Japan 2019 Guide for New Zealand Fans

The All Blacks are bouncing back & forth in the pool stage, so New Zealand fans have some logistics to deal with. The 1st & 3rd matches are in Tokyo/Yokohama (as are all potential knockout matches), but the 2nd match is in far-flung Oita and the 4th is over in Toyota (Nagoya):

v South Africa 21st September, Yokohama

v Canada 2nd October, Oita

v Namibia 6the October, Tokyo

v Italy 12th October, Toyota

QF 19/20 October, Tokyo

(click city names for venue guides)

Unfortunately this doesn’t lend itself to any one obviously convenient itinerary, and you could tackle it a number of ways.

You could potentially do it all by bullet train, utilising the 21-day JR Pass to cover all your transportation in the pool stage. With 11 days between those first 2 matches you’ll want something to do anyway, so that’s a good time to go sightseeing around western Japan, for example you could go Tokyo – Kyoto – Hiroshima – Fukuoka – Oita. However, Oita back to Tokyo is a long journey by train and there are only 3 free days between the Canada & Namibia matches so you might want to fly back to Tokyo. If doing it by train you could break the journey with a night or two in Osaka.

Alternatively you could simply fly to Oita and back, basing yourself in the Tokyo area for those first couple of weeks; then you could just use a 7-day JR Pass for the Italy match in Nagoya, combined with sightseeing visits to Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima.

Another option would be to fly to Oita, then use the 14-day JR Pass to work your way back to Tokyo via a night or 2 in Hiroshima or Osaka, then double back to visit Kyoto before heading to Nagoya for the Italy match.

There’s no obvious straightforward route, it really depends how much you’re willing to drop on rail passes, how much sightseeing you want to do, and which matches you actually have tickets for. If you have any questions give me a shout below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Useful Links

There’s a dedicated page on Klook here which might be useful

Click the banner to pre-order your JR Pass and save 40 dollars:

JR pass banner

Check train times on Hyperdia (see here for an explanation on how to use it)

Search Agoda for hotels in Yokohama, in Oita, in Tokyo, in Nagoya

How to get online in Japan

Check out the Japan pages on my travel blog


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