk 5 minutes.
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