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Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Already looking forward to the Rugby World Cup in Japan? So are we!

The next Rugby World Cup will kick off on September 20 and be played across the country over six weeks with the final at the Yokohama Stadium on November 02.

Whether you are an individual or a company, we’re already collecting registrations of interest for tours and travel packages for the Land of the Rising Sun.

You will come for the Rugby and enjoy the Culture.

Do not miss to join us for this imperial competition in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities

Sapporo

Sapporo Beer MuseumCapital of Hokkaido and Japan’s fifth largest city, Sapporo is no stranger to hosting international sporting events. The Olympic Winter Games were held here in 1972, and Sapporo Dome, where some Rugby World Cup 2019 matches will be played, was also a venue in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The vibrant city offers a variety of delicious eats, entertainment and plenty of sightseeing attractions.

To visit: Sapporo Beer Museum

Kamaishi

Kamaishi DaikannonKamaishi is home to one of the greatest rugby teams in Japanese history. The Shinnittetsu Kamaishi Rugby Club won the national championship seven years in a row from 1979-85, and its team members were known as the “Ironmen of the North”. The newly completed stadium serves as a memorial of the 2011 tsunami that devastated Kamaishi and the Tohoku Region.

To visit: Kamaishi Daikannon

Kumagaya

Chichibu ArakawaLocated a 40 minute train ride north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture and affectionately known as Rugby Town Kumagaya, the city has a rugby history dating back to 1948. In just a few years, the local team emerged as national champions. Since then, Kumagaya has developed a strong rugby culture. Nearby sightseeing attractions range from traditional art at the Omiya Bonsai Village to modern technology at the Omiya Railway Museum and the outdoors in Chichibu.

To visit: Chichibu Region

Tokyo

Teamlab Borderless MuseumThe largest metropolis in the world needs no further introduction, and there is plenty to see and do in the city in between watching the rugby matches. Tokyo offers something for everyone from cultural and traditional attractions to exciting nightlife as well as an abundance of dining options.

To visit: Teamlab Borderless Museum

Yokohama

Yokohama Ramen MuseumRugby’s humble beginnings in Japan kicked off from Yokohama, one of the first port towns opened to foreign trade after the end of Japan’s era of self-isolation. Foreign sailors introduced the sport into Japan, and Yokohama was the site of the first recorded rugby match in the country in 1866. Still today, many new and exciting trends can be found in Yokohama, and the local attractions reflect the city’s international roots and role in the modernisation of Japan.

To visit: Ramen Museum

Shizuoka

Kunozan Toshogu ShrineShizuoka Prefecture is best known for its tea and as the site of the southern half of Mt. Fuji. Besides Mount Fuji, Shizuoka attracts many travelers from Tokyo to its beautiful Izu Peninsula. Located between the prefecture’s two largest cities, Shizuoka and Hamamatsu, the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa is another former 2002 FIFA World Cup venue that will host some games for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

To visit: Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Toyota

Korankei ValleyLocated just outside of central Nagoya, Toyota City is where the headquarters of the car manufacturer of the same name are located. There are a number of Toyota related sightseeing attractions in the region. Other nearby attractions include the Korankei Valley which is very beautiful in the autumn, as well as the tourist spots of Nagoya.

To visit: Korankei Valley

Hanazono

Shinsenkai DistrictLocated east of central Osaka, the Hanazono Rugby Stadium is Japan’s oldest rugby stadium. In addition to international events, the stadium hosts the annual national high school rugby competition in which teams from all 47 prefecture are represented. There is plenty to do around Hanazono thanks to its location between Osaka and Nara.

To visit: Shinsenkai District

Kobe

Eat Kobe beefKobe was one of the first port cities opened to foreign trade after the end of Japan’s period of self-isolation. As such, it was also among the first entry points of rugby into the country. Today, Kobe is considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities to live and offers a range of sightseeing attractions.

To visit: Eat beef

Fukuoka

Yatai Food StallsFukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. Known for its ramen and food stalls, it is also a good base for side trips, such as to Dazaifu or the Munakata Shrines. The city’s rugby stadium stands not far from the airport and close to the city center.

To visit: Yatai food stalls

Kumamoto

Kumamoto CastleLocated on the west coast of Kyushu, Kumamoto was hit by strong earthquakes in 2016. The city’s beloved castle suffered extensive damage, and repair works are currently underway. Nearby are Mount Aso, an active volcano with a huge ancient caldera and Kurokawa Onsen, one of Japan’s best hot spring towns.

To visit: Kumamoto Castle

Oita

Beppu Onsen CapitalOita is located on the east coast of Kyushu and prides itself in its famous onsen cities such as Beppu, one of the most famous onsen in Japan, and Yufuin, a peaceful resorts at the foot of Mt. Yufu. Its rugby stadium is located in Oita City and previously also served as a venue during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

To visit: Beppu: Capital of onsen

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