Get your game on for these rugby destinations in Asia-Pacific
The past couple of months have seen rugby superfans on the edge of their seats with anticipation as they support their favourite national teams, playing the world’s largest rugby tournament in stadiums across Japan.
As we hunker down to witness the final eight tussle for the title, Here are some ideas to keep the rugby fever in play in the months ahead. Join the haka (a ceremonial dance or challenge in Māori culture) in New Zealand or tour the grounds of the greats across Australia and Japan.
Even strangers to rugby might be familiar with the New Zealand All Blacks and their pre-match haka.
For rugby fans visiting New Zealand, absolute must-dos include taking a guided tour around the legendary grounds of Eden Park in Auckland.
Visitors on a Saturday have the chance to participate in an authentic Māori haka experience; where they literally get to learn the haka within the changing room before performing it on the field like the All Blacks!
Stay at the nearby iconic Old Farmers Building, right in the heart of Auckland, close to the city’s main attractions and with stunning views to boot.
Rugby has enjoyed a long, illustrious 150 years of history in Australia. The team plays at various stadiums around the country, but it was the Sydney Cricket Ground that was the venue for the first-ever Australian international in 1899.
Take a behind-the-scenes guided tour on Agoda.com to tread the path of champions, before checking into the InterContinental Sydney for a five-star stay.
The hotel offers stunning views of Darling Harbour, is located within walking distance to the iconic Sydney Opera House and is just a short drive away from Bondi and Manly beaches should travelers fancy some surfing lessons.
The world-class rugby event is being held in Japan for the first time since its inauguration 32 years ago, and for good reason.
Japan is widely known as the rugby powerhouse of Asia, and the Brave Blossoms have caused quite a stir among rugby fans after swiftly defeating the Irish team at Pool A, heralding a new chapter in Japanese rugby.
Rugby fans heading to soak up the excitement in Japan shouldn’t miss the picturesque changing of leaves as fall blankets the nation right during finals season in Yokohama.
Head to Yokohama Park (right next to the finals stadium) and Sankeien Gardens for the best viewing points, and the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel and Hotel Associa Shin-Yokohama make for exceptional stays.