Rugby World Cup 2019 Guide
Get ready for the Rugby World Cup 2019 coming to Japan
All eyes are on Japan as it welcomes Asia's first Rugby World Cup in 2019. Our guide presents all the travel guide info rugby fans will need during the tournament.

Guide to the Rugby World Cup 2019

20 September2 November 2019
212 days until kickoff

Get ready for the
Rugby World Cup 2019

All eyes will be on Japan in 2019 as it prepares to be the first Asian nation to host the Rugby World Cup tournament.

It's under a year to go until the tournament kicks off, when Japan—aka the Brave Blossoms—will take on Russia at Tokyo Stadium on September 20th hoping to repeat the heroics of their famous victory against the Springboks in 2015.

Japan Travel provides all you need to know about Japan's regions hosting rugby matches, the stadiums, getting tickets and information about travelling in Japan during the tournament.

Pools:
How the rugby teams face off

Pool A

# Team GP PD P
1 Ireland - - -
2 Scotland - - -
3 Japan - - -
4 Russia - - -
5 Samoa - - -

Pool B

# Team GP PD P
1 New Zealand - - -
2 South Africa - - -
3 Italy - - -
4 Namibia - - -
5 Canada - - -

Pool C

# Team GP PD P
1 England - - -
2 France - - -
3 Argentina - - -
4 USA - - -
5 Tonga - - -

Pool D

# Team GP PD P
1 Australia - - -
2 Wales - - -
3 Georgia - - -
4 Fiji - - -
5 Uruguay - - -
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How to get rugby tickets

Don't want to miss out on the All Blacks trying to defend their 2015 World Cup title? Read on to find out how to get in on the action.

The general global ballot originally ran from Sept–Nov 2018. Remaining tickets went on general sale on January 19th 2019.

Note this is on a first-come, first-served basis, with tickets for many of the finals likely facing unprecedented demand – so don't delay!

19 January, 2019

Real-time first-come, first-served individual tickets sales

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Tournament Schedule:
Rugby Fixture List

Here's the full fixture list for the tournament. Find out when and where each rugby match will be held and learn more about each host prefecture in Japan. All times JST (UTC +9).

The opening ceremony will be held in Tokyo, before group fixtures commence around Japan—from Hokkaido in the north, to Kyushu in the south.

Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan Schedule – Fixtures by Date

# Date Match Kickoff Pool Venue Area
Pool Phase
- Fri, Sept 20 Opening Ceremony 18:30 - Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
1 Fri, Sept 20 Japan v Russia 19:45 A Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
2 Sat, Sept 21 Australia v Fiji 13:45 D Sapporo Dome Hokkaido
3 Sat, Sept 21 France v Argentina 16:15 C Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
4 Sat, Sept 21 New Zealand v South Africa 18:45 B International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
5 Sun, Sept 22 Italy v Namibia 14:15 B Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
6 Sun, Sept 22 Ireland v Scotland 16:45 A International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
7 Sun, Sept 22 England v Tonga 19:15 C Sapporo Dome Hokkaido
8 Mon, Sept 23 Wales v Georgia 19:15 D Toyota Stadium Aichi
9 Tue, Sept 24 Russia v Samoa 19:15 A Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
10 Wed, Sept 25 Fiji v Uruguya 14:15 D Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Iwate
11 Thu, Sept 26 Italy v Canada 16:45 B Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
12 Thu, Sept 26 England v USA 19:45 C Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
13 Sat, Sept 28 Argentina v Tonga 13:45 C Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
14 Sat, Sept 28 Japan v Ireland 16:15 A Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
15 Sat, Sept 28 South Africa v Namibia 18:45 B Toyota stadium Aichi
16 Sun, Sept 29 Georgia v Uruguay 14:15 D Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
18 Mon, Sept 30 Scotland v Samoa 19:15 A Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
19 Wed, Oct 02 France v USA 16:45 C Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
20 Wed, Oct 02 New Zealand v Canada 19:15 B Oita Stadium Oita
21 Thu, Oct 03 Georgia v Fiji 14:15 D Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
22 Thu, Oct 03 Ireland v Russia 19:15 A Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
23 Fri, Oct 04 South Africa v Italy 18:45 B Shizuoka Stadium ecopa Shizuoka
24 Sat, Oct 05 Australia v Uruguay 14:15 D Oita Stadium Oita
25 Sat, Oct 05 England v Argentina 17:00 C Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
26 Sat, Oct 05 Japan v Samoa 19:00 A Toyota Stadium Aichi
27 Sun, Oct 06 New Zealand v Namibia 13:45 B Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
28 Sun, Oct 06 France v Tonga 16:45 C Kumamoto Stadium Kumamoto
29 Tue, Oct 08 South Africa v Canada 19:15 B Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
30 Wed, Oct 09 Argentina v USA 13:45 C Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
31 Wed, Oct 09 Scotland v Russia 16:15 A Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
32 Wed, Oct 09 Wales v Fiji 18:45 D Oita Stadium Oita
33 Fri, Oct 11 Australia v Georgia 19:15 D Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
34 Sat, Oct 12 New Zealand v Italy 13:45 B Toyota Stadium Aichi
35 Sat, Oct 12 England v France 17:15 C International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
36 Sat, Oct 12 Ireland v Samoa 19:45 A Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
37 Sat, Oct 13 Namibia v Canada 12:15 B Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Iwate
38 Sat, Oct 13 USA v Tonga 14:45 C Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
39 Sat, Oct 13 Wales v Uruguay 17:15 D Kumamoto Stadium Kumamoto
40 Sat, Oct 13 Japan v Scotland 19:45 A International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
Knockout Phase
41 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool C vs RU Pool D 16:15 QF1 Oita Stadium Oita
42 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool B vs RU Pool A 19:15 QF2 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
43 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool D vs RU Pool C 16:15 QF3 Oita Stadium Oita
44 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool A vs RU Pool B 19:15 QF4 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
45 Sat, Oct 26 W QF1 v W QF2 17:00 SF International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
46 Sun, Oct 28 W QF3 v W QF4 18:00 SF International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
47 Fri, Nov 01 Bronze Final 18:00 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
48 Sat, Nov 02 Final 18:00 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa

Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan Schedule – Fixtures by Pool

# Date Match Kickoff Venue Area
- Fri, Sept 20 Opening Ceremony 18:30 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
Pool A
1 Fri, Sept 20 Japan v Russia 19:45 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
6 Sun, Sept 22 Ireland v Scotland 16:45 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
9 Tue, Sept 24 Russia v Samoa 19:15 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
14 Sat, Sept 28 Japan v Ireland 16:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
18 Mon, Sept 30 Scotland v Samoa 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
22 Thu, Oct 03 Ireland v Russia 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
26 Sat, Oct 05 Japan v Samoa 19:00 Toyota Stadium Aichi
31 Wed, Oct 09 Scotland v Russia 16:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
36 Sat, Oct 12 Ireland v Samoa 19:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
40 Sat, Oct 13 Japan v Scotland 19:45 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
Pool B
4 Sat, Sept 21 New Zealand v South Africa 18:45 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
5 Sun, Sept 22 Italy v Namibia 14:15 Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
11 Thu, Sept 26 Italy v Canada 16:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
15 Sat, Sept 28 South Africa v Namibia 18:45 Toyota stadium Aichi
20 Wed, Oct 02 New Zealand v Canada 19:15 Oita Stadium Oita
23 Fri, Oct 04 South Africa v Italy 18:45 Shizuoka Stadium ecopa Shizuoka
27 Sun, Oct 06 New Zealand v Namibia 13:45 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
29 Tue, Oct 08 South Africa v Canada 19:15 Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
34 Sat, Oct 12 New Zealand v Italy 13:45 Toyota Stadium Aichi
37 Sat, Oct 13 Namibia v Canada 12:15 Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Iwate
Pool C
3 Sat, Sept 21 France v Argentina 16:15 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
7 Sun, Sept 22 England v Tonga 19:15 Sapporo Dome Hokkaido
12 Thu, Sept 26 England v USA 19:45 Kobe Misaki Stadium Kobe
13 Sat, Sept 28 Argentina v Tonga 13:45 Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
19 Wed, Oct 02 France v USA 16:45 Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium Fukuoka
25 Sat, Oct 05 England v Argentina 17:00 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
28 Sun, Oct 06 France v Tonga 16:45 Kumamoto Stadium Kumamoto
30 Wed, Oct 09 Argentina v USA 13:45 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
35 Sat, Oct 12 England v France 17:15 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
38 Sat, Oct 13 USA v Tonga 14:45 Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
Pool D
2 Sat, Sept 21 Australia v Fiji 13:45 Sapporo Dome Hokkaido
8 Mon, Sept 23 Wales v Georgia 19:15 Toyota Stadium Aichi
10 Wed, Sept 25 Fiji v Uruguya 14:15 Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Iwate
16 Sun, Sept 29 Georgia v Uruguay 14:15 Kumagaya Rugby Stadium Saitama
17 Sun, Sept 29 Australia v Wales 16:45 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
21 Thu, Oct 03 Georgia v Fiji 14:15 Hanazono Rugby Stadium Osaka
24 Sat, Oct 05 Australia v Uruguay 14:15 Oita Stadium Oita
32 Wed, Oct 09 Wales v Fiji 18:45 Oita Stadium Oita
33 Fri, Oct 11 Australia v Georgia 19:15 Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa Shizuoka
39 Sat, Oct 13 Wales v Uruguay 17:15 Kumamoto Stadium Kumamoto
Knockout Phase
41 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool C vs RU Pool D QF1 16:15 Oita Stadium Oita
42 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool B vs RU Pool A QF2 19:15 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
43 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool D vs RU Pool C QF3 16:15 Oita Stadium Oita
44 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool A vs RU Pool B QF4 19:15 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
45 Sat, Oct 26 W QF1 v W QF2 SF 17:00 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
46 Sun, Oct 28 W QF3 v W QF4 SF 18:00 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa
47 Fri, Nov 01 Bronze Final 18:00 Tokyo Stadium Tokyo
48 Sat, Nov 02 Final 18:00 International Stadium Yokohama Kanagawa

Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan Schedule – Fixtures by Venue

# Date Match Kickoff Pool
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium | Fukuoka
11 Thu, Sept 26 Italy v Canada 16:45 B
19 Wed, Oct 02 France v USA 16:45 C
36 Sat, Oct 12 Ireland v Samoa 19:45 A
Hanazono Rugby Stadium | Osaka
5 Sun, Sept 22 Italy v Namibia 14:15 B
13 Sat, Sept 28 Argentina v Tonga 13:45 C
21 Thu, Oct 03 Georgia v Fiji 14:15 D
38 Sat, Oct 13 USA v Tonga 14:45 C
International Stadium Yokohama | Kanagawa
4 Sat, Sept 21 New Zealand v South Africa 18:45 B
6 Sun, Sept 22 Ireland v Scotland 16:45 A
35 Sat, Oct 12 England v France 17:15 C
40 Sat, Oct 13 Japan v Scotland 19:45 A
45 Sat, Oct 26 W QF1 v W QF2 17:00 SF
46 Sun, Oct 28 W QF3 v W QF4 18:00 SF
48 Sat, Nov 02 Final 18:00
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium | Iwate
10 Wed, Sept 25 Fiji v Uruguya 14:15 D
37 Sat, Oct 13 Namibia v Canada 12:15 B
Kobe Misaki Stadium | Kobe
12 Thu, Sept 26 England v USA 19:45 C
18 Mon, Sept 30 Scotland v Samoa 19:15 A
22 Thu, Oct 03 Ireland v Russia 19:15 A
29 Tue, Oct 08 South Africa v Canada 19:15 B
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium | Saitama
9 Tue, Sept 24 Russia v Samoa 19:15 A
16 Sun, Sept 29 Georgia v Uruguay 14:15 D
30 Wed, Oct 09 Argentina v USA 13:45 C
Kumamoto Stadium | Kumamoto
28 Sun, Oct 06 France v Tonga 16:45 C
39 Sat, Oct 13 Wales v Uruguay 17:15 D
Oita Stadium | Oita
20 Wed, Oct 02 New Zealand v Canada 19:15 B
24 Sat, Oct 05 Australia v Uruguay 14:15 D
32 Wed, Oct 09 Wales v Fiji 18:45 D
41 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool C vs RU Pool D 16:15 QF1
43 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool D vs RU Pool C 16:15 QF3
Sapporo Dome | Hokkaido
2 Sat, Sept 21 Australia v Fiji 13:45 D
7 Sun, Sept 22 England v Tonga 19:15 C
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa | Shizuoka
14 Sat, Sept 28 Japan v Ireland 16:15 A
23 Fri, Oct 04 South Africa v Italy 18:45 B
31 Wed, Oct 09 Scotland v Russia 16:15 A
33 Fri, Oct 11 Australia v Georgia 19:15 D
Tokyo Stadium | Tokyo
- Fri, Sept 20 Opening Ceremony 18:30 -
1 Fri, Sept 20 Japan v Russia 19:45 A
3 Sat, Sept 21 France v Argentina 16:15 C
17 Sun, Sept 29 Australia v Wales 16:45 D
25 Sat, Oct 05 England v Argentina 17:00 C
27 Sun, Oct 06 New Zealand v Namibia 13:45 B
42 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool B vs RU Pool A 19:15 QF2
44 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool A vs RU Pool B 19:15 QF4
47 Fri, Nov 01 Bronze Final 18:00
Toyota Stadium | Aichi
8 Mon, Sept 23 Wales v Georgia 19:15 D
15 Sat, Sept 28 South Africa v Namibia 18:45 B
26 Sat, Oct 05 Japan v Samoa 19:00 A
34 Sat, Oct 12 New Zealand v Italy 13:45 B

Rugby World Cup by Host City

Twelve venues around Japan will host matches during Rugby World Cup 2019. Find out more about each host city and the wider regions that will participate in the tournament.

Rugby World Cup in Tokyo

Japan's capital city of Tokyo will play host to some of the standout fixtures and will surely be on the itinerary of many rugby fans coming to Japan in 2019. As well as visiting some of the sites like Tokyo Skytree, Meiji Jingu shrine, Asakusa and Shibuya, see how the city is also shaping up for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

More about Tokyo

Fixtures at Tokyo Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
- Fri, Sept 20 Opening Ceremony 18:30
1 Fri, Sept 20 Japan v Russia 19:45
3 Sat, Sept 21 France v Argentina 16:15
17 Sun, Sept 29 Australia v Wales 16:45
25 Sat, Oct 05 England v Argentina 17:00
27 Sun, Oct 06 New Zealand v Namibia 13:45
42 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool B vs RU Pool A QF2 19:15
44 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool A vs RU Pool B QF4 19:15
47 Fri, Nov 01 Bronze Final 18:00

Rugby World Cup in Fukuoka

Fukuoka is a major hub city in Japan's southern island of Kyushu and will play host to three group fixtures at the Hakatanomori Football Stadium. A visit to Fukuoka offers much in the way of local delights, from Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine to local yatai food stalls and Tonkotsu-style ramen.

More about Fukuoka

Fixtures at Hakatanomori Football Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
11 Thu, Sept 26 Italy v Canada 16:45
19 Wed, Oct 02 France v USA 16:45
36 Sat, Oct 12 Ireland v Samoa 19:45

Rugby World Cup in Kumamoto

Kumamoto in central Kyushu plays host to two rugby games. Kumamoto is a great place to go to if you’re looking for hot springs, including the popular Kurokawa Onsen. Be sure to visit Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s top castles, while you’re there and maybe you'll bump into Kumamon – the regional's loveable mascot.

More about Kumamoto

Fixtures at Kumamoto Prefectural Athletic Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
28 Sun, Oct 06 France v Tonga 16:45
39 Sat, Oct 13 Wales v Uruguay 17:15

Rugby World Cup in Oita

Oita, on the eastern side of Kyushu, will play host to a range of rugby games, including some quarter-final fixtures. The region is best known for its hot springs, with the Hells of Beppu a particular highlight.

More about Oita

Fixtures at Oita Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
20 Wed, Oct 02 New Zealand v Canada 19:15
24 Sat, Oct 05 Australia v Uruguay 14:15
32 Wed, Oct 09 Wales v Fiji 18:45
41 Sat, Oct 19 W Pool C vs RU Pool D QF1 16:15
43 Sun, Oct 20 W Pool D vs RU Pool C QF3 16:15

Rugby World Cup in Kobe

Hyogo's capital is most well-known for its famous Japanese wagyu beef export, but also plays host to some choice rugby fixtures. Kobe's Chinatown is worth a visit, Arima Onsen close by, and a quick ropeway ride can take you to the top of Mount Rokko for some stunning views. Good access to neighbouring Himeji and Awaji Island too.

More about Kobe

Fixtures at Kobe Misaki Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
12 Thu, Sept 26 England v USA 19:45
18 Mon, Sept 30 Scotland v Samoa 19:15
22 Thu, Oct 03 Ireland v Russia 19:15
29 Tue, Oct 08 South Africa v Canada 19:15

Rugby World Cup in Yokohama

Yokohama, in Kanagawa prefecture, will play to host a variety of games including the tournament's finals. The city is located just south of Tokyo but has plenty of attractions, including the Minato-mirai area and Chinatown.

More about Yokohama

Fixtures at International Stadium Yokohama

# Date Match Kickoff
4 Sat, Sept 21 New Zealand v South Africa 18:45
6 Sun, Sept 22 Ireland v Scotland 16:45
35 Sat, Oct 12 England v France 17:15
40 Sat, Oct 13 Japan v Scotland 19:45
45 Sat, Oct 26 W QF1 v W QF2 SF 17:00
46 Sun, Oct 28 W QF3 v W QF4 SF 18:00
48 Sat, Nov 02 Final 18:00

Rugby World Cup in Toyota

The world-famous Toyota invites rugby fans to the home of the eponymous car maker over in Aichi prefecture. As well as museums celebrating this local heritage, nearby Nagoya offers plenty of attractions to go sightseeing.

More about Toyota

Fixtures at Toyota Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
8 Mon, Sept 23 Wales v Georgia 19:15
15 Sat, Sept 28 South Africa v Namibia 18:45
26 Sat, Oct 05 Japan v Samoa 19:00
34 Sat, Oct 12 New Zealand v Italy 13:45

Rugby World Cup in Higashi-Osaka

Osaka is the heart of the Kansai area in central Japan, considered the second biggest city after Tokyo. Offering a range of sites including Osaka Castle and the Kaiyukan Aquarium, the local cuisine is also worth trying out, including takoyaki and Kansai-style okonomiyaki.

More about Osaka

Fixtures at Hanazono Rugby Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
5 Sun, Sept 22 Italy v Namibia 14:15
13 Sat, Sept 28 Argentina v Tonga 13:45
21 Thu, Oct 03 Georgia v Fiji 14:15
38 Sat, Oct 13 USA v Tonga 14:45

Rugby World Cup in Shizuoka

Known for its tea fields and views of Mount Fuji, Shizuoka will be playing host to several fixtures during the Rugby World Cup too, including a showdown between Japan and Ireland – considered one of the tournament's favourites.

More about Shizuoka

Fixtures at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa

# Date Match Kickoff
14 Sat, Sept 28 Japan v Ireland 16:15
31 Wed, Oct 09 Scotland v Russia 16:15

Rugby World Cup in Sapporo

Hokkaido in the north of Japan will see two fixtures take place during the group stages.

More about Sapporo

Fixtures at Sapporo Dome

# Date Match Kickoff
2 Sat, Sept 21 Australia v Fiji 13:45
7 Sun, Sept 22 England v Tonga 19:15

Rugby World Cup in Saitama

Saitama will see three fixtures take place over in Kumagaya, with good access to Tokyo to the south.

More about Saitama

Fixtures at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
9 Tue, Sept 24 Russia v Samoa 19:15
16 Sun, Sept 29 Georgia v Uruguay 14:15
30 Wed, Oct 09 Argentina v USA 13:45

Rugby World Cup in Iwate

Iwate in the Tohoku region will play host to two fixtures during the tournament, with a visit here a potential opportunity to discover the wider Tohoku region, from Aomori to the north and Akita to the west.

More about Iwate

Fixtures at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

# Date Match Kickoff
10 Wed, Sept 25 Fiji v Uruguya 14:15
37 Sat, Oct 13 Namibia v Canada 12:15

Autumn in Japan

Autumn in Japan is one of the best seasons to visit, with much of the country bathed in the beautiful red autumn foliage. Japanese gardens come alive, Kyoto's shrines and temples look extra mesmerising and views of Mount Fuji take on a whole new meaning.

Rugby fans coming to Japan will find the Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament coincides perfectly with the peak autumn season, providing plenty of chances to fall in love with Japan's red maple- and yellow gingko trees proudly on display.

Weather around Tokyo

  • Sept 21° - 27°
  • Oct 15° - 22°
  • Nov 9° - 17°
Weather in Japan

Top autumn spots during Rugby World Cup 2019

During your down time between rugby games, make sure to check out one of these recommended autumn hotspots to make the most of the warm, mild temperatures.

Planning a Japan trip

If you're a rugby fan hoping to visit Japan for the first time, then know before you go with our easy-to-use travel guides to help you plan the perfect trip to Japan. Learn everything you need to know about Japan's currency, weather and climate, and getting around via public transport.