Host nation of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Japan is enjoying strong global interest as a unique and rewarding destination for rugby fans, with a number of international-level games being held in the land of the rising sun during 2018 in the lead-up to the World Cup.

The Wallabies take on the All Blacks at Nissan Stadium in Tokyo (venue of the World Cup Final) during October for game three of the Bledisloe Cup test. Originally scheduled to be played in New Zealand, the relocation of this match to neutral territory boosts the Wallabies’ chances of ending their Bledisloe Cup losing streak. Boasting one of rugby’s greatest rivalries, these trans-Tasman adversaries last played on Japanese soil in 2009, with the All Blacks winning 32-19.

Following this game on 27 October, Japan and the All Blacks will go head-to-head a week later on 3 November – two fantastic opportunities for serious rugby fans to enjoy an international-level match and a few days in Tokyo experiencing the best of Japan’s culture, cuisine and nightlife.

Plan Japan’s rugby tours offer corporate groups and sports enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy top-level games while exploring Japan’s unmatched history, customs and fine dining options. We’re currently working with a number of corporate clients to create three or four-day itineraries that incorporate exclusive Tokyo experiences either side of the game of their choice. A trip to enjoy the rugby can be so much more with an expert guide working with you to arrange VIP tickets, luxury accommodation and transfers, and access to exclusive, authentic food, wine, sightseeing and entertainment adventures.

Specialists at creating bespoke, ‘money can’t buy’ Japanese travel experiences, Plan Japan creates imaginative itineraries for corporate groups and sports enthusiasts attending major events including the Bledisloe Cup, Rugby World Cup and Olympics. From VIP access to Japan’s best golf courses to private dinners at Tokyo’s esteemed introduction-only restaurants and front-row seats at sold-out sumo tournaments, we can deliver an unforgettable tour that your clients will talk about for years to come.

With rugby fever to hit its peak during the Rugby World Cup next year, it’s not too early to start planning a 2019 tour – in fact, the best hotels are already fairly heavily booked. If Japan is on your list for an upcoming conference or incentive trip, we can chat with you about potential itineraries, inclusions and travel options.

Contact us today to create a tailored rugby tour itinerary that delivers first-class tickets, accommodation, transfers and experiences – and will allow you to create memories that last a lifetime.

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