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
277 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 - - -
© World Rugby

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 opened in September 2018 and lasts until mid-November. Remaining tickets will go on general sale from January 19th in the new year.

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 begin to take place around the country – 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

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 the Rugby World Cup

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.