Japan Travel Planning Newsletter – 6 October 2019

Welcome to the Japan Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 6 October 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to Japan, top travel deals and articles about Japan.

Black Friday Sales – 29 November 2019

Be aware that the Black Friday Sales will be coming on 29 November 2019 – and usually there are many great deals available for travellers to Japan!  You can check out our article from the 2018 Black Friday Sales to see the sort of deals which were available last year, and plan ahead in terms of what you may wish to plan to book,  We are already starting to receive emails with details of the upcoming sales, and will update our sales article about one week prior to the Black Friday Sales starting.

Start Planning Your Trip to 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:

What next you may well ask?  We are planning to release several new articles about visiting Universal Studios Japan over the coming weeks!

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

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Voyagin Halloween Sale

Voyagin are currently running their Halloween Sale from 1-31 October 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, “HALLOWEEN10”
  • Save $25 when you spend $300, “HALLOWEEN25”
  • Save $40 when you spend $450, “HALLOWEEN40”

Key Japan Planning Information

Japanese Baseball Season Finals Tickets

  • The 2019 Professional Baseball regular season ended in September.  The Climax Finals Series for each of the Central League and the Pacific League is about to be played over 5-14 October 2019.  The main option remaining for visitors to Japan is to purchase reseller tickets through viaGoGo at this link.
  • The Nippon Series, where the winners of the Climax Finals Series play against each other, is conducted over late October to early November.   The main option remaining for visitors to Japan is to purchase reseller tickets through viaGoGo at this link.  Ensure you click on the option to sort by date to see the Nippon series matches.

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.

  • The Floating Torii Gate at Miyajima Island will be covered with scaffolding for a period of approximately two years from 6 June 2019
  • 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 commenced on 5 October 2019, looking at the official site today a lot have sold but there are still tickets available.  You can also order tickets through Voyagin at this link.
  • 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

These are 15 reasons you should never travel to Japan by Japan Inside

This article generated quite a strong response!  Click here to read more…

21 things people miss after leaving Japan by Japan Inside

Sometimes, even when we love a place with every fibre of our being, we just can’t stay forever. Family anxiously awaiting our return; work commitments; financial constraints and more mean that, at some point or other, many of us have to wave goodbye to Japan and return to our respective homelands.

Some of the things people miss about Japan will be immediately obvious, but others tend to sink in only a few weeks or months after returning home. Today, we’re taking a look at 21 of the little things, in no particular order, that Japan does so uniquely or so incredibly well that foreigners really start to pine for them once they finally say sayonara and head home.

Pooling the responses from my fellow RocketNews24 writers and talking with a number of people who have recently moved back to their homeland after living in Japan for anything from six months to more than a decade, I came up with this list of things that people really start to miss after heading home.  Click here to read more…

What You Must See in Hiroshima If You Only Have Two Days by Beautifully Travelled

I honestly don’t believe that a two week trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to the city that was once destroyed by the Atomic Bomb and that since then has risen from its ashes. And that is why this post list out all the things that you simply must see in Hiroshima.

Everyone should visit Hiroshima at least once in their life. This city and it’s Peace Memorial Park have a very important message to spread to the world.  Click here to read more…

What you must see in Hiroshima if you only have Two Days

Thanks Anne and Tony.

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

Japan Travel Planning with Kids Facebook Group

We have also just started a new Japan Travel Planning with Kids Facebook Group, to help families plan their trip to Japan – if you are travelling as a family please click on the link and request to join.

Our Other Facebook Groups

We have 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!

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