Japan Rugby World Cup Guide

With five months to go until the Rugby World Cup 2019 kicks off in Japan in September, now is a great time to start thinking about planning your Japan holiday. The event is set to be the most viewed and socially and economically impactful rugby event to date.

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With 1.8 million tickets on sale, over 400,000 international fans are expected to attend. Booking your flights and accommodation is easy with Travel Republic. Here’s a quick guide to the match locations, places to stay and what to expect during the event.

Fun facts:

  • Dates: 20 September – 2 November 2019
  • 1 billion anticipated online views
  • 200+ broadcast territories
  • £1.5 million pledged donations to Childfund Pass It Back
  • 48 matches
  • 12 match venues
  • 6 worldwide partners

12 match locations:

  • Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
  • Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City
  • Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City
  • Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan
  • International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
  • Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City
  • Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashi-Osaka City
  • Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City
  • Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City
  • Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City
  • Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

Where should you stay?

You can search for and book accommodation in some of the match locations to be close to the action.

Sapporo City

The capital city of Hokkaido is famous for its local ramen, mountainous scenery and annual snow festival. It has played host to international sports events such as the 1972 Winter Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This year, Sapporo Dome will welcome visitors for the Rugby World Cup.

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Tokyo Metropolitan 

The city that doesn’t sleep, Tokyo is Japan’s fast-paced and enchanting capital. Explore beautiful gardens and ancient shrines, shop for the latest fashion and technology trends, and indulge in authentic Japanese street food. Tokyo is the perfect base for your holiday, and the matches will take place at the 50, 000 capacity Tokyo Stadium in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.

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Yokohama City

Japan’s second largest city is just 30 minutes from Tokyo by train. With a beautiful waterfront park, modern city centre, a handful of museums and the largest Chinatown in Japan, there’s plenty to explore here. Stay close to Nissan Stadium (International Stadium Yokohama) where the matches will take place.

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Nicknamed Japan’s Riviera, Shizuoka Prefecture is in the south of the Chubu region. It’s where Mount Fuji and Izu peninsula hot springs are, two of Japan’s biggest attractions. Almost half of all the green tea consumed in Japan is produced in the Shizuoka region. Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi City will host the matches.

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Kobe City

The striking port city of Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture. Once destroyed by an earthquake destroying most of its buildings and population the city is now rebuilt and packed full of shopping centres, museums and the beautiful Sorakuen Garden. There are some great viewpoints in Kobe, including Mount Rokko and Kobe Tower. Holding over 30, 000 people, Noevir Stadium Kobe will host the matches this year.

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Fukuoka City

Fukuoka has been an important harbour city for centuries, and is Kyūshū’s largest city. It’s made up of two former towns – Fukuoka and Hakata – which were once split by the Nakagawa River. This friendly city has a host of exciting attractions, shopping and dining options, as well as quiet public spaces like Ohori Park and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium is within walking distance of Fukuoka International Airport.

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Kumamoto City

The capital of Kumamoto Prefecture is famous for its castle, which is one of the largest in Japan. It’s the third largest city in Kyushu, and offers visitors plenty of lush gardens and ancient landmarks to explore too. Conveniently located close to hotels, parks and restaurants, Egao Kenko Stadium (Kumamoto Stadium)will host the matches.

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