Hold on one moment, why is Japan a must see in 2019? Isn’t Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics?

The answer is yes, and some 60 million people might have the same idea to travel to Japan in 2020;  but as Japan prepares for the 2020 Olympics, 2019 is also set to be a very exciting year to visit the Land of the Rising Sun.

The 9th official Rugby World Cup will to be hosted in Japan from 20 September- 2 November 2019 and is going to be one to remember.  It will be the very first time that a Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan.

Rugby has been a sport enjoyed by many in Japan for over 100 years, with the first official recorded game played in Yokahama 1866.  This prestigious game of Rugby is the 5th most popular sport in Japan, with its popularity growing year by year.

If Rugby is not quite your forte,  there are so many special bucket list highlights in Japan that make it a must see for 2019.

The Setouchi Triennale—or the Setouchi International Art Festival, a new-since-2010 contemporary art explosion—returns from April to November across a dozen islands in the Seto Inland Sea.  There is the new World Heritage site—the hidden Christian sites of Nagasaki, and trying out your talent with skiing in remote Honshu, the largest ski resort in Japan.

Then there is Tokyo? Tokyo was named the world’s top city for the third year in a row in Condé Nast 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, mainly due to its status as the most Michelin-starred city in the world. It is the city’s thrill of contradictions: ultramodern, neon-lit skyscrapers and tranquil temples, unmatchable street style and centuries-old etiquette (the Tsukiji Fish Market now has a shiny new location, too) that makes it such a fascinating city.

If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps royalty will:   As of the 1st of May 2019, the country will be celebrating and welcoming a new emperor.

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