F A B F O U R AT R WC 2 0 1 9

Take a t our of t he cities host­ing Eng­land’s World Cup pool matches in Ja­pan nex t year

Rugby World - - RW PROMOTION - Pic­tures JNTO & City of Sapporo

SAPPORO

Sun 22 Sep, Eng­land v Tonga

Eng­land kick off their 2019 Rugby World Cup cam­paign in the north­ern is­land of Hokkaido and you can hop on ca­ble cars up Mount Moiwa in Sapporo to take in one of Ja­pan’s top three night views.

Oku­rayama Ski Jump Sta­dium, which was used at the 1972 Win­ter Olympics, has another im­pres­sive view of the city as well as mem­o­ra­bilia from past Games and sim­u­la­tors so you can en­joy dif­fer­ent sports like the ski jump and bob­sleigh.

KOBE

Thu 26 Sep, Eng­land v USA

Sam­pling Kobe beef will be top of many rugby fans’ lists here and the top tip is to go at lunchtime, as prices will be more palat­able than din­ner menus. Get good value and great ser­vice at

Kishuya in the Chuo area.

Kobe Har­bour is sure to be pop­u­lar too, es­pe­cially with Meriken Park on the water­front the des­ig­nated fanzone. There are var­i­ous cruises on of­fer, in­clud­ing Lu­mi­nous’s evening trip along the Akashi Strait where you can see the lights change on Akashi Bridge. Splash out on a multi-course din­ner or pay as you go for drinks and snacks at the bar.

Head to the top of Mount Rokko for spec­tac­u­lar views of Kobe and take the train to Himeji to ex­plore the beau­ti­ful – and re­cently ren­o­vated – Himeji Cas­tle.

TOKYO

Sat 5 Oct, Eng­land v Argentina

There is so much to see and do in Ja­pan’s cap­i­tal. For his­tory, visit Asakusa where the fa­mous Sen­soji Tem­ple (left) is lo­cated, then dine at Asakusa Ima­han – a res­tau­rant that dates back more than 120 years and spe­cialises in shabu-shabu (a hot­pot dish with thin slices of beef).

For a look at Ja­pan’s moder­nity, go to teamLab in Odaiba, a dig­i­tal art mu­seum where you can get lost for hours in the ever-chang­ing dis­plays (be sure to book).

YOKO­HAMA

Sat 12 Oct, Eng­land v France

Take the lift to the top of Marine Tower for great views of the city or head to the bar on the 42nd floor of the Prince Ho­tel, where you can en­joy the sights and a bev­er­age (there is a ta­ble charge).

At street level, there are more than 400 bars in an area of 2sqkm in Noge. Many only seat a hand­ful of peo­ple so stay for a drink or two, then visit another.

The craft beer scene in Yoko­hama is grow­ing so there’s an op­por­tu­nity to taste dif­fer­ent brews, too. Yoko­hama also has the sec­ond-largest Chi­na­town

in the world af­ter San Fran­cisco.

Jump to it Sapporo’s ski jump of­fers great views

Raise the bars Yoko­hama’s Noge area

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