Hockey Tours to Japan
A school hockey tour to Japan incorporates all the major touristic sports as well as unique towns. Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Tokyo make up just some of our operating bases and whilst visiting Japan there are home stays available as part of your tour.
A tour to Japan really does provide a little bit of everything. You can be enjoying the hustle and bustle of Tokyo one day and be relaxing your body and mind at the hot springs (onsen) the next. Or, if that doesn’t take your fancy then why not soak up some culture and history by visiting Osaka Castle?
After a gallant effort at the Rio 2016 Olympics the national women’s hockey team have worked their way through the world rankings to sit in tenth place and the men’s team sit not far behind in sixteenth. This determination to succeed and the passion for the sport is also seen at school and club level where more and more children are choosing to take up hockey as an extra-curricular activity.
The annual All-Japan High School Invitational Tournament, supported by Japan’s Olympic Committee, showcases the skill and talent of the Japanese school sides with sixteen boys teams and sixteen girls teams competing for the Cup. At club level there are currently fourteen men’s league teams and ten women’s league teams. The numbers of participating teams within these leagues and competitions has increased drastically in the last ten years, demonstrating the new found popularity for the sport within Japan.
Embarking on a school hockey tour to Japan will give your students the chance to engage in fixtures of high standard and learn from the fast Japanese style of play. They will be warmly received by the Japanese who welcome the challenge of touring teams. A hockey tour to Japan allows students to experience the culture and stunning countryside, a land proud of its stunning natural beauty and bustling cities.
Experience more than just the astroturf on your next school hockey tour. Experience Japan.
Where to stay in Japan?
The Traveller’s Inn
Located in the heart of Old Japan, there is nowhere better suited for touring groups to experience Japanese culture under your touring roof.
Take a break from the expected in your Japanese style rooms, replete with minimalist furniture and futon bedding. Within minutes you have numerous temples, shrines and the impressive Kyoto City Zoo, not to mention the sumptuous cuisine offered at daily breakfast.
With superior twin, standard twin, and standard triple rooms available, the Traveller’s Inn caters superbly for large groups. Free WIFI is available in the seminar room and there is also a cafe restaurant and public bath open to hotel guests.
What to do in Japan?
There is plenty to do between matches to make your school hockey trip to Japan a memorable and culturally vibrant occasion for your students.
- Hot Springs (Onsen)
- Osaka Castle
- Tokyo Skytree
- Sumo School!
- Visit Mt Fuji via Bullet Train
When to visit Japan?
For hockey trips, we recommend visiting Japan between the months of January and June, making it the perfect location for February and Easter half terms.
When it comes to Japan it’s most certainly no stranger to most of us here at MSG Tours. Check out a range of our blogs below for our personal recommendations.
The Explorer on her First Visit to Tokyo
Rydal Penrhos and The Lakes School await Japan Adventure
Get in touch with us to chat about how Kyoto, Japan is the ideal destination for your next school hockey trip or hockey team tour.
Find out where previous groups have travelled on their hockey tours:
Dulwich College: Hockey Tour to San Sebastian, Spain
Sir Roger Manwood’s School: Multi-Sports Tour to Sri Lanka
Dinnington High School: Multi-Sports Tour to Canada and the USA
View other previous hockey tours here