Japan RWC2019 - Tours



  • I have just put down my deposit for the All Blacks Tours RWC 2019 package. Looking at Tickets and Accommodation only as I will be flying from Sydney. Any other ferners thinking about a few weeks in the land of the rising sun?



  • Seriously considering it. Any idea on price options? I've only ever done single games never gone through a tour company.



  • @rembrandt

    No, but the deposit is only $200. Mates that did 2015 spent $10,000 each on Tickets and Accommodation. Flights and spending was extra.

    I'm fattening the youngest child to increase the street value of her organs!



  • @dk probably a bit outta my range and nothing but my own sweet ass to sell on the streets. Might have a chat to some of my japanese based friends see if I can get along to a game or two with them



  • I'll be there before hand as part of the Parliamentary team. Then will hang around for the RWC. The wife and I have routinely gone to Japan the last decade or so and she's been learning the language for years. I know enough to politely order food, beer and cigarettes - that gets me through.



  • @antipodean said in Japan RWC2019 - Tours:

    I'll be there before hand as part of the Parliamentary team. Then will hang around for the RWC. The wife and I have routinely gone to Japan the last decade or so and she's been learning the language for years. I know enough to politely order food, beer and cigarettes - that gets me through.

    Pantsu kudasai?



  • As a Japan vet I hope to get some tickets for some of the earlier games.

    South Africa-All Blacks in Yokohama I will aim to get tickets for but if I can't I will just watch in a pub in Tokyo somewhere.

    Planning then to head to Shikoku for a bit, catch up with inlaws. Wallabies and All Blacks play a few days apart in Oita. Oita is a ferry ride across from there and an Aussie mate of mine and I are planning to catch both games. Accommodation at a premium in Oita/Beppu (plenty of tourists from South Korea, Taiwan and China wanting to experience the local hot springs)



  • May head across from Oita to Kumamoto the day after the Wallabies game to see France vs Tonga. Tickets for some RWC games are likely to be very easy to come by. Can't see a lot of casual Japanese fans paying the sort of ticket prices being asked.



  • From Kumamoto I'll head up to Fukuoka and then over on the fast ferry to Korea for a few days. May see if I can get tickets to NZ-Italy game in Toyota before I head back to NZ.

    With game in Toyota - plan is to stay in Nagoya and train out and back on the day. Not sure there is actually much out there in Toyota other than a large conglomerate of the same name.



  • If I do get tickets to Yokohama game against the Boks - I will likely not stay in Yokohama or Tokyo.

    Stadium there is a short walk from Shin-Yokohama bullet train station. So will stay possibly in Mishima 35 minutes away (100km or so). Advantage accommodation cheap and easily available.



  • @dk

    Excellent!

    Naturally, I’ll be here.

    I’m happy to organize local events for any ferners btw. I know a few Nihonshuu places somewhat off the beaten path.

    Let me know if i can help out.



  • @stockcar86 said in Japan RWC2019 - Tours:

    @antipodean said in Japan RWC2019 - Tours:

    I'll be there before hand as part of the Parliamentary team. Then will hang around for the RWC. The wife and I have routinely gone to Japan the last decade or so and she's been learning the language for years. I know enough to politely order food, beer and cigarettes - that gets me through.

    Pantsu o nuide kudasai



  • @dk said in Japan RWC2019 - Tours:

    I have just put down my deposit for the All Blacks Tours RWC 2019 package. Looking at Tickets and Accommodation only as I will be flying from Sydney. Any other ferners thinking about a few weeks in the land of the rising sun?

    Yeah - I've put down that $200 'deposit' too...
    I'm hoping for ticket+accommodation packages for each game with hotel for 2 nights... to guarantee handy accom for each game... then spend the time between games travelling wherever the hell I want.



  • Just put down $200 myself with AB Tours as kind of an insurance policy but have applied also through the official ticketing site for ticket bundles via their ballot system.

    Gone for AB pool games and one of the cities the ABs play at. Hopefully I get one or the other but if not will see what All Blacks tours has on offer.

    Spent 9 years in Japan so not keen on anything much other than tickets so not that keen on AB Tours type offering but we'll see how it goes.



  • FYI all... I contacted All Blacks Tours - to find out when they'd announce their packages/etc
    (so I'd know whether I need to put my name in the official general-sale team-pack ballot)

    • "Our RWC 2019 packages will be released early Feb, ..."

    Hopefully that means before the initial ballot end-date of 12-Feb.



  • I've gone in the ballot for pool games and knock out phase. Not really a tour party sort of guy so haven't taken that option yet. Bunch of us from UK France and Singapore hope to meet up so another reason why the tour option doesn't really work.



  • @dogmeat Are the knockout phases already available for ballot?

    As to tours - yeah - as I said before, I'm really hoping for packages which aren't really "Tours" - just ticket and hotel for each match. Then get away from host cities between games.
    Can't be arsed sorting out accommodation in each host city while games are on - it was bad enough in Wales where everything was nearly in eigo.
    That's why I'm super keen to see what packages they actually have - if they only offer actual Tour Groups, sitting on a bus driving around Japan with a bunch of cashed up retirees complaining about the raw fish and rice, sniggering at slightly mispronounced words from hotel staff, but politely ignoring the weird-as-fuck robot tentacle porn magazines... I'll be saying fuck that... and need to jump in the ballot ASAP.



  • Big difference with Wales is that the RWC won't overwhelm accommodation stocks and with the transportation system you can pretty much travel in on the day from far away and then back if you want.

    If I can get tickets to All Blacks Pool games, my strategy will be pretty much this.

    South Africa at Yokohama - as venue is close to Shin-Yokohama bullet train station, I may stay in a secondary city to the south and jump on the train after the match. Decent business hotel single rooms go for $60-70 in those cities.

    VS Qualifier in Oita - Plenty of cheap business hotels near Oita station. Should be okay if I book early enough

    Vs Italy in Toyota - Stay in Nagoya (city of 2M or so) and train to and from venue on gameday. Finding a business hotel in Nagoya for $100 or so a night easy enough.

    Vs Qualifier in Tokyo - In the West of Tokyo so still undecided where I'll stay for this one. Probably go to a place I usually go to in Ueno which is around $100-120 a night.



  • @rugger-quizzes Cheers for the local knowledge... much appreciated.
    The trains/venues - are they all pretty good at dealing with a full stadium egress?



  • @kruse Not sure to be honest. Should be reasonably okay.
    Not sure what will happen in Oita to be honest as stadium is a bit out of the way, but I imagine there will be plenty of buses.