England - The Full MontyRJ101002
Friday 20 September
Arrive Tokyo. Flight to Sapporo. Train transfer into city centre
Saturday 21 September
Full day free.
Sunday 22 September
Train to and from the stadium. ENGLAND vs TONGA – 1915hrs.
Monday 23 September
Full day free.
Tuesday 24 September
Transfer to airport by train. Fly to Osaka Kansai and train from airport to Kyoto
Wednesday 25 September
Free. Suggest a half day city tour to Kyoto.
Thursday 26 September
England vs USA – 1945hrs. This is in Kobe. Suggest taking the train which with one simple change at Kobe Central, will take you directly to the stadium.
Friday 27 September
Pick up hire car at the central location and drive south to Awaji Island via the 2 mile long Akashi Kaikyo Bridge – the longest such bridge in the world. Visit 15th Century Sumoto Castle and stroll to the Izanagi Shrine. Onward to Tokushima and our hotel for the night.
Saturday 28 September
First stop is Iya-Kazurabashi, high up in the mountains. Suspension bridges made of forest vines were used throughout the Iya valley – now just 2 survive and you can experience them by walking over either Husband Bridge (Otto no Hashi) or Wife Bridge (Tsuma no Hashi). View Oboke gorge before heading to Kotohira-gu – a marvellous Shinto Shrine. Finally arriving in Takamatsu city. Afternoon visit to the delightful Ritsurin Koen gardens.
Sunday 29 September
Drive over the impressive Seto Ohashi suspension bridge and visit the Shinto Shrine at Kotohiragu. Then on to the city of Matsuyama famous for its hilltop castle and 3000 year old hot springs of Dogo-onsen. Time to relax and enjoy the serenity of this large city.
Monday 30 September
Matsuyama is a historic ancient city with a rich history, delicious foods, and beautiful scenery. Why not visit Dogo Onsen, the oldest bath house in Japan, or climb up (cable car available also) to the Castle for a tour. Shopping here is also very good with a spectacular old arcade offering a wide range of goodies.
Tuesday 1 October
Morning 60km drive via the islands of the Seto Inland Sea to the mainland of Honshu. First stop is at the town of Saiji – a trip back in time, to an area of the town where 9 breweries are located making sake for the past 400 years. The pristine mountain waters, the abundance of rice from the Hiroshima plains and a perfect climate and altitude, make perhaps the most superior sake in Japan. Continue drive into nearby Hiroshima. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park is a must at the end of the day – a reminder of the horrors of the 1945 atomic bomb.
Wednesday 2 October
A leisurely day today. Or you may wish to visit nearby Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima, a small island in Hiroshima Bay, western Japan. It is known for its forests and ancient temples. Just offshore, the giant, orange Great Torii Gate is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine, which was first built in the 12th century.
Thursday 3 October
Our drive east takes us Kurashiki a city on the Seto Inland Sea. It’s known for the centuries-old buildings and shops of the Bikan Historical Quarter. The Ohara Museum of Art has works by European masters such as El Greco and Monet. Onward to Himeji site of the sprawling Castle one of the few original castles from Japan’s feudal period. The views from atop its 6 story main keep are stunning. Then to Arima Onsen – a hidden treasure of hot springs. Tonight you are spoilt by staying in a traditional Ryokan.
Friday 4 October
Its not far from here to Osaka where we drop off our car at Kansai Airport, ready for the short hop to Tokyo.
Saturday 5 October
England vs Argentina – 1700hrs. Take the train right to the stadium.
Sunday 6 October
Full day free. Suggest doing a half day city tour.
Monday 7 October
Full day free
Tuesday 8 October
Traffic can be really bad in downtown Tokyo, so we start our tour with a 35 minute train trip on the superfast Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to the town of Odawara. Here we pick up our rental car and start the drive to the resort region around Hakone. Enroute, pop in to marvel at the beautiful glassware at the Rene Lalique Museum before arriving at Lake Ashino-ko. Board the sightseeing boat and cruise the lake – a perfect vantage point for eye dropping views of Mount Fuji, the highest peak in Japan. Its symmetry is breathtaking. Overnight Hakone.
Wednesday 9 October
After a leisurely breakfast, weather permitting, why not take the Hakone Ropeway (actually a cable car) over the mountains and down into Jigokudani (Hell Valley). The Kuzuryu Shrine (9 headed dragon) at Hongu is also well worth a view before driving north to the famed 5 Lakes District. The main deity of the shrine is a dragon god that gives good luck for money, business and marriage.
Thursday 10 October
You may wish to ascend Mount Fuji this morning and the best way is to drive up to (or take a local bus) the 5th Station. Pop in on the way to the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine, then spend time at 5th Station with its multitude of shops and walking tracks. On descent why not visit the Itchiku Kubota Museum, dedicated to textile design – especially silk kimonos. A photo stop at the stunning Churieto Pagoda where, if lucky, you can get a great shot of it with Mount Fuji in the background. Finally, time permitting, nip into Fugaku Fuketsu Wind Caves and Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave – both short tours but really worthwhile.
Friday 11 October
Complete unfinished business this morning before taking the car back to Odawara Station, and our return train to Tokyo.
Saturday 12 October
England vs France – 1715hrs. Take the train right to the stadium at Yokohama.
Sunday 13 October
Half day city tour of Tokyo.
Monday 14 October
Fly to Fukuoka. This bustling port city is famous for its Yatai - over 200 open air night restaurants. Sample amazing Japanese food at collectives across the city.
Tuesday 15 October
Pick up hire car and drive to Nagasaki - site of the second atomic bomb blast towards the end of World War II. Tour the Peace Park. Visit also the Confucius Shrine - one of only a handful dedicated to the chinese philosopher. Tour also Yutoku Inari Shrine. Stay tonight Nagasaki.
Wednesday 16 October
Drive today takes up onto the small islands - the Amakusa's. Drive to Nita-toge Pass, then (if you wish) take the cable car to the active crater of Mount Unzen. The last eruption was in the 1990's resulting in many deaths and massive destruction. Onward to the southern most tip of the island to overnight at Kagoshima.
Thursday 17 October
Visit the sand baths of Ibusuki, view Mount Sakurajim, another active volcano that constantly smokes. Stay in a spa resort. This is a highlight of our tour staying in a ryokan - the same as the ancient lifestyle of the Japanese people. Partake in single or mixed spa baths. Tonight you will enjoy a Kaiseki - a traditional multi course dinner.
Friday 18 October
We visit the Nakadate crater of Mount Aso today, high up in the centre of the island. Return car to Oita depot. Stay next 3 nights Oita area.
Saturday 19 October
Quarter Final 1 is at 1615hrs at Oita Stadium.
UPDATE: 16th January 2019
95% or more of supporters attending the Quarter Finals at Oita are staying Fukuoka. However, after a recent meeting with the local Prefecture of Oita, we have been advised that the congestion getting to (and more seriously) back after the game at Oita Bank Stadium is going to be considerable. It may take 5+ hours to get back to Fukuoka! Twice the norm. To endure that two days in a row, is a true negative. Therefore we have secured a range of 4 and 5 star hotels in the nearby spa town of Yufuin (45 mins away from Oita), ideal for the nights of 19th and 20th October. We will be providing coach transfer between Yufuin and Oita Stadium. If this option appeals, please email us or give us a call and we will design a trip, just for you.
Sunday 20 October
Quarter Final 3 is at 1615hrs at Oita Stadium.
Monday 21 October
Tuesday 22 October
Arrive Tokyo. Train transfer to city centre.
Wednesday 23 October
Thursday 24 October
Friday 25 October
Saturday 26 October
17.00hrs - Semi Final 1 – Yokohama Stadium. Transfer to and from the stadium will be by train.
Sunday 27 October
18.00hrs - Semi Final 2 – Yokohama Stadium. Transfer to and from the stadium will be by train.
Monday 28 October
[This is our Classic Japan module]
Depart Tokyo by shinkasen (bullet train) to Ueda, then local train to Togura. Check in to our ryokan in the river side spa (unsen) town of Chikuma. Relax, enjoy a spa. This evening enjoy a private Geisha show followed by a Kaiseki (multi course) .inner
Tuesday 29 October
Take the train today to Nagano and onward to view the snow monkeys – these pretty primates living in and around the hot springs. A major tourist attraction in Japan. Then back to Magano to view the Zenjkoji Temple, before returning to our ryokan. Enjoy a shabu-shabu (hot pot) meal.
Wednesday 30 October
Tour the locale this morning with our guide either by foot or bicycle. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Thursday 31 October
Take the train after breakfast to Matsumoto for a self guided tour of the magnificent castle. Leave on the afternoon train back to Tokyo.
Friday 1 November
18.00hrs – Bronze Final at Tokyo Stadium. Transfer to/from by train.
Saturday 2 November
18.00hrs – Final at Yokohama Stadium. Transfer to and from by train.
Sunday 3 November
Train to either Narita or Haneda airport.
[This itinerary suggestion can be extended at either end]
£13,856.00 per person sharing a twin.
£21,878.00 per person in a single.
Includes the following:
- 4 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Sapporo
- 3 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Kyoto
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Tokushima
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Takamatsu
- 2 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Matsuyama
- 2 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Hiroshima
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Arima Onsen
- 4 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Tokyo
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Hakone
- 2 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Mount Fuji
- 4 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Tokyo
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Fukuoka
- 1 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Nagasaki
- 2 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Kagoshima
- 4 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Oita area
- 6 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Tokyo
- 3 night Classic Japan Module
- 3 nights 3.5 star hotel with breakfast in Tokyo
- Half day city tour of Tokyo
- Half day city tour of Kyoto
- All airport to hotel and return train transfers in economy class
- All city to stadium and return train transfers in economy class
- 17 days rental of a mid sized car inclusive of all taxes, GPS rental and any one way frees/drop off charges
- Services of WORLDRUGBYTRAVEL staff in Japan
[4 and 4.5 star hotel upgrades are available by application]
[Itinerary also able to be amended to suit passengers desires and budget]
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