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Japan travel insurance

Before you buy travel insurance for your holiday to Japan, there are a few things to think about:

  • The cost of your trip - if you have to cancel, it's important to know that you can get your money back
  • The activities you’re likely to be doing - if you're planning anything extreme, we can offer you extra cover with our hazardous activities travel insurance
  • How much medical coverage you have - no one wants to think about getting ill or having an accident abroad but, unfortunately, it does happen
  • And don't forget to check the latest travel advice for Japan from the FCO
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Backpacking in Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019

If you’re thinking of travelling to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019, you might be considering travelling across the country to see the amazing stadiums and of course follow your team in their quest to lift the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The opening ceremony in Tokyo will kick off the event on 2nd September 2019 with 20 nations from across the globe competing for the most prestigious competition in the rugby calendar. Spanning over 6 weeks, 48 matches and across 12 cities in Japan from Sapporo in the north all the way to the southern tip in Kumamoto, we have the perfect cover for your rugby tour.

Our backpackers’ policy is great for travelling across the country and following your team in their bid to lift the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Furthermore, our policy doesn’t have to end when the World Cup ends; it can last for 18 months, so will come in handy if you plan on doing any further travelling before heading home at the end the tournament.

Our backpacker travel insurance has some extra bits and bobs too! For example, our policy includes a home visit, allowing you to split your trip if you need to pop back during the 6 week competition period, or feel homesick while travelling afterwards. If you intend on taking sports or photography equipment around Japan, you can add extra valuables cover to your policy, allowing you to enjoy your travels with peace of mind. Take a look at our policy wording for full details of the cover provided.

So go on – explore Japan and follow your team on their quest to lift the World Cup 2019!

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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What's covered with travel insurance to Japan?

As standard, our policies cover over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Scheduled airline failure
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

To help you have the best holiday experience, we’ve put together some important information that we think you might want to know before your trip to Japan:


Japanese yen

Official language(s)







Approx. 127 million

Plug type

Plug A and B

Driving side

Left-hand side


Spring - March to May

Summer - June to August

Autumn - September to November

Winter - December to February


Local laws and customs

Do I need a visa for Japan?

No. If you have a valid British passport then you can stay in Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. If you’re planning on staying for longer, or are travelling there for other means like work or study, then you’ll need to contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate.

Healthcare in Japan

The healthcare facilities in Japan are in good condition and are well equipped for most medical treatments. The staff are also highly trained in the hospitals and clinics around Japan. However, medical treatment can be quite expensive, and you’ll be expected to pay the full cost of the bill at the time of treatment. It’s important to make sure you have adequate travel insurance to cover the costs of any medical treatments or possible repatriation you may need while on your holiday.

You can find more information about healthcare in Japan here.

Can you help if I need medical treatment while in Japan?

Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.

If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call anytime, day or night, on +44 (0)207 748 0060.

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