Japan has a staggering 2,400 golf courses. The USA is the only country in the world with more golf courses than Japan. Japan’s golf courses are known for their beauty, high strategic characteristics and perfect courses maintenance, so why not include a round of golf in your trip to Japan?
Japan is an archipelago of islands stretching some 3,000km from north to south, and weather varies greatly depending on where and when you will be traveling. You will find great golf courses any time of the year throughout Japan. Play comfortable golf in the summer in Hokkaido, play warm golf in the winter in Kyushu and Okinawa.
One of the UK’s top golf holiday experts, Peter Walton, Chief Executive of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) visited Japan last August.
“Japan is in a very lucky situation. It has a wonderful golf destination, but it’s totally undiscovered. It’s great value for money. Some of the best golf you’ll play anywhere in the world and such wonderful combinations with culture and environment and some of the best food and wine and sake you’ll ever have.
There is a common perception that golf in Japan is expensive, but in fact, particularly in Hokkaido, the green fees vary enormously and perhaps most interesting of all is that the restaurants, bars and other commodities are reasonably priced and deliver a value for money that will pleasantly surprise many!”, said Walton on his visit to Japan.
Green fees in Japan start from just 4,000 yen (£33) and, with the exception of just a few courses, always welcome visitors.
Jet and Sports is the leading and largest golf tour operator in Japan. Their experienced staff can organize golf trips in every part of Japan - be it a day trip out of Tokyo to play golf by Mt. Fuji; a dedicated golfing holiday along Japan’s golden route (Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto); or a sun and golf break in Japan’s tropical Okinawa islands. To find out more about Japan’s golf courses and golf holidays in Japan visit Jet & Sports.
Anyone with even a vague interest in golf should check out Tokyo’s golf lounges. Here you will find golf simulators that enable you combine playing golf with enjoying a meal or drinks in central Tokyo. A “party plan” at Joy Space includes two hours of golf with food and as many drinks as you like from for 3,980 yen (£31). For more on Tokyo’s golf lounges, visit jp-hotnow.com.
Another golf experience for visitors to Japan is golf driving ranges. You are likely to notice these as you gaze out your Tokyo hotel room window or the window of a bullet train as you zip between Tokyo and Kyoto. Here are some with English websites that you might like to visit while you are in Tokyo – Meiji-jingu Gaien, Jack Nicklaus Golf Centre and Meguro Golf Driving Range.
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