Battle of the Brave (Quarters 2 & 4, Semis & Finals)

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Join the second half of the rugby action as you follow the final eight teams on their quest for glory in the quarters, semis, and final. This 21 night itinerary will see you travelling around Japan on the world-famous bullet train. In between the thrilling rugby matches, we’ll arrange for you to explore our favourite destinations in Japan, allowing you to get beneath the surface of this fascinating country.

Tokyo will be your base at the beginning and end of your journey, as that’s where the majority of the rugby action will take place. In between matches you can explore the busy streets, neon-lit skyscrapers, hidden temples, and exquisite gardens of the capital. And don’t forget the food; Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.

The hot spring resort of Hakone, deep in the foothills of Mount Fuji, has long been the go-to relaxation destination for Tokyoites. With a wide network of transportation to get you around volcanic valleys, Lake Ashi and the old Tokaido trail, it’s a great place to chill out.

After returning to Tokyo for two high-stakes Quarter Finals matches, your next stop is Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples. The ancient capital has a fascinating array of historic shrines, atmospheric neighbourhoods, and elegant tea houses, and you could spend weeks here without seeing everything. Be sure to try out Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine; your taste buds will thank you. Then it’ll be back to Yokohama for the Semi Finals games, which promise some incredible rugby.

In between all the high-energy rugby and fascinating culture, you’ll probably be ready for a bit of a breather. Next up on your itinerary is the perfect escape from the busy metropolises of Tokyo and Yokohama: a 2-night trip to the coastal town of Shimoda, located on the Izu Peninsula just a 2-hour scenic train journey from Yokohama.

When you’re feeling rejuvenated, it’ll be back to Yokohama for your last six nights for the Bronze Final and Final matches.

Now that you’ve got your match tickets, leave the hard work to us and we’ll arrange this itinerary to accompany your rugby dreams.

Trip highlights

  • Mingle with rugby fans at our pre-match event
  • Explore the sights of Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Join a sociable street food tour in Osaka
  • Relish the action at six rugby matches
  • Relax in the hot spring resort of Hakone
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

QF2: W Pool B v RU Pool A

Tokyo

Saturday 19 October

KO 19:15 (local time)

QF4: W Pool A v RU Pool B

Tokyo

Sunday 20 October

KO 19:15 (local time)

SF1: W QF1 v W QF2

Yokohama

Saturday 26 October

KO 17:00 (local time)

SF2: W QF3 v W QF4

Yokohama

Sunday 27 October

KO 18:00 (local time)

Bronze Final

Tokyo

Friday 1 November

KO 18:00 (local time)

Final

Yokohama

Saturday 2 November

KO 18:00 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 15th October 2019

Ends 5th November 2019

21 nights: from £4,710 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: AFSGA24

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Call us: 01179 927068

Matches & Times

Matches & Times

This itinerary is designed to get you to the right place at the right time for the following rugby matches.

Please note that match tickets are not included in this package.

Match

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Pool QF2

Tokyo

Sat 19th October 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

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Pool QF4

Tokyo

Sun 20th October 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

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Pool SF1

Yokohama

Sat 26th October 2019

KO 17:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

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Pool SF2

Yokohama

Sun 27th October 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

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Pool BF

Tokyo

Fri 1st November 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

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Pool F

Yokohama

Sat 2nd November 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Get beneath the surface of Tokyo, and discover Hakone, Kyoto, and Shimoda as you follow the best eight teams on their journey to the final in Yokohama.

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Day 1 Tokyo

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Day 1 Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Today you’ll arrive into one of Tokyo’s international airports, Haneda or Narita, and we’ll arrange a shared shuttle bus to escort you to your hotel in the centre of the city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, either by getting your bearings in the area, exploring further afield, or sleeping off your jet lag.

Day 2-3 Hakone

Dip your toe in volcanic hot springs

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Day 2-3 Hakone

Follow Tokyoites of old and take a relaxing trip to Hakone, set in the foothills around Mount Fuji. This hot spring resort has been popular for centuries as the place to go to soak away your aches and pains. Hakone now has a multitude of excellent museums – our top pick is the open air sculpture museum – which can all be accessed on the smorgasbord of transport (pirate ship, cable car, and mountain train, to name a few) using your included Hakone Freepass.

Day 4-6 Tokyo

Psyche yourself up for the quarter-finals

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Day 4-6 Tokyo

It’s back to Tokyo for a few days for the first of your rugby weekends. The two quarter-final matches for the winners and runners-up of pools A & B are sure to be hotly contested events. The fixtures will be in the evening, leaving you the mornings free to discover the varied faces of Tokyo’s different districts.

Day 7-10 Kyoto

Head west to the cultural heart of Japan

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Day 7-10 Kyoto

Your next destination will be Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. We’ll arrange a local private guide to help you make the most of your time in the city, and ensure you get to visit all the places on your must-see list, as well as a few hidden spots known only to locals. Join a food tour of the Gion geisha district, and tuck into the culinary delights of Kyoto-style kaiseki haute cuisine. You’ll also be in town for the annual ‘Festival of the Ages’, a fantastic chance to marvel at sartorial styles from across the centuries.

Day 11-13 Tokyo & Yokohama

Witness the high-stakes semi-finals in Yokohama

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Day 11-13 Tokyo & Yokohama

Hop back on the bullet train and speed east one more time to the capital. This weekend’s matches will be in the modern harbour city of Yokohama, a short bullet train ride away, and they promise to showcase some incredible rugby. With a capacity of 72,000 people, the stadium in Yokohama is gigantic and the atmosphere is set to be electric.

Day 14-15 Shimoda

Escape to seaside Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula

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Day 14-15 Shimoda

Swapping skyscrapers for the seaside, you have a free day to relax, unwind and explore the beach resort town of Shimoda. Atop a forested hill, Shimoda Park is a pleasant place for a walk, while Shirahama Beach is also just a short distance from the hotel. Around the town are various sites related to Commodore Perry’s historic arrival in 1854, ending Japan’s self-imposed period of isolation and marking the beginning diplomatic relations with the US.

Day 16-22 Tokyo & Yokohama

Watch rugby history being made

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Day 16-22 Tokyo & Yokohama

Your journey has come full circle as you find yourself back in Yokohama. This time it’s for a final rugby extravaganza in the form of our exclusive pre-match fan event, the bronze game in Tokyo, and the ultimate clash of the rugby titans in Yokohama. Whether or not your team has fought its way to the final, the match is sure to be a highlight of your whole trip.

Before your adventure is over there will be a last few days to enjoy the sights of Yokohama and Tokyo at your own pace. On your final day you’ll jump on the Ltd Express train which will whisk you back to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This itinerary has been designed to start in Tokyo and end in Yokohama, so you will need to fly into one of Tokyo’s two international airports, Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda. The rugby excitement will be taking place in Tokyo and Yokohama, and in between the matches you’ll journey further afield on trips to Kyoto, Hakone, and Shimoda.

Tokyo

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Tokyo

It is impossible to sum up Tokyo in a line, a paragraph, a page or even a book. The city has a force and power all of its own. It creates its own gravity; a centre of everything: politics, industry, finance, shopping, the arts, architecture, scientific study, nightlife and food.

This is a truly overwhelming city: a vibrant hub of modern civilisation, constantly buzzing with activity. Suited businessmen rush from one meeting to the next; immaculately turned-out girls totter precariously on impossibly high heels; kimono-clad housewives fill the up-market department stores; and at every turn a barrage of different sights, sounds and aromas.

The options here are endless. You can mix eye-popping neon, cacophonous gaming arcades, riotous nightlife and seething crowds of people with serene gardens, wide open parks, peaceful wooded shrines and a wealth of fascinating museums. You can scale the tallest tower in the world, visit the largest fish market in the world, catch a train from the busiest station in the world, and eat dinner in the city with the most Michelin stars in the world. As you can imagine, we could go on and on – but really you just have to see it for yourself!

Hakone

Dip your toe in volcanic hot springs

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Hakone

Set in the mountainous countryside just to the South of Mount Fuji, Hakone offers a curious mix of different attractions. Whether you wish to bathe in the hot spring waters, admire views of Mt. Fuji, eat eggs boiled in sulphurous springs, visit world class art museums, or simply relax, Hakone has it all.
Hakone has been a popular resting post since the Japanese warrior Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered a natural bath to be built here in 1590, enabling his battle-weary men to relax in the natural hot spring waters of this volcanic area.

Onsen (hot spring) houses proliferate throughout the region, which is criss-crossed by a collection of ropeways, cable-cars and funicular railways linking the many small communities and a wide variety of museums, from the outdoor sculpture park with works by Henry Moore, Miro, Maillol and Rodin to a Ferrari exhibition hall.

On clear days the ropeways provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, and of course away in the distance the imperious Mount Fuji – one of the world’s most famous mountains and perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Japan.

Kyoto

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Kyoto

There is nowhere more special than Kyoto. It is home to everything associated with traditional Japan: striking temples, mysterious geisha, sacred tea ceremony, Zen rock gardens, imperial palaces, refined cuisine, ornate kimono, bamboo groves, street-corner shrines and lively festivals.

After all the hype you’ll hear about Kyoto before you arrive (from us as much as anyone), on first glance the city may not live up to expectations. Most visitors arrive at Kyoto Station, a gleaming ode to futuristic architecture designed by Hiroshi Hara, before being swept out past tacky Kyoto Tower, drab concrete shops and karaoke bars. But Kyoto is Japan’s seventh-largest city, not a tiny rural village, and it is the juxtaposition of modern, urban life against the time-honoured traditions that make this one of the most fascinating of Asian cities.

Today, Kyoto is home to more than 2,000 temples and shrines, including an amazing 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Given its status as the standard-bearer for Japanese culture and history, it is not really surprising that Kyoto attracts more than 40 million visitors a year. Packed with must-see sights, from the rock garden of Ryoan-ji to the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, from the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple to the “nightingale floors” of Nijo Castle; you will find that here it is impossible to escape the tour bus crowds. Yet for those who make the effort, Kyoto’s narrow streets are packed with hidden beauties – exquisite gardens and little-known temples – that are quiet and peaceful even at the height of the tourist season.

Kyoto is there to be uncovered and discovered, and once you have scratched the surface, it is a city sure to draw you back time and time again.

Shimoda

Escape to seaside Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula

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Shimoda

Shimoda town at the southern point of the Izu Peninsula is a beautiful destination, offering hot springs, historic sights and good beaches.

Shimoda and the surrounding area is popular amongst Tokyoites for a weekend break as the peninsula is only just over an hour from Yokohama by Shinkansen, and then another hour’s scenic ride down to Shimoda on a local train that runs right by the coastline. During the working week it is relatively quiet and is the perfect place for travellers to escape to for one or two nights.

The town has enjoyed a vibrant role in Japanese history as it was an important port of call on the trade route between Kamigata (Osaka) and the old capital city of Edo. It was here that Commodore Perry and representatives of the Tokugawa Shogunate signed the seminal Convention of Kanagawa trade and amity agreement in 1854, Perry having used a show of military strength to force open negotiations in Edo the year before. It wasn’t long after the treaty was signed that the first American consul, Townsend Harris, opened a consulate here.

Today Shimoda is a great place to relaxing. From Shimoda the picturesque seven waterfalls of Kawazu town are a short ride away. There are a number of great onsen in this area which makes it popular with the Japanese, such as the Amaso ryokan where you can relax after dinner in outdoor baths right beside the plunge pool of one of the waterfalls.

Yokohama

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Yokohama

Just half an hour from Tokyo, Japan’s second-largest city is where Commodore Perry first landed in 1853, demanding Japan end its 300-year policy of self-isolation and open up to foreign trade. Yokohama soon grew into one of Asia’s major ports, and remains a popular international city today.

Many of the sights in Yokohama are based around the waterfront, giving it a sense of space that Tokyo lacks and contributing to the city’s more laid-back, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Minato Mirai, or “harbour of the future”, is the innovative and ever-changing heart of the area, featuring modern shopping malls, a fascinating maritime museum and a museum of modern art.

Unquestionably the biggest draw for Japanese tourists is Japan’s largest Chukagai (Chinatown), just south of the old centre. Although mostly a modern district now, it has retained a picturesque, Chinese-style temple and offers a multitude of popular restaurants within its narrow and colourful streets.

One of the most interesting places in the city is Sankei-en Garden, a haven of peace in the big city. A wealthy silk merchant constructed this traditional Japanese garden, with the small rivers, flowers and wonderful winding trails suggesting the hidden corners of traditional Kyoto rather than this ultramodern metropolis.

Whilst in Yokohama, don’t miss the Cup Noodle Museum – a paean to instant ramen, where you can learn about the history of this ubiquitous foodstuff and have the chance to make your own!

Accommodation

Accommodation

This itinerary includes mid-range Western-style hotels (approximately three star) in all destinations bar Hakone. Breakfast is included every day.

In Hakone National Park you will stay in a ryokan. Like hotels, ryokan vary in grade and price. In general, guest rooms have sliding doors, paper screens and tatami reed-mat flooring, and you'll sleep on thick futon mattress placed directly on the floor. Most guest rooms do not have en-suite bathrooms; instead there are communal, gender-separated hot spring baths, sometimes open air, great for relaxing in after a long day of sightseeing. But the real highlight of any ryokan stay is the food. Included dinners consist of a dozen or so intricate, seasonal dishes. At higher end ryokan, dinner is served privately in your guest room.

Tokyo: Ryogoku View Hotel

Hakone: Ichinoyu Susukinohara

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel

Kyoto: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

Yokohama: Daiwa Roynet Yokohama Koen

Shimoda: Shimoda Tokyu Hotel

Yokohama: Daiwa Roynet Yokohama Koen

 

If you would prefer higher grade accommodation, please let us know and we can tailor the itinerary to suit you.

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