Friday, November 7

Tokyo explained

FIFA World Club Championship

First round (December 11)

1. Adelaide United v Waitakere United

Quarter final

1. Winner of 1. v Gamba Osaka (December 14)
2. Al-Ahly v Pachuca (December 13)

Semi Final

1. Winner of QF1 v Manchester United (7.30pm local time, 10.30am UK time, December 18, Yokohama)
2. Winner of QF2 v LDU Quito (December 17)

Third-place play off (4.30pm local time, 7.30am UK time, December 21, Yokohama)

Final (7.30pm local time, 10.30am UK time, December 21, Yokohama)

United’s games
No matter what happens both United’s games will take place at the 72,327-capacity Nissan Stadium in Yokohama three days apart.

You can either tickets direct from the club’s ticket office for £46 for the semi final and £58 for the day of the final, which entitles you to watch both the third-place play off and the final.

United have 1,000 of these Category 4 seats for each fixture behind one of the goals and they aren't expected to sell out.
The club say people who haven't told them they are interested in going have to do so before 8pm on November 7 by calling 0161 868 8000 and choosing option 1.
Those that already have done this can buy tickets until 8pm Monday, November 10 on the same number.

Or, from 10am on November 15 to 11.59pm on November 30, you can buy tickets, up to four per person for any game, through the FIFA website, with the added advantage of knowing exactly where in the stadium you’ll be.

You will be sent a confirmation email with details of where to pick your tickets at the stadium on the day.

Semi final tickets cost:
Category 1: £115.61
Category 2: £89.96
Category 3: £57.83
Category 4: £44.96
Final tickets cost:
Category 1: £192.64
Category 2: £141.27
Category 3: £96.42
Category 4: £57.83
A three-per-cent booking fee will be added on to every order.

Buy tickets here.

Visiting Japan

You don’t need a visa, only a valid passport.

Having considered all direct London to Tokyo flight options and indrect flights via seven European cities, the best flight is expedia's offer of a £520 return via Paris, leaving December 17 and returning December 22 (though the price is pretty much the same on all dates).

At the time of writing, MUTravel has two places left on its four-day trip, which leaves December 17 from Manchester Airport and goes via Paris on Air France. You also get coaches to and from both matches. The price is £1,799. Click here to book.

Champion Sports Tours is also running a five-day trip, leaving December 16, which is now sold out.

Guests will stay for four nights at the four-star Hyatt Regency in Tokyo
Getting to the stadium from Tokyo
It is 10-minutes walk from the stadium to Shin-Yokohama Station, which is in Yokohama city (pictured left).

From the station, take the high-speed Tokaido Shinkansen train from Platform 1 to Tokyo, which is 25.5km away.

1 comment:

fernando said...

Note - Shin-Yokohama, though 15 mins walk from the stadium, is miles away from Yokohama itself. Don't spend the day in Yokohama expecting to be able to get to the ground quickly - it's about an hour away.