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Your Guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Host Cities in Japan

Party like a ruck star.

Over 1 million rugby fans will descend over Japan for the Rugby World Cup from September 20 to November 2, 2019. Twelve cities across the country will host the tournament with fans coming from as far as Antarctica to partake in the excitement.

Whether you’re headed to the very north of Japan to Hokkaido Prefecture, or to Kumamoto in the far south, we’re here to guide you in your travels. Japan has tons of natural wonders, beautiful temples, and a unique food culture to explore!

Wondering what to do after the games, or what famous spots not to miss? Check out our guides to each of the 2019 RWC host cities in Japan to plan your trip!

Senso-ji temple in Tokyo at night


The safest metropolitan city in the world and mecca of arcades, tradition, and all-night karaoke.

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Explore Shinsekai, a pre-war neighbourhood that was created with New York as a model for its southern half and Paris for its northern half.


Neon lights and scrumptious street food—welcome to the kitchen of Japan.

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Mt. Fuji and tea plantations

Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture

Blessed by the gods with bountiful nature and the iconic Mount Fuji.

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Beppu Japan Onsens

Oita City

Travel to hell, where there's tattoo-friendly onsen, and don't forget to grab some fried chicken while you’re there.

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Kobe, Japan Port Skyline

Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Where did you think Kobe beef came from?

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Kumamoto, Japan at Kumamoto Castle.

Kumamoto City

Get ready to climb outside your comfort zone.

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Toyota Aichi autumn cherry blossoms

Toyota, Aichi Prefecture

Cherry blossoms and maple leaves in autumn.

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Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture

It’s beer o’clock.

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Fukuoka City

A tale of two riverside cities.

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Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Ramen, amusement parks, and the baddest Halloween party around.

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Menuma Shodenzan Temple in Kumagaya, Saitama

Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture

The literal hottest city in the country and home of one of Japan's three great Shoden temples!

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Sennin-toge Mountain Pass in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

True Japanese hospitality, and some of the freshest seafood available.

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