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The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the first held in Asia and the first outside rugby’s traditional heartlands in Europe & the Southern Hemisphere Tri-Nations.

While Japan certainly isn’t the first country that springs to mind when you think of rugby, and the sport isn’t anywhere near Japan’s mainstream sports of baseball and football, rugby does have a passionate and dedicated following in Japan and the Brave Blossoms do field a side of genuine quality – as South Africa fans will need no reminding 😉

Fukuoka Level 5 Stadium

Following that famous result, and with Japan in a pool they have a realistic chance of progressing from (though it won’t be easy), interest in rugby’s at an all time high in Japan and the World Cup will be well-supported. Furthermore, the Web-Ellis trophy has surely never been contested in a finer collection of stadiums, and with equally impressive transportation infrastructure we can be confident Japan will do an absolutely stellar job of hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

That said, Japan will very much be an unknown quantity for most visiting rugby fans, and with more of a language barrier than usual at world cups. As a (casual, admittedly) rugby fan with years of experience living in & visiting Japan, I figure I can therefore be of help to rugby fans visiting Japan in 2019 – hence this website, which I’ve put together after personally visiting every host city to check out the stadiums and transportation.

Ajinomoto Stadium, Chofu, Tokyo, venue for the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony

For information and local access details on each of the host cities & venues, click here

For transportation advice on how best to travel around the country, click here

For advice on where to base yourself, see the individual venue pages

Japan’s an amazing place with an incredible amount to see and do, so if you’re flying all that way I strongly suggest you also take the opportunity to travel about a bit and do some non-rugby related sightseeing while you’re there – for suggestions, click here





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