2019 Rugby World Cup Information for U.S. Citizens Visiting Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan in September 2019. The events will draw tens of thousands of Rugby fans to Japan for the competition. Team USA is expected to compete in World Cup matches in at least four cities: Kobe, Fukuoka, Tokyo, and Osaka.  Hopefully Team USA will win their matches and go on to the next rounds!

Our team at the Embassy and consulates look forward to your visit, and we have some advice on how to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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Our @ACSTokyo twitter and Facebook accounts will provide useful tips about Japan and the games specifically for U.S. citizens.

Japan Country Specific Information
We encourage you to visit State Department’s website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Japan.html where you’ll find tips about traveling overseas, specific information about Japan

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Register with the Embassy to get the latest safety and security information at https://step.state.gov/step/. By enrolling in STEP, we’ll be able to send you information in case an emergency occurs during your trip.  You can also sign up to get information via text messages.

Passport/Carrying Identification
Make sure you carry your passport at all times during your trip to Japan. It is a legal requirement and local police may ask to check your identification. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. If you plan to travel to other countries in Asia during your trip, be sure to check the passport validity requirements visa requirements of each country.

Visa Requirements to Japan
A visa is generally NOT necessary for US passport holders visiting Japan for a short-term stay of less than 90 days with the purpose of tourism and business. *

*Please note that the visa waiver arrangement with the United States does NOT apply to U.S. individuals wishing to travel to Japan for news media related activities, attending depositions taken by U.S. Consul, or for U.S. Federal Government employees on official business or transit to/from official mission

For detailed information, please visit the Japanese Embassy’s website in the U.S. at https://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/travel_and_visa.html

Bringing Medication into Japan for Personal Use
Depending on the type and amount of the medication, you may need to apply for advance permission, or “Yakkan Shoumei.” For details, please visit https://jp.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/importing-medication/

Tri-fold brochure

We recommend you download this handy brochure which contains key information about consular services, local resources, emergency contact information, and practical travel tips.

Additional Useful Information

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The U.S. embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. U.S. Citizens wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.