Inside the luxury hotels where the Irish rugby team stayed during the World Cup in Japan

Ireland’s attempt to do better than a World Cup quarter-final for the first time ended in tears as New Zealand beat Joe Schmidt’s side, who are now returning from the Japan.

The Ireland team spent more than five weeks in Japan – traveling the country as they finished second behind Japan in Pool A and ultimately lost 46-14 to the All Blacks.

The players have led comfortable lives in the Land of the Rising Sun, with the team staying in stunning luxury hotels along the way.

We’ve broken down exactly where Schmidt’s team stayed as they made their way through the competition:

New Otani Makuhari Hotel, Tokyo – September 15-17 (four stars)

New Otani Makuhari Hotel

The perfect starting point as Ireland acclimates to Japan, this luxury hotel on the outskirts of Tokyo has helped Ireland take action.

The indoor and outdoor pools were there for players to relax, they would probably need them as well as practice intensified for Scotland in Game 1.

New Otani Makuhari Hotel

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Tower, Tokyo – September 18-22 (five stars)

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Tower

You’d think that with this hotel across Tokyo Bay it would be pretty quiet – but this bustling hotel is actually in the heart of Yokohama.

Luxurious central accommodation brought the team closer to the opening game venue – and it worked a treat as Ireland dominated Scotland to embark on a flyer.

Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Tower

Katsuragi Hotel, Shizuoka – September 23-28

Katzuragi Hotel, Shizuoka

Loneliness was the theme for this week as a clash with the hosts loomed – this hotel offered space and a bit of peace and quiet after Tokyo.

But that didn’t seem to be of much help as Japan shocked Joe Schmidt’s side to really put pressure on Ireland.

Katzuragi Hotel, Shizuoka

Sheraton Kobe Bay Hotel & Tower, Kobe – September 29 – October 3 (four stars)

Sheraton Kobe Bay Hotel & Tower

After that loss, the players probably would have wanted to return to solitude to get it right – but instead they were thrown into the heart of Kobe at this luxury hotel.

The Sheraton Kobe Bay has it all, so Ireland was well equipped to refocus on Russia’s challenge on October 3.

Sheraton Kobe Bay Hotel & Tower

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka – October 4-12 (Five stars)

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

This multidimensional resort is sort of home to an array of business, entertainment and shopping facilities all in one and cuts no corner in luxury to Joe Schmidt and his side.

But players are probably not in the frame of mind to take advantage of it, as concerns about qualifying for the quarterfinals and Typhoon Hagibis grabbed the headlines this week in particular.

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Hilton Tokyo Bay – October 13 (five stars)

Hilton Tokyo Bay

Most visitors to this place hope their dreams will come true on a trip to Disneyland – but Irish gamers were stuck here before their worst nightmares came to life.

At the same time, it’s not the worst place to stay, it’s a lovely place along Tokyo Bay.

Ireland probably could have stayed there longer if they had lived to fight another week in Japan – but this hotel was a suitable host for the final week of their campaign.

Hilton Tokyo Bay

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