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Visiting Japan during Rugby World Cup 2019? We’ll help you navigate through the Japan Railway structure effortlessly and in comfort.

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Best sport experience in Japan

Rugby has been a rising sport for decades now in Japan. Back in 2015, it came to full bloom in the hearts of Japanese sport fans, when Japan had an unbelievable run in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. It is no surprise that the world cup is coming to Japan in 2019. Japan is getting prepared in every sense, with high capacity venues nationwide and the infrastructure to support it, the Japan Rugby World Cup is bound to the best sport experience of the year!

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Itinerary Recommendations

The most southern city of Hokkaido. During the day you can enjoy some of the finest fish from the local harbour, visit the star shaped Fort Goryokaku, then go up the ropeway of Mt. Hakodate for one of the finest night views in Japan.
Otaru, this small harbour town lies just 30 minutes west of Sapporo. Great for a day trip and some of the freshest Sashimi you’ll ever taste!
Furano, view the endless rolling fields of lavender and try some of the local lavender based delicacies.

Why use a Japan Rail Pass for Rugby World Cup?

The Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan is celebrated nationwide. With games being held in 16 different venues, cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Sendai, Kobe, Sapporo, Fukuoka (and more) all partake in hosting games. With the Japan Rail Pass you can travel across the country.

The best way to travel around Japan is using the extensive rail network, use the hyperfast Shinkansen bullet trains for intercity travel, then connect to one of the countless local trains for access anywhere in Japan. The Japan Rail Pass covers travel between all JR lines nationwide and will help you follow your team hassle free, then when no games are on, go for complementary sightseeing. All for an unbeatable price!

Which Japan Rail Pass should I get?

The Japan Rail Pass comes in periods of 7, 14 and 21 consecutive days. The most cost efficient option for travellers. For example, a 7 day JR Pass is about the same price as a return ticket Tokyo - Kyoto using the Shinkansen.

Want to travel in extra peace and comfort? Upgrade to 1st class for more space, extra leg room and easier luggage storage. 1st class is an especially good option for relaxing during the busier travel periods of the year.

More info aboutspecific regions of Japan here

The Japan Rail Network in numbers


Million passengers per year

Top Speed 320 km/h

(That’s 200 mph)

1st in punctuality

Japan runs the most efficient railway network worldwide

6.0 seconds

The average delay in Japan is only 6 seconds


That’s when the first Shinkansen entered service.

91% less

Train travel has up to 91% less CO2 output than air travel per KM.

Easy navigation around Japan with a free Guide Book and Pocket WiFi.

No need to worry about getting lost in translation! We provide a free travel Guide booklet with every Japan Rail Pass order. With travel tips and instructions to make the best of your trip in Japan. Such as: how to get free seat reservations, time tables, airport information and more!

Stay connected anywhere in Japan during your trip with our Pocket WiFi service, with high-speed and unlimited data. Navigate, Share, Translate, Stream or catch up on Work. You can do it all with our Pocket WiFi on the go.

With simple airport pick-up and return, you'll be connected the moment that you arrive in Japan.

Find out more about Pocket WiFi Japanhere

How does it work?

  • Step 1
    Place an order for the JRPass
  • Step 2
    Receive the Exchange Order
  • Step 3
    Activate the JR Pass in Japan
  • Step 4
    Enjoy Unlimited Travel

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Questions and Answers

  • Why use a Japan Rail Pass?

    The Japan Rail Pass provides unlimited travel on the entire national JR network, including the high speed bullet train lines. Travel at your own pace with unlimited freedom to explore Japan.

  • How long does delivery take?

    It depends on the country. We dispatch within 1 business day to the UK, US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and more. For a full list of countries see: www.jrpass.com/delivery

  • Who is eligible for the Japan Rail Pass?

    In short, anyone who enters Japan under a 14 or 90 day tourist visa. For full details, see our eligibility page

  • How do I get help with my order?

    Contact us via our Contact form, mail us at: [email protected] or contact us via Facebook. Don't forget to mention your order number, if you already have one.

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