Japan will become the first Asian country to host the World Cup, a move which aims to ignite rugby passion around the region.
New Zealand will likely play Scotland, Ireland or Japan in the quarter-finals.
England, the 2003 champions, went on an 18-match winning run after being knocked out at the pool stage when they hosted the tournament in 2015 from a group including Australia and Wales.
Some of England's back-room team will travel to Japan this year and the squad will follow 12 months later with the aim of removing the unknown.
"We want to win the World Cup so the onus is on us to keep getting better".
As one of the top seeds [fourth in the rankings], Joe Schmidt's men were drawn in with hosts Japan, Scotland and the victor of qualification matches from Europe and a play-off.
"It's a great opportunity", said the New Zealander of the prospect of the Rugby World Cup being held in Japan.
England, France and Argentina, together with the Americas 1 and Oceania 2 qualifiers form part of Pool C, which is already being called the "pool of death".
New Zealand, bidding for a hat-trick of World Cup titles, face South Africa and Italy in Pool B, while hosts Japan will take on Ireland and Scotland in Pool A.
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The make-up of the four groups, which will be completed when the final eight qualifying sides are added over the coming year, sets up a potential England versus Wales clash at the quarter-final stage.
Bill Beaumont, left, the chairman of World Rugby and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan pose with The Webb Ellis trophy before the draw for the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup 2019 tournament at the State Guest House in Kyoto, Japan Wednesday, May 10.
Well, look at Pool B. "We're reasonably happy to be in Pool D. It's better than 2015, anyway!"
England were pushed out from 4/1 to to win the World Cup following the draw.
The Africa Gold Cup victor will have a daunting task of facing world champions New Zealand and South Africa at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
That price makes them fourth favourites, just behind shots Australia.
Pool C is the toughest on paper, pitting England against France, Argentina, Americas 1 and Oceania 2.
Australia and Wales meet again but this time the lack of a third strong Tier One nation will ease the minds of Michael Cheika and Warren Gatland.
"You've got to win seven games to get there and you put your best foot forward on all seven occasions".