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Japan 2019 ‘Rugby Trail by Rail’

Japan 2019 ‘Rugby Trail by Rail’ has been designed for the serious Ireland Rugby fan who enjoys an independent travel style approach to their Rugby World Cup travel arrangements. Soak up the incredible live match atmosphere  in front of Ireland versus Scotland at Yokohama Stadium (Japan’s largest stadium) on September 22, 2019. Watch Ireland play the host nation, Japan, at Shizuoka Stadium one week later, in what promises to be one of the most anticipated games of the tournament. In between each game, you will travel through this land of colourful encounters, ancient treasures, rural villages, and unassuming back streets, in comfort and style on the super efficient bullet trains. Forget the hassle of trying to figure out your way to and from stadiums. Our friendly drivers and assistants will meet you at your hotel, dropping you straight to each stadium on time. This plan will also ensure you celebrate with the locals, like the locals, at post-match ‘All You Can Eat & Drink’ izakaya’s nearby.

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Duration: 9 Nights, 10 Days (Pre & Post-tour nights available on request)
Route: Tokyo - Hakone/Mt Fuji - Kyoto / Osaka - Tokyo


Dates: September 21 - 30, 2019
Duration: 9 Nights, 10 Days (Pre & Post-tour nights available on request)
Starts: Tokyo (Haneda OR Narita Airport)
Ends: Tokyo (Haneda OR Narita Airport)
Route: Tokyo - Hakone/Mt Fuji - Kyoto / Osaka - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self-Guided ­­­­­­with English-Speaking Assistants/Guides in Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto
Prices from: €2,500 per person for Twin sharing or €3,200 for Single Rooms throughout
Accommodation Category: Standard, Superior Or Deluxe Plans Available. Prices vary accordingly.


Day 1: (Sep 21, 2019): Tokyo Arrival

Arrive into Tokyo Narita OR Haneda Airport on your scheduled flight (not incl.). If you have a choice, we recommend arriving into Haneda Airport (closer to the city centre). You will be met on arrival by our local driver and transferred directly to your hotel. Check-in at hotel is from 3pm usually so just drop your bags and do some local area exploration on your first day. The evening is free for you to catch up with friends or have an early night!

Day 2 (Sep 22, 2019): ★★ Match 1 ★★ Ireland vs Scotland

Enjoy a buffet style breakfast at your hotel. You can spend the day doing some local sightseeing. Your Travel Pack & Mobile App will have a fun filled itinerary for your morning/afternoon, so all you have to do is follow our instructions!

You will meet our local Rugby Representative (Japanese/English speaking) at your hotel at approx. 2pm. Together, we will transfer to Yokohama stadium, in anticipation for a successful victory against the Scots.


★★ Match 1 ★★ Ireland v Scotland

Venue: International Stadium Yokohama Kick Off: 16:45


After the game, we will move to a local Izakaya (Japanese style pub/restaurant). Let the party begin with a two-hour ‘All you can eat/drink’ table reserved (included in price).

Today’s tour will end after dinner. You can choose to continue on until the early hours at a local Karaoke bar, shot bar, night club, hotel bar, and so on. Tokyo is a city that never sleeps so no matter what your preference, we will give you the best tips on how to enjoy it!!

Day 3 (Sep 23, 2019): Tokyo Free Day

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have the full day off for some R&R.  Suggested itinerary with maps and details will be provided in your Travel Pack/App. Some ideas include just hanging around, shopping and people watching in Shibuya/Shinjuku districts, or a stroll through Yoyogi Park, home to one of Japan’s most sacred shrines, Meiji Jingu. Visit the worlds largest wholesale fish markets followed by a walk through Hamrikyu Garden. Shoot up the 650metre Tokyo Sky Tree overlooking the mass view of concrete and skylines. Asakusa old town area is worth a visit too. So, no matter what your interest, we will do our best to plan the perfect day for you and your group.


Day 4 (Sep 24, 2019): Hakone/Mt Fuji Sightseeing & Overnight in Ryokan

After breakfast and checking out, you will meet your guide and travel towards the magestic giant, Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) in Hakone. Today we will enjoy a full day of sightseeing around this rural retreat in the Fuji National Park.


  • Lake Ashi Cruise
  • Owakudani observatory
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Togendai Ropeway


After checking into your ryokan (traditional style Japanese hotel), you can unwind and relax in the thermal onsen (hot spring baths) before sitting down to a feast of Japanese style dishes over a 8 or 9-course Kaiseki dinner.

Day 5 (Sep 25, 2019): Hakone => Kyoto

Wake up early to have one final dip in the onsen, to start your day! Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast at your ryokan before we make our way towards the ancient capital, Kyoto.

Almost 400km away, we should make this journey in 3 hours, thanks to the super speedy shinkansen (bullet train). Your experience on this train will be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan. Ever efficient, clean, and spacious these trains can be considered the best in the world.

Upon arrival to Kyoto, you will have free time. Again, you will be given ideas and instructions in your Travel Pack and Mobile App on what to do here.

Day 6 (Sep 26, 2019): Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you will have most of the day free until the afternoon/early evening. We will meet at a central meeting point and make our way to a local Kyoto machiya (tea house). Here you will experience an Authentic Kyoto Tea Ceremony. Following this, your guide will take you to a sports bar to watch the England v USA game for 19.15.

Day 7 (Sep 27, 2019): Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Day Trip (or Kyoto Free Day)

For those who wish to head west on the bullet train (2 hour journey), we will arrange a day trip to Hiroshima and the Unesco World Heritage Site of Miyajima Island. This is a hugely rewarding trip, especially as you will have the Japan Rail Pass to get you there (usual price for this journey would be approx. 250 Euro for the transport alone)!

You can expect to visit the Peace Park, A-Bomb Dome, Miyajima Island Floating Shrine (Itsukushima Shrine) and savour the delights of the local ‘okonomiyaki’ (pancake) for lunch. (pay for lunch & entrance fees locally). Today’s day trip will return in the evening to your hotel in Kyoto or Osaka.

If you prefer to explore Kyoto some more, that’s your choice. Or, you can visit Osaka, Japan’s 2nd largest city.

Day 8 (Sep 28, 2019): ★★ Match 2 ★★ Ireland v Japan

Departing Kyoto in the late morning, we make our way back towards the capital, on the shinkansen, to Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium. Our coach will meet us off the bullet train and take us to the stadium directly. Take in the electric atmosphere while our two nations go head to head – Japan versus Ireland. This game will undoubtedly be one of the competitions best live performances. We expect the atmosphere to be simply superb.

★★ Match 2 ★★ Ireland v Japan

Venue: Ecopa Stadiu, Shizuoka  Kick Off: 16:15


Transfer to Tokyo hotel by trains & coach.

Day 9 (Sep 29, 2019): Tokyo Free Day

Breakfast at your hotel

Day at leisure (Suggested itinerary and details will be provided in your travel pack & app) – possible suggestions will be a day trip out to Kamakura.


Day 10 (Sep 30, 2019): Depart Japan

Transfer from your hotel to airport after breakfast or on time for your flight home. Sadly, your trip has come to an end. If you would like to extend your stay, consult with any of our Japan travel experts. We would be more than happy to tailor-make some post-tour arrangements for you.

Inclusions and/or Prices

Service Standard Superior Deluxe
Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure) Minivan direct from airport to hotel included Minivan direct from airport to hotel included Private Transfers included to/from hotel to Narita or Haneda Airport
9 Nights Accommodation 3* Western (8 nights) +  Standard Ryokan (1 night) 4* Western (8 nights) + Superior Ryokan (1 night) 5* Western (7 nights) + Deluxe Ryokan (1 night)
Meals 9 breakfasts + 2 dinners 9 breakfasts + 2 dinners 9 breakfasts + 2 dinners
  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Ordinary)
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Ireland Pool matches 1 & 2 Hotel to Stadium return coach transfers
  • Hakone Full Day Sightseeing

Transport used will be the same as the standard hotel category inclusions

  • Japan Rail Pass (7 day Green (1st class))
  • All other transport used will be the same as the standard hotel category inclusions
Cultural Experiences
  1. Izakaya Night Out after Yokohama Stadium – All you can eat & drink party!
  2. Kyoto Tea Ceremony
  3. Kyoto Sports Pub Crawl
  4. Onsen (hot springs) baths in Hakone
  5. Mt Fuji area sightseeing
  6. Traditional Japanese Dinner at Hakone Ryokan
  7. Karaoke Singing (optional)


All hotel categories can expect the same Cultural Experiences.

All hotel categories can expect the same Cultural Experiences.
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Per Person Prices:

Hotel Category Land Only Price Per person Single Room Supplement    
Standard Twin Rooms €2,500~ +€750    
Superior Twin Rooms €~     
Deluxe Twin Rooms €~      
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a Twin Room. Single room supplements apply. Triple room discounts not available. Early booking (up to 18 months highly recommended).
Flights are not included. We can obtain flights & match tickets through our official travel partners, subject to availability.


How to Book

To join our Japan 2019 Rugby ‘Trail by Rail’ 10 day Adventure, secure your place today by paying a booking deposit of €250 per person.

Quote/Booking Reference: RWC10nWEB

Tour Type: Japan 2019 Rugby

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Once we receive your deposit, you will be sent your own travel portal, which will allow you pay off your tour balance (can be spread out over 18 months) as well as view your confirmed itinerary and other useful documents as they become available. You can also fill out your own personal details that are required by all passengers, e.g. flight information, passport numbers, full names as seen on passports, and so on.


Receive your Essential Travel Pack

Our custom made essential Travel Pack will be sent 2 weeks before your tour starts in Japan.


See you in Japan in 2019!

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