Twelve venues throughout Japan will host Rugby World Cup 2019™ matches. Located across the length and breadth of Japan, the venues were chosen to give the sports-loving population every opportunity to be a part of rugby’s greatest tournament.
From the northernmost venue in Sapporo City to its southernmost counterpart, Kumamoto City, fans will be at the heart of the event, always within close proximity to the action on the field.
If you’re heading to Japan in 2019 to catch the rugga spectacle, here’s your travel guide to Tokyo, Yokohama and Kobe:
Japan’s capital is where the ultramodern and the traditional meet in a clash of neon-lit skyscrapers and historic temples, with more than 13 million people calling the city home. From the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, you can expect nothing less than an assault on the senses. Tokyo is a journey that takes you into its exciting history at the Tokyo National Museum, to the verdant gardens of the Imperial Palace, or into the sky at the Tokyo Tower for a bird’s-eye view of the glittering city. And no trip here would be complete without visiting some of the destination’s more traditional sites, such as the spiritual Meiji Shrine, known for its towering gate and surrounding woods.
When it comes to all things rugga action, you’ll be cheering on your Rugby World Cup 2019™ team at the Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu. The stand accommodates 49,970 and is covered by a roof, which is made of Teflon and polycarbonate.
Fun Fact: To comply with the height limitation so close to the airport, the Tokyo Stadium pitch is sunk below the level of the land around the stadium.
Yokohama, south of Tokyo, was one of the first Japanese ports opened to foreign trade, in 1859. It contains a large Chinatown with over 150 years of history and more than 500 restaurants and shops. The city is also home to the Cup Noodles Museum, which allows visitors to create their own unique ramen in an iconic cup noodles package. For the architecturally curious, if you’re interested in seeing Japanese residences from different eras, head to the Sankeien Garden.
For the Rugby World Cup 2019™ Final, the International Stadium Yokohama will seat a total of 72,327 fans. You can be one of them with our ticket-inclusive travel packages.
Known for its signature marbled beef, Kobe is a scenic harbour city framed by majestic mountains, complete with antique cable cars. It’s also home to the 3rd-century Ikuta Shrine, one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Head to Harborland, a lively open-air mall featuring the Kobe Port Tower, or explore Kobe’s history as one of Japan’s first cities opened to foreign trade as you study the Western-style houses of the hillside Kitano district.
For the Rugby World Cup 2019™, Kobe will host matches in its Kobe City Misaki Park Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 30,132 and a retractable roof.
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