Rugby Trail by Rail

(England Pool 4, QF 1 & 3)

England V France (Oct 12)
Quarter Final 1 (Oct 19)
Quarter Final 3 (Oct 20)


Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Rugby Trail by Rail (Pool 4, QF 1 & 3)

12 days



Day 1: Arrive into Tokyo on October 11th, 2019

Arrive into Tokyo on your scheduled flight.  Haneda airport is closer to the city, but Narita is also easily reached by your included airport transfer.  If you are arriving into Tokyo a couple of days early we can arrange accommodation for the nights you need.  Make sure you let us know your flight details once you have them booked.

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Tokyo. Free time to relax and begin to soak up the wonderful atmosphere in the first Asian country to host a Rugby World Cup!

Stay: Tokyo City Centre Hotel (3 nights)

Day 2/3: Match Day & Tokyo

Enjoy a buffet style breakfast at your hotel.

Match transfers arranged directly to & from your hotel.  We will arrive approx. 2 hours before kick off in order to join in the build up to what will be an absolute cracker of a final pool match!


★★England v France★★

Yokohama Int'l Stadium

@ 17:15 Kick Off


Join our Post-Match Party at a local izakaya (casual / local style dining) for an All-You-Can Eat & Drink for 2 hours!

Day 3/4/5: Kyoto Adventure

Using your Japan Rail Pass, you will take your first seat on the shinkansen (bullet train). What an experience! Watch out for the cabin staff bowing to you while they enter and leave your carriage. So polite, so clean, and so comfortable!

Three nights in the ancient capital and culturally rich Kyoto.  You will join a day tour which will bring you on a journey through the delights of traditional Kyoto and visit the nearby city of Nara.  Here you can visit the First Capital and Unesco World Heritage Todaiji Temple in Nara. Nara is also home to the largest bronzed statue and biggest wooden buildings in the world. Very impressive!

Kyoto is also believed to be the first city in Japan to see the game of rugby.  Why not visit the Shimagomo Shrine where you will see a commemorative stone to rugby and birth of this sport in Japan which has come to mean so much to its people.

You also have a day to spend at your leisure and to get the full experience of Kyoto and explore the former Japan capital at your own pace.


Stay: Kyoto City Centre Hotel (3 nights)

Day 6/7: Discover Hiroshima

Using your Japan Rail Pass you will travel west on the shinkansen to Hiroshima. Visit the sole survivor of the worlds first nuclear blast at the Peace Memorial Park & Museum. Be prepared to be overwhelmed and humbled.

Miyajima Island, home to one of Japan's 17 Unesco World Heritage sites at Itsukushima Shrine, is a one hour train/ferry ride from Hiroshima station. Welcomed by the giant floating tori gate and shrine, in contrast to your Hiroshima experience, be prepared to be blown away by this quintessential symbol of Japan....not to be missed

Stay: Hiroshima City Centre Hotel (2 nights)

Day 8/9/10: Quarter Final time in Oita

It's time to head south to the Island of Kyushu which will play host to the first and third knockout rounds of the Rugby World Cup.

As well as rugby, here on Japan's third largest island you can experience many historic treasures, modern cities and natural beauty, including the famous onsen region of Beppu.  Why not immerse yourself in Japanese culture while unwinding from the tense rugby clashes in a public outdoor bath.


★★ RWC Quarter Final 1 ★★

Oita Stadium

@ 16:15 Kick Off

Post match party in a local Izakaya restaurant (All you can eat/drink for 2 hours)

★★ RWC Quarter Final 3 ★★

Oita Stadium

@ 16:15 Kick Off

Stay: Oita Hotel (2 nights)

Day 11/12: Last Hurrah in Your Last Stop

Using your JR Pass you will hop on the train one last time to your next destination, be it Fukuoka, Osaka, Nagoya or beyond.  You will spend the final night of the tour in accommodation in your city of departure before bidding a fond farewell to Japan and the Rugby World Cup.

If you require any post-tour extensions our travel consultants will be happy to advise.


Stay: City centre hotel in your last stop (1 night)

Match Details:


Saturday, Oct 12 Yokohama Int'l Stadium

England V France @ 17.15

Saturday, Oct 19, Oita Stadium

Quarter Final 1 @ 16.15

Sunday, Oct 20, Oita Stadium

Quarter Final 3 @ 16.15

Tour Details:

Tour Reference:




October 11, 2019


October 22, 2019



10 nights/11 days



Tokyo - Kyoto (Nara) - Hiroshima (Miyajima) - Beppu/Oita


Tour Type:

Self-Guided ­­­­­­with English-speaking guides in local towns & cities


Tour Prices:


Standard Plan:

Twin/Double/Triple: £TBC

Single Occupancy: £TBC

Superior Plan:

Twin/Double/Triple: £TBC

Single Occupancy: £TBC


Payment Terms:

Prices are per person. Prices are fixed once booking deposit is paid. Booking deposits are non-refundable £200 per person. Final payment due 120 days prior to start date.

Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation Standard Plan:

  • 10 Nights total (3* comfortable convenient hotels)


Accommodation Superior Plan:

  • 10 Nights (4/5* superior central hotels)



  • Breakfast daily & 1 Traditional Japanese Dinner



  • Arrival transfer to your Tokyo Hotel
  • 7 Day Japan Rail Pass incl. bullet train journeys
  • All coach/train transfers as per itinerary


Cultural Experiences:

  • Kyoto and Nara Full Day Tour
  • Post match parties in local Izakaya restaurants


UJT’s Essential Travel Pack:

  • Detailed & customised daily schedule
  • How to get to every point we recommend, using our local maps
  • Emergency local contact 24/7
  • Local travel tips on where to go, what to eat, and how to behave!


Tour Exclusions:

International Flights:

  • Our tours start and end in Japan so you are required to book your own international flights. If you need help, we are happy to advise. Or, you can find a great selection on


Match Tickets:

  • Unique Japan Rugby Tours are not associated with any official ticket partners. There are a number of ways to source tickets through official channels. Our team of Japan travel experts would be happy to give you the best advice, depending on your home country.
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