Japan’s Rugby World Cup: 1 year to go!

14 Sep 2018 in Have Fun

With tickets now on sale, start planning your 2019 trip!

On September 20, 2019, Japan will take on Russia at Tokyo Stadium in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. This is the first time the tournament will be held in Asia – and Japan is ready to put on a show!

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The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be staged in 12 venues across Japan, with the biggest matches reserved for 3 venues: Tokyo Stadium, Oita Stadium in Kyushu, and the International Stadium Yokohama, which will host both semi-finals and the final.

Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo (first on the left)


The opening stages feature 4 pools of 5 teams, with the top 2 in each pool qualifying for the quarter-finals. New Zealand will be favourites, followed by the likes of England, Ireland, Australia, France and South Africa. The United States faces a tough group with England, France, Argentina and Tonga.

Japan’s national team, known as the Brave Blossoms or Cherry Blossoms, is Asia’s most successful rugby nation, winning the Asia Rugby Championships 25 times in 30 participations.

Currently ranked 11th in the World Rugby Rankings, Japan will be hoping to recreate the kind of form that saw it beat South Africa in the 2015 edition.

Some of the big group matches are:

  • 21 Sept: New Zealand v. South Africa (Yokohama)
  • 28 Sept: Japan v. Ireland (Shizuoka)
  • 29 Sept: Australia v. Wales (Tokyo)
  • 12 Oct: England v. France (Yokohama)



General tickets go on sale this month, so start planning your trip now! And why not treat yourself to a ryokan experience at the same time?



Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka


Matches in Tokyo and Yokohama are easily accessible from HOSHINOYA Tokyo and Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka, while Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso is a great base for the 3 venues in Kyushu.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso




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