Women’s Handball World Championship 2019

Women’s Handball World Championship 2019

Women’s Handball World Championship 2019

Destinations: Kumamoto (possible to add extensions to Tokyo and Kyoto)
Duration: 20 days (+5 days with extension)
Travel period: 28th November – 17th December 2019
Price: From 23 800 SEK
Departure: Stockholm, Gothenburg or Copenhagen (for other airports, please contact us)

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Travel to Japan and experience Women’s Handball World Championship 2019. The event will take place from November 30 to December 15 in Kumamoto in the south part of Japan. JTB is offering you a unique package, where you can experience the Preliminary and Final Round in Kumamoto with departure November 28 and return on December 17. But why stop here? Japan is a breathtaking country offering everything from hi-tech society to history dating back to the Samurai era. Before arriving to Kumamoto for the Women’s Handball World Championship, you can go to Japan a few days earlier and experience the metropolis Tokyo and the hidden treasures of Kyoto. 

Overview

28 November: Departure
29 November: Arrival in Kumamoto
30 November – WHWC Preliminary and Final Round (Nov 28 – Dec 17, 2019)
16 December: Departure from Kumamoto
17 December: Return trip to Sweden

Pre-tour:
23 November: Departure
24 November: Arrival in Tokyo
25 November: Sightseeing in Tokyo on your own or with a group
26 November: Sightseeing in Tokyo on your own or trip to Fuji-san
27 November: Shinkansen to Kyoto. Optional tour to Nara
28 November: Sightseeing in Kyoto
29 November: Shinkansen to Kumamoto
30 November – 15 December: WHWC Preliminary and Final Round
16 December: Departure from Kumamoto
17 December: Return trip to Sweden

Price


WHWC Preliminary and Final Round (Nov 28 – Dec 17, 2019)

Included in the package:

  • Flight ticket: Europe – Kumamoto (round trip)
  • All airport taxes
  • Airport transfer in Kumamoto (round trip)
  • 17 nights in Kumamoto at selected hotel incl. breakfast
  • 1 night at airport hotel

Not included in rate:

  • Optional sightseeing tours
  • Admission tickets and transport to arenas for WHWC in Kumamoto
  • Meals and personal expense
  • Travel Insurance and cancellation insurance
Price per person: Single room Twin/Double room Triple room
Basic 40 2300 SEK 33 800 SEK 30 500 SEK
Basic+ 46 800 SEK 40 300 SEK 38 100 SEK
Superior 51 200 SEK 44 600 SEK 47 200 SEK

WHWC Pre-tour (Nov 23 – Nov 29, 2019)

Included in the package:

  • 3 nights in Tokyo incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights in Kyoto incl. breakfast
  • Japan Rail Pass, 7 days ordinary

Not included in rate:

  • Optional sightseeing tours
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and cancellation insurance
Supplement per person: Single room Twin/Double room Triple room
Basic 8 700 SEK 7 700 SEK 7 700 SEK
Basic+ 10 900 SEK 9 800 SEK 9 800 SEK
Superior 14 200 SEK 13 100 SEK 13 100 SEK

Optional tours

Get the best out of Japan!
During your stay in Japan, join some of our sightseeing tours with our English Speaking guides.
All tours must be booked before departure, and cannot be changed after booking.

November 25 (Tokyo): Tokyo Edo Morning (08:00 – 12:30). Price 650 SEK 
Visit top sights in Tokyo by bus and English speaking guide.

Morning tour includes:
National Diet Building (drive by)
Imperial Palace (drive by)
Tsukiji Fish Market with local snack taste
Kabukiza theater (drive by)
Tokyo SkyTree® (admission not included JPY 2200 per person)
Asakusa Temple area (finish)

November 25 (Tokyo): Tokyo Edo 1-day with lunch (08:00 – 18:00). Price 950 SEK 
Go all in, and extend the morning tour to a full-day tour.

Full day tour also includes:
Lunch
– Tokyo Bay Cruise
– Zojo-ji Temple
– Odaiba
Shibuya Hachiko Cross
Finish in Shinjuku

November 26 (Tokyo): Mt. Fuji and Hakone 1-day tour incl. lunch (08:00 – 19:00) 1 300 SEK
Take a day trip from Tokyo to the iconic Mt. Fuji and Hakone National Park. This is a bus tour with English Speaking guide.

Tour includes:

Visit Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station
Lunch
Lake Ashi cruise
Hakone Ropeway

November 27 (Kyoto): Nara Afternoon (13:30 – 18:00) 800 SEK
Visit the first capital city of Japan, Nara. This is a bus tour with English Speaking guide.
Tour includes:
– Kasuga Taisha
– Todaiji Temple
– Nara Park

28. november (Kyoto): Kyoto heldagstur (08:00 – 18:00). Pris 1 300 SEK
Join a bus tour of Kyoto, and visit the top sights with English Speaking guide.

Tour includes:
Nijo Castle
Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)
Imperial Palace
Lunch
– Fushimi Inari Taisha
– Sanjusangendo Temple
– Kiyomizudera

November 30 – December 15: Tours from Kumamoto

In October we will offer a line-up of tours from Kumamoto exclusively for our guests. 

Please make sure to book before departure.

Accommodation

JTB is delighted to offer 3 different hotel categories, so you can choose if you want to save money and stay simple, or if you want to pay extra and have more space. Categories are Economy Class, Tourist Class and Superior Class.

General about hotels in Japan:

All hotels are clean, centrally located and include WiFi, A/C, Heater, Private bathroom, Water boiler, Refrigerator (empty), hairdryer, towels and toilet amenities. Rooms are in general smaller compared to hotels in other neighboring countries in Asia, and most rooms are not equipped with closets nor storage space to unpack your luggage. The rooms are mostly designed for Japanese business people who only stay for one night, and therefore very practical and minimalistic. All hotels have reception desk where some English is spoken. There is also a breakfast restaurant, which in general serves breakfast from 07:00 to 09:00. Service is very limited and in most hotels non-existing. Most hotels have a self-service concept. You can wash your clothes on your own in the coin laundry, you can buy drinks from the vending machines and you can buy food in a nearby convenience store and bring it to the room. Check-in starts at 15:00 and check-out is at 11:00. You are welcome to store your luggage in the hotel in case you arrive early or depart late. Early check-in or late check-out is not possible.

Economy Class Hotels:

Simple accommodation with small rooms.

If you are looking for the cheapest price, Economy Hotels is the choice for you. You will stay in a central location in all cities. However rooms are quite small, and there is limited space for luggage. But if you will spend most of your time sightseeing, and space is not an issue, this is the best deal. 

You should expect room and bed sizes as follows:

Single rooms: Room size: 10-12SQM. Bed size: 1 x 110x200cm.

Twin/Double: Room size: 15-18SQM. Bed size: 2 x 110x200cm or 1 x 160x200cm.

Triple: Room size: 20-21SQM. Bed size: 2 x 110x200cm + extra bed 110x190cm.

Tourist Class Hotels:

If you are looking for simple accommodation, but you are willing to pay a bit extra to get some more space, Tourist Class would be suitable for you. You will get a slightly bigger room so you will have a more comfortable experience. However the self-service concept still apply with this category. 

You should expect room and bed sizes as follows:

Single rooms: Room size: 13-15SQM. Bed size: 1 x 120x200cm.

Twin/Double: Room size: 19-21SQM. Bed size: 2 x 120x200cm or 1 x 160x200cm.

Triple: Room size: 22-24SQM. Bed size: 2 x 120x200cm + extra bed 110x190cm.

Superior Class Hotels: 

If you are fuzzy with hotels, and the price is not a big concern, Superior Class Hotels will be suitable for you. If you stay in Superior Class, you can expect even bigger rooms especially for Japanese standard. 

Some hotels in this category have some extra services such as laundry service and minibar in the rooms. Some even offer room service, gym and several restaurants to choose from. English is also spoken in a higher level. 

You should expect room and bed sizes as follows:

Single rooms: Room size: 16-20SQM. Bed size: 1 x 120x200cm.

Twin/Double: Room size: 22-24SQM. Bed size: 2 x 120x200cm or 1 x 160x200cm.

Triple: Room size: 25-31SQM. Bed size: 2 x 120x200cm + extra bed 110x190cm.

Ticket and other information

Sports arenas in Kumamoto:

Matches for preliminary round will be held in 5 different sports arenas, and located between 2 and 47 km from Kumamoto city center. Sports arenas are as follows:

  • Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium (2,5 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Aqua Dome Kumamoto (8,5 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Park Dome Kumamoto (11,5 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Yamaga City Overall Gymnasium (31 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Yatsushiro General Gymnasium (47 km from central Kumamoto)

Matches for President’s Cup, Main Round, Placement Match and Final Round will take place in 3 different sports arenas as follows:

  • Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium (2,5 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Aqua Dome Kumamoto (8,5 km from central Kumamoto)
  • Park Dome Kumamoto (11,5 km from central Kumamoto)

For more information about the sports arena, see link HERE

Match schedule:

Women’s Handball World Championship will start on November 30 and finish on December 15, 2019.
The Preliminary round is from November 30 to December 06, 2019.
The Final Round and President’s Cup is from December 08 to December 15, 2019.

Click HERE for match schedule

Tickets:

Match tickets are not included in the package.
Please purchase your tickets by yourself, and thereby have the flexibility to choose which match you want to experience in your own preferred seat category.

Purchase tickets by using this LINK

Access and transportation to sports arenas:
Shuttle busses are planned to depart from Kumamoto City Bus Terminal to each sports arena.
More information will be provided later.

 

Enjoy flexibility with a Rent-a-car:
JTB is able to arrange rent-a-car during your stay in Japan.
Is it safe to drive in Japan? YES, Japan is probably one of the safest countries to drive, with organized traffic and well-constructed road system. In Japan you must drive on the left side (like in the UK), but the cars will always come with automatic gear which makes is much easier.
Navigation: Japanese signs are almost all in Japanese and English, so it is very easy to navigate. JTB will of course provide English GPS for navigation. The GPS system is easy, you just need to input the phone number of the sports arena or your hotel, and it will navigate to your destination.
Parking: You are able to park at or near your hotel. Price varies, but is about EUR 10 per day.
Petrol: Is cheaper than in Europe, about EUR 1 per liter.
Road toll: If you want to use the highway, road toll is required. Everything is with English signs.
NOTE: Before arrival to Japan, you need to have an International Driver’s License from 1949 Geneva Convention. An International Driver’s License is only valid for 1 year.

From prices are as follows:
Car type: Compact s-class (Honda FIT or similar)
Pick up: November 30 in central Kumamoto
Drop off: December 16 in central Kumamoto Airport
Price: 9 500 SEK

WHWC Preliminary and Final Round (Nov 28 – Dec 17, 2019)

Kumamoto Castle

Join the excitement in Kumamoto and experience the Preliminary and Final Round!


November 28: Departure
Depart Europe to either Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya with arrival the next day (November 29).


November 29: Arrival to Kumamoto
You will arrive to either Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. From here you will pass through immigrations and clear customs before continuing on a domestic flight to Kumamoto. Note in some cases you might need to change airports, we will inform you upon reservation.
After arrival to Kumamoto, you will have a transfer to your selected hotel in Kumamoto City.
Check-in starts at 3PM. Rest of the day is free of leisure in Kumamoto.


November 30 – December 15: Women’s Handball World Championship 2019
For the next 16 days, you will experience the preliminary and final round for the Women’s Handball World Championship. Please go to “Practical information” for information about the arenas and how to buy tickets.

Optional tours from Kumamoto:
What should you do while in Kumamoto?
JTB will offer all our travelers a line of excursions. These excursions will be ready in October. If a tour has your interest, please let us know. You are not able to book any tours while in Japan, since many elements in the tour needs to be pre-arranged. Please be patient, and we will get back to you in October.


December 16: Departure from Kumamoto
Today is your last day in Kumamoto, and you have experienced the Preliminary Round.
Please check-out of your hotel before 11AM. In case you have a late flight, the hotel is happy to keep your luggage stored.
2 hours before your departing flight, your transfer service is ready to pick you up from your hotel.
Depart from Kumamoto to Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya.
Most flight to Europe depart in the morning hours, therefore it requires overnight near the airport in most cases. Accommodation is included.


December 17: Departure to Europe
It is time to head home. You will depart from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya airport to Europe with arrival the same day in the afternoon or evening.


WHWC Pre-tour (Nov 23 – Nov 29, 2019)

Get the best while in Japan!
Travel to Japan 5 days before the event and get the opportunity to experience the must-see highlights, Tokyo and Kyoto.
Tokyo is the current capital of Japan, and with its 39 million inhabitants (including suburbs) it is the largest metropolitan area in the world. Afterwards jump on the legendary bullet train Shinkansen, and visit Kyoto, the former capital of Japan where the emperor lived for more than 1000 years. The city is not only the birthplace of Japan, but it also played a key role when it comes to Japanese traditions and culture.


November 23: Departure
Depart Europe to Tokyo with arrival the next day (November 24).


November 24: Arrival to Tokyo
After arrival to Tokyo you will pass immigrations and clear customs.
Prior to your travel, you will have received a Japan Rail Pass from us.
At the airport, go to the train station and to the JR Exchange office, and exchange the Japan Rail Pass. This pass will cover all transportation until you have reached Kumamoto.
The JR Pass is valid on the Narita Airport Express or Haneda Airport Monorail. In Tokyo it is valid on all JR lines (but not Tokyo Metro or private railway companies). Take the train from the airport to central Tokyo where we have arranged accommodation for the next 3 nights. Instructions on how to reach your hotel will be provided by JTB. The rest of the day is free of leisure in Tokyo.


November 25: Sightseeing in Tokyo on your own or with a tour
You will wake up in the biggest metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo has many sightseeing spots to offer and is easily reached by local transport or on foot.

Optional tour: Tokyo Edo Morning tour or Tokyo Edo 1-day tour
Get the best out of Tokyo! JTB offers a city sightseeing tour with our English Speaking guide. Audio Guide is available in Spanish and in French. Tour the city by bus while getting a great explanation on what the city is all about.
For more information, click on “Optional Tours”.


November 26: Sightseeing in Tokyo on your own or day tour to Mt. Fuji
You have the whole day to explore the city on your own.

Optional tour: Mt. Fuji and Hakone 1-day with lunch
No trip is complete to Japan without seeing the majestic Mt. Fuji.
The mountain is located outside Tokyo, and with this day-trip you will visit both Mt. Fuji and the national park of Hakone.
For more information, see under “Optional Tours”.


November 27: Shinkansen train to Kyoto. Optional tour to Nara
It is time to leave Tokyo. But before you leave your hotel, ask them to send your big luggage to your hotel in Kumamoto. If you are only carrying a small luggage, it will make your travels much easier for the next days. Price is about JPY 2500 per luggage, depending on size.
With the Japan Rail Pass, you will board the legendary train Shinkansen. Travel through Japan with over 300 km/h. The journey is only 2½ hours, and you can reach Kyoto before lunch.
After arrival to Kyoto you have the whole day free of leisure.

Optional tour: Nara Afternoon
Step back in time, and join this afternoon tour by bus to Nara. The city is located just south of Kyoto, and was the first capital of Japan. Here you will visit must-see sightseeing spots like Kasuga Taisha, a beautiful temple with hundreds of lanterns, and Todaiji Temple which is on the UNESCO list of world heritage.
For more information, see under “Optional Tours”.


November 28: Sightseeing in Kyoto
You have the whole day free of leisure in Kyoto.

Optional tour: Kyoto 1-day including lunch
Get the best out of Kyoto. Join the 1-day sightseeing tour with English speaking guide, visiting all the top sights Kyoto has to offer. This includes Golden Pavilion, Nijo-Castle and Kiyomizudera.
For more information, see under “Optional Tours”.


November 29: Shinkansen train to Kumamoto
It is time to head to Kumamoto, and experience the Women’s Handball World Championship.
With the Japan Rail Pass, you will again jump on the legendary Shinkansen to Kumamoto. The journey is about 4 hours, and the best departure is around 12 noon.
After arrival to Kumamoto you will check-in to your hotel and join the program as above.