Scotland: Highlands to Honshu (First Two Pool Matches)

Self-Guided Adventures

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Join Scotland as they kick off their 2019 rugby campaign in Japan. If you’ve secured tickets for Scotland’s clash with Ireland followed by their match against the play-off winner, why not leave it to us to plan the rest on this 12 night adventure to Japan.

Your first base will be Tokyo where you’ll have plenty of time to explore the capital before venturing on south-west on the bullet train to Yokohama for the first match against Ireland. After the rugby excitement we’ll arrange for you to relax in style in the hot spring resort of Hakone where you might be lucky enough to glimpse Mount Fuji.

From Hakone you’ll hop on the bullet train to spend a few days temple-hopping in Kyoto, the ancient cultural capital of Japan, before heading onwards to Osaka, a modern city renowned for its excellent cuisine and relaxed atmosphere. While in Osaka, you’ll hop on the bullet train to travel west to the port city of Kobe, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, where you’ll cheer on Scotland for their second match.

  • Explore Tokyo and Kyoto with a local private guide
  • Cheer on Scotland in Yokohama and Kobe
  • Soak in hot spring baths in Hakone National Park
  • Marvel at the Tokyo metropolis from atop the Skytree
  • Speed around Japan on the world-famous bullet train
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

Scotland v Ireland

Yokohama

Sunday 22 September

KO 16:45 (local time)

Scotland v Samoa

Kobe

Monday 30 September

KO 19:15 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 20th September 2019

Ends 2nd October 2019

12 nights: from £2,550 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: SSGA1

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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 World Cup matches.

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

Match

Host City

Stadium

Ticket Info

Ireland

vs

Scotland

Pool A Round 1

Yokohama

Sun 22nd September 2019

KO 16:45 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

Scotland

vs

Samoa

Pool A Round 1

Kobe

Mon 30th September 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

Kobe Misaki Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Explore Japan’s Golden Route from Tokyo to Osaka via Hakone National Park in the foothills of Mount Fuji, and Kyoto. En-route catch Scotland’s first two pool games in Yokohama and Kobe.

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Day 1-4 Tokyo & Yokohama

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Day 1-4 Tokyo & Yokohama

Welcome to Japan! What better way to start your trip than see Scotland kick-off their rugby campaign by taking on Ireland in Yokohama? You’ll also have plenty of time to explore Tokyo; we’ve included tickets to the top of the Skytree and a private guided tour on your first full day.

Day 5-6 Hakone

Stay in a traditional ryokan inn

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Day 5-6 Hakone

You’ll hop on the bullet train for the journey to Hakone National Park. Cable cars and a pirate ship criss-cross the area and make getting around an adventure in itself. Don’t miss Picasso at the Open-Air Art Museum and make time for a blissful soak in a hot spring bath at your traditional ryokan accommodation.

Day 7-9 Kyoto

Explore temples, shrines and gardens

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Day 7-9 Kyoto

Known as the city of a thousand temples, Kyoto has no shortage of atmospheric shrines, serene temples, and exquisitely manicured gardens. We’ll arrange a private guide to show you the cream of Kyoto’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites plus artisan workshops, scenic backstreets and markets that only the locals know.

Day 10-13 Osaka & Kobe

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Day 10-13 Osaka & Kobe

After temple-hopping around Kyoto it’s time to continue on to Osaka, a city that’s renowned for its tasty food, friendly people, and relaxed atmosphere. While in Osaka you’ll make use of the Shinkansen bullet train to travel down to Kobe for the day to see Scotland’s second pool match against Samoa on Monday 30th September. As one of Japan’s first ports to open to international trade in the 19th century, cosmopolitan Kobe is spliced with Western-style buildings and Chinese temples. At the end of your trip, catch the airport bus from Osaka out to Osaka Kansai Airport for your flight home.

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This itinerary begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, so you'll need to fly into either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport and depart from Osaka Kansai Airport. En-route stay in traditional accommodation in Hakone National Park, visit the ancient capital of Kyoto, and tuck into the world-renowned cuisine of Osaka.

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

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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.

Osaka

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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 mid-range Western-style hotels (approximately three star) in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. 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: Washington Shinjuku

Hakone: Ichinoyu Susukinohara

Kyoto: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

Osaka: Osaka View Hotel Honmachi

 

We have Superior grade (approximately four stay) accommodation available at the following hotels, for the additional cost of £1,440 per person.

Yokohama: The Yokohama Bay Tokyu

Hakone: Kowakien Tenyu

Kyoto: Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto

Osaka: Swissotel Nankai Osaka

 

For an additional £2,080 per person, you can upgrade your accommodation from Classic to Deluxe (approximately five star).

Tokyo: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Hakone: Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa

Kyoto: Okura Kyoto Hotel

Osaka: Marriott Miyako Osaka

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