RWC2019 Japan Travel Planning for All Blacks Supporters

Rugby World Cup 2019 for New Zealand Supporters

Many New Zealand All Blacks Rugby supporters already have their tickets to attend the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2019 being held in Japan.  For each team the first round pool matches are spread out across different venues across Japan over a three week period, between 21 September to 12 October 2019. 

The teams who come first or second in their pool then move onto the Qualifying Finals, which will be held on the weekends of 19-20 and 26-27 October. The Bronze, Silver and Gold medal finals will be held over the weekend of 1-2 November 2019.

With each match being held in different locations and dates, there are great opportunities to plan your visit to Japan to include many different cultural activities and experiences.  However, as it will be peak time it is important to pre-book activities to ensure that you do not miss out.

We have partnered with Klook, a major online travel agency who specialise in Japan travel (as well as many other countries!) to help you plan your trip and get your bookings locked in.

Rugby World Cup 2019 for All Blacks Supporters

Join the Japan Travel Planning – Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning – Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Japan Travel Planning - Rugby World Cup 2019

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How to Plan Your Japan Itinerary for All Blacks Supporters

With each match spread out over a wide area and lots of gaps between matches there are lots of opportunities to explore Japan during your visit.  Here are some itinerary ideas for All Blacks supporters.

All Blacks RWC2019 Schedule

For New Zealand supporters, below are the key dates that the All Blacks will be playing, which includes possible Semi Final and Final information.  New Zealand is playing in Pool B, which also includes South Africa, Canada, Namibia and Italy.

Pool B Matches:

  • 21 September 2019. New Zealand vs South Africa in Yokohama
  • 2 October 2019. New Zealand vs Canada in Oita/Beppu
  • 6 October 2019. New Zealand vs Namibia in Tokyo
  • 12 October 2019. New Zealand vs Italy in Toyota/Nagoya

Finals Matches:

  • 19 October 2019. Semi Final 2:  Winner Pool B vs Runner Up Pool A in Tokyo
  • 20 October 2019. Semi Final 4:  Winner Pool A vs Runner Up Pool B in Tokyo
  • 1 November 2019. Bronze Final – Loser Semi Final 1 vs Loser Semi Final 2 in Tokyo
  • 2 November 2019. Grand Final – Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2 in Yokohama

Click here to check out Klook’s detailed guide for All Blacks Supporters for RWC2019Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order! 

How to Get Around Japan

When you are travelling to so many places in Japan, a great option is to purchase a 7 day, 14 day or 21 day Japan Rail Pass.  All of the routes mentioned below are included in your JR Pass. Klook has the cheapest JR pass options in New Zealand, which include delivery to your door. Click here to check out the JR Pass options through Klook. Make sure you place your JR pass order at least 2 weeks before you depart to ensure you receive your physical exchange order. 

You may also like to check out our article about using our 21 day JR Pass on our recent visit to Japan to get more ideas on where you can go and activities you can do.

Tokyo/Yokohama Itinerary

  • 21 September 2019. New Zealand vs South Africa in Yokohama

A common question is how many days to stay in Tokyo? You could easily stay anywhere from 5 days to 10 days, there is so much to see and do in the area.  Yokohama is easily accessible by train from Tokyo so you can choose to stay in either city.

A major event being held in Tokyo is the Sumo Wrestling Grand Tournament over 8-22 September 2019 in Tokyo.  Click here to check out options to order your sumo wrestling tickets through Klook.  Get in early to ensure you have the best chance of success!

Sumo Throwdown!
Sumo Throwdown!

Alternatively, outside the tournament dates you can do a sumo stable tour, so you can also book your sumo stable tour through Klook at this link.  Get in early as they also book out quickly!

Sumo Stable Tour - Strength Exercises
Sumo Stable Tour – Strength Exercises

There are so many other activities on offer in Tokyo, I recommend that you click through to Klook’s Tokyo page to see the options.  The most popular options include the Robot Restaurant, Ghibli Museum, Mt Fuji day tours and activities and much more!

The very bright entrance to the Robot Restaurant
The very bright entrance to the Robot Restaurant
Ghibli Museum
Ghibli Museum

Other RWC2019 Matches you could easily attend while in Tokyo include the following:

  • 22 September 2019. Ireland vs Scotland in Yokohama

Tokyo/Yokohama to Oita (10 days available)

  • 2 October 2019. New Zealand vs Canada in Oita/Beppu

The train trip from Tokyo to Oita is 6:30 hour trip on the shinkansen or bullet train and local trains or alternatively a 1:30 hour flight. You can also break the train trip by visiting some destinations along the route.  Great destinations include Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima

Inside the tunnel of Japanese Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha , Kyoto Japan
Inside the tunnel of Japanese Torii Gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha , Kyoto Japan
Exploring the Foodie Area in Dotombori Osaka
Exploring the Foodie Area in Dotombori Osaka
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome – one of the few buildings to survive the explosion and subsequent building works
A closer look at the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island
A closer look at the Floating Torii Gate on Miyajima Island (note that it will be covered by scaffolding during the Rugby World Cup)

If you are planning to continue to the next match you will also be travelling back through most of the same route to get back to Tokyo, so there will be opportunities to check out different destinations as you travel each way through the route.

Oita is also close to the famous onsen town of Beppu, so ensure you check out the options.  Click here to check out Klook’s Oita/Beppu page.

Views over Beppu
Views over Beppu
Sea Hell in Beppu, Japan
Sea Hell in Beppu, Japan

Other RWC2019 Matches you could easily attend along the route include the following:

  • 22 September 2019. Ireland vs Scotland in Yokohama
  • 22 September 2019. Italy vs Namibia in Osaka
  • 23 September 2019. Wales vs Georgia in Toyota City near Nagoya
  • 24 September 2019. Russia vs Samoa in Kumagaya (easily accessible north west from Tokyo)
  • 26 September 2019. Italy vs Canada in Fukuoka
  • 28 September 2019. Argentina vs Tonga in Osaka
  • 28 September 2019. Japan vs Ireland in Shizuoka
  • 28 September 2019. South Africa vs Namibia in Toyota City near Nagoya
  • 29 September 2019. Georgia vs Uruguay in Kumagaya (easily accessible north west from Tokyo)
  • 29 September 2019. Australia vs Wales in Tokyo
  • 30 September 2019. Scotland vs Samoa in Kobe

Oita to Tokyo Itinerary (3 days available)

  • 6 October 2019. New Zealand vs Namibia in Tokyo

The train trip from Oita to Tokyo is 6:30 hour trip on the shinkansen or bullet train most of the way back to Tokyo. You can also break the train trip by visiting some destinations along the route.  Great destinations include Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya.

Other RWC2019 Matches you could easily attend along the route include the following:

  • 3 October 2019. Georgia vs Fiji in Osaka
  • 3 October 2019. Ireland vs Russia in Kobe
  • 4 October 2019. South Africa vs Italy in Shizuoka

Tokyo to Nagoya Itinerary (5 days available)

  • 12 October 2019. New Zealand vs Italy in Toyota/Nagoya

The train trip from Tokyo to Nagoya is 1:40 hour trip on the shinkansen or bullet train. If you have already previously travelled along the route, alternative options to explore include the Mt Fuji area, or travelling to Nagoya via Nagano to see the snow monkeys and then travelling over the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route before heading to Nagoya.

Snow Monkey in Jigokudani Monkey Park
Snow Monkey in Jigokudani Monkey Park
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan in Autumn

Other RWC2019 Matches you could easily attend along the route and after the match include the following:

  • 9 October 2019. Scotland vs Russia in Shizuoka
  • 13 October 2019. Japan vs Scotland in Yokohama

If the All Blacks Get Into the Finals?

  • 19 October 2019. Semi Final 2:  Winner Pool B vs Runner Up Pool A in Tokyo
  • 20 October 2019. Semi Final 4:  Winner Pool A vs Runner Up Pool B in Tokyo
  • 1 November 2019. Bronze Final – Loser Semi Final 1 vs Loser Semi Final 2 in Tokyo
  • 2 November 2019. Grand Final – Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2 in Yokohama

If the All Blacks get into the finals, all of the remaining locations are easily accessible from Tokyo or Yokohama.  You would have 5 days between each weekend of matches, so there would be great options to explore both within Tokyo and outside Tokyo over this period. I recommend that you click through to Klook’s Tokyo page to see the options. 

Click here to check out Klook’s detailed guide for All Blacks Supporters for RWC2019.  Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order! 

Rugby World Cup 2019 for All Blacks Supporters

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Join the Japan Travel Planning – Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning – Rugby World Cup 2019 Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Japan Travel Planning - Rugby World Cup 2019

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

 
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