This year, the 2019 Rugby World Cup is going to be held in Asia for the very first time, all throughout Japan. And when we say all throughout Japan, we mean it: The northern most stadium is in Sapporo city, and the Southern is in Kumamoto, which is about a 2 and a half hour plane ride. Because of this wide distance, you’ll want to make sure you know everything about the venues and the hotspots to check out around them to plan your perfect 2019 Rugby World Cup travel package.

Whether you’re planning on selecting stadiums for which games they’re holding, or the surrounding experiences you can have, it’s a big decision to make when you look at all the factors. Even if you only plan on staying near one area, there’s a lot to choose from, so here’s a brief look at our top 3 stadiums to see which area fits your travel goals best.


If for some reason you can only make it to one stadium this year, the Tokyo Stadium (also known as the New National Stadium) would be your best bet. This is the same stadium that will be home to the 2020 Summer Olympics also. The stadium is scheduled to be finally completed November 2019, and many rugby events will take place before that. Nothing is official, but it’s highly likely that 2019 Rugby World Cup attendees will be the very first people to get a glimpse of what is sure to be a great piece of history.

This year, the stadium will be able to hold up to 80,000 people for rugby events. This is by far the biggest stadium not only of all the rugby games this year, but in Japan in general. This stadium was build with big global sporting events such as the Olympics and Rugby World Cup in mind, so it was constructed to impress and fit as many people as possible.

Some of the cup’s biggest and most anticipated games are happening here this year, four in total. The events that are going to be taking place here are the opening ceremony and the first match between Japan and Russia on September 20th, the quarterfinals on 19th and 20th of October and the Bronze final on November 1st.

Since the Tokyo stadium is in downtown Tokyo, it shouldn’t be hard to find plenty to do around the area if you choose to stick by this particular venue. There is a wide variety of social scenes nearby, varying from places like Senso-ji temple to the nightlife district of Roppongi. And since Tokyo is both the capitol of Japan along with its most populated city, there are bound of be tons of events going on nearby that aren’t just rugby related. Taking a look at other nearby venues and looking at their schedule during your time there is a great way to get a taste of all the things you can do in the city.


For those who can only make it to one game, some might want to go to the very last one. The Yokohama stadium is where it will take place, on November 2nd. Just 18 minutes away from Tokyo, the Yokohama stadium has a capacity of about 30,000 people, but has been known to hold a bit more in the past.

 Yokohama might also be a good place to hang around for people wanting a taste of an authentic Japanese experience but don’t want to stray too far from the games. Nearby is Noge, which is known for being quaint and traditional. There are plenty of places to shop and try local foods, as well as the famous Ramen museum.

 Other than the very last final on November 2nd, this stadium will also hold the South Africa versus New Zealand match on September 21st, and the semi-finals the 26th-27th of October.



 While the Oita stadium is considerably far from Tokyo (specifically, about a one and a half hour plane ride away!) there are many great matches that will take place here, as well as amazing, unique excursion opportunities. The stadium holds about 40,000 people (we say about, because there are rumors of an extra 3,000 seats…) and has a cool dome roof that is actually retractable!

 The cool thing about Oita is that it is surrounded by tons and tons of hot springs. If you’re looking to relax and enjoy nature, there are many different glittering pools to choose from. There’s also a “natural” zoo nearby in which they keep many animals (especially the monkeys) free to roam around without cages. For those wanting even more adventure than that, Usuki is known to be a great example of an old Japanese castle town, with tons of stone Buddhas considered to be a national treasure.

 The Oita is scheduled to hold five games: New Zealand versus Canada on October 2nd, Australia versus Uruguay October 5th, Wales versus Fiji October 9th, and two Quarterfinals on October 19th and 20th.

 With the Rugby World Cup of 2019 taking place in a country as cool as Japan, there is always going to be something interesting to see right around the corner. Many people have already started buying tickets and making reservations now, and truthfully, a 2019 Rugby World Cup is a travel package planner’s dream to construct. Not only are there many literal travelling opportunities between cities, but there is such a wide frame of time for the games to take place and such an incredibly diverse and enjoyable amount of things to do in this country.

 If you’re interested in attending the 2019 Rugby World Cup games, we at Xenia events are excited and prepared to help you embark on this adventure. You can contact us straight away by clicking the blue chat button (on desktop) or visiting our contact page, or you can view our Rugby World Cup packages yourself first. We’d love to help you experience this amazing event.