Aus v Japan



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This fixture is shaping as the crunch match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as the Socceroos travel to Japan to take on the Blue Samurai in a massive encounter which will likely see the winner secure its place for the finals in Russia 2018.

Event: FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier
Teams: Japan v Socceroos
Date: Thurs 31 Aug, 2017
Venue: Tokyo region (stadium tbc)

This will be Australia's last away qualifier and our boys will need all the support they can get against this classy Japanese outfit. With only one home match against Thailand, this could be the most important 90 minutes in all our players' careers.

The rivalry between these two sides has become one of our fiercest throughout Asia, and with so much on the line, you can expect this clash will be one to remember.

Our Packages

We have various packages on our offer to suit all travellers. Our packages range from a 2 night package for those taking the quick trip to Tokyo, a 3 night package including a day tour to Mt Fuji & Hakone, and the ultimate taste of Japan via our 8 day tour including sightseeing, meals and of course 3 nights in Tokyo & the football festivities.

All packages include a choice of centrally located Tokyo hostels & hostels along with a ticket to the big match plus private coach stadium transfers.

Prices start from $599pp with extra nights, single prices and international airfares available to add-onn.

The Event

The Qantas Socceroos have taken on Japan 24 times in their playing history with Japan having won 8, Australia 7, plus 9 draws. Our most famous clash with Japan came at the 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage where we came back from a goal down in the last 10 minutes to win 3-1 thanks largely to 2 goals from substitute Tim Cahill.

Since that match, we have taken on the Blue Samurai in Asian Cup matches and World Cup qualifiers with the last match played in front of 50,000 fans at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne in 2016. Japan were first on the score sheet with a goal inside the first 5 minutes before the Socceroos clawed their way back into the match. With Mile Jedinak slotting home a 52nd minute penalty the Socceroos probed hard for a winner however had to settle for a 1-1 draw.