Japan Rugby World Cup

Unprecedented ticket demand suggests the Japanese Rugby World Cup is going to be a real showstopper. The biggest event in the rugby calendar kicks off in September 2019, and promises to be a season of astounding sportsmanship, and an amazing show of talent, determination and grit.

20 nations from around the world will be bringing a team, with matches taking place at venues right around Japan from 20th September to 2nd November 2019, just in time for Japan’s fabulous Autumn when the leaves put on a stunning show of colour.

With matches across the country from Sapporo and Tokyo to Kyoto, a holiday that incorporates the Rugby World Cup is the perfect opportunity to explore the natural wonders, ultra-modern cityscapes and fantastic examples of ancient culture and history that Japan is famous for. The 12 different venues holding these electric matches range from Tokyo Stadium, a massive modern stadium only 17 kilometres from the city, to Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, which sits just inside Otsuchi Bay.

Autumn is historically a very popular time to visit Japan, as it combines temperate weather with fewer rainstorms, and longer days before the short nights of late Autumn and Winter. Sunset can happen as early as 4.30pm in late November, so it pays to be an early riser, to make the most of what these spectacular islands have to offer. The changing of the leaves to the rusty red of Fall is globally renowned for its spectacular beauty, and the whole of Japan will turn to beautiful russets, burnt golds and sunset oranges as the leaves drop from overhead to underfoot.

Adam is our Senior Travel Designer in Japan, and he is onhand to design the perfect holiday for you, taking in as much or as little of this amazing collection of islands as you wish, making the perfect, bespoke Japanese holiday of your dreams.


  • Explore the length of Japan with fixtures across 12 different venues

  • Explore the fascinating cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, or escape to the mountains around Sapporo

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