Cape Town - High definition satellite images of the 12 match venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The World Cup is set to get under way on Friday, September 20 as hosts Japan take on Russia at Tokyo Stadium.

Kick-off is at 12:45 SA time.

The Springboks are currently based in Kagoshima in preparation for the global showpiece.

Rassie Erasmus' men kick off their World Cup campaign against the All Blacks at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday, September 21 (11:45 SA time).

These images were taken by an Airbus satellite operated by the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES).

Images: © Cnes 2019, Distribution Airbus Defence and Space

1. Oita Stadium

Oita Stadium

2. Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Kamaishi Stadium

3. Kobe Misaki Stadium

Misaki Park Stadium

4. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

Kumagaya Rugby Stadium

5. Sapporo Dome

Sapporo Dome

6. Tokyo Stadium

Ajinomoto Stadium

7. Hanazono Rugby Stadium

Hanazono Rugby Stadium

8. Kumamoto Stadium

Kumamoto

9. Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa

Shizuoka

10. Toyota Stadium

Toyota Stadium

11. Yokohama Stadium

Yokohama

12. Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium

Fukuoka

Compiled by: Lynn Butler