Rugby World Cup 2019™ is the perfect excuse to discover Japan and perhaps most of all the remarkable city of Tokyo.

With it’s dazzling cityscapes, neon, culture and futuristic development the city looks like a film set and best of all you will arrive with plenty to experience – it’s the time of year for festivals, Halloween and autumnal hikes!


If you are lover of ghosts and ghouls then don’t fear, Halloween is just as big in Japan as it is in the UK.

The October holiday has in fact become one of the largest annual events in Japan over the last decade, and there is nowhere in world that celebrates Halloween like Shibuya.

Head over to the centre if you would like to be part of the biggest and most chaotic Halloween event in Japan. Legend has it that over one million people flooded the streets last year, dressed in the most unique Halloween costumes, to party until the morning

Hikes and Trails

Japan is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and by visiting in October you are treated to the autumn foliage season. In order to fully immerse yourself in the county’s beauty, get out and about when there is a break in the rugby to enjoy one of the many hiking trails and walks in and around Tokyo.

Momiji Corridor

Fujikawaguchiko also known by its popular name “Momiji Corridor” is particularly beautiful in October. The area is popular for its trails, offering some of Japan’s most spectacular views of Mount Fuji amongst the incredible fall of leaves.

Harvest Festivals

Autumn in Tokyo is known as the harvest season. In celebration, many festivals are held over the autumn period, traditionally as a way of expressing gratitude for a good harvest and hopes for similar good fortune in the future.

Takayama Autumn Festival is a two-day event held over the 9th and 10th October, coinciding nicely with Rugby World Cup 2019. Takayama is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals and attracts a large number of spectators every year.

The festival features intricately designed, ornate, brightly coloured floats but the highlight is the evening parade so don’t miss it if you are in the city during the tournament.

Sapporo Autumn Fest

Sapporo is a popular destination for international travellers and is described as ‘the city that never sleeps’. It will host its annual Autumn Fest from September 6th to September 29th in Odori park. If you are a big foodie fan, don’t miss the chance to indulge in Hokkaido’s biggest food festival. Bringing together all of Hokkaido’s gourmets in one single space, items include an array of locally grown agricultural products, fresh-caught seafood, and delicious wine and sake.

*Please note that these activities are not included in our packages, endorsed by or supported by us and may have a cost attached to them to participate.

Plan your trip with your Suica Travel Card

The Suica Travel card is a great way to travel around Tokyo by train, metro or bus. Created to give smooth access to all lines and to make it even easier to travel around Japan, all of our packages include a pre-loaded card for your convenience to help you on your way. To plan your trip, view the Suica Network Map here