TOKYO - Japan have chosen the comfort of a cooler resort to try to escape the rigours of Brazil's hot and humid weather in deciding their base camp for the World Cup.
The Japan Football Association said the Asian champions will be based in Itu outside Sao Paulo when they travel the expanse of Brazil in June to play Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia in World Cup Group C.
They have picked a projected three-story building at the upscale, but as-yet unfinished, Spa Sports Resort for their home during the group stage of the competition, the JFA said on Thursday.
The sprawling hotel and resort complex is complete with two pitches with natural grass, a gym and a swimming pool.
Japan's group matches will be held in Recife, Natal and Cuiaba - three of the hottest venues at the World Cup.
Located some 100 kilometres (65 miles) northwest of Sao Paolo, Itu is a three-hour flight from the three locations but is cooler by 5 to 6 degrees Celsius.
"The hard part was in deciding whether to base ourselves in a warm part of the country so we can acclimatise, or hold camp in a nice area where we can put in good training on a daily basis and fly for three hours once every five days," Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said, according to Kyodo news agency.
"I picked the latter."