Things to do in Japan for the Rugby World Cup™ 2019

Make your world cup visit memorable by visiting some of the countries tourist attractions.

Australian national team matchesIf you’re a rugby fan keen to experience the ultimate in rugby fever, being a part of a Rugby World Cup is an absolute must-do experience that you should invest in at least once in your life.

Where and when is the Rugby World Cup™ 2019?

At JTB Australia, we often get asked by traveller’s keen to be a part of a world cup adventure, but just where is the Rugby World Cup™ 2019?

The world cup in 2019 will be run in the iconic and auspicious country of Japan. Japan is an East Asian country that many travellers dream of exploring thanks to its exquisite beauty and deep cultural roots. Time spent exploring the blend of Japanese cities and landscapes will leave you in awe of its ageless sights and sounds. Combine an enquiring travellers mind with a rugby fanatic’s heart, and you have the perfect combination to create a dream holiday.

If you’re wondering when does the Rugby World Cup™ 2019 start? Look no further than JTB Australia for the answer. Beginning in September 2019 and running until November 2019, the World Cup will play out across a variety of picturesque cities across Japan.



Australia has been selected as part of Pool D, which includes teams from four other countries; Wales, Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay. As per the norm for world cup fixtures, the qualifying pool matches are played first, with each team having a chance to play the other teams in their pool. After that quarter-finals, semi-finals, and bronze finals are played, culminating in the much-anticipated final match to close off the competition.

For a full match schedule view Rugby World Cup™ 2019 planner.

Help the Australian National rugby team bring home the gold by booking a tour to follow and support the Australian lads across Japan as they fight for world cup victory. At JTB Australia, we’ve put together a detailed tour and hotel packages to suit any rugby fanatic and world-traveller alike. For more info on the packages on offer contact us at JTB Australia today on 1300 739 330.

Things to do while in Japan for the Rugby World Cup

Things to do while following the world cup

From north to south and east to west, the Rugby World Cup™ 2019 will be played in stadiums across Japan. This allows a unique opportunity for the rugby enthusiast to travel and explore this magnificent country in between matches and bouts of cheering on your home team.

Many must-see places in Japan should be on your itinerary when travelling there. At JTB Australia we have made sure that our tour packages offer sightseeing stops and time spent in each one of these places, allowing our tours the opportunity to experience the beauty of Japan truly. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 cities and places to visit when in Japan, in no particular order.


To the north of Japan is Sapporo, the Hokkaido region’s capital and the fifth largest city in Japan. Known for its exceptional cuisine and its beer, make sure you visit the Sapporo Beer Museum when in this vibey city. Visit Sounkyo, Buie, and Furano in the area too and don’t miss a trip on the Kurodake Ropeway as well.

Lake Toya

Immerse yourself in hot springs and exquisite landscapes that abound around Lake Toya which resides in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Be sure to take a gentle afternoon cruise along the lake as well for the best views of the mountainscapes and nature surrounding it.


In Hokkaido‘s third largest city, make sure you sample some of the best seafood available. A trip to the Kanamari Red Brick Warehouse for a bout of shopping is a must and be sure to take a trip up the area’s famous Mt. Hakodate for the best views of the cityscape.


As you follow the Aussie boys through their world cup journey, don’t miss a stop off in Sendai, the largest city in the Tohoku Region. Spend a day exploring its impeccable ancient architecture and religious icons such as Zuihoden Mausoleum, Zuiganji Temple, and Osaki Hachimangu to name a few.

The best way to access most of these Japanese cities, when not using buses or trains, is via the wonderfully exciting Shinkansen bullet train. A ride on this masterpiece of technology is a definite must when in Japan.


A day spent in Nikko will wow the senses as you explore this little town at the foot of the Nikko National Park. Explore to your heart’s content as you take in sights like the Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and the Rinnoji Temple.


Perhaps Japan’s most famous city, this bustling metropolis is steeped in history but offers every 21st-century luxury that a new age city can. As you support your favourite team, you’ll be able to explore the city for days on end. In between games make sure you see the most beautiful parts of Tokyo that nature has to offer including trips to Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, Mt. Komagatake and the Owakudani Valley. Spend a day exploring the hustle and bustle of the inner city too indulging in shopping trips and leisurely lunches and dinners at any one of the city’s best restaurants. Sights like the Imperial Palace, Tsukiji Fish Market, Kabukiza Theater and the Tokyo Sky Tree are a must see too.


Leave the madness of the city and make a stop in at the beautiful Shirakawago and Gokayama regions. Shirakawago is a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s known for ancient gassho-zukuri farmhouses which were handmade by Buddhist monks, a true architectural marvel to see.


Known as one of Japan’s cultural centres, Kanazawa is a definite stop-at point when travelling through the region. Be sure to see the Kenroku Gardens in Kanazawa, said to be the most beautiful gardens in all of Japan.


Steeped in history and with a brutal past, Hiroshima is perhaps one of the country’s most famous areas that tourists flock to when visiting Japan. Do yourself a favour and explore the Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome as part of the historical tour of this city. Hiroshima Castle and the Shukkeien Gardens are exquisite to spend time in as well.


Make sure you snap a picture of yourself with the Big Buddha at the Todaiji Temple in Nara and take some time to explore the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara Park and the many other temples and shrines across the city.


Said to be the modern face of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful, cutting-edge city steeped in history. From its northern boundary to its southern one, there is an astounding amount to see when exploring Kyoto. Temples and shrines abound, and a stop at the Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo and the Kiyomizu Temple are a few must-sees.

What you need to know when travelling Japan

Stay in touch all the time when travelling in Japan by getting yourself a temporary japan data sim, this will allow you to be online and in touch during your tour or trip. It’s wise to carry cash during your travels, as many outlets and tourist spots take cash only – but don’t worry about safety as Japan is one of the top ten safest countries to travel to in the world.

Contact JTB Australia today for more information on Japanese rugby and our Rugby World Cup™2019 tours and hotel packages or complete our online contact form and one of our dedicated consultants will call you back.

Ignite your Australian fire for the Rugby World Cup™ 2019 in Japan with JTB Australia, today.