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Are you Japan Ready?

Useful things you need to know before travelling to Japan for Rugby World Cup 2019™

Need to Know


A direct flight from London to Tokyo is 11 hours 45 minutes

The currency is Yen

Many taxi drivers don't speak English, so take a hotel card with the address on

If you have allergies, you’ll want an allergy card translated in Japanese to show to hotels, bars and restaurants

Stand to the left when using escalators

Don’t use or make calls on your mobile phone when using public transport

Rugby World Cup Japan

There are 12 host cities for Rugby World Cup Japan

There will be 20 countries taking part in the tournament

The Tournament will consist of 48 matches


To bow and say thanks in Japanese, you bow from the waist with a straight back. Men have their hands at their sides and women have their hands clasped in their lap. When returning a bow, try not to hold it for longer than two to three seconds or you may inadvertently get stuck in a bow-off as it will encourage the other to return yours with a short bow

Don’t raise your food above your mouth

Don’t rest your chopsticks on the top of your bowl

Don’t bite your food in half and place half-eaten food back onto your plate

Fun facts

The unluckiest number in Japan is four as it sounds like the word for 'death'

Japan has the 10th largest population in the world

Japan is made up of 6,852 islands

There are little to no public bins in Japan

Almost every street corner has a vending machine

When using the Bullet Train, many travel with just one or two pieces of baggage, hand luggage size, leaving behind their larger luggage to be delivered to them at their next destination via a baggage delivery service

Ticket-Inclusive Packages

Booking a ticket-inclusive package to Japan is a great way to experience rugby’s greatest tournament. Packages include official match tickets, return international flights, accommodation, support from experienced travel reps and access to exclusive events with rugby legends.

This is the ultimate rugby holiday, with plenty of opportunity to see the sights, try out the public transport, eat the local delicacies and delve into the Japanese culture.

Things to do

Sapporo City

Mount Moiwa
Mount Moiwa
  • Mount Moiwa
  • One of several small, forested mountains, with a ropeway followed by a cable car to get you to the top

  • Sapporo TV Tower
  • 147.2 m high TV tower with observation deck

  • Shiroi Koibito Park
  • Take a tour of the chocolate and confectionary factory, indulge in the café and create your own personalised cookies

Kobe City

Meriken Park
Meriken Park
  • Meriken Park
  • Waterfront park in the port area of Kobe

  • The Arima Hot Springs
  • A hidden treasure within modern Kobe

  • Shin-Kobe Ropeway
  • A 1.5km cable car ride that takes you from the station to the Nunobiki Herb Gardens with glorious views along the way

Tokyo Metropolitan

Ryogoku Kokugikan
Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
  • Also known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, is an indoor sporting arena

  • Tokyo Disneyland
  • 115-acre theme park in Urayasu

  • Tokyo Skytree
  • A broadcasting deck with observation tower

Yokohama City

yokohama city
Yokohama City
  • Cosmo Clock 21
  • A giant Ferris Wheel in the Cosmo World amusement park that was once the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world

  • Sotoshu Daihonzan Sojiji Temple
  • Dating back 700 years, the Temple was rebuilt in 1911 and offers zazen meditation training for anyone to book onto once a month

  • Yokohama Landmark Plaza
  • A shopping mall across the 2nd basement level to the 5th floor of a 296m tall sky scraper, housing brands such as GAP and H&M

Places to eat

suage 3

Sapporo City

Restaurant Name: Suage 3

Food Type: Soup Curry & Cafe

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Steak Aoyama

Kobe City

Restaurant Name: Steak Aoyama

Food Type: Steak restaurant

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Ise Sueyoshi

Tokyo Metropolitan

Restaurant Name: Ise Sueyoshi

Food Type: Traditional ‘Kaiseki’ style Japanese cuisine

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Heichinro Yokohama Honten

Yokahoma City

Restaurant Name: Heichinro Yokohama Honten

Food Type: Cantonese cuisine with a taste of Jingyuan

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Key Phares to learn

Good Manners

Kon-nichiwa – Hello / Good afternoon

Hai – Yes

Onegai shimasu – Please

Arigatou gozaimasu – Thank you

Iie, kekkou desu – No, thanks

Sumimasen – Excuse me

Gomen nasai – I’m sorry

Food and drink

Itadaki-masu – Bon appetit

O mizu o itadaite mo īdesu ka kudasai? – Can I have some water please?

Watashi wa bīru o chūmon suru koto ga dekimasu shite kudasai? – Can I order a beer please?

Oishii desu – It’s delicious

Mou sukoshi kudasai? – Can I have some more please?

O-kaikei o onegai shimasu – Check, please

General phrases

Nihongo wa hanah-semasen – I don’t speak Japanese

Kureji-tto kaado de ii desu ka? – Do you take credit cards?

Ikura desu ka? – How much does it cost?

Toire wa doko ni arimasu ka? – Where are the toilets?

Mayoi-mashita – I’m lost

Su-goi – Great


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