This Rugby tour to Tokyo & Osaka, Japan, is perfect for school teams and clubs looking for a varied itinerary of training, matches and meetings with industry experts interspersed with unmissable cultural experiences. Here’s our Rugby trip at a glance:
- Days 1-4 in Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, batting cages, Ajinomoto Stadium tour, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya Crossing, rugby training session, Sumida River cruise, Sensoji Temple, Edo Tokyo Museum, rugby match against local school/club, Japanese rugby expert talk and Q&A
- Days 5-8 in Osaka: Osaka Castle, bicycle tour, rugby match, Denden Town, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori Riverfront
Like what you see? Discover the fascinating culture and sporting opportunities in Japan in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ 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
Step off the plane and transfer to your accommodation. First up, head to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a view of the city you’re about to explore. Try to pick out a few of the places you’ll be visiting and listen up for a trip briefing.
Call in at the batting cages to experience one of the most popular sports in Japan: baseball!
Day 2: Stadium Tour
Begin your first full day with a tour of one of the Rugby World Cup venues, Ajinomoto Stadium.
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.
As the sun goes down, the city lights go up. End the day at the world’s busiest intersection, Shibuya Crossing.
Day 3: Training and River Cruise
Squeeze in an intense 2-hour rugby training session in preparation for the matches later in the week.
It’s been an active morning, so now relax with a cruise on the Sumida River. Afterwards, learn about Buddhism at Asakusa’s colourful Sensoji Temple. Buddhism is deeply interconnected with Japanese society, culture and lifestyle. In fact, whilst only 34% of the Japanese population identify as Buddhist, a huge 75% practise some form of Buddhism!
Day 4: Hit the Field
Pop into the Edo Tokyo Museum to learn about Tokyo’s history. Stand in awe of one of the world’s largest collections of Asia’s artworks and archaeological objects.
Play the first match of the trip against a local school or club. The team you’re playing against will be selected on your level.
Attend a talk given by an expert on Japanese rugby. Make sure you’ve got a few of your burning questions prepared for the Q&A session!
Day 5: Osaka Castle
Hop on a bullet train to Osaka.
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 the surrounding neighbourhood!
Day 6: Final Match
This is it. It’s time for your second and final rugby match of the week. Play fair, have fun and make lifelong friends with your opponents!
Pick up a few last-minute souvenirs in Denden town, before sampling the delicacies of the Kuromon Ichiba Market, known by the locals as “Osaka’s Kitchen”.
Explore Shinsaibashi and the Dotonbori Riverfront.
Day 8: Homeward Bound!
It might be home time, but it’s not over. The new rugby skills you learned, the team bonds you strengthened and the culture you were immersed in will follow you and your teammates back home.