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Japan Rugby World Cup: Last-minute travel guide

By: Extra Time Media correspondents

Getting to Japan

There’s no delicate way to put this. Getting to Japan is a mission. You’re in for at least a 20-hour trip with a stopover. Regular travellers won’t squirm at the thought – but if you’re new to lugging yourself through foreign airports, don’t be too alarmed.

Nearly all major airlines offer flights to Japan and the country is packed with airports. The most important international airport is Tokyo’s Narita Airport, followed by Osaka’s Kansai Airport, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Nagoya’s Central Japan Airport.

Japan’s next largest international airport is Fukuoka Airport, which links the city with several Asian destinations.

Choosing your stopover en route to the Japan Rugby World Cup

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Budget option: The Dubai stopover

There’s a reason Emirates is one of the biggest airlines in the world. The location makes it easy to connect to anywhere in the world and regular flights mean you don’t have to wait too long for your onward journey.

At the time of writing, layovers ranged from just over two hours to as long as 22 hours. That might sound like a long time, but if you’ve got the wanderlust bug, you can use the time to explore Dubai while waiting for your connection.

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Wanderlust options: Go east

Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand are all worth exploring if you want to take a slightly more adventurous (and more expensive) journey. Travel time might also increase, depending on where you choose to stop. Still, if you have the money and inclination, why not go exploring?

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Unconventional option: Go via Turkey

Istanbul is a stunning city and relatively cheap to fly to from South Africa. Turkish Airlines also offers flight directly from Istanbul to Tokyo.

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