Designed by the famed architect Kisho Kurokawa, the Oita Bank Dome is a world-class multipurpose stadium that can accommodate 40,000 people. Nicknamed "Big Eye" because the movement of its retractable roof resembles the blinking of a human eye, the dome is mostly used for major sporting events, and serves as the home field of the J. League soccer club Oita Trinita.
Architecture Week magazine called this structure the best arena design on the planet in 2001.
Located not far from Oita's major station, the Dome is easily accessible by car and public transport.
There are shuttle buses available for guests traveling between the Oita Bank Dome and Oita Station. Oita Station is served by the Kyudai, Hohi and Nippo Main lines, offering access to much of Kyushu.
When Oita Stadium opened in May 2001, it had a capacity of 43,000. After the 2002 FIFA World Cup ended, 3,000 movable seats were removed, so its current capacity is 40,000. Over the years the space has hosted a number of events including soccer, rugby and track and field meets as well as concerts and exhibitions.
Even if you're not a fan of sports, it's worth visiting the Dome for its architectural pedigree. Created by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa, the structure is a prime example of the Japanese architectural movement known as the Metabolist Movement. Founded by Kurokawa and a number of contemporaries, this postwar design movement is all about fusing organic biological growth and architectural mega-structures, a design ideology you can see quite clearly in this stadium.
The site of the FIFA World Cup in 2002, the Oita Bank Dome complies with FIFA standards and was certified as a Class 1 Competition Facility for track and field tournaments. The stadium hosted three FIFA World Cup matches in 2002. It was selected as one of the venues for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will be the first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia.
The all-weather dome is equipped with a sliding semitransparent roof that opens and closes, allowing natural light to flood through. This means that no matter the weather outside the stadium provides a bright, natural playing field or venue for other events.