New Zealand v South Africa
19 September – 15 October 2019
24 Nights / 25 Days in Japan
Overview of the Chopstick Tour
Our Chopstick Tour will see you travel to all of Ireland’s Pool A matches of Rugby World Cup 2019 plus seeing New Zealand v South Africa, all with official match tickets. Ireland play Scotland in their opening match in International Stadium Yokohama, then play Japan in Shizuoka. Five days later Ireland play Russia in the beautiful Kobe Misaki Stadium, with their final Pool A match against Samoa in Fukuoka a week later.
Over 25 days you will travel across stunning Japan using the famous Bullet trains as well as our executive coaches. Location highlights include Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Numerous excursions (ancient shrines, monuments, museums etc) with our bilingual guides are included within the Chopstick Tour package price. The language barrier should not be underestimated and our bilingual guides will help you to truly connect with the Japanese people and their culture.
One of the authentic experiences that we have included is a night at a Japanese Ryokan – a traditional Japanese-style inn. 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 and your stay includes a multi-course traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. This is a great way to fully immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture!
We have also included a number of sociable lunches / dinners throughout the tour.
RTI Ambassador, Donal Lenihan, will accompany you on tour with other Rugby Legends to be announced over the coming months.
If you think that Ireland will progress to the semi-finals (we do!) then simply add our semi-finals Bolt On tour (see below) and make the Sumo Tour a 40 day extravaganza!
Finally, you will be invited to our Rugby World Cup 2019 Information Evening that will take place in Dublin, November 2018. Details will be forwarded to you closer to the time.
Return international flights Dublin – Tokyo
Fukuoka to Tokyo or Osaka
Bullet train and Executive Coach Transfers throughout
4 & 5* hotels throughout
Breakfast served every day
Seven lunches / dinners (ex drinks) are included
Official Category D match tickets to all five matches
*There will be a purely optional ticket upgrade programme and you will be notified when this becomes available
The language barrier (both written and spoken) should not be underestimated and that is why we have included so many great excursions with our bilingual guides. (See sightseeing tab for more info)
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
Unbeatable customer service from our rugby travel professionals. From your first contact with us through to post tour we guarantee genuine and unbeatable attention to detail.
We only do rugby! We organise great rugby tours for supporters and teams and that is why we have been appointed as an Authorised Sub-Agent for Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan. Our previous official appointments have included Rugby World Cup 2011 and 2015 and The British & Irish Lions 2013 and 2017.
Single Supplement @ €3,950
Travel Insurance: It is vital that you have travel insurance and we strongly recommend that you are covered from the time of booking as this may assist you in recovering monies paid in the unfortunate event of you having to cancel your trip. We offer travel insurance to Japan starting from €59pp. Please note that this is only available to residents of the Republic of Ireland.
Upgrade to Business Class or First Class flights: We can quote on request and supplements will apply. Subject to availability.
Personal expenses such as tips for meals, gratuities, telephone calls, beverages, all meals not mentioned under inclusions and anything else of a personal nature.
Tuesday 24 September 2019: TOKYO
Asakusa Kannon Temple & Nakamise shopping street
Akihabara Electric Town
Imperial Palace Double Bridge
Shibuya & Harajuku District
Wednesday 25 September 2019: KAMAKURA & YOKOHAMA
Kamakura Great Buddha
Friday 27 September 2019: HAKONE
Cruise on Lake Ashi with great views of Mount Fuji
Hakone Cable Car
Monday 30 September 2019: KYOTO
Wednesday 2 October 2019: OSAKA
Saturday 5 October 2019: HIMEJI & OKAYAMA
Samurai Sword Museum
Sunday 6 October 2019: OKAYAMA
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Ohara Museum of Art
Kojima Jeans Street
Tuesday 8 October 2019: HIROSHIMA
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Wednesday 9 October 2019: MIYAJIMA ISLAND
Return ferry crossing
Thursday 10 October 2019: YAMAGUCHI
Friday 11 October 2019: FUKUOKA
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
* Please note that the final sightseeing itinerary is subject to change.
Here is a selection of photographs from our first site inspection in Japan. To view more head to our Japan Site Inspection Gallery.
CHOPSTICK TOUR MATCHES
New Zealand v South Africa
Ireland v Scotland
Ireland v Japan
Ireland v Russia
Ireland v Samoa
Want to book?
Online: Click the Book Now tab to enter the booking process where you can choose to pay later, pay a deposit or pay in full. All these options secure your tour place/s subject to receipt of monies. The semi-finals Bolt On can be selected as an optional extra at Stage 2 of the booking process. If you don’t wish to book online then simply email us your requirements at [email protected] or call us on + 353 (0)61 624734 and we will be happy to help. View our Rugby World Cup 2019 terms and conditions.
YOUR TOUR LOCATIONS
VIEW OUR GUIDE TO RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019
Japan is a world apart. Full of culture and sights. Be prepared for your trip to Rugby World Cup 2019 with our excellent guide to Japan.