With rugby so ingrained into New Zealand culture, we’ve put together some tips for rugby fans travelling to Japan in September.
Planning your trip to Japan
Check your tickets
Before you book your flights or accommodation, make sure your tickets are genuine. There are countless ticket scams for large scale events and unless you buy from the official vendor, there’s always going to be some risk involved when buying second hand tickets. Ensure your tickets are valid by purchasing them from the official vendor.
Big sporting events draw a massive crowd and booking accommodation or flights can get pricey if you don’t book early. Make your arrangements with plenty of time to spare so that you don’t miss out, and you don’t pay more than you have to. Be sure to factor in transportation time and costs when you’re booking your accommodation.
Tips for the games
Plan your toilet breaks
The downside of going to the bathroom during halftime is that you’ll be waiting in queue with hundreds of other fans waiting to use the facilities. Usually the quietest time to take a bathroom break is during a commercial time-out or just before half time, even if you might miss a minute or two of the action.
Dress with pride
One of the perks of seeing a sports event live is the atmosphere and that all comes down to the fans and the vibe they create together. Wear your favourite team (we know it’s our boys in black) merch with pride and unite with your fellow supporters to cheer on your star players. For many New Zealanders, being in Japan will be the unmissable sporting event of the year.
Make sure you take out an insurance policy that’s right for you to safeguard against things like trip delays, interruptions and injuries.