Ireland v Scotland, Ireland v Japan, Ireland v Russia & Ireland v Samoa
New Zealand v South Africa

Chopstick Tour

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
Meiji Shrine
Shibuya & Harajuku District

Wednesday 25 September 2019: KAMAKURA & YOKOHAMA

Kamakura Great Buddha
Tatsumi Shrine
Kamakura town

Friday 27 September 2019: HAKONE

Cruise on Lake Ashi with great views of Mount Fuji
Hakone Cable Car

Monday 30 September 2019: KYOTO

Golden Pavilion
Kiyozmizu Temple

Wednesday 2 October 2019: OSAKA

Osaka Castle
Dotonbori Street

Saturday 5 October 2019: HIMEJI & OKAYAMA

Himeji Castle
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

Miyajima Island
Itsukushima Shrine
Return ferry crossing

Thursday 10 October 2019: YAMAGUCHI

Kintaikyo Bridge

Friday 11 October 2019: FUKUOKA

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

* Please note that the final sightseeing itinerary is subject to change.

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Here is a selection of photographs from our first site inspection in Japan. To view more head to our Japan Site Inspection Gallery.


 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.




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.