History Of J-Village

J-Village opened as Japan's first national training center for football in 1997.

6.88 million people used the facilities in the 14 years up until the Great East Japan Earthquake, which worked to promote sport and activate the local region.

This was the best facility in Japan for football training with accommodation and training grounds, restaurants and meeting rooms, as well as a fitness center and swimming pool all in one location.

The facilities were also used by sports other than football, and there were training camps for sports such as rugby, American football, lacrosse, table tennis, track-and-field, volley ball and badminton.

The facilities were no only used by athletes; the fitness club, restaurants and other facilities were also available to the general public. The facilities were also used for corporate training and to accommodate business visitors.

A wide range of groups used the training camp facilities, from top class teams such as Japan National Football Team and J.League-clubs to teams at the grassroots level. At the time of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this venue was used by the Argentine National Team as their official camp.

However, TEPCO(TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY) has been using J-Village as its operational base for dealing with the nuclear power station accident since the Grate East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident. That use ending in March 2017 and the facilities are currently being prepared for a resumption of operations.

The new J-Village has a total of 11.5 pitches, with 8 natural turf pitches as well as 3.5 artificial turf pitches such as Japan's first all-weather football field, and a 400-meter running track. In addition to team training, the facilities are to be used for referee and coach training. A new hotel is also being built and the restoration should improve on the places past appeal.

TRAINING CENTER All for athlete players

HOTEL & FITNESS Back-up Supporter


Flight Accsess

Airport Infomation
Flight Access
Access from Fukushima Airport
to J-Village about 85km via Iwaki
Access from Sendai Airport
to J-Village Go north on Jobban Expressway about 110km
(about One and half hours) This airport serves as an international airport.
Access from Ibaraki Airport
to J-Village about 130km via Iwaki This airport serves as an international airport.

Traffic Accsess

Traffic Infomation
Traffic Access
Access by
JR Joban Line Hitachi Required time
From Tokyo to Iwaki: two hours and 20 minutes. 16 trains available per day
From Iwaki to Hirono: 22 minutes. 17 trains available per day
Access by
Joban Expressway Distance
From Tokyo (Hakozaki) to Hirono interchange 233km
From Hirono interchange to J-Village about 2Km
Parking capacity about 750 in J-Village

Teams who have held training camps at J-Village in the past.

  • Argentina national team for FIFA World Cup 2002
  • Chile national team of soccer (2007 and 2009)
  • Japan soccer national team (men) for FIFA World Cup (Seven times from 1997 to 2006)
  • Japan soccer national team (women) for FIFA World Cup (12 times from 1997 to 2009)
  • Japan soccer national team (men) for Olympic Games (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, twice in total)
  • Japan soccer national team of other categories (boys and girls) (138 times in total from 1997 to 2010)
  • Teams from J-League (Kashima Antlers, FC Tokyo, Cerezo Osaka and many others)
  • Japan rugby national team for World Cup (four times from 2004 to 2007)
  • Teams from Rugby Top / Challenge League (Secom Rugguts and Kamaishi Seawaves)
Argentina national team