Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 22 September 2019

Japan Travel Planning

Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 22 September 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

A great resource to plan your trip is our Start Here to Plan Your Trip to Japan page.

We have been very busy producing new content following our recent Japan trip.  You can check out our most recent articles below:

For Rugby World Cup 2019 attendees, check out our articles below to see some great options for your RWC experience in Japan.

Avoid FOMO… Order Your Japan Planning Calendar Now!

A real challenge when you start planning your trip to Japan is to understand when public holidays, school holidays and significant events are occurring, so that you can either choose to join in with these events or avoid them.

As a result we have spent many hours creating detailed planning calendars for Japan which include details of all of the public holidays, Japan school holidays and major events to help you plan your trip. The downloadable PDF documents include clickable links for each event to help you easily find out more information and more confidently plan your itinerary.  Click here to find out more and purchase your Japan Planning Calendar.  

Your Japan Planning Calendar

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Voyagin September Sale

Voyagin are currently running their September Sale from 2-30 September 2019 where you can save up to $US40 per booking using the below coupon codes.  Note that the coupon codes are not valid for Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Universal Studios Japan or any JR Passes.

Check out out article on the most popular Voyagin tickets and tours for Japan to see how to take advantage of this sale!

  • Save $10 when you spend $150, “TRAVELSEPT10”
  • Save $25 when you spend $300, “TRAVELSEPT25”
  • Save $40 when you spend $450, “TRAVELSEPT40”

Key Japan Planning Information

Major Upcoming Events in Japan

Other Japan Events

Upcoming major events for the next month (and you can find many more events into the future in our Japan Planning Calendars as mentioned previously!).

It is a big list this time as I have included all of the Rugby World Cup 2019 matches, and extended beyond one month to cover the RWC2019 finals.

  • From 17 Jun 19, the Floating Torii Gate at Miyajima Island will be covered with scaffolding for a period of approximately two years from 6 June 2019
  • 15 – 30 September 2019. Manjushage Red Spider Lily Festival in Koma (Almost 2 hours north west from Tokyo)
  • Late September to late October. Average fall foliage start in Sapporo/Hokkaido (can be up to two weeks earlier or later)
  • 22 September 2019.  RWC2019 Italy vs Namibia in Hanazono Rugby Stadium (Osaka), Ireland vs Scotland in International Stadium Yokohama and England vs Tonga in Sapporo Dome
  • 23 September 2019.  RWC2019 Wales vs Georgia in City of Toyota Stadium (near Nagoya)
  • 23 September 2019.  Autumn Equinox Public Holiday
  • 24 September 2019.  RWC2019 Russia vs Samoa in Kumagaya Rugby Stadium (2 hours north of Tokyo)
  • 25 September 2019.  RWC2019 Fiji vs Uruguay in Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (in Iwate Prefecture, between Sendai and Aomori)
  • 26 September 2019.  RWC2019 England vs USA in Kobe Misaki Stadium, Italy vs Canada in Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
  • 27 September 2019.  End Japan Professional Baseball Season
  • 28 September – 4 November 2019.  Setouchi Triennale 2019 Fall Expansions Exhibition.  Largest contemporary art festival in Japan which is held every three years.  Additional information.
  • 28 September 2019.  RWC2019 Argentina vs Tonga in Hanazono Rugby Stadium (Osaka)
  • 28 September 2019.  RWC2019 Japan vs Ireland in Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
  • 28 September 2019.  RWC2019 South Africa vs Namibia in City of Toyota Stadium (near Nagoya)
  • 29 September 2019.  RWC2019 Georgia vs Uruguay in Kumagaya Rugby Stadium (2 hours north of Tokyo)
  • 29 September 2019.  RWC2019 Australia vs Wales in Tokyo Stadium
  • 30 September 2019.  RWC2019 Scotland vs Samoa in Kobe Misaki Stadium
  • 2 October 2019.  RWC2019 New Zealand vs Canada in Oita Stadium (2 hours from Fukuoka
  • 2 October 2019.  RWC2019 France vs USA in Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
  • 3 October 2019.  RWC2019 Ireland vs Russia in Kobe Misaki Stadium
  • 3 October 2019.  Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Festival in Ibaraki near Tokyo
  • 3 October 2019.  RWC2019 Georgia vs Fiji in Hanazono Rugby Stadium (Osaka)
  • 4 October 2019.  RWC2019 South Africa vs Italy in Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
  • 5 October 2019.  RWC2019 Japan vs Samoa in City of Toyota Stadium (near Nagoya)
  • 5 October 2019.  RWC2019 Australia vs Uruguay in Oita Stadium (2 hours from Fukuoka)
  • 5 October 2019.  RWC2019 England vs Argentina in Tokyo Stadium
  • 6 October 2019.  RWC2019 France vs Tonga in Kumamoto Stadium
  • 6 October 2019.  RWC2019 New Zealand vs Namibia in Tokyo Stadium
  • 8 October 2019.  RWC2019 South Africa vs Canada in Kobe Misaki Stadium
  • 9 – 10 October 2019.  Takayama Matsuri Autumn Festival – Takayama
  • 9 October 2019.  RWC2019 Argentina vs USA in Kumagaya Rugby Stadium (2 hours north of Tokyo)
  • 9 October 2019.  RWC2019 Scotland vs Russia in Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
  • 9 October 2019.  RWC2019 Wales vs Fiji in Oita Stadium (2 hours from Fukuoka)
  • 10 – 13 October 2019. Formula 1 Grand Prix at Suzuka International Racing Course (south west of Nagoya)
  • 11 October 2019.  RWC2019 Australia vs Georgia in Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
  • 12 October 2019.  RWC2019 Ireland vs Samoa in Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
  • 12 October 2019.  RWC2019 New Zealand vs Italy in City of Toyota Stadium (near Nagoya)
  • 12 October 2019.  RWC2019 England vs France in International Stadium Yokohama
  • 13 October 2019. Naha Great Tug-of-War Festival in Okinawa 
  • 13 October 2019.  RWC2019 Namibia vs Canada in Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium (in Iwate Prefecture, between Sendai and Aomori)
  • 13 October 2019.  RWC2019 USA vs Tonga in Hanazono Rugby Stadium (Osaka)
  • 13 October 2019.  RWC2019 Wales vs Uruguay in Kumamoto Stadium
  • 13 October 2019.  RWC2019 Japan vs Scotland in International Stadium Yokohama
  • 14 October 2019.   Health and Sports Day Public Holiday
  • 15 – 18 October 2019.  CEATEC Japan Consumer Electronics Show in Chiba near Tokyo (first day industry only).
  • 19 October 2019.  RWC2019 Qualifying Final 2:  Winner Pool B vs Runner Up Pool A in Tokyo Stadium
  • 19 October 2019.  RWC2019 Qualifying Final 1: Winner Pool C vs Runner Up Pool D in Oita Stadium (2 hours from Fukuoka)
  • 20 October 2019.  RWC2019 Qualifying Final 3: Winner Pool D vs Runner Up Pool C in Oita Stadium (2 hours from Fukuoka)
  • 20 October 2019.  RWC2019 Qualifying Final 4: Winner Pool A vs Runner Up Pool B in Tokyo Stadium
  • 20 October 2019.  Japanese Classic Car Association Endurance Meeting
  • 22 October 2019.  Enthronement Ceremony of the New Emperor at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo (National Holiday in 2019).  A ceremony to formally announce the accession of the new emperor.  Followed by the Imperial Procession by Motorcar where the new emperor and empress will ride in a convertible car in a parade around the palace environs.
  • 22 October 2019.  Kurama Fire Festival (north of Kyoto)
  • 22 October 2019.  Jidai Matsuri Festival in Kyoto
  • 24 October – 4 November 2019.  Tokyo Motor Show in Chiba near Tokyo
  • 26 October 2019.  RWC2019 Semi Final 1: Winner Qualifying Final 1 vs Winner Qualifying Final 2 in International Stadium Yokohama
  • 27 October 2019.  RWC2019 Semi Final 2: Winner Qualifying Final 3 vs Winner Qualifying Final 4 in International Stadium Yokohama
  • Late September to late October. Average fall foliage finish in Sapporo / Hokkaido (can be up to two weeks earlier or later)
  • 31 October 2019.  Halloween!  Tokyo Halloween Events
  • 1 – 10 November. Gion Odori Geisha Dances in Kyoto, held daily
  • Early November to late November. Average fall foliage start in Hiroshima / Miyajima Island (can be up to two weeks earlier or later)
  • Early November to early December. Average fall foliage start in Mt Fuji region (can be up to two weeks earlier or later)
  • 1 November 2019.  RWC2019 Bronze Final – Loser Semi Final 1 vs Loser Semi Final 2 in Tokyo Stadium
  • 2 November 2019.  RWC2019 Final – Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2 in International Stadium Yokohama

Click on this page for Tokyo and this page for Japan to see further information about upcoming events.

Everything Sumo!

Upcoming sumo tournaments:

  • 10 – 24 November 2019 in Fukuoka.  Official ticket sales commence on 5 October 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.
  • 12 – 26 January 2020 in Tokyo.  Official ticket sales commence on 7 December 2019.  Click here to pre-order tickets through Voyagin.  Ensure you place your order early to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the tickets you want.

For more information about how to purchase your sumo wrestling tickets check out our article on How To Buy Sumo Wrestling Online Tickets in 2019.


Key Japan Planning Information

Autumn Foliage Planning

For those of you planning to visit Japan from now to mid December you are almost definitely planning to try to see some of the glorious autumn foliage colours throughout Japan.

I have found a very comprehensive guide on the Matcha website which includes detailed information about the fall colour dates and locations across all of Japan from north to south.  Click here to check it out and to incorporate into your itinerary planning.

 


Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group

Japan on a Budget – An Insider’s Guide to Saving Like a Boss by The Blessing Bucket

Want to know how you can enjoy Japan on a budget? Well you’ve hit gold! Your friendly insider, AKA yours truly, is here today to dish all the best secrets! I want to crack the myth that “Japan is expensive” and teach you all the tricks I’ve gathered in my two years living in Japan. So if you are ready, pop open a Japanese beer and read on! Click here to read more…

Japan’s Toilet Situation: Types of Toilets and Usage

There are basically 3 types of toilets, the Japanese-style toilet, Western-style toilet, and the multi-function toilet and the type installed will vary depending on the location.  The Japanese-type toilet is most common at sight-seeing locations and adjusting to the needs of the people, these are currently being converted to Western-style toilets.  Click here to read more…

Heading To Japan? Want To Buy The Cheapest Japan Rail JR Pass? Read This. by Pretraveller

When you start planning your trip to Japan a key question for most travellers is whether you need to buy a Japan Rail JR Pass and what is the cheapest option. If you search in Google for Japan Rail Passes you are immediately inundated with many websites advertising themselves as the best place to buy your JR pass, and it can be somewhat confusing to work out the best place to purchase your JR Pass online at the cheapest price.

The aim of this article is to help answer those questions so you can buy the cheapest JR Pass online with confidence (if you even need one!).  Click here to read more…

Thanks Anne and Tony.

PS. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask questions in the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

Our Other Facebook Groups! – Rugby World Cup 2019 and Olympics 2020

We have two additional Facebook Groups to have a key focus on planning your travel to Japan for the  Rugby World Cup in 2019 and  the Olympics in 2020.  If you are planning to visit Japan for either (or both!) of these events you are invited to join the groups with details below

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

You are also welcome to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you be inspired and to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

Japan Travel Planning

Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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