Friday 25 October      Tokyo

Upon your arrival at Tokyo Airport today (either Tokyo Narita or Tokyo Haneda Airport), you will be personally met by a representative of BCD Sports or our local Agent (English-speaking). A transfer is included into the City of Tokyo directly to your Hotel.

After freshening up, join your BCD Sports Host for a Welcome Function this evening, including refreshments and canapés. This function will provide an opportunity for everyone to get together and meet their fellow travellers. After the function, your BCD Sports Host will provide some recommendations for an evening meal near-by to your hotel.

Tokyo is one of the great metropolises of the World. Its 35 million inhabitants live well in the sprawling suburbs, and many commute every day into the centre through stations like Shinjuku. Tokyo’s world-famous public transportation system whisks passengers to their destination quickly, efficiently and reliably, making it easy to zip between locations in the capital at a moment’s notice. Tokyo today is a city that offers something for everyone. Throw yourself into the melee and venture out into the hubbub of thrumming, neon-lit main streets, criss-crossing train-tracks, and nostalgic narrow backstreets, offset by parks, shrines and temples offering much-needed pockets of calm. Tokyo’s main sights can be grouped together in a few key areas.

Over the coming months leading up to the RWC 2019™, BCD Sports will be providing unique and knowledgeable insights into the City of Tokyo. They will come in the form of a regular newsletter with suggestions on places to see, restaurants to try and nightlife to explore. 

Saturday 26 October      Tokyo

After a leisurely breakfast, board an executive charter coach for an orientation tour of Tokyo. An English-speaking guide will give you an overview of the city and you will visit the Hamarikyu Japanese Gardens, enjoy a river cruise followed by a walk through the Asakusa and Nakamise districts, returning to your hotel early-afternoon.

This afternoon, travel as a group on a local train to the International Stadium Yokohama. A SUICA Card will be provided by BCD Sports with a stored amount of Yen. Simply pass through the turn-styles at each station, scanning your card and the fare is deducted automatically. Once the stored value gets low, you can top it up at vending machines at various stations. Our local Agent will provide English-speaking staff to assist you through the stations and onto the trains. It is said that the Tokyo train systems are the easiest of all the great cities to use, once you become familiar with it.

If New Zealand finish first in their pool and then win their quarter-final, they will play in semi-final 1 this evening. If they finish second in their pool, but then win their quarter-final, they will play in semi-final 2 tomorrow evening.

semi-final one:   Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2   International Stadium, Yokohama   Kick Off 17:00

After the match return to central Tokyo by train.

Sunday 27 October      Tokyo

This morning is free to relax or explore.

Early this afternoon, join together with your fellow tour party members and re-trace your steps from yesterday to International Stadium Yokohama.  Our local Agent will provide English-speaking staff to assist you through the stations and onto the trains.

semi-final two:   Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4  International Stadium, Yokohama  Kick-off 18:00

After the match return to central Tokyo by train.

Monday 28 October      Tokyo - Kyoto

After breakfast this morning venture south to a very traditional region of Japan. Your luggage will be transferred separately by truck to save you having to deal with it through the busy stations and on the bullet train. An English-speaking local guide will travel with you for the next four-days, providing interpreter services and general assistance through the rail stations, on the sights tours and at the hotel check-in.

Transfer by Executive Charter Coach to Tokyo Central Station where you will board the impressive Bullet train known as the Shinkansen for the two and a half hour journey to Kyoto.

Upon arrival at Kyoto Station board your coach for a sightseeing tour of Kyoto. First stop though, will be a Maiko performance and Kaiseki lunch (included). The sights tour will continue after lunch and the highlights will be Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Bamboo Forest and Arashiyama. 

After the tour check-in to your Kyoto Hotel and relax.

Tuesday 29 October      Kyoto

Today is free to relax and discover this wonderfully preserved traditional city. Your BCD Sports Host will have maps available and they will show you where to go and what to see.

Your BCD Sports Host and the English-speaking guide will take those who are interested, on a walk through the city this morning. Visit the Nishiki Market, stroll along the river banks of the Kamo-gawa and around the Gion district, the famous old entertainment and geisha quarter. Your BCD Sports Host will no doubt suggest a restaurant to the party this evening.

Wednesday 30 October      Kyoto

Today is another free day in Kyoto.

Don’t worry there is plenty to see and do, your BCD Sports Host will happily provide suggestions. You may wish to take the chance to do a day trip to Osaka by way of local bus or train. It is not far from Kyoto to Osaka and regular train and coach services are easy to take.

This evening, why not book in to one of the many restaurants along the Kamo-gawa River or in the Gion District.

Thursday 31 October      Kyoto - Tokyo

This morning after breakfast, travel back to Tokyo for the big final weekend. Your luggage will be transferred separately by truck to your Tokyo hotel.

Travel aboard the Shinkansen bullet train for the journey back to Tokyo. At Tokyo Central Station, transfer by coach to your hotel.

Friday 01 November      Tokyo

Today is free to relax and enjoy the sights of this great city and the build-up for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup 2019™ final. Your BCD Sports Host will be available to guide you in the right direction and suggest things to see and do near-by.

 Your BCD Sports Host will suggest a final tour lunch or dinner together.

Saturday 02 November      Tokyo

This morning is free for last minute shopping and packing in preparation for the flights home.

Today the culmination of four-years of planning and hard work for two of the World’s best rugby union nations will come to fruition. Will our New Zealand team be one of them and have the opportunity to create history? All will be revealed today in Tokyo at the Rugby World Cup 2019™ final.

This afternoon, take the local metro train to the International Stadium Yokohama for the final.

final:   Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2   International Stadium Yokohama   Kick Off 18:00

After the match return to central Tokyo and join in on the last evening of celebrations in Tokyo.

Sunday 03 November

Today BCD Sports will provide one transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport and one to Tokyo Haneda Airport to coincide with the majority departure flight time. If you have booked on a different flight or from an airport other than those applicable to the Group transfer, BCD Sports can arrange independent transfers at an extra cost. More details about this can be discussed once we know what flights everyone is booked on.

Depart Tokyo today and fly home to New Zealand (or stopover on the way home if you wish).

Note; Flights are not included in your tour package and are at an additional cost.