Wales & Wallabies Try-umph in Japan (First Two Pools)

Small Group Tour

Classic

Follow the rugby excitement both on and off the beaten track on this group tour.

You’ll start the adventure with a tour around Tokyo’s myriad of districts – seeing everything from a traditional Shinto shrine to a show at the glitzy Robot Restaurant – before taking a flight to Sapporo on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. As a city famous for its beer, it seems only right to gear up for the Australia v Fiji match in Sapporo with a delicious meal at the local brewery!

Following this first match, you’ll fly south to Nagoya and see Wales play Georgia in the nearby city of Toyota. A local guide will take you sightseeing in the area with visits to the Automobile Museum and the traditional village of Asuke.

Heading eastwards, you’ll take the train to the lively city of Osaka where you’ll take a traditional taiko drumming class and discover the city’s reputation for legendary cuisine and nightlife with a guided street food tour.

From foodie capital, Osaka, over to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto; famous for ancient temples, UNESCO sites and geisha performers. After a guided tour around this traditional city, you’ll take the shinkansen (bullet train) back to Tokyo.

You’ll have chance to discover more of this sprawling metropolis with a boat ride on the Sumida River, a visit to the city’s oldest temple and the views from the Tokyo Skytree ahead of the nail-biting Australia v Wales game.

 

Important Practical Information

  • This tour does not include international flights
  • The tour does not include any rugby match tickets
  • This tour starts and finishes in Tokyo for arrivals and departures at Narita or Haneda Airport.
  • The tour is priced per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Please note there is a £385 single supplement for solo travellers.

For more details, please contact us.

Tour Highlights

  • Travel to three Pool D rugby matches (match tickets not included)
  • Ride on the famous shinkansen (bullet train)
  • See Tokyo's mind-blowing Robot Restaurant show
  • In depth guided tours in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Toyota
  • Try your hand at taiko drumming
  • Dine out with a street food tour in Osaka
  • Visit the traditional village of Asuke and the Toyota Automobile Museum

Trip fits with:

Australia v Fiji

Sapporo

Saturday 21 September

KO 13:45 (local time)

Wales v Georgia

Toyota

Monday 23 September

KO 19:15 (local time)

Australia v Wales

Tokyo

Sunday 29 September

KO 16:45 (local time)

Trip essentials

Starts 18th September 2019

Ends 1st October 2019

13 nights: from £3,495 (excl. intl. flights) per person

Trip code: RGTPDC

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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 any of our packages.

Match

Host City

Stadium

Ticket Info

Australia

vs

Fiji

Pool D Round 1

Sapporo

Sat 21st September 2019

KO 13:45 (local time)

Sapporo Dome

Stadium info

Australia

vs

Wales

Pool D Round 1

Tokyo

Sun 29th September 2019

KO 16:45 (local time)

Tokyo Stadium

Stadium info

Wales

vs

Georgia

Pool D Round 1

Toyota

Mon 23rd September 2019

KO 19:15 (local time)

City of Toyota Stadium

Stadium info

Day by Day

Day by Day

Travel to the northern island of Hokkaido for the Australia v Fiji game before flying back to the main island to see Wales take on Georgia in Toyota city. Round off the tour in Tokyo, for what is sure to be a thrilling match as the Warren Gatland's men go head to head with the Wallabies. There will be plenty of time included for exploring Japan as well in the midst of all the match action with a street food tour of Osaka, also known as 'Japan's Kitchen'; temple hopping during a day trip to the culture capital of Kyoto; and tickets to the electrifying Robot Restaurant show in Tokyo to name but a few highlights.

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Day 1-2 Tokyo

Touch down in Tokyo!

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Day 1-2 Tokyo

Welcome to Japan! On arrival in Tokyo a shared shuttle bus will take you to your hotel where your tour leader will be waiting to help you get oriented. You may wish to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of the local area before meeting your group over a welcome dinner.

It can be difficult to know where to start in the myriad of districts of Japan’s vast, sprawling capital, so a local guide will help you get to grips with the city on your first full day.

From spotting teenagers dressed as anime characters in Harajuku – an area that epitomises all things kawaii (cute), to seeing a traditional wedding ceremony at the forest dwelling Meiji Jingu shrine and tackling the famous “Shibuya scramble” crossing, you’ll get a great overview of the capital’s diverse areas.

As the sun sets you’ll see the city light up in shades of neon and spend an unforgettable couple of hours watching the glitzy Robot Restaurant’s eccentric show.

Accommodation: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Day 3-4 Sapporo

Fly to Sapporo to see Australia take on Fiji.

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Day 3-4 Sapporo

On day 3 you’ll depart Tokyo and Japan’s main island, Honshu, for Sapporo, a city on the northernmost island of Hokkaido. A private coach will take you to the airport for your flight to Sapporo.

Move to the laid-back rhythm of this city with an afternoon at a beer garden. With all you can eat and drink, you can discuss tomorrow’s game over countless dishes and draughts!

On day 4 a private coach will take you to see Australia start their campaign against the mighty Fijians. Historically, they have played each other a total of 21 times, of which Australia have won 18 matches. They first met toe to toe in 1952 when Australia beat them 15-9. Sapporo Dome will be roaring today as the fans cheer on their teams. Will Australia make it a cool 19 times? We will have to see. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.

Accommodation: Sapporo View Hotel Odori Kouen

Day 5-7 Nagoya

See Wales battle it out against Georgia.

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Day 5-7 Nagoya

On day 5 you’ll take a private coach to New Chitose Airport to fly down south to Nagoya. The city makes a great base from where to catch the Wales v Georgia game in nearby Toyota.

Do not underestimate the Georgians; they believe their deep-rooted rugby history pre-dates the birth of Christ. Battling the mighty Wales – a team whose rugby history is part of their ancestry too – this will certainly be one to watch! Kick-off is at 7.15pm.

The day after the match, after a leisurely start to the day, a local guide will take you sightseeing in Toyota. An area famous for manufacturing cars, no visit would be complete without a trip to the Automobile Museum, but you’ll also see a farming village and picturesque gorge at the traditional town of Asuke.

Accommodation: Daiwa Roynet Nagoya Shinkansen-Guchi

Day 8-10 Osaka

Street food and sightseeing in Osaka, Japan's Kitchen.

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Day 8-10 Osaka

On day 8 you’ll leave Nagoya to head to the vibrant city of Osaka. When night falls, the city springs to life with dizzying lights, countless yatai (food stalls) and buzzing entertainment quarters. A local guide will show you around the city to see Osaka castle; Shitennoji, one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples; and Dotonburi where the evening action happens.

But before experiencing the city by night, you’ll immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture with a lesson in taiko drumming. Whether you’re a professional percussionist or lack any discernible musical bones, this lively practice is fun for everyone.

On day 9 you’ll take a train to Japan’s cultural capital, Kyoto. The main station is an impressive feat of modern architecture, but as home to more than 2,000 temples, 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and the famous geisha performers, the city is known for its well-preserved districts and cultural traditions.

With so much to see and do, a local guide will help you navigate some of the highlights which may include: picture perfect Kinkaku-Ji– a gilded temple placed on the edge of a lake, surrounded by foliage and mature trees; the Zen rock garden at Ryoanji temple; Nishiki food market; or possibly the ancient Nijo-jo Castle.

In the evening, you’ll take the train back to Osaka.

Day 10 will be free for you to spend however you wish. There’s plenty to see in Osaka including the Ring of Fire Aquarium, Universal Studios (including Harry Potter World) and the Instant Ramen Museum (where you can create your own cup noodle!). Or if you’re feeling more adventurous why not take a day trip using your included Kansai ThruPass. You could head to Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital, famed for its numerous temples and bowing deer. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for a more modernity why not try Kobe, home of the world-famous Kobe beef!

Those looking for something more sedate should take a dip in one of the many hot spring baths or pools at the huge Osaka Spa World. Whatever you do, be back in time for dinner; a local guide will take you on a street food tour to eat your way around this foodie city one stall, snack and izakaya pub at a time!

Accommodation: Osaka View Hotel Honmachi

Day 11-15 Tokyo

Wales v Australia - who will be victorious?

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Day 11-15 Tokyo

On day 11 you’ll travel back to Tokyo aboard the famous shinkansen (bullet train). Despite taking their first voyage in the 1960s, these iconic trains still seem futuristic, and with speeds up to 320km/h, this eastward journey is a surprisingly easy one.

Once in the capital, your tour leader will take you to Hamarikyu, one of Tokyo’s finest gardens. After a leisurely stroll you’ll take the ferry bus on the Sumida River to Asakusa; this historic quarter is a traditional Edo-period entertainment area and home to Senso-ji, the oldest temple in the city. The market here is a great spot for picking up local food and souvenirs.

There’s only one place to go as the sun sets: the Tokyo Skytree. At 2,080ft, it’s the tallest tower in the world and the best place to take photographs over the city.

On day 12 you’ll take a private coach to Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium to watch Warren Gatland’s men take on the Wallabies in Tokyo. Since 1908 Australia have statistically been the winners against Wales, but it is all up for grabs today! Kick-off is at 4.45pm.

Day 13 is a free day – perhaps visit Tokyo’s surprisingly serene gardens, check out Ginza’s high-end boutiques, spend time in one of the art galleries or museums or get in a bit of last-minute souvenir shopping. To rest your legs from all that sightseeing and rugby watching, head to the hot spring baths at Oedo Onsen Monogatari.

A farewell dinner with your group will be the perfect end to the day.

Sadly, it’s time to say “sayonara!” to Japan. A shared shuttle bus will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: Asakusa Sunroute Hotel

Map & Destinations

Map & Destinations

This trip starts and finishes in Tokyo, so you will need to fly in and out of either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport. From Tokyo you’ll take an included domestic flight to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido for the Australia v Fiji match before flying back to Nagoya on the main island to see Wales v Georgia in nearby Toyota city. Finish up in Tokyo for the Wales v Australia match.

Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo - a monumental metropolis of neon and concrete.

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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.

Japan’s largest city and its capital since the Meiji restoration of 1868, Tokyo is a sensory bombardment and the wonderful abundance of street-level detail means there is always something to keep the attention.

A tide of energy sweeps Tokyoites along, carrying them through the daily grind; from their apartments, onto the unbelievably crowded subway system, into the office and then back again. A visit to Tokyo is the chance to witness the Japanese success story up close.

Sapporo

Hokkaido's capital: famous for great beer, great food, and a truly incredible snow festival.

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Sapporo

The capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, Sapporo started life as a frontier town some 130 years ago. 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.

Prior to the establishment of the city, the area occupied by Sapporo (known as the Ishikari Plain) was a quiet hunting and fishing ground home to a number of indigenous Ainu settlements. In 1866, at the end of the Edo Period, construction began on a canal through the area, encouraging a number of early settlers to establish the village, which officially became a city in 1868. Sapporo was carefully developed in an expanding grid-like construction much like the American system, and with a consistent flow of migration from mainland Honshu the population expanded.

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). Every year in February, the city is overrun with gargantuan snow and ice sculptures, intricately carved and often towering over 20 metres above the ground.

Nagoya

A city that shaped the course of Japanese history forever.

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Nagoya

The history of Nagoya dates back to the 12th Century when the manor area was known as Nagono. The Chinese characters for Nagono could also be read Nagoya and this it what was later adopted as the name of the city.

Nagoya’s most famous son is Tokugawa Ieyasu, who in 1603 after a series of bloody encounters, defeated his rivals at the battle of Sekigahara, to become ruler of all Japan. The establishment of Tokugawa rule in 1603 ushered in a period of unprecedented economic prosperity and peace in Japan and Nagoya citizens continue to be proud of the achievements of the Tokugawa.

As a tourist destination Nagoya has a lot to offer. For those interested in industrial innovation the nearby city of Toyota has a splendid automobile museum (a must see for car enthusiasts), a museum of technology and innovation and an exhibition hall in Toyota City itself where visitors can witness the latest products being developed.

For those more interested in samurai history, the Tokugawa Museum provides a wealth of in-depth information and fascinating exhibits on the most famous of Nagoya families. Osu-kannon in the heart of the city is a bustling area with a splendid temple at its heart along side some seemingly endless covered arcades one of the most interesting shopping areas in Japan.

Osaka

The beating heart of the Kansai region and perfect place to sample Japanese cuisine.

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Osaka

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 for the visitor, 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. In fact, one of our top recommendations for visitors to the city is to take an evening street food tour with one of our expert local guides or knowledgeable tour leaders. The tour centres on the area around Nanba and Dotonbori, where giant animatronic crabs, neon puffer fish, Ferris wheels and the famous Glico running man overlook scores of bars, izakaya, restaurants and street-side stalls.

In addition to food and drink, Osaka has an impressive clutch of attractions to keep the visitor entertained. The Ring of Fire Aquarium, for instance, is one of Japan’s very best – exhibiting creatures from the volcanic regions encircling the Pacific. Universal Studios Japan is located just a short distance out of the city, boasting the newly opened Harry Potter World amongst other interesting film sets, and at the unusual Instant Ramen Museum guests can have a go at creating their own cup noodle. Finally, for those who enjoy a good soak in a Japanese hot spring, Osaka Spa World – Japan’s premier onsen theme park – is an absolute must.

Accommodation

Accommodation

This itinerary includes the following mid-range Western-style hotels (approximately three star) in all destinations. Breakfast is included every day, plus a selection of other meals.

Tokyo: Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Sapporo: Sapporo View Odori Koen

Nagoya: Daiwa Roynet Nagoya Shinkansen-Guchi

Osaka: Osaka View Honmachi

Tokyo: Asakusa Sunroute

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