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With both FIFA Club World Cup quarterfinals set to kick off on Sunday, Goal.com shares everything you need to know about Toyota Stadium, which will host four matches this year

HOST STADIUM: TOYOTA STADIUM

 Location: Toyota City, Aichi, Japan
 Opened: 2001
 Architect: Kisho Kurokawa
 Owner: Toyota Stadium Corporation
 Surface: Grass
 Capacity: 45,000
 Matches: Sanfrecce Hiroshima-Al Ahly, Ulsan Hyundai-Monterrey, QF1 Winner-Corinthians, 5th Place Match

Though located inconveniently far from the nearest major city of Nagoya, Toyota Stadium is one of Japan's largest football-specific stadiums and is the home of the J-League's Nagoya Grampus. The retractable-roof stadium also serves as an occasional host for Japanese national team matches as well as concerts and other sporting events.

HOST CITY: NAGOYA

 QUICK FACTS
  • The fourth-largest city in Japan, with 2.2 million residents
  • Considered one of the nation's major economic hubs
  • A pillar of Japanese auto manufacturers
  • Home to 2010 J-League champions Nagoya Grampus
Situated inbetween the Tokyo metropolis and the bustling business center of Osaka, Nagoya largely an industrial town and home to the likes of automobile manufacturing giants Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi Motors.

As a result of the many large corporation based in the city, there has been a huge influx of foreigners, many of whom hail from Brazil. This makes for a vibrant and multi-cultural city, where large festivals are often held. As the home city of J-League founders Nagoya Grampus, the city has always been an important part of Japanese football even as the sport has struggled to overtake baseball in local popularity.



PLACES OF INTEREST


Nagoya Castle


This historic landmark was mostly destroyed by bombing during the WWII before being completely rebuilt after the American occupation. Filled with artifacts dating back to the 1600's, the magnificient structure recalls the grandeur of historical Japanese architecture.

Yamazaki River

Known for its spectacular view with the cherry blossoms lining up by the rivers, this picturesque area is not to be missed. However, the cherry blossom period is only in late March, and April. That said, the river itself is still a majestic sight to behold.


Osu Kannon

This Buddhist temple was constructed in the 14th century in nearby Gifu prefecture before being relocated in 1612 to avoid flooding. Inspired by the Buddha of Compassion, Osu Kannon currently hosts a collection of over 15,000 books both Japanese and Chinese in origin. The surrounding area of Osu offers a litany of small shops and eateries, making it a popular location for both locals and tourists alike..

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