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Ultimate travel guide for the Rugby World Cup

27 August 2019 09:13

New Zealand are reigning world champions

New Zealand are reigning world champions

The world's greatest rugby competition is upon us! If you're thinking about heading to Japan for a slice of the action here's everything you need to know...

What is it?

It's the biggest men's rugby competition in the world – although don't tell that to fans of rugby league. Twenty countries from around the globe compete over six weeks to see who gets crowned world champions.

Where is it being held?

This year's tournament takes place in Japan. It's the first time the competition has been held in Asia, and the first time it's been hosted by a country not classified as a top-tier rugby nation.

When is it?

The competition kicks off at 19:45 local time (11:45 UK time) on Friday 20th September with a match between hosts Japan and Russia in Tokyo. The cup runs for six weeks until the final on Saturday 2nd November.

How do I get to Japan?

There are plenty of ways to get to Japan. Direct flights to Tokyo depart from London Heathrow, while indirect flights are available from other UK airports. If you're feeling adventurous, you can always take the train too – although it'll take a while!

Where should I stay?

That'll depend on where you want to catch the action! Venues are spread across the country – from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south – although you may prefer to base yourself in either Osaka or Tokyo and travel from there.

What else should I do there?

There really is no end of things to explore in Japan. Whether it's conveyor belts of sushi in bustling restaurants, the steaming calm of a mountainside onsen or simply wandering around ancient temples and pagodas, there's something for everyone.

Anything else I should know?

Japan isn't the cheapest country in the world, but there are ways you can keep costs down if needed. Cheap sleeps can be found at capsule hotels, while if you're thinking of travelling around the country consider buying a Japan Rail Pass to save some money.

Don't forget your insurance...

Before you explore the land of the rising sun, make sure you've got the right cover for you. At World First, we offer Asia travel insurance that'll give you peace of mind when soaking up the rugby action.