The pool stages are over, and the road to victory is lined with high-stakes matches against the best teams in the world. You’ll be joining the final eight teams on a journey to the finals, while combining rugby with visits to the best destinations across Japan.
Start your 21 night adventure in Osaka, foodie haven of Japan, before jetting south on the world-renowned bullet train to Kyushu, Japan’s southwestern island. The lush forests and volcanic mountains of Kyushu tends to remain off the regular tourist track, making it the perfect place to discover a down-to-earth side of Japan and delve into the rich history of Nagasaki and the laid-back atmosphere of Fukuoka.
After the quarter-final clashes you’ll be heading east; first it’ll be back to Osaka where we’ll arrange for you to join a street food tour of backstreet eateries. Next stop is Hakone National Park, tucked into the foothills of Mount Fuji. This hot-spring rich valley is a great destination for combining relaxation with a spot of sightseeing and museum-hopping using a quirky smorgasbord of transportation – cable cars, pirate ships, mountain trains – Hakone has it all.
The cosmopolitan harbour city of Yokohama is your next destination and it’ll be straight back into the thick of the rugby with the semi-finals in Yokohama itself. Take a breather with a two-night trip to Shimoda, an historic coastal town on the Izu Peninsula, a 2-hour scenic train ride southwest of Yokohama. Then round off your Japan adventure with a last week in Yokohama. There’ll be time to explore the diverse districts and marvel at the sights in both Yokohama and Tokyo, and to round off your trip you’ll get to see the best team in the world crowned champion at the final in Yokohama. It’ll be a trip to remember!