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Georgia's head coach Milton Haig describes rugby's booming youth development in Georgia, the lessons learned from test matches between Canada and the USA, and looks ahead to the test against Wales.

FOOD & NIGHT LIFE

Famous for an abundance of fresh fish, the cuisine in Sapporo is second to none, an exciting array of restaurants and watering holes are scattered throughout the city. Odori Avenue Park, the location for the annual Snow Festival transforms into an outdoor array of fooleries and beer gardens in summer, with great fun to be had!

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LIFE IN JAPAN

locals fishing at otaru pier, hokkaido

locals fishing at otaru pier, hokkaido

FISHING PORT, HOKKAIDO, NORTH JAPAN

FISHING PORT, HOKKAIDO, NORTH JAPAN

Saitama - Rugby World Cup 2019

SAITAMA PREFECTURE

Saitama Prefecture is a great opportunity to experience daily life in Japan. The city is primarily a residential city due to it’s location just north of Tokyo. There is lots to see and do, and if you want a quieter hiking option to Mount Fuji check out Mount Hiwada for beginners or Mount Buko for a higher climb.

Three rugby World Cup matches will be stages in Saitama. The city is a short distance from Tokyo so commuting is an option. Visit Yono and Besshonuma Parks, Tsuki Shrine, and Omiya Bonsai Art Museum if you wish to discover the history and evolution of the Bonsai Tree in Japanese culture.

World Cup Matches - Kumagaya Stadium, Saitama Prefecture

Russia V Samoa September 24th

Georgia V Uruguay September 29th

Argentina V U.S.A October 9th

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WHAT TO EXPECT!?

The prefecture of Saitama is just north of Tokyo, hence a great location to take in more than one venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Less than 20 minutes train ride, it is a great day trip if you are staying in Tokyo too.

There’s lots to see and do, a few tips:

  • Visit ‘Little Edo’ for traditional Japanese architecture

  • Try traditional wooden boat causing on the Arakawa river

  • Take a tour of Suzuki Shuzo sake brewery

  • Visit AEON Lake town, the largest shopping centre in Japan

  • Hike Mount Hiwada

  • Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

  • Saitama Railway Museum

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