Japan 2019 Guide for Wales Fans

It’s a very Kyushu-centric venue itinerary for Wales, with the last two pool matches then any potential quarterfinal all in Japan’s westernmost region:

v Georgia 23rd September, Toyota (Nagoya)

v Australia 29th September, Tokyo

v Fiji 9th October, Oita

v Uruguay 13th October, Kumamoto

QF 19/20 October, Oita

(click city names for venue guides)

So you could plan on spending those 12 days or so in Kyushu, flying there & back from Tokyo. However I still think the best approach is to make use of the JR Pass to see more of the country. For example you could get the 14-day pass and activate it a few days after the Georgia game to travel to Tokyo, and then from there to Oita via Kyoto, Hiroshima, and maybe Fukuoka. If you’re not going to the Georgia game you could use the 7-day pass just to go from Tokyo to Oita with stops in Kyoto & Hiroshima.

Or you could get a 21-day pass for all of the above plus some time left to check out other places in Kyushu like Nagasaki and Mt Aso.

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

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6 comments on “Japan 2019 Guide for Wales Fans
  1. Ron says:

    Good stuff – I have been checking airbnb and the prices seem reasonable even in Tokyo
    What is your view on this as compared to other cheap accommodations – capsule hotels?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Cheers Ron,

      Honestly I’d avoid capsule hotels, they’re a good novelty experience to try for one night maybe but the novelty wears off quickly – the capsules aren’t soundproof and the occupants are mostly drunk salarymen who missed the last train home. The snoring isn’t exactly conducive to a restful night’s sleep! Also they often require you to vacate the premises completely during the day e.g. between 10am and 4am which would be a serious pain in the ass for a long stay.

      Airbnb is far, far better – you get your own space, usually with a little kitchen so you don’t have to eat out every single time (obviously Japan’s a great place to be eating out but it’s nice to be able to knock a breakfast up at home or whatever), and having your own washing machine is obviously great if staying a week or longer. I always stay in Airbnb when I travel in Japan these days, I don’t even bother with regular hotels anymore. Never had a bad Airbnb experience (not in Japan at least – have had a couple elsewhere!)

  2. Gareth Williams says:

    Hi,
    Tickets for Georgia Game but the match finishes around 10pm – Where is best to stay the night of the game – Mon 23rd?
    Nagoya ? We are getting the train from Tokyo on the morning of the 23rd – Which i believe takes us to Nagoya (Change to Toyota) – Any help would be appreciated.

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Gareth,

      Yes I’d stay in central Nagoya that night. You could also try to find something near the stadium in Toyota City, which would be faster to get back to after the match but less interesting to stay in (and in any case may be hard to find anything available). Check out my Toyota/Nagoya page for more details.

      For the train journey, yes if you take the fastest Nozomi bullet train service you’ll need to get off at Nagoya then ride the subway out to Toyota; this actually involves riding the Nagoya subway (yellow line>blue line) to the end of the blue line and then the private Meitetsu line to the stadium, a little confusing but some subway trains actually run right along the blue line then the Meitetsu line without needing to transfer. Again, see the above Toyota page for more details.

      It actually works out slightly faster and cheaper to ride the Hikari bullet train from Tokyo to Toyohashi Station (one stop before Nagoya but skipped by the Nozomi trains), from where you can ride the Meitetsu train to Toyota (with a transfer at Chiryu). Are you getting the JR Pass? If so, you can’t take the Nozomi anyway so do the Toyohashi route. If you’ve already bought Nozomi tickets to Nagoya, that’s fine just use those and ride the subway out to the stadium.

  3. Stuart says:

    Hi we are travelling from Shinjuku to Toyota stadium for Wales v georgia game is it worth getting the jr rail pass ?

    • Simon Norton says:

      Hi Stuart,

      If that round trip is the only long-distance train journey you’re doing then no, it isn’t worth getting a pass – the regular single fare is around 8000 yen, so 16000 for the round trip vs 29000 for a 7-day pass. However, if you get the pass you’ll have another 6 days to use it, so if you use it for a day trip or 2 to e.g. Nikko or Hakone (see here for ideas) then it’s great value.

      Hope this helps and give me a shout if you have any more questions

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