OITA AND SAPPORO
Oita, a coastal city on the island of Kyushu, is another appealing place to visit for rugby matches in 2019. There, you can immerse yourself in history by checking out the Usuki Stone Buddhas, carved into the side of a cliff during the 12th century. Sixty-one of these enchanting and mysterious sculptures have been designated national treasures, and are now being preserved so that future generations can continue to enjoy them.
In host city Sapporo, on the northern island of Hokkaido, take time out from the excitement of rugby for a smooth, relaxing drink at the Chitosetsuru Sake Museum, owned and operated by the city’s only local sake brewery. First, try a sample from the recommended selections on offer, then choose a delicious souvenir of your visit to Japan to take home.
Airports in major cities worldwide have multiple flights to Tokyo each day. Domestic flights to Oita and Sapporo depart from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, taking around 90min to either destination. Travellers with extra time can take the shinkansen (bullet train), enjoying views of towns and cities amid beautiful, mountainous landscape. Japan’s transport system is the envy of the world, and getting between host cities for rugby matches is a breeze.