England’s Tokyo Knights (Last Two Pool Matches)

Self-Guided Adventures

Classic

Drop into the rugby action in Japan to catch England taking on Argentina and France in their third and fourth pool matches. Two challenging competitors…. will England emerge victorious?

We’ll arrange your accommodation in Tokyo for the first match, from where it’s just a quick trip on the bullet train to Yokohama, and then for the second match you’ll be staying in Yokohama in the thick of the action. Japan’s capital city is the most exciting metropolis in the world, home to neon-spangled skyscrapers, futuristic trains and more Michelin stars than anywhere else on the planet, while Yokohama is a cosmopolitan, modern harbour city with a rich international history.

In between games, why not take a break from the big cities as you head north into the Japan Alps to the castle town of Matsumoto? Then let us introduce you to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural heart. Explore ancient shrines and temples, exquisite Japanese gardens, try on a kimono and take part in a tea ceremony.

Trip highlights

  • Take private guided tours of Tokyo & Kyoto
  • Follow England for their games against Argentina & France
  • Marvel at the imposing Black Crow Castle of Matsumoto
  • Try on a kimono for a tea ceremony in Kyoto
  • Join our England supporters' pre-match party in Tokyo
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

England v Argentina

Tokyo

Saturday 5 October

KO 17:00 (local time)

England v France

Yokohama

Saturday 12 October

KO 17:15 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 2nd October 2019

Ends 15th October 2019

13 nights: from £2,810 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: ESGA2

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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

England

vs

Argentina

Pool C Round 1

Tokyo

Sat 5th October 2019

KO 17:00 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

Stadium info

England

vs

France

Pool C Round 1

Yokohama

Sat 12th October 2019

KO 17:15 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Explore Tokyo, Kyoto and the historic castle town of Matsumoto in between England’s all-important battles against Argentina and France.

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Day 1-5 Tokyo

Don't try for me Argentina

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Day 1-5 Tokyo

Get to grips with Tokyo on a private guided tour of the capital. We’ll show you historic temples, fascinating museums, local markets and the finest sushi, as well as the view from the top of the 634m Skytree. On Saturday 5th October witness England take on Los Pumas, an epic showdown in Tokyo Stadium.

Day 6 Matsumoto

Visit the Black Crow Castle

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Day 6 Matsumoto

Set in the foothills of the Japan Alps, Matsumoto is home to one of Japan’s most famous and striking original castles – the Black Crow Castle, notable for its unusual black colour. You’ll also find that Matsumoto is equally well-known for its art and food, particularly hand-made soba buckwheat noodles, that are delicious hot or cold.

Day 7-9 Kyoto

Explore Japanese culture in Kyoto

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Day 7-9 Kyoto

Kyoto is the beating heart of traditional Japanese culture, home to a staggering 17 UNESCO sites including the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. A private guide will also show you lesser known places only the locals know. You’ll also visit a merchant townhouse to try on a kimono and take part in a tea ceremony.

Day 10-14 Yokohama

Return to Yokohama for England’s French challenge

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Day 10-14 Yokohama

It’s back east to Yokohama for our very special pre-match party. Then it’s Le Crunch time and the sixth occasion that England and France have battled each other for their place in a World Cup. Following the match you’ll have a final two days to properly explore Yokohama and take a day trip to Kamakura, which was once the political capital of Japan.

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This trip starts in Tokyo and finishes in nearby Yokohama, so you will need to fly in and out of either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport. From Tokyo you'll travel to Kyoto and Matsumoto following England and their games against Argentina and France.

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!

Matsumoto

Visit Matsumoto's famous Black Crow Castle

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto, located in the Japanese Alps, makes for a welcome contrast to the huge, neon cities of the eastern seaboard. Here you’ll find fantastic art museums and delicious food presided over by the “Black Crow” castle, which rises dramatically above the city centre.

Matsumoto today is a very cosmopolitan city and has long been a centre of the arts and education. It’s the hometown of the celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, whose polka-dot creations have graced art galleries worldwide – and can be found on display at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art. If you’re interested in the visual arts, we also highly recommend heading to the city’s ukiyo-e museum, which is located in the suburbs and houses the world’s largest collection of traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

Though its cultural offerings are diverse, the highlight is undoubtedly its castle – which is considered to be one of the most beautiful original castles in Japan. Having survived over four hundred years through wars, earthquakes and fires, the current keep dates back to around the late sixteenth century and is open for the public to explore and admire.
On a final culinary note, Matsumoto is also renowned for its soba or buckwheat noodles and its wasabi – the spicy green radish paste that usually accompanies sushi has a habit of catching the uninitiated unawares! Soba noodles make for a delicious lunch whether served hot or cold, and if you have an interest in wasabi then we recommend a visit to the Daio Wasabi Farm just outside the city.

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.

Yokohama

Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this attractive harbour city

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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

Please note that we now have limited availability at Classic (three star) grade, but we do have availability at Superior (four star) and Deluxe (five star) level.

 

In all of the destinations you will stay in Classic grade mid-range (approximately three star) Western-style hotels. Breakfast is included every day.

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel

Matsumoto: Alpico Plaza Hotel

Kyoto: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

Yokohama: Washington Yokohama Isezakicho

 

Interested in upgrading to Superior (four stay) grade? For an extra £1,230 per person, we have the following accommodation available:

Tokyo: Grand Nikko Daiba

Matsumoto: Buena Vista

Kyoto: Nikko Princess Kyoto

Yokohama: Yokohama Bay Tokyu

 

If you would like approximately five star grade accommodation, for an extra £2,950 per person you can upgrade from Classic to Deluxe grade hotels:

Tokyo: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Matsumoto: Shouhou Hotel

Kyoto: Okura Kyoto

Tokyo: The Captiol Hotel Tokyu

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