England’s Roses Rise (First Two Pool Matches)

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Support England as they begin their Japanese rugby campaign! If you’ve got tickets to see England tackle Tonga and the USA, let the Japan experts do the rest to get you to Sapporo and Kobe on this 9 night trip to Japan.

Your journey starts and finishes in Tokyo, with domestic flights to Sapporo on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido included. Sapporo is the home of Japanese beer, and the night before England’s first game, you’re invited to our very special Sapporo party to get you into the rugby spirit.

In between matches you’ll have time for a street food tour of Osaka, also known as Japan’s kitchen. And no trip to Japan would be complete without a trip on the world-famous bullet train which will take you back to the capital before flying home.

Trips highlights

  • Join InsideJapan's World Cup launch party in Sapporo
  • Cheer on England against Tonga and the USA
  • Ride the world famous bullet train
  • Take a street food tour of Osaka
  • Gaze at the Tokyo metropolis from the top of the Skytree
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

England v Tonga

Sapporo

Sunday 22 September

KO 19:15 (local time)

England v USA

Kobe

Thursday 26 September

KO 19:45 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 20th September 2019

Ends 29th September 2019

9 nights: from £2,370 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: ESGA1

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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

Tonga

Pool C Round 1

Sapporo

Sun 22nd September 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

Sapporo Dome

Stadium info

England

vs

USA

Pool C Round 1

Kobe

Thu 26th September 2019

KO 19:45 (local time)

Kobe Misaki Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Follow England from Honshu to Hokkaido as they kick-off their 2019 rugby campaign.

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Day 1 Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

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Day 1 Tokyo

Fly into Tokyo Narita or Haneda Airport, and we’ll arrange a shared shuttle bus transfer to take you to your first hotel in the centre of Tokyo. Wander around Tokyo’s temples and gardens, tackle the famous Shibuya crossing or simply sleep off the jet lag today.

Day 2-4 Sapporo

Fly to Sapporo for England’s first battle

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Day 2-4 Sapporo

A two hour flight will catapult you to Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido. We hope England will channel the spirits of Hokkaido’s bravest warriors as they kick off their 2019 rugby campaign. Ahead of the match, you’re invited to our special event party. Mix with other England fans and tuck into Sapporo’s famous barbecue food and beer.

Day 5-8 Osaka

Tuck into Osakan street food

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Day 5-8 Osaka

Fly back to Japan’s main island and touch down in Osaka. This is Japan’s food kitchen, and we’ve thrown in a guided evening street food tour. Try meat skewers, octopus dumplings and ramen noodles beloved of Japan’s legion of salary men. Then it will be time to buckle up as England take on the brave USA in Kobe, a port city sandwiched between the mountains and sea. On either side of the rugby you’ll have plenty of time to explore Osaka before taking a day trip to the nearby ancient capitals of Kyoto or Nara.

Day 9-10 Tokyo

Return to Tokyo

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Day 9-10 Tokyo

Hop on the bullet train and whizz back to Tokyo. There’s time for a trip up the 634m Skytree to see the sun set over the world’s most incredible metropolis. On your final morning we’ll arrange a shared shuttle bus transfer to take you back to the airport.

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This trip is bookended by stays in Tokyo, so you will need to fly in and out of either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport. In between travel to Sapporo on Hokkaido Island and the foodie capital of Osaka.

Tokyo

Welcome to Japan!

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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!

Sapporo

Fly to Sapporo for England’s first battle

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Sapporo

Renowned for its snow festival and summer beer gardens, its relaxed atmosphere, green parks, and tree-lined boulevards, Sapporo is a modern Japanese city quite unlike any other.

The capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, Sapporo started life as a frontier town some 130 years ago. Prior to the establishment of the city, the area occupied by Sapporo was a quiet hunting and fishing ground home to a number of indigenous Ainu settlements. Now, despite a population that has grown to some 1.8 million people, it still manages to operate at a level of bustle well below that of Tokyo or Osaka. Add excellent local cuisine, great nightlife and easy access to nearby national parks and mountains and you have the perfect place to begin your exploration of Hokkaido.

Thanks to this grid layout, Sapporo is relatively easy to navigate. Bang in the centre of town is the TV Tower, and from here the belt-like, green oasis of Odori Park runs all along the length of the main street. In summer, the park becomes a vast beer garden – while in winter it is the stage for what is perhaps Japan’s most impressive festival: the Yuki Matsuri (snow festival).

Just to the north of Odori Park are Hokkaido University’s botanical gardens, which retain some of the virgin forest that stood in the area before Hokkaido was built. There is also a museum here dedicated to the Ainu, Hokkaido’s indigenous population, which provides a fascinating but poignant insight into a beleaguered people who have only recently begun to reclaim their culture and celebrate their heritage.

All in all there’s plenty to see, eat, and explore in Sapporo, whatever the time of year.

Osaka

Tuck into Osakan street food

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Osaka

Osaka is the concrete beating heart of the Kansai region – Japan’s second biggest industrial area with an output rivalling that of Australia. This is modern Japan writ large: massive crowds, huge department stores, karaoke boxes, bars, restaurants and clubs one on top of the other.

Osaka has all the galleries and museums you’d expect of a large city – but the best way to experience the character of the place is on the street and in the buzzing, larger-than-life entertainment quarters. Osaka has a reputation for a work-hard-play-hard mentality, and from about 6pm the streets are alive with businessmen, shop workers and students all out to relax and have a good time. Youth culture is everywhere you turn, with video game parlours and karaoke centres lining the covered arcades.

Most importantly, Osaka is one of the best places to try Japanese food – whether it’s octopus balls from a street-side stand, okonomiyaki savoury pancakes (a regional speciality), or some of best sushi in the world. The streets around Nanba and Dotonbori are jam-packed with a dazzling array of superb eateries for all budgets.

Osaka is located in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island, close to many of Japan’s most interesting destinations such as Kyoto and Nara, and with excellent transport links across the country.

Accommodation

Accommodation

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

Tokyo: Ryogoku View Hotel

Sapporo: Sapporo Tokyu REI

Osaka: Osaka View Hotel Honmachi

Tokyo: Shiba Park Hotel

 

We also have Superior (approximately four star) accommodation available; if you're interested in this upgrade, then please get in touch.

 

For an extra £1,500 per person you can upgrade your accommodation to the following Deluxe (approximately five star) grade hotels.

Tokyo: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Sapporo: Mercure Sapporo

Osaka: Marriott Miyako Osaka

Tokyo: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

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