This 7-day rugby focused tour offers students an exciting and varied itinerary of training, matches and meetings with industry experts interspersed with unmissable cultural experiences.
With the Rugby World Cup heading to Japan in September 2019, the country has never been a more relevant destination for players and followers of the sport.
Our school trips are completely customisable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Speak to a specialist now to find out which additional destinations, itineraries and subject focuses are available for this trip.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Aerial Views
Arrive in Tokyo and transfer to accommodation. Head to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a fantastic view and trip briefing. Afterwards, call in at the batting cages to experience first-hand one of the most popular sports in Japan – baseball!
Day 2: Stadium Tour
Start the day with a tour of one of the Rugby World Cup venues, Ajinomoto Stadium. In the afternoon, experience Tokyo’s unique contrast between tradition and modernity while exploring the eclectic neighbourhood of Harajuku, home to both the Meiji Shrine and a weird and wonderful shopping district. End the day at the world’s busiest intersection, Shibuya Crossing.
Day 3: Training and River Cruise
Get in a 2-hour practice session in preparation for the matches later in the week. In the afternoon, enjoy beautiful vistas across Tokyo on a cruise of the Sumida River. Afterwards, learn about Buddhism at Asakusa’s colourful Sensoji Temple.
Day 4: Hit the Field
Begin the day visiting the Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about the history of the city. Afterwards, play the first match of the trip against a local school or club (teams will be selected based on the level of the visiting group). In the evening, attend a talk and Q&A given by an expert on Japanese rugby.
Day 5: Osaka Castle
Hop on to the bullet train to Japan’s second city, Osaka. In the afternoon, visit the imposing Osaka Castle – walk across the double moat and explore the castle’s nine-level keep. Afterwards join a Bicycle tour into small alleys and neighbourhood!
Day 6: Final match
Start the day with your second, and final, rugby match. Spend the afternoon shopping around Denden Town, before sampling the delicacies of Kuromon Ichiba Market, known by the locals as “Osaka’s Kitchen”. Spend your last evening exploring Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori Riverfront.
Day 8: Homeward Bound!
Transfer to Kansai Airport for the flight home.