Hotlist Travel Destinations For 2019

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup, and is to be held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November. This will be the first time the tournament is to be held in Asia, the first time consecutive tournaments have been staged in the same hemisphere, and also the first time that the event will take place outside the traditional heartland of the sport. The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Chōfu, Tokyo, and the final match will be held at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. The top three teams in each of the four pools at the 2015 Rugby World Cup automatically qualified for the next tournament. Japan finished third in Pool B during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and so finished in a qualifying position – however, by virtue of hosting the tournament, Japan were assured qualification for the tournament before the 2015 Rugby World Cup took place. The remaining eight spaces were decided by existing regional competitions (e.g. the Rugby Europe International Championships) followed by a few cross regional play-offs. The final spot was decided by a repechage tournament in Marseille in November 2018, which was won by Canada.

This provides the opportunity to visit the following cities where the tournaments are being held: Oita, Higashiosaka, Fukuroi, Kobe, Toyota, Chofu, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kumagaya, Kamaishi, and Sapporo. The article below lists a further 39 destinations.

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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/ng-interactive/2019/jan/05/where-to-go-on-holiday-in-2019-the-hotlist