With the Rugby World Cup starting this month, we’ve put together some tips and advice for fans making the journey to watch the Irish team in action.
When Does the Rugby World Cup Start?
Beginning on the 20th of September, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is the ninth in the competition’s history. With it also being the first time that the 20-team tournament has been held in Asia, we are hopefully in for an exciting month of action!
Where is the Rugby World Cup in Japan?
Ireland find themselves in Pool A alongside Scotland, Russia, Samoa, and the host nation Japan. With each of these games taking place in four different stadiums in four different cities, if you plan on following the team to every game you may want to plan your travel ahead of time. Take a look below at what each city has to offer and how you might make the most of your time there.
When: 22nd of September
Who: Ireland v Scotland
Where: International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City
Ireland’s first game takes place in Japan’s second largest city. Yokohama is situated less than half an hour by train from Tokyo, which is where the final will eventually take place. Should Ireland qualify from their pool, they will be playing a quarter final in Tokyo. As a result, Yokohama could be an ideal location to look for accommodation!
There is roughly 170km between Yokohama and the next city, Shizuoka.
- Driving: Driving can take just under 2 hours, and allows a stop at Fuji-Hakone-izu National Park, as well as pass by Mount Fuji along the way.
- Train: A train journey can take approximately 1.5 hours direct from the centre of the city, with trains running every half hour. A one-way ticket costs roughly €20-401
- Bus: If you’re travelling on a tighter budget, there are also bus routes that run up to 4 times per day, costing only about €202, although the routes may set you back between 3-4 hours.
When: 28th of September
Who: Ireland v Japan
Where: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture
The stadium, located in the Shizuoka Prefecture, has a capacity of over 50,000. The atmosphere is sure to be electric with the Japanese home support and the travelling Irish fans.
The next city, Kobe, is approximately 350km further south along the coast from Shizuoka.
- Driving: Driving can take the best part of 4 hours, but allows for stops at other cities along the way such as Nagoya and Osaka.
- Train: A train journey can take 2 hours at €65-951 a seat (one-way). The train starts and will leave you directly in the centre of each city.
- Bus: Travelling by bus can take up to 5 hours; however you can take a bus to Osaka for €50-602 and a connecting bus to Kobe for only €43.
When: 3rd of October
Who: Ireland v Russia
Where: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City
The vibrant city of Kobe is one of Japan’s largest cities. From here to Ireland’s last pool game in Fukuoka is a 580km journey.
- Driving: Driving could take up to 6.5 hours, however it allows for a visit to famous landmarks such as Seto Nakai National Park and Hiroshima City along your route.
- Train: There are many train routes available running between the two cities, which will take 2 to 3 hours, which start from just over €401.
- Flight: If you prefer a potentially quicker mode of transport, you may opt for getting a one hour flight from Osaka International directly to Fukuoka Airport, starting from just over €904.
When: 12th of October
Who: Ireland v Samoa
Where: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City
Ireland’s fourth and final group game will be held in the city of Fukuoka, a harbour city that is actually closer to the Asian mainland than it is to Japan’s capital Tokyo. Should Ireland qualify, however, the quarter-finals will take place in Tokyo, the semi-finals will be in Yokohama, and hopefully back to Tokyo for the finals.
Planning ahead to book transportation, accommodation, travel insurance, and a rental car if necessary might be helpful to beat the crowds traveling over for the Rugby World Cup.
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Information valid as of 10 September, 2019.