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10 exceptional ways to explore Japan, away from the Rugby World Cup 2019 

The Train Suite Shiki-Shima, operated by East Japan Railway in Japan. The sleeper service runs from Tokyo to Hokkaido
The Train Suite Shiki-Shima. The sleeper service is one of the many luxurious experiences fans can enjoy in Japan, away from the rugby pitch

The Rugby World Cup is upon us and for those of you heading over to Japan, here are 10 ways to take a break from all that chanting and flag-waving and step out of the stadium in style. 

1. Heat up in a ryokan

Star gaze while soaking in one of the rooftop hot spring baths of Hoshinoya Tokyo, a luxuriously modern take on a traditional Japanese ryokan inn housed in a skyscraper in the Otemachi district of the capital. hoshinoya.com

Rooftop onsen at Hoshinoya Tokyo

2. Take the Orient express

Forget bullet trains – the most luxurious way to travel across Japan is on board one of a raft of slower-paced (and painstakingly crafted) new generation sleeper trains.

Our favourite? Train Suite Shiki-Shima – designed by Ken Okuyama (renowned...

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