(CNN)How much rugby is too much rugby?
Paul Erskine is finding out. He has tickets for 36 of the 48 World Cup matches in Japan, and is determined to set an official Guinness World Record. Because apparently that’s a thing — most matches attended at a Rugby World Cup by an individual.A 54-year-old coal industry executive who traveled to Japan from South Africa, Erskine is taking it seriously. This feat is two years and about $33,000 in the making.Wearing a custom jersey promoting his ambitious record bid, and riding a train to the City of Toyota Stadium near Nagoya to see Wales play Georgia, Erskine explained that it’s actually quite a process to make the record official.Paul Erskine has tickets for 36 of the 48 World Cup matches in Japan, and is determined to set an official Guinness World Record.For starters, he had to register his attempt three months prior to the tournament.Read MoreThen, to prove his attendance at each of the 36 matches, Erskine is required to provide a ticket stub, photographic evidence that he was present for the pre-game national anthems, signatures from two witnesses, and detailed notes about how he got to the stadium.”People can lie,” he says. “They could win (the record) by one ticket or two tickets. But, physically, how could you get from A to B?”At the end of the tournament, he’ll compile his data and send it in to Guinness. And after all this, if he’s ultimately triumphant, he’ll get … nothing.Erskine laughs and explains that maybe he’ll impress his kids. “They’ll say, ‘That’s my dad.'” READ: Uruguay stuns Fiji to deliver first major shock of Japan 2019READ: Samoa escapes double red card and ralies to winWild adventureThe South African will be in Japan for 42 days. On Thursday he was in Kobe watching England beat the USA and he will be in Yokohoma for the World Cup final on November.Despite the number of games he has to cram in, Erksine isn’t worried he’s going to miss one. “Japan Railways doesn’t have delays,” says the South African.He’s living out of a small backpack and is traveling light. Two of everything. But no razors. He’s refusing to shave. Because why not.Back home in November, bearded and travel weary, he’ll only have to answer to his wife. And that shouldn’t be a problem. “She’s used to it,” quips Erskine. This isn’t the first time Erskine has ventured off on a wild adventure. In 2011 he competed in the Mongol Derby, celebrated as the world’s longest endurance horse race.It’s a grueling 10-day, 1,000 kilometer journey through the Mongolian steppe following the route of an ancient postal messaging system developed by Genghis Khan.For animal safety, riders are required to change horses every 40km. Human safety is less a concern. And many participants, like Erskine, never even finish the race.So, yeah. That kind of adventuring. Climbing tall mountains. Diving deep seas. And seeing the far reaches of the planet as he checks things off his non-traditional bucket list.Of course, watching rugby, drinking cider, and sleeping in hotels won’t be quite as physically taxing as 10 days in the saddle. Photos: RWC 2019 venuesNew Zealand beat Australia 34-17 to win its second straight Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium, London in October 2015. Four years on, the focus will shift to Japan, where 12 stadiums throughout the country will host the tournament from September 20 to November 2. Hide Caption 1 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: International Stadium YokohamaCapacity: 72,327Where: Yokohama City, Kanagawa PrefectureMatches: New Zealand vs South Africa; Ireland vs Scotland; England vs France; Japan vs Scotland; Semifinals 1 & 2; Final Hide Caption 2 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Tokyo StadiumCapacity: 49,970Where: Tokyo MetropolitanMatches: Japan vs Romania; France vs Argentina; Australia vs Wales; England v Argentina; New Zealand vs Namibia; Quarterfinals 2 & 4; Bronze finalHide Caption 3 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: City of Toyota StadiumCapacity: 45,000Where: Toyota, Aichi PrefectureMatches: Wales vs Georgia; South Africa vs Namibia; Japan vs Samoa; New Zealand vs ItalyHide Caption 4 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Shizuoka Stadium EcopaCapacity: 50,889Where: Shizuoka PrefectureMatches: Japan vs Ireland; South Africa vs Italy; Scotland vs Romania; Australia vs GeorgiaHide Caption 5 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Hanazono Rugby StadiumCapacity: 32,228Where: Higashiosaka City, Osaka PrefectureMatches: Italy vs Namibia; Argentina vs Tonga; Georgia vs Fiji; USA vs TongaHide Caption 6 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Kumamoto StadiumCapacity: 32,228Where: Kumamoto City, Kumamoto PrefectureMatches: France vs Tonga; Wales vs Uruguay Hide Caption 7 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Oita StadiumCapacity: 40,000Where: Oita PrefectureMatches: New Zealand vs Canada; Australia vs Uruguay; Wales vs Fiji; Quarterfinals 1 & 3 Hide Caption 8 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Kumagaya Rugby StadiumCapacity: 25,600Where: Kumagaya City, Saitama PrefectureMatches: Russia vs Samoa; Georgia vs Uruguay; Argentina vs USAHide Caption 9 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Kamaishi Recovery Memorial StadiumCapacity: 16,334Where: Kamaishi City, Iwate PrefectureMatches: Fiji vs Uruguay; Namibia vs CanadaHide Caption 10 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Sapporo DomeCapacity: 41,410Where: Sapporo CityMatches: Australia vs Fiji; England vs TongaHide Caption 11 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Kobe Misaki StadiumCapacity: 30,132Where: Kobe CityMatches: England vs USA; Scotland vs Samoa; Ireland vs Russia; South Africa vs CanadaHide Caption 12 of 13 Photos: RWC 2019 venuesWhat: Fukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumCapacity: 21,562Where: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka PrefectureMatches: Italy vs Canada; France vs USA; Ireland vs SamoaHide Caption 13 of 13But seeing 36 matches during the course of one tournament is still something. And if all goes according to plan, Erskine will be in the Guinness Book of World Records.And he’ll finally know (if at all) how much rugby is too much rugby.Hopefully his kids will be impressed.