InsideJapan has launched a selection of brand new itineraries to run alongside the 2019 Rugby World Cup, as well as a dedicated website where it will add more packages.
With the tournament heading to the Far East for the first time next year, the Asia specialist is keen to ensure fans don’t miss out on Japan’s unique culture while they’re there.
Its five small group tours, led by professional tour leaders, and five self-guided adventures are built around England, Wales and Scotland’s pool games and potential knockout ties.
The Japan specialist’s Japan Rugby Travel website, meanwhile, aims to help rugby fans get the most out the tournament, its host cities, sights and sounds.
Launched on Wednesday (June 20), InsideJapan said it was vital it was up and running ahead of the World Cup ticket ballot results on July 10.
Although not an official World Cup partner and thus, unable to sell ticket packages, InsideJapan says it want to offer agents and their customers its expertise through its packages.
Each classic and superior trip comes with transport and a range of accommodation built around matches, even traditional ryokan guest houses.
Louise Lee, InsideJapan’s rugby project manager, said: “InsideJapan has been building up to this event for a long time and we are hugely excited about what we can offer agents and their customers.
"The fact so many people have the opportunity to access tickets for the 2019 tournament is exciting for us as a tour operator in that we are not restricted and are able to offer the best possible experience within Japan around the tournament.
“One of the most important things for us was about offering fans accommodation in each host city around match day and enjoying what will be a fantastic party atmosphere but tying it into an incredible itinerary away from the crowds between matches offering experiences and insight with our local experts, private guides and tour leaders on the way."
Matt Spiller, InsideJapan agents manager, added: “Japan is not as expensive as most people think and although not cheap, we have always offered agents and their customers, experience packed, value packages along with complete confidence of product and service.
“We are sure that many of our regular agent partners will be coming to us for help, but are keen to offer our services to all agents who may be tasked with organising rugby trips to Japan for 2019.”
Itineraries announced so far include:
More itineraries will be released over the next six months in the lead up to September when it will be just a year until the tournament.