The Grand Finale (Semis & Finals)

Self-Guided Adventures

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The pools are over and the quarter-finals have been decided; it’s now time to see the best four teams in the world take each other on in the battle of the semi-finals and finals. You’ve done the legwork and got your tickets, now leave it to us to make all your Japan arrangements.

In this 13 night journey you’ll mix ancient and modern as you explore the cosmopolitan harbour city of Yokohama and the neon skyscrapers of Tokyo, where you’ll watch the high-stakes semi-finals, before journeying to the atmospheric temples of Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan. Then you’ll head back east to join 72,000 ardent fans for the epic culmination of the tournament in Yokohama. Will your team be victorious? You’ll be right there to find out!

Trip highlights

  • Witness world-class rugby at the semis and finals
  • Enjoy afternoon tea with an apprentice geisha
  • Marvel at the Tokyo panorama from the top of Skytree
  • Join our special rugby fan event in the capital
  • Explore the atmospheric temples of Kyoto
  • **Please note, none of our trips or tours contain official match tickets**

Trip fits with:

SF1: W QF1 v W QF2

Yokohama

Saturday 26 October

KO 17:00 (local time)

SF2: W QF3 v W QF4

Yokohama

Sunday 27 October

KO 18:00 (local time)

Bronze Final

Tokyo

Friday 1 November

KO 18:00 (local time)

Final

Yokohama

Saturday 2 November

KO 18:00 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 23rd October 2019

Ends 5th November 2019

13 nights: from £3,090 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: SFSGA1

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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

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Pool SF1

Yokohama

Sat 26th October 2019

KO 17:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

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Pool SF2

Yokohama

Sun 27th October 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

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Pool BF

Tokyo

Fri 1st November 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

Stadium info

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Pool F

Yokohama

Sat 2nd November 2019

KO 18:00 (local time)

Yokohama Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Combine the crème de la crème of rugby with visits to Japan's top two destinations, Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as the modern yet relaxed harbour city of Yokohama.

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Day 1-5 Yokohama & Tokyo

Discover the the international city of Yokohama at your own pace

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Day 1-5 Yokohama & Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! Yokohama will be your base for the first five nights of your Japan adventure, and there will be plenty of time to see the sights in this fascinating modern city. We’ll arrange a private local guide for sightseeing in Tokyo to help you make the most of your time, either wandering around the historic temples, visiting the gorgeous gardens, or trying out some top-notch cuisine. Swap sightseeing for stadiums on days 4 and 5 when you’ll be attending the high-stakes semi-finals in Yokohama.

Day 6-8 Kyoto

Take a step back in time in ancient Kyoto

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Day 6-8 Kyoto

Hop on the high-speed bullet train and head west to Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples. An expert guide will be on hand to show you the must-see sights or lead you off-piste to explore hidden backstreet temples and tiny local shops. While in the city you’ll also get to visit an elegant tea house to spend the afternoon having tea with a maiko, an apprentice geisha, and learn more about their secretive world.

Day 9-14 Yokohama & Tokyo

Witness the best rugby in the world

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Day 9-14 Yokohama & Tokyo

It’s crunch time! Join like-minded fans at our rugby event in Yokohama, then cheer on the plucky runners-up at the bronze final in the capital. The final will take place at the 72,000-seater stadium in Yokohama where you’ll get to see the best teams in the world take each other on in this ultimate test. We’re sure it’ll be a night to remember.

Once the rugby high is over you’ll have some more time to wind down and enjoy Tokyo and Yokohama at your leisure, or you can take a day trip to the coastal cultural town of Kamakura that was once the political capital of the country.

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This itinerary begins and ends in Tokyo, so you will need to arrange flights to and from either Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita Airport. Travel to the ancient capital of Kyoto for some traditional experiences in between the rugby.

Yokohama

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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!

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!

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.

Yokohama: Daiwa Roynet Yokohama Koen

Kyoto: Daiwa Roynet Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

 

Fancy upgrading to Deluxe (approximately five star) accommodation? Pay £4,230 per person extra and upgrade to the Capitol Tokyu in Tokyo and the Kyoto Okura.

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