The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching and although planeloads of Kiwis are flying north to Japan for the tournament, there are still flights available at very reasonable fares.
If you're one of the lucky ones headed to Japan or are thinking about going, then here are some things you should know before you go.
Queue to the left... or the right
In Tokyo, it is social etiquette to stand to the left when queueing or taking an escalator, leaving room for others to pass you on the right side.
However, in Oita or Fukuoka, you'll find that it is the other way round and locals gravitate to the right. If you can't remember which side to stick to, just follow the person in front of you.
Don't be late
This is Japan - you must be punctual.
A 30-second train delay can become a nationwide scandal, so arrive ahead of time when using public transport.
Trains and buses run like clockwork, get yourself a timetable and expect to stick to it.
Get in the mood
Sporting events in Japan are unique. Local fans are known for being highly active, singing rally songs and waving merchandise.
Be a tidy Kiwi
Japan is an immaculately clean country and locals take great pride in this.
Last year, Japanese football fans cleaned the stadium after the first game of the season.
Rugby fans are likely to follow suit, so don't let the team down and make sure you dispose of your rubbish properly.
Food for thought
Japanese sports stadiums are ahead of the game when it comes to food and drink.
Vendors walk up and down the aisles with kegs strapped to their backs, ready to serve up freshly poured beer. There's also a selection of cuisine on offer, such as yakitori, bento boxes, takoyaki, edamame and kakigori.
Learn the lingo
When visiting a new country, it's always useful to learn a few words in the local language.
Don't worry if you don't get your pronunciation perfect, as Japanese people will be delighted that you've made the effort.
- Rugby - ragubii
- Where is the game? - Shiai wa doko de ari masuka?
- Pass the ball! - Bōru o pasu shite!
- Come on! - Ike!
- Go for it! - Ganbatte!
Protection for unexpected incidents
As with all travel, it's important to purchase insurance at the same time you book your trip.
That way you are covered in the event of an emergency.
It's not just medical costs that could become an issue - large crowds at big events are a popular target for thieves and pickpockets.
Also, make sure you have digital copies of insurance policy documents stored online, so you can access them, even if you lose your baggage or paperwork.
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