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Rugby World Cup 2019 - Sushi Tour


20 Days / 19 Nights in Japan

Our Sushi Tour includes (all with official match tickets) Ireland v Russia, Ireland v Samoa plus the two Tokyo based quarter-finals.

From € 8450 pps

Availability

Below you will find a list of available dates for this holiday.  Prices are per person and based on two people sharing.

Available Dates

  • 01 Oct 2019 - 22 Oct 2019
    € 8450
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday 1 October 2019

Depart Dublin (or other chosen airport) for Osaka.

Day 2 - Wednesday 2 October 2019: Arrive at Osaka Airport

You will be met by our staff at arrivals. Executive coach transfer to the 4* ANA Crowne Plaza (or similar) in Kobe. Check in for three nights. Kobe (pronounced Kobay) is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan’s top ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities. Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata.
We have organised a tour dinner this evening (included in your tour price ex drinks)

Day 3 - Thursday 3 October 2019: Ireland v Russia

It’s match day! Ireland will be hoping to cement their position in pool A Georgia v Fiji at 14:15
17:00 Coach transfer from your hotel to Kobe Misaki Stadium
19:15 Kick-off: Ireland v Russia
21:45 Coach transfer back to your hotel

Day 4 - Friday 4 October 2019: Kobe

Day at leisure
South Africa v Italy at 18:45

Day 5 - Saturday 5 October 2019: Osaka - Okayama via Himeji

Included today are visits to the following attractions:
• Himeji Castle
• Japanese Samurai Sword Museum
08:30 Check out of hotel
09:00 Coach departs with our English speaking guide to Himeji (1.5 hours). Himeji is most famous for its magnificent castle, Himeji Castle, widely considered to be Japan’s most beautiful surviving feudal castle. The castle is designated both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site. With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe. It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen. We have organised a tour lunch today after you have visited Himeji Castle (included in your tour price ex drinks).
14:15 Depart for Okayama (1.5 hours). Okayama is the capital of Okayama Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chugoku Region after Hiroshima. Okayama serves as the locale for the popular
fairy tale of Momotaro (the Peach Boy), so visitors will notice many references to Japan’s legendary hero.
16:30 Arrive at the Okayama International Hotel (or similar) and check in for two nights
England v Georgia at 17:00
Japan v Samoa at 19:30. Pool A match

Day 6 - Sunday 6 October 2019: Okayama 

Included today are visits to the following attractions:

• Okayama Korakuen Garden
• Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
• Ohara Museum of Art
• Kojima Jeans Street
Himeji Castle Samurai Sword Museum Okayama Korakuen Garden
09:30 Coach departs with our English speaking guide
16:30 Transfer back to hotel
France v Tonga at 16:45

Day 7 - Monday 7 October 2019: Okayama - Matsue

10:00 Check out of hotel
10:30 Meet with our English speaking guide and transfer to Matsue for an afternoon of sightseeing. Matsue is on the north coast and is surrounded by the Lake Shinji-ko and Nakaumi Lagoon. The Ohashi-gawa River runs through the center of the city, and a network of canals and rivers makes Matsue a city of water. The water network was created for military reasons when the Matsue Castle was constructed in 1611. Today, pleasure boats cruise through the waterway. On the Shiomi-nawate Street along the northern moat of the Matsue Castle, a samurai’s residence built in the early 18th century is preserved. Its white walls, black wooden fences and a row of old pine trees are the reminiscence of the olden times.
16:00 Check into the Ichibata Hotel (or similar) and check in for one night

Day 8 - Tuesday 8 October 2019: Hiroshima

Included today are visits to the following attractions:
• Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
• Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
10:00 Check out of hotel
10:30 Meet with our English speaking guide and transfer to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. A very moving experience Hiroshima is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a two kilometre radius. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima’s historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the centre of
the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.
17:00 Arrive at the Sheraton Hotel (or similar) and check in for two nights
South Africa v Repechage winner at 19:15

Day 9 - Wednesday 9 October 2019: Hiroshima

Included today are visits to the following attractions:
• Miyajima Island
• Itsukushima Shrine
• Return ferry crossing
09:00 Meet with our English speaking guide
10:00 Ferry to Miyajima island (10 mins)
Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan’s three best views. While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for “shrine island”. This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public’s mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine’s main buildings are built over water. There are wild deer on the island that have become accustomed to people. Everything is within walking distance on the island.
13:00 Return ferry crossing
13:20 Transfer back to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Scotland v Russia at 16:15. Pool A match
Wales v Fiji at 18:45

Day 10 - Thursday 10 October 2019: Yamaguchi Ryokan

10:00 Check out of your hotel
10:30 Depart hotel and transfer to Yamaguchi stopping at Kintaikyo Bridge
14:00 Check in to the Saikyo Ryokan (or similar). This is a traditional Japanese Inn
Afternoon and evening at leisure
A multi-course traditional Japanese dinner is included tonight
Expect minimalistic tatami mat rooms with Japanese futon bedding. Trade in your shoes & “regular” clothes for yukata – a Japanese-style robe – and slippers. Onsen (hot springs) are available for bathing. A unique experience!

Day 11 - Friday 11 October 2019: Fukuoka

Included in your tour package today is a visit to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
10:00 Check out of hotel
10:15 Depart hotel and transfer to Fukuoka
12:30 Arrive at the stunning Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
The Shrine is dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. This Shrine was built on the site of his grave. The area surrounding the shrine is lined with numerous shops and restaurants so we have arranged a couple of hours here at your leisure
15:30 Coach departs and transfers you to your Fukuoka hotel
16:00 Check in to the 4* ANA Crowne Plaza (or similar) for three nights
Fukuoka (pronounced foo-co-ka) is Kyushu’s largest and one of Japan’s ten most populated cities. Because of its closeness to the Asian mainland (closer to Seoul than to Tokyo), Fukuoka has been an important harbour city for many centuries and was chosen by the Mongol invasion forces as their landing point in the 13th century. Today’s Fukuoka is the product of the fusion of two cities in the year 1889, when the port city of Hakata and the former castle town of Fukuoka were united into one city called Fukuoka. Hakata remains the name of one of Fukuoka’s central districts and of the main railway station.
Australia v Georgia at 19:15
We have organised a tour dinner today (included in your tour price ex drinks)

Day 12 - Saturday 12 October 2019: IRELAND V Samoa

It’s match day! Ireland’s final match in pool A that could decide their placing in the pool
New Zealand v Italy at 13:45
England v France at 17:15
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Joe Schmidt greeting fans
17:00 Coach transfer from your hotel to Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium (30 mins)
19:15 Kick-off: Ireland v Samoa
21:45 Coach transfer back to your hotel

Day 13 - Sunday 13 October 2019: Fukuoka

We have organised a venue to watch Japan v Scotland at 19:45. This pool A match could have a big bearing on Ireland’s qualification

Day 14 - Monday 14 October 2019: Nagasaki

11:30 Check out of hotel
12:00 Coach departs with our English speaking guide to your hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture. Lunch stop (at own expense) on route
15:30 Arrive at your hotel and check in to the Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch (or similar) for three nights. Nagasaki is an attractively situated port city on the island of Kyushu and the capital of Nagasaki Prefecture. As one of Japan’s closest port cities to the Asian mainland, Nagasaki has played a prominent role in foreign trade relations for many centuries and was the most important of only a very few ports open to restricted numbers of foreign traders during Japan’s period of isolation. In more recent history, Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the end of World War II. Nowadays, Nagasaki is a fascinating city full of culture with a vibrant night life and great restaurants.

Day 15 - Tuesday 15 October 2019: Nagasaki

Included today are visits to the following attractions:
• Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
• Nagasaki Peace Park
• Hypocentre of Atomic Bombing
• Glover House & Garden
09:00 Meet with our English speaking guide and transfer to Nagasaki City.
We have organised a tour lunch today (included in your tour price ex drinks)
16:30 Transfer back to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure

Day 16 - Wednesday 16 October 2019: Nagasaki

Day at leisure

Day 17 - Thursday 17 October 2019: Nagasaki - Tokyo

Check out of your hotel
Transfer to Nagasaki Airport for your afternoon flight to Tokyo
On arrival transfer to the 5* Hilton Tokyo (or similar) and check in for four nights

Day 18 - Friday 18 October 2019: Tokyo

Day at leisure
We have organised a tour dinner today (included in your tour price ex drinks)

Day 19 - Saturday 19 October 2019: Match Day

It’s match day! Quarter-final between pool A runner up and the pool B winner. New Zealand v Scotland
14:30 Coach transfer from your hotel to Tokyo Stadium. We will ensure that you get to first watch quarter-final 1 at 16:15. This
is winner pool C v runner up pool D. England v Wales?
19:15 Kick-off: quarter-final 2. Winner pool B v runner up pool A
21:45 Coach transfer back to your hotel

Day 20 - Sunday 20 October 2019: Match Day

It’s match day! Quarter-final between pool A winner and the pool B runner up. Ireland v South Africa?
14:30 Coach transfer from your hotel to Tokyo Stadium. We will ensure that you get to first watch quarter-final 3 at 16:15. Winner
pool D v runner up pool C. Australia v France?
18:00 Transfer to Tokyo Stadium
19:15 Kick-off: Quarter-final 4. Winner pool A v runner up pool B.
21:45 Coach transfer back to your hotel.

Day 21 - Monday 21 October 2019: Departure

Check out of the hotel
Transfer to Narita or Haneda Airport for your evening flight back home

Price Includes

  • Return international flights Dublin–Osaka / Tokyo-Dublin with Emirates
  • Internal flights: Nagasaki to Tokyo
  • Bullet train and executive coach transfers throughout
  • 4* hotels throughout
  • Breakfast served every day plus 4 lunches / dinners
  • Match Tickets (Official Category D match tickets to all three matches)
  • RTI Ambassador Donal Lenihan on tour
  • Other Rugby Legends joining you on tour (to be confirmed at time of writing)
  • We will host an information evening for all our Rugby World Cup 2019 guests in November 2018 in Dublin. Details will be forwarded to you closer to the time
  • Tour Merchandise to include backpack and jacket
  • RWC 2019 Japan Guide
  • Japanese phrase booklet

 

Booking Remarks 
  1. Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
  2. Single room supplement from €2995pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
  3. Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €350pp required at time of booking
  4. Balance due 10 weeks before departure 
  5. Price includes 1 standard piece of checked-in luggage
  6. Irish Passport holders require a visa for this holiday. A cost applies and details will be sent after booking. Non-Irish passport holders please contact us for further information.
  7. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  8. Flights, hotel, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  9. Booking terms & conditions apply 

 

Flight Details

2019 Flights TBA

 

Local Time in Tokyo

GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. 


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