England Rugby Travel is the exclusive Official Travel Agent in Great Britain for Rugby World Cup 2019™

Our event team are currently in Japan, putting the finishing touches to many arrangements for your Rugby World Cup adventures.

We wanted to share with you some of the fantastic experiences on offer for when you are in Japan…

Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s third-largest city and travelling fans will notice the pace is a little bit faster than other places. Osaka is a city that loves to eat and it’s unofficial slogan is kuidaore (‘eat until you drop’).

Our team have been out there, and we think this will be a destination that rugby fans will love.

Our Event Team members said that one of the highlights of their visit to the city was Osaka Castle. Once the largest of its kind in Japan when originally built in the 1580s, this castle has an observation platform with city views and a history museum that uses holograms, 3D pictures and other technologies to describe the period during which it was built.

Food lovers will appreciate Osaka’s role as the birthplace of instant noodles, cup noodles and conveyer belt sushi. It is a food paradise that is home to many national dishes, including okonomiyaki (a pancake of shredded cabbage, egg and meat topped with lashings of mayonnaise) and takoyaki (grilled octopus balls).

Kyoto

Kyoto literally means "Capital City" and is located in the central part of the island of Honshu with a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of the Kyoto Prefecture.

In particular, one place recommended by our team is Nishiki Market. Situated in Downtown Kyoto, it is known to locals as “Kyoto’s pantry”. Nishiki Market is easily the best and largest traditional food market in the city. This is something you can experience on our Kyoto Highlights excursion where you will enjoy a gorgeous lunch in a local restaurant amongst other things.

Another amazing spot is the Nish Honganji – the main temple of the Jodo-Shinshu Honganji Sect of Buddhism enshrining Shinran. This was designated as a world heritage site in 1994. Nishi Honganji contains a temple garden called Daishoin. Built without any water features, it instead uses sand, stones and plants to represent mountains, rivers and the sea.

Kobe

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is a beautiful area located on the southern side of the main island of Honshu and on the north shore of Osaka Bay, about 30 km west of Osaka.

Our team have said that if you visit Kobe, then you have to try the beef as it is some of the finest in the world and there is no better way to enjoy this delicacy than at a local teppanyaki restaurant.

If you take part in our full-day trip to Kobe excursion, then you will be treated to some of this gorgeous meat first hand.

As well as its famous marbled beef, Kobe is also renowned for high-quality seafood and many other delicious local specialties. The Nadagogo district is home to numerous sake breweries that continue to produce great-tasting sake, making this Japan's leading sake-producing region.