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‘Wonders of the West’ [4 x Ireland Pool Matches]

‘Wonders of the West’ Rugby Tour is the ultimate Japan tour taking in all four of Ireland’s qualifying pool games in Yokohama, Shizuoka, Kobe and Fukuoka before hopefully getting through as a Runner Up or Winner in the Quarter Finals. Go all the way to support the Irish Rugby Team from its first game in Yokohama against Scotland, to the last Pool game in Fukuoka against the Play Off Winner. You will travel using the high speed bullet train. Transfers to and from games are included for all four games. Exclusive invitations to our pre- and post- match parties are included as well as local assistants and guides along the way. Travel like a local using our detailed maps and instructions as part of your travel pack. If you have secured your own match tickets that’s great! If not, then contact us to arrange with our official ticket partners.

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Duration: 24 Days
Route: Tokyo - Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Shizuoka - Kyoto / Osaka - Kobe - Hiroshima (Miyajima Island) - Nagasaki - Kumamoto (Mt Aso) - Fukuoka - Tokyo

Prices and Inclusions

ServiceStandardSuperior/Deluxe
Airport Transfers (Arrival & departure)Shared Transfer from airport to hotel includedPrivate Transfer from airport to hotel included
23 Nights Accommodation21 nights in 3* Western style hotels plus 2 nights stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (standard category)21 nights in 4 & 5* Western style hotels plus 2 nights stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan (superior category)
Meals23 breakfasts + 3 Evening Meals23 breakfasts + 3 Evening Meals
All Transport Required throughout full travel itinerary
  • City Transport Pass to use in your free time (Top Up System)
  • 2 Japan Rail Passes (7 day + 14 day (2 separate passes issued/ Ordinary class)
  • Coach Transfers to Matsumoto & Mt Fuji/Kawaguchiko
  • Reserved seats on bullet train journey’s
  • Hotel – Stadium return transfers (8 in total) for all 4 Ireland Pool Games
  • Hakone Full Day Sightseeing
  • Kyoto City Sightseeing
All transport used will be similar on both plans except for the Japan Rail Pass. Superior/Deluxe packages will be given the Green Japan Rail Pass.
Cultural Experiences
  • Izakaya Night Out after Yokohama Stadium – All you can eat & drink party!
  • Kyoto Tea Ceremony
  • Kyoto Sports Pub Crawl
  • Onsen (hot springs) baths in Hakone
  • Mt Fuji area sightseeing
  • Traditional Japanese Dinner at Mt Fuji Ryokan
  • Karaoke Singing (optional)
Same as Standard
UJT’s Essential Travel PackReceived 2 weeks prior to departureReceived 2 weeks prior to departure

Per Person Prices:

HotelPer PersonSingle Room Supplement
3* (Standard)€5,500+€1,400
4/5* (Superior/Deluxe) €7,500 +€2,200
All rugby tour prices are subject to change. Book Now to avoid any price increases. Your price is fixed as soon as you pay your booking deposit of €250 per person.
Flight & Match Ticket Packages are available through Official Agent Partners as optional. Contact us separately for details.

Details


Dates: September 21 - Oct 14, 2019
Duration: 24 Days
Starts: Sep 21, 2019 at Tokyo Haneda or Narita Airport
Ends: Oct 14, 2019 at Tokyo Haneda or Narita Airport
Route: Tokyo - Matsumoto - Mt Fuji - Shizuoka - Kyoto / Osaka - Kobe - Hiroshima (Miyajima Island) - Nagasaki - Kumamoto (Mt Aso) - Fukuoka - Tokyo
Tour Type: Self-Guided ­­­­­­with English-Speaking Assistants/Guides in places
Prices from:
Standard 3* : €5,500 per person sharing Twin/Double or €6,900 for Single Room
Superior/Deluxe 4/5* : €7,500 per person sharing Twin/Double or €9,700 for Single Rooms
Accommodation Category: Combination of City Centre Western Hotels (21 Nights) & Traditional Japanese Ryokan (2 nights)

Itinerary

Day 1 (September 21, 2019): Arrive into Tokyo

Arrive in Tokyo Narita OR Haneda Airport on your scheduled flight

Met on arrival by our local driver

Transferred to your hotel directly
(Check-in at hotel is from 3pm drop bags if your flight arrives early)

Free time (Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Day 2: ★★ Match 1 ★★ Ireland v Scotland

Breakfast at your hotel

Free day (Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Transfer to Yokohama Stadium

★★ Match 1 ★★
Ireland v Scotland
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama
Kick Off: 16:45

Post Match Entertainment at local Izakaya (casual style drinking/dining with 2 hours All you can Eat & Drink session included)

Day 3: Afternoon Tour Tokyo

Breakfast at your hotel

Afternoon sightseeing with local guide (included)

Day 4: Free Day Tokyo

Breakfast at your hotel

Free Day in Tokyo or join one of our Optional Day Tours to:

1. Tokyo 1 Day Tour
2. Tokyo Food Tour
3. Kamakura 1 Day Tour
4. Nikko Unesco World Heritage
5. Mt Takao

Prices for day tours will be released at a later stage. Inquire with your travel consultant.

Day 5: Tokyo => Snow Monkey Park & Matsumoto Castle

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Matsumoto by coach or train

Visit:

  • Nagano Snow Monkey Park
  • Matsumoto Castle

Evening free time

Day 6: Matsumoto => Mt Fuji

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Kawaguchiko by coach or train

Sightseeing around Kawaguchiko Area, including: 

  • Cable Car Ropeway
  • Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi
  • Adventure up to 5th Station of Mt Fuji

Tonight you will experience an overnight stay in a trational ryokan, where onsen (hot spring baths) and kaiseki dinner are a real treat!

Day 7: Free day to Explore Lake Kawaguchi Area

Breakfast at your hotel

Optional Day Tours with local guide:

1. Fuji Q Highland Fun Park
2. Kawaguchiko Hiking

Dinner & Onsen at your hotel

Day 8: ★★ Match 2 ★★ Ireland v Japan

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Shizuoka’s ECOPA Stadium

★★ Match 2 ★★
Ireland v Japan
Venue: Ecopa Stadium
Kick Off: 16:15

Post Match Entertainment with fellow Unique Japan Tours supporters.

Day 9: Shizuoka => Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel before moving towards Kyoto.

Kyoto City Sightseeing with our local Kyoto expert guide

Visit: 

  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Heian Shrine
  • Gion Geisha Area

●● Highlight ●●
Authentic Tea Ceremony with Kyoto Geisha Experience

Day 10: Free Day Kyoto (Optional tours available)

Breakfast at your hotel

Free day in Kyoto

Optional tours available
1. Nara Half Day Trip
2. Suntory Japanese Whiskey Distillery
(Limited availability. Pre-booking required)

Day 11: Free Day Kyoto

Breakfast at your hotel

Free day in Kyoto (optional tours available)

Day 12: Kyoto => Kobe

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer to Kobe

Optional tour of Kobe:

– Kobe Sake Brewery

– Herb Garden & Ropeway

– Traditional Carpentry Museum

Savour a Kobe Beef experience for dinner at one of our recommended restaurants (optional/pay locally)

Day 13: ★★ Match 3 ★★ Ireland v Russia

Breakfast at your hotel

Free time (Optional Tours available (see above))

Transfer to Stadium

★★ Match 3 ★★
Ireland v Russia
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium
Kick Off: 19:15

Return to your hotel

Post-Match Entertainment arranged locally (pay separately)

Day 14: Kobe => Hiroshima

Breakfast at your hotel

Bullet Train from Kobe to Hiroshima

Free time in Hiroshima
(Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Day 15: Miyajima Island Day Trip

Breakfast at your hotel

Free time

Optional Tour:

Unesco World Heritage Miyajima Island

Day 16: Hiroshima => Nagasaki

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki

Free time in Nagasaki
(Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Day 17: Free Day in Nagasaki

Breakfast at your hotel

Free time in Nagasaki
(Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Optional Tours: 

Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) & Nagasaki Guided Tour

Day 18: Nagasaki => Kumamoto

Breakfast at your hotel

Train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto

Free afternoon in Kumamoto
(Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Day 19: Free Day Kumamoto (or Mt Aso Day Trip)

Breakfast at your hotel

Free time in Kumamoto

Optional Tours:

Mt Aso Day Tour

Day 20: Kumamoto => Fukuoka City

Breakfast at your hotel

Train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka

Free time in Fukuoka
(Suggested itinerary & details will be provided in your travel pack)

Day 21: Fukuoka City Sightseeing

Breakfast at your hotel

Free time or you will have the option to join our Fukuoka city sightseeing tour with our local guide (no extra charge but you will be asked to pay locally for your entrance fees, lunch, and local bus/taxi’s):

Visit:

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
  • Lunch at local restaurant at Dazaifu
  • Kyushu National Museum
  • Canal City

In the evening, enjoy Fukuoka’s city night vibe, rambling along the canal sampling the cities street food stalls.

Day 22: ★★ Match 4 ★★ Ireland v Samoa

Breakfast at your hotel

Free to explore Fukuoka city on your own. We will provide you with details how to get around on your own so don’t worry! Meet in the hotel at agreed time before transferring directly to the stadium by chartered vehicle.

★★ Match 4 ★★
Ireland v Samoa
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Kick Off: 19:45

Post-Match Entertainment will be available to join with our local city representatives (Pay locally)

Day 23: Farewell Night

Breakfast at your hotel.

Option 1: Transfer back to Tokyo by bullet train

Option 2: Depart Japan from Fukuoka Airport (Finnair)

Option 3: Depart Japan from Kansai International Airport (in Osaka)

Enjoy one last night of Karaoke or Izakaya fun in whatever city you finish in.

Day 24: Sayonara Japan or Post Tour Extension

Breakfast at your hotel

Transfer from your hotel to airport (included for all options)

Depart Japan on your scheduled flight

OR

Post-Tour extensions available.
Consult with any of our Japan travel experts for more.

How to Book

Secure your place today by paying a booking deposit of €250 per person.

Pay deposit here

Paying your deposit today will ensure your 2019 Rugby travel arrangements are fixed and you have a guaranteed place with Unique Japan Tours. For all bookings, it is important to read our general Terms and conditions. Book now to avoid inevitable price increases. arrow

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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 (installments can be made) as well as view your confirmed itinerary and other useful documents as they become available.

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

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See you in Japan in 2019!

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