Cymru Kick Off (First Two Pool Matches)

Self-Guided Adventures

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Help the Welsh Dragons get off to a flying start as you join them for their opening two matches against Georgia and Australia. If you’ve already secured your tickets, leave us to plan the rest and ensure you have a trip to Japan you’ll never forget.

The neon lights and skyscrapers of Tokyo will be your base at the beginning and end of your 10 night trip, providing plenty of time to explore the capital with its endless mix of the ancient and futuristic. Your trip also includes time in the historically important city of Nagoya, and the culturally rich ancient capital of Kyoto where you’ll swap stadiums for shrines to explore Zen Buddhism and geisha culture.

It’s back to the capital to meet up with fellow Welsh rugby aficionados at our special pre-match party. Then finish off your whirlwind adventure as Wales take on Australia in what is sure to be a thrilling showdown in Yokohama.

  • Cheer on Wales as they kick off 2019 campaign
  • Experience a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto
  • Hop on the bullet train to speed around the country
  • Join fellow Welsh fans at our pre-match party
  • Explore Kyoto’s hidden shrines & gardens with a private guide
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

Wales v Georgia

Toyota

Monday 23 September

KO 19:15 (local time)

Wales v Australia

Tokyo

Sunday 29 September

KO 16:45 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 21st September 2019

Ends 1st October 2019

10 nights: from £2,230 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: WSGA1

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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

Host City

Stadium

Ticket Info

Wales

vs

Georgia

Pool D Round 1

Toyota

Mon 23rd September 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

City of Toyota Stadium

Stadium info

Australia

vs

Wales

Pool D Round 1

Tokyo

Sun 29th September 2019

KO 16:45 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Support Wales as they kick start their 2019 rugby journey with matches against Georgia and Australia in Toyota and Tokyo.

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Day 1 Tokyo

Touch down in Tokyo

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Day 1 Tokyo

Fly into Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport and you’ll be met on arrival, then taken into the capital in a shared shuttle bus transfer. Spend a night at a Tokyo hotel; sleep off any jet lag or head out for a bowl of noodles or conveyor belt sushi.

Day 2-4 Nagoya

Wales kick off their 2019 campaign

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Day 2-4 Nagoya

Jump on the world-famous bullet train to reach Nagoya, a historically important city that is now one of the most relaxed metropolises in the country. You’ll have plenty of time to sample the tasty local dishes and visit the magnificent castle. But the real reason you’re here is to see Wales take on Georgia in nearby Toyota City; Georgia is an opponent not to be underestimated.

Day 5-7 Kyoto

Take part in a tea ceremony

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Day 5-7 Kyoto

Next up is Kyoto, the birthplace of Japanese culture. Explore the city’s most beautiful landmarks with a private local guide; from Nijo Castle to Fushimi Inari shrine and the Golden Pavilion. You’ll also have the chance to take part in a tea ceremony in a gorgeous tatami-mat tea house.

Day 8-11 Tokyo

Return to the capital

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Day 8-11 Tokyo

Your trip comes full circle as you return to the capital. Here we’ll be throwing a very special pre-match party. Mingle with fellow Wales fans, enjoy Tokyo-style food and drink and get into the rugby spirit before Wales’s epic clash with Australia. It’s all for the taking in Tokyo!

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This trip starts and finishes in Tokyo, so you can fly in and out of either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport. See Wales play in Toyota and Tokyo, and visit Nagoya and beautiful Kyoto in between.

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!

Nagoya

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Nagoya

Nagoya is rarely afforded more than a couple of pages in guide books, perhaps due to its almost total destruction at the end of WW2. Yet this is a city that has played a pivotal role in the development of the Japan you will find today and offers a great deal for visitors willing to give it a chance.

Nagoya’s most famous son is Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in 1603 after a series of bloody encounters, defeated his rivals (those loyal to the former shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who also hailed from Nagoya) at the battle of Sekigahara, to become ruler of all Japan. The establishment of Tokugawa rule in 1603 ushered in a period of unprecedented economic prosperity and peace in Japan and Nagoya citizens continue to be proud of the achievements of the Tokugawa. These days Nagoya is a major industrial centre with some of Japan most powerful companies (Toyota, MUFJ Bank, Toho Gas) being based here.

With some of the best shopping in Japan, a friendly cosmopolitan atmosphere and fabulous food, Nagoya makes for a fantastic stop on any Japan itinerary.

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

This itinerary includes the following mid-range Western-style hotels (approximately three star). Breakfast is included every day.

Tokyo: Ryogoku View Hotel

Nagoya: Vista Nagoya Nishiki Hotel

Kyoto: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel

 

Fancy upgrading? For an additional £790 per person, we also have Superior grade (approximately four star) accommodation available at these hotels:

Tokyo: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

Nagoya: Hilton Nagoya

Kyoto: Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto

Tokyo: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

 

For an extra £1,900 per person you can upgrade from Classic to Deluxe (approximately five star) accommodation to the following hotels:

Tokyo: The Capitol Tokyu

Nagoya: Nagoya Hilton

Kyoto: Kyoto Okura

Tokyo: The Capitol Tokyu

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