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Itinerary: Taste of Japan

Friday 20 September, 2019 – Arrive in Sapporo & Welcome Drinks

Arrive in Sapporo and make your way to your hotel. After checking in the afternoon day is yours to relax or head out and get your bearings around central Sapporo ahead of tomorrow’s first match of Australia's Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. This evening you will join us at our welcome function (dinner & drinks included) where you will get the chance to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers before Australia's opening RWC 2019 match tomorrow.

Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar, Sapporo

Saturday 21 September, 2019 – Australia v Fiji at Sapporo Dome

After breakfast this morning, take the chance to explore central Sapporo before we make our way to this afternoon’s game at Sapporo Stadium, the home field of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters baseball team and the Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo football club. Slap on your green and gold and get ready to cheer on the boys as they start their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign against Fiji. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Australia v Fiji
Kick Off: 1:45pm
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar, Sapporo

Sunday 22 September, 2019 – England v Tonga, Sapporo Dome

Today is at leisure before this evenings match. This evening we will head back to the Sapporo Dome to watch a pool D clash between England and Tonga. With the top two teams from pool C and D progressing through to the quarter-finals, we get a chance to get an early look at one of our potential opponents in the knock out stage. Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: England v Tonga
Kick Off: 7:15pm
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo City
Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar, Sapporo

Monday 23 September, 2019 – Flight Sapporo to Nagoya & Train from Nagoya to Matsumoto

Today we say goodbye to Sapporo and make our way to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. We will catch a flight from Sapporo to Nagoya and then travel on the Shinano (train) from Nagoya through to Matsumoto.

Overnight: Hotel Nagano or similar

Tuesday 24 September, 2019 - Visit to Jigokudani Monkey Park

After breakfast this morning we head out on a guided tour to Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano where we will see some 'snow monkeys' bathing and playing in onsens. Later this afternoon enjoy some free time to wander around the city of Matsumoto, and if time enables you could visit Matsumoto Castle, one of Japans premier historic castles. Lunch is included today (drinks are at your own expense).

Overnight: Hotel Nagano or similar

Wednesday 25 September, 2019 – Matsumoto to Takayama

This morning after breakfast we will make our way by coach to Takayama, a city built around the beautifully preserved Sanmachi Suji district. Take time to wander through the Sanmachi Suji districts in the heart of Takayama’s old town. The streets are lined with traditional houses, shops, restaurants, sake breweries and cafes, and are among the most picturesque in Japan.

Overnight: Hotel Takayama or similar

Thursday 26 September, 2019 – Takayama via Shirakawa-go to Kanazawa

After an early breakfast we will depart Takayama and make our way by coach to the historic village of Shirakawa-go. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, Shirakawa-go and its neighbouring Gokayama region are famous for their traditional steep thatched roof farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. This afternoon we will continue on our way to the historic city of Kanazawa.

Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or Similar, Kanazawa

Friday 27 September, 2019 – Full day tour of Kanazawa

Today’s full day guided tour will take us around the historic city of Kanazawa. The highlights of today will include Kenroku-en gardens, Kanazawa Castle, Higashi Chayamachi (old geisha district) and the 21st Century Museum (art museum). Lunch will be included during today’s tour. Lunch is included today (drinks are at your own expense).

Overnight: ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa or Similar, Kanazawa

Saturday 28 September, 2019 – Kanazawa to Tokyo by Shinkansen

This morning after breakfast we will experience travel on Japan’s famous Shinkansen (bullet train) for the first time as we make our way to the country's capital, Tokyo. Tokyo is a city of contrasts, where ancient monuments and modern skyscrapers sit side by side. Tokyo combines the traditional with the modern and mix’s the old with the new. Spend your afternoon at leisure exploring the streets around Shinkuku. Why not visit the Samurai Museum, mosey through Golden Gai, visit Takashimaya Times Square shopping mall or explore the many pubs and Ramen restaurants that Shinjuku has to offer.

Overnight: Hilton Tokyo or Similar, Tokyo

Sunday 29 September, 2019 – Australia v Wales, Tokyo Stadium

Enjoy today at your leisure. This evening we will make our way to Tokyo Stadium for Australia's second pool match against Wales. Over the last ten years Australia has held the ascendancy in matches between the two sides, however these matches have always been tight affairs. Expect no less from tonight’s match as both teams look to assert their dominance early in the tournament in what is sure to be a memorable match! Return transfers from your hotel to the stadium are included in your tour.

Match: Australia v Wales
Kick Off: 4:45pm
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Metropolitan
Overnight: Hilton Tokyo or Similar, Tokyo

Monday 30 September, 2019 – Tour Concludes

All good things must come to an end as we bid farewell to our new found friends and to the beauty of Japan as our ‘Taste of Japan' tour concludes. Thanks for travelling with us and we look forward to having you on tour again soon.


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