**PLEASE NOTE BELOW IS A EXAMPLE OF THE FOLLOW WALES(HOPEFULLY ALL THE WAY TO THE FINAL) PACKAGE**
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019Departure DayToday the adventure begins. Check in for your international flight to Japan.
London Heathrow to Nagoya
SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019Arrival DayUpon arrival into Nagoya, we will transfer you to your hotel for you to check in for your three night stay. Nagoya, located on the Pacific Coast, is Japan's fourth largest city. Much of the city was destroyed in World War II and underwent a lot of reconstruction to make it into the economic hub that it is today. It is home to some of Japan’s car giants and various museums that you can visit to get a true sense of its industrial importance, such as the Toyota Automobile Museum. In terms of cuisine, tickle your taste buds with some spicy Ogura toast, Kishimen noodle soup or hearty Sugakiya ramen. Take a wander through Sakae, Fushimi and the Nagoya Station to sample the city’s main hot spots for nightlife. This evening join your Tour Manager and the rest of your tour group for welcome drinks.
MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2019Match DayThis evening the action begins as Wales take on Georgia at the City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City. We will transfer you to the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel after the match. Once at the stadium, soak up the unique atmosphere that comes with a Rugby World Cup and settle in for Wales' opening game.
Wales v GeorgiaPool match one for Wales.
TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2019NagoyaExplore Nagoya at your own leisure today.
WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2019Nagoya to Tokyo MetropolitanToday we depart Nagoya for Tokyo Metropolitan on the Bullet train. This in itself is a uniquely Japanese experience. The trains always depart and arrive very punctually and travel at speeds up to 270 miles per hour. Once in Tokyo Metropolitan, we will transfer to your hotel for a six night stay.
Bullet train to Tokyo Metropolitan
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER–SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanWelcome to Tokyo Metropolitan! The capital of Japan and one of the most exciting cities in the world. Tokyo means ‘Eastern Capital’ and is made up of a patchwork of over 1000 neighbourhoods which conjoin together to create a mega metropolis. Each district has developed it’s own personality over the years which helps to refine where you choose to explore during your stay here. You have the option to book onto our guided tour of Tokyo Metropolitan city, a perfect way to familiarise yourself with this fascinating metropolitan area and take in some of it's most interesting sights. There is also the option to book onto our guided tour to Hakone and Lake Ashi, giving unparalleled views of Mount Fuji.
Thursday 26 September 2019 Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour of Tokyo MetropolitanThis excursion includes visits to the Meiji-jingu Shrine, Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Kannon Temple and Akihabara. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.
Friday 27 September 2019 Optional Excursion – Full day guided tour to Hakone with views of Mt FujiThis excursion includes a visit to Hakone, a cruise on Lake Ashi and a trip on the Hakone ropeway. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.
SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2019Match DayThis afternoon Wales take on Australia at Tokyo Stadium in the second pool match of the tournament. We will provide return transfers from the hotel to the stadium.
Australia v WalesPool match two for Wales.
MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanA day at leisure to explore Tokyo Metropolitan
TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER 2019Tokyo Metropolitan to KanazawaExperience travel by Bullet train once more as we journey from Tokyo Metropolitan to Kanazawa, one of Japans best preserved historical cities, where you are staying for two nights.
Bullet train to Kanazawa
WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2019KanazawaKanazawa is a popular tourist destination. The city translates as the ‘stream of gold’ which is fitting as almost all of Japans gold comes from here. Indeed it is famed for its gold, gardens and Geisha. There are two Geisha districts, Higashi Chaya and Nishi Chaya, either side of the city which visitors gather to, hoping to catch a glimpse of Geisha. Not forgetting the Nagamachi Samurai quarter which is considered to be one of the best in Japan due to its well preserved streets and buildings. Kanazawa is well known for its three tea districts; Higashiyama, Nishichaya-gai and Kazue-machi. This ancient ritual of preparing and serving tea is sure to get your taste buds going for when you venture into the Katamachi district – known as ‘The Scramble’ which is packed with people, shops, restaurants and lively bars.
THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2019Kanazawa to KyotoToday we leave Kanazawa feeling refreshed and immersed in the Japanese culture to head for Kyoto for three nights, a city which has one of the worlds largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Limited Express train to Kyoto
FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER–SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019KyotoKyoto, meaning capital city, reflecting on its 1000 year history as the imperial city of Japan, is located on the central part of the island of Honshu. It’s significance in Japanese history resounds throughout the city. It was saved from bombing in World War II and as a result has many historical buildings in tact which attract thousands of tourists year on year. There are many ancient temples, tea ceremony masters, traditional ryokan inns and centuries old craftsmanship, flower arranging, zen rock gardens and mysterious Geisha…which all make Kyoto a truly mesmerising place to visit. You have the option to book onto our guided tour of Kyoto, a perfect way to familiarise yourself with this beguiling city.
Monday 14 October 2019 Optional Excursion – Full Day guided tour of KyotoThis full day guided tour includes the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.
SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER 2019Kyoto to HiroshimaToday we leave Kyoto behind for travel by Bullet train to one of the top tourist destinations in the country for two nights; Hiroshima.
Bullet train to Hiroshima
MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019HiroshimaUpon arrival into Hiroshima you will most certainly want to pay a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the Peace Park to identify and pay respect to the damage caused by the atomic bomb in 1945. A must see is the Genbaku Dome which is the only structure left standing at Ground Zero, now a memorial to the destructive nature of the bomb.
Just a short journey from Hiroshima is the World Heritage island of Miyajima which has been a holy place of Shintoism stretching back hundreds of years. An absolute must-see on Miyajima is the Itsukushima shrine with its famous red gate which seems to float on the water.
Monday 7 October 2019 Optional Excursion – Hiroshima and Miyajima full day guided tourTour includes a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park and the Miyajima island and Itsukushima Shrine. Please see the Extras tabs for more information.
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER 2019Hiroshima to Fukuoka CityToday we depart Hiroshima for Fukuoka City, by Bullet train. Situated on the Northern Shore of Kyushu island, Fukuoka City is a fun-loving, modern and cosmopolitan city and during Rugby World Cup, Fukuoka city is the place to be. All of the supporters will be staying in Fukuoka City and travelling into Oita on match days.
This city has a relaxed vibe with the perfect blend of chic boutiques, laid back bars and glorious cuisine.
Bullet train to Fukuoka City
WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 2019Match DayToday we will transfer you to Oita Stadium for the penultimate game of the group stages, Wales v Fiji. After the match we will transfer you back to your hotel in Fukuoka City.
Wales v FijiPool match three for Wales.
THURSDAY 10 OCTOBERFukuoka CityFukuoka City is thought to be where tea and Buddhism were first introduced into Japan, due to it being close to South Korea and the rest of eastern Asia.
If you wish to take a break from the rush of tourism, Ohiri Park provides just that as you admire the peaceful lake, tranquil gardens and castle ruins. The lake was once a part of the sea but was built up to form part of the moat system for Fukuoka’s Castle
Thursday 10 October 2019 – Exclusive Gullivers eventThis evening Gullivers will host an exclusive event.
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FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019Fukuoka CityToday transfer the short distance on foot to your new hotel in Fukuoka City, the Nikko hotel, for a 3 night stay.
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019Match DayToday we will provide return transfers from your hotel to the Kumamoto Stadium for Wales' final pool match against Uruguay.
Wales v UruguayThe last pool game for Wales .
MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019Fukuoka City to KyotoToday we take the Bullet train back to Kyoto to re-immerse ourselves in this fascinating city.
(If you would like an alternative option please contact us).
Bullet train to Kyoto
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TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER - WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2019KyotoA couple of days at leisure getting to know Kyoto in greater depth, fill your time with a visit to Sanjo which is an arcade full of old, family run establishments or visit the Gion district with it’s many tea salons, artisan shops, temples, shrines and traditional Japanese houses (machiya).
THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019Kyoto to Fukuoka CityWe return to Fukuoka City ready for the quarter-finals.
Bullet train to Fukuoka City
FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2019Fukuoka CityA day at leisure to explore Fukuoka City.
SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 2019Match Day - quarter-final oneThis afternoon, action begins with the first quarter-final, as the winner of pool C takes on the runner up of pool D at Oita Stadium. We will transfer you out the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes. Once at the stadium, soak up the unique atmosphere that comes with a Rugby World Cup quarter-final and settle in as the teams prepare to battle for a place in the semi-final.
Quarter-final oneWinner of pool C vs Runner up of pool D
SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2019Match Day - quarter-final threeThis afternoon, action continues with the third quarter-final, as the winner of pool D takes on the runner up of pool C at Oita Stadium. We will transfer you out the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Quarter-final threeWinner of pool D vs Runner up of pool C
MONDAY 21 OCTOBER 2019Fukuoka City to Tokyo MetropolitanToday we depart Fukuoka City for Tokyo Metropolitan on the ever efficient Bullet train. On arrival in Tokyo Metropolitan we will transfer you to your hotel in the Tokyo Bay area of the city for a three night stay.
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TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER - THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER2019Tokyo MetropolitanA day at leisure to explore Tokyo Bay.
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THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER - FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanTransfer to your Rugby World Cup hotel for four nights and the build up to the semi-final matches.
We will be hosting a Gullivers Exclusive event, where our knowledgeable speakers will be sure to have opinions on the matches to come.
Friday 25 October 2019 - Exclusive Gullivers eventThis evening Gullivers will host an exclusive event.
SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019Match Day - semi-final oneThis evening the penultimate stage of the competition begins with the first semi-final, as the winner of quarter-final one takes on the winner of quarter-final two at International Stadium Yokohama. We will transfer you out the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Semi-final oneWinner of quarter-final one v Winner of quarter-final two
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019Match Day - semi-final twoThis evening the semi-finals continue as the winner of quarter-final three takes on the winner of quarter-final four at International Stadium Yokohama. We will transfer you to the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Semi-final twoWinner of quarter-final three v Winner of quarter-final four
MONDAY 28 OCTOBERTokyo Metropolitan to OsakaToday we transfer you to Osaka by Bullet train for a three night stay. Osaka is the second largest city in Japan and is renowned for its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife and incredible cuisine. The Japanese refer to the city as the ‘kitchen under the heavens’.
Bullet train to Osaka
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TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER - WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2019OsakaEnjoy a few days at leisure in the fun and trendy city of Osaka. Osaka was, until the 17th century, both the political and cultural centre of Japan, meaning it possesses some of the oldest and most striking historical sites in the country, including Isshinji Temple and Osaka Castle. In total contrast, no visit to Osaka is complete without a visit to the Dotonbori district, a vibrant and brightly-lit social area that features the famous ‘Glico Sign’, a huge billboard advertising one of Japans top snack manufacturers.
THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanToday we travel by Bullet train back to Tokyo Metropolitan and our Rugby World Cup hotel for the finals.
Bullet Train to Tokyo Metropolitan
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2019Match Day - bronze finalThis evening the semi-final runners up battle it out in the bronze final. The runners up of semi-final one take on the runners up of semi-final two at Tokyo Stadium. We will transfer you to the the stadium from your hotel and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
Bronze finalRunners up of semi-final one v Runners up of semi-final one
SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2019Match Day - the final!The day we have all been waiting for as tension builds for the final match. The winner of Rugby World Cup 2019™ will be crowned at the International Stadium Yokohama after six gruelling weeks of competition. We will transfer you to the the stadium in time to enjoy the unique atmosphere that comes with a Rugby World Cup final, and return you to your hotel when the match finishes.
The finalWinner of semi-final one v Winner of semi-final two.
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SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER - MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2019Tokyo MetropolitanA couple of days to relax after last nights battle of the titans. On the final evening in Japan, after an epic tour, get together with your fellow tourists and Tour Manager to reminisce over your 45 days of matches and adventure.
Monday 4 November 2019 - End of Tour DinnerMeet up with your Tour Manager and fellow tourists to share your tour highlights over dinner and a couple of drinks.
TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2019Departure DayDepart Japan today to head back to the UK.
Tokyo Haneda to London Heathrow
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WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2019Arrive homeIt's been memorable! Today we land back into the UK and make our own journeys home with many great memories and new found friendships