ON TOUR ITINERARY
Friday 18 October Arrive Tokyo
Upon your arrival at Tokyo Airport today (either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport), you will be personally met by a representative of BCD Sports or our local Agent (English-speaking). A transfer is included into the City of Tokyo directly to your Hotel. (Note; flights are not included in your tour package and are at an additional cost)
After freshening up, join your BCD Sports Host for a Welcome Function this evening, including refreshments and canapés. This function will provide an opportunity for everyone to get together and meet their fellow travellers. After the function, your BCD Sports Host will provide some recommendations for an evening meal near-by to your hotel.
Tokyo is one of the great metropolises of the World. Its 35 million inhabitants live well in the sprawling suburbs, and many commute every day into the centre through stations like Shinjuku. Tokyo’s world-famous public transportation system whisks passengers to their destination quickly, efficiently and reliably, making it easy to zip between locations in the capital at a moment’s notice. Tokyo today is a city that offers something for everyone. Throw yourself into the melee and venture out into the hubbub of thrumming, neon-lit main streets, criss-crossing train-tracks, and nostalgic narrow backstreets, offset by parks, shrines and temples offering much-needed pockets of calm.
Over the coming months leading up to the RWC 2019™, BCD Sports will be providing unique and knowledgeable insights into the City of Tokyo. They will come in the form of a regular newsletter with suggestions on places to see, restaurants to try and nightlife to explore.
Saturday 19 October Tokyo
After a leisurely breakfast enjoy an orientation tour of Tokyo. An English-speaking guide will give you an overview of the city as you visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Gardens, enjoy a river cruise, a stroll through the Asakusa and Nakamise districts, followed by an included light lunch. After lunch, drive-by the Imperial Palace before returning to your hotel mid-afternoon.
This afternoon, after freshening up, take a local train to the district of Chofu where the Tokyo Stadium is located. A SUICA Card will be provided by BCD Sports with a stored amount of Yen. Simply pass through the turn-styles at each station, scanning your card and the fare is deducted automatically. Once the stored value gets low, you can top it up at vending machines at various stations. English-speaking staff will be on hand to assist you to / from each match. It is said that the Tokyo train systems are the easiest of all the great cities to use, once you become familiar with it.
This evening’s quarter-final match is between the Winner of Pool B (hopefully New Zealand) and the Runner-up from Pool A (could be Ireland, Scotland or Japan).
quarter-final two: Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Kick Off 19:15
After the match return by train to your hotel for a celebration in a near-by bar.
Sunday 20 October Tokyo
Enjoy a free morning, a great chance to explore the neighbourhood around your hotel.
Later this afternoon you will once again head to Tokyo Stadium for this evening's quarter-final match between the Winner of Pool A (could be Ireland, Scotland or Japan) and the Runner-up from Pool B (could be South Africa, Italy or New Zealand).
quarter-final four: Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Kick Off 19:15
After the match return by train to your hotel.
Monday 21 October Tokyo - Kyoto
This morning after breakfast we venture south to a very traditional region of Japan. Travel on the impressive Bullet train known as the Shinkansen for the two and a half hour journey to Kyoto.
Your luggage will be transferred separately to save you lugging it through the busy train stations. An English-speaking local guide will travel with you for the next four-days, providing interpreter services, assistance through the rail stations, commentary on the sights tours and hotel check-in assistance.
Deservedly one of Japan’s most popular destinations, this historic city has a wealth of temples, shrines and cultural practices to show off to visitors that almost everybody leaves with the same wish – a need for a few more days’ exploration.
Kyoto plays an important role in Japan’s history as one of its ancient capitals, and even today has all the atmosphere and elegance you might expect from the emperor’s former city of residence. Famous for the multi-coloured, multi-course dining experience of kaiseki cuisine, home to Gion – Kyoto’s geisha district – and surrounded by lush nature, this city’s feeling of ‘heiwa’ (peace) prevails, even amongst the bustling tourist crowds. The list of must-sees and must-dos in Kyoto is endless, but a narrow selection may look something like this…
For temples, visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, where the startling no-nail structure is second only to the stunning views of the city you’ll get from its platforms. The Golden Pavilion is every bit as beautiful as you’ll have seen in the pictures and offers visitors the chance to stroll through its surrounding gardens, admiring the structure from every angle.
Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is filled with 10,000 bright orange ‘torii’ gates which you can wander beneath. Be sure to walk further enough to escape the crowds and enjoy the serenity the shrine offers.
If it’s geisha-spotting you’re hoping for, you can choose between the expensive option - booking a private dinner and dance, giving you the authentic experience - or the cheaper alternative, Gion Corner. This is reputedly the best spot for capturing a glimpse of Kyoto’s geiko and maiko san – though sightings are never guaranteed.
Upon arrival in Kyoto you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Kyoto with your first stop being a Maiko performance and Kaiseki lunch. The tour will then continue taking in sights such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Bamboo Forest and Arashiyama. At the end of the tour head to your hotel to check-in and unwind.
Tuesday 22 October Kyoto
Today is free to relax and discover this wonderfully preserved traditional city.
Your BCD Sports Host will have maps available and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. Your BCD Sports Host and the English-speaking guide will take those who are interested for a walk through the city this morning. Visit the Nishiki Market, stroll along the river banks of the Kamo-gawa and around the Gion district, the famous old entertainment and geisha quarter. Your BCD Sports Host will no doubt suggest a restaurant to the party this evening.
Wednesday 23 October Kyoto - Hiroshima - Osaka
This morning after breakfast you will move on to the next adventure - visiting Hiroshima & Osaka.
Transfer back to Kyoto Station this morning and board the Shinkansen for the journey further south to Hiroshima (1 hour 50 minutes), a modern city with a tragic past. On arrival board a coach for an orientation tour of the city. First visit is to Orizuru Tower, followed by an included Okonomiyaki lunch, a Hiroshima specialty. After lunch visit the Peace Memorial Park, the A-Bomb Dome and Museum. Late in the afternoon, transfer back to Hiroshima Station and travel north to Osaka on the Shinkansen train (90 minutes).
Upon arrival at Osaka, transfer by coach to your hotel. Your BCD Sports Host will have suggestions for this evening's meal and your English-speaking guide will be on hand to assist if required.
Thursday 24 October Osaka
Today is a free day in this modern and progressive city. Your BCD Sports Host and your English-speaking guide, will take those who would like to join them on a walk around central Osaka.
Friday 25 October Osaka - Tokyo
This morning travel back to Tokyo for the big semi-final weekend. Your luggage will be transferred separately by truck to your Tokyo hotel.
Depart Osaka Station aboard the Shinkansen Bullet train back to Tokyo. At Tokyo Central Station, transfer by coach to your hotel.
This afternoon and evening is free to explore the local area around your hotel. Your BCD Sports Host will be available to steer you in the right direction around what there is to see and do near-by.
Saturday 26 October Tokyo
This morning is free to relax at your hotel or to go exploring. The Tajiki Fish Market is worth a visit and while you need to be there before dawn to get a place on the auction floor, it is possible to go a bit later and catch the atmosphere and frenetic activity as traders vie to get their fresh fish out to the market. Around the Tajiki Market there are many excellent Sushi Bars and Café, all serving fresh fish and healthy breakfast fare. It’s well worth a visit.
Early this afternoon, join together with your fellow tour party members and take a local train to International Stadium Yokohama. Our local bilingual staff will be on hand to assist you through the stations and onto the trains.
If New Zealand finish first in their pool and then win their quarter-final, they will play in semi-final 1 this evening. If they finish second in their pool, but then win their quarter-final, they will play in semi-final 2 tomorrow evening.
semi-final one: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2 International Stadium Yokohama Kick-off 17:00
After the match return to central Tokyo by train and return to your Hotel.
Sunday 27 October Tokyo
This morning is once again free to relax or explore.
Early this afternoon re-trace your steps from yesterday, taking the local train to Yokohama for today’s second semi-final match. Our local bilingual staff will be on hand to assist you through the stations and onto the trains.
semi-final two: Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4 International Stadium Yokohama Kick-off 18:00
After the match return to central Tokyo and return to your Hotel.
Monday 28 October Tokyo - Fukuoka
This morning we depart on another fascinating adventure south to a very traditional region of Japan, the Island of Kyushu. An English-speaking local guide will travel with you for the next four-days, providing interpreter services and generally assisting the group through airports, on the sights tours and at the hotel check-in.
Transfer by coach to Tokyo Haneda Airport located in Tokyo Bay. Fly south this morning on an ANA flight to Fukuoka taking two-hours. Upon arrival at Kyushu’s Fukuoka Airport you will be met and transferred by coach and driver.
From Fukuoka Airport enjoy an orientation tour of the Fukuoka / Hakata area and stop for an included lunch; Mizutaki chicken hot pot – a traditional Hakata dish. Later, visit the Daizaifu Tenmangu Shrine before returning to downtown Fukuoka and your hotel for the next three nights.
This evening, along with your English-speaking guide, your BCD Sports Host will take you to Hakata’s famous night food stall area along the river. Eating is at your own expense, but this is sure to be a highlight of your time in Fukuoka.
Tuesday 29 October Fukuoka
Today board your coach where an English-speaking guide will take you on a fascinating day trip out of Fukuoka to the Oita Prefecture and the city of Beppu. This charming old city with its bath houses and steam rising from adorned vents, is certainly touristy, but at the same time quite quaint, modern, traditional and rickety. An Onsen bathing experience is included (so bring your togs) as well as lunch at a local restaurant.
Later in the day, return to Fukuoka and your hotel.
Wednesday 30 October Fukuoka
Today enjoy a second unique day trip by coach out of Fukuoka. This time commence the day with a cruise upon the Yanagawa River before re-boarding your coach and visiting the last Samurai stronghold of Kumamoto Castle. An included lunch follows in Kumamoto then as you drive back up the Island, catch glimpses of Mt Aso, part of the crater of the gigantic caldera in the middle of Kyushu.
Thursday 31 October Fukuoka - Tokyo
This morning after breakfast, transfer back to Fukuoka Airport and fly back north on an ANA flight to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
On arrival you will be met and transferred by coach to your central Tokyo hotel.
Friday 01 November Tokyo
Today is free to relax and enjoy the sights of this great city and the build-up for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup 2019™ final.
Your BCD Sports Host will suggest a final tour lunch or dinner together.
Saturday 02 November
This morning is free for last minute shopping and packing in preparation for the flights home.
Today the culmination of four-years of planning and hard work for two of the World’s best rugby union nations will come to fruition. Will our New Zealand team be one of them and have the opportunity to create history? All will be revealed today in Tokyo at the Rugby World Cup 2019™ final.
This afternoon, take the local metro train to the International Stadium Yokohama for the final.
final: Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2 International Stadium Yokohama Kick-off 18:00
After the match return to central Tokyo and return to your Hotel. Join in on the last evening of celebrations in Tokyo.
Sunday 03 November
Today BCD Sports will provide one transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport and one to Tokyo Haneda Airport to coincide with the majority departure flight time. If you have booked a different flight or from an airport other than those mentioned, BCD Sports can arrange departure transfers on an individual basis but please note these will be at an extra cost. More details about this can be discussed once we know what flights everyone is booked on.
Depart Tokyo today and fly home to New Zealand (or stopover on the way if you wish).
Note; Flights are not included in your package and will be an additional cost.