Golfing Japan: A rich cultural experience
Home to numerous prestigious golf courses with rich histories, Japan is emerging as an increasingly popular destination for serious golfers. From dramatic views of Mount Fuji to breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Japanese golf courses are widely renowned for their beauty, quality and exclusivity.
Known as a nation that takes great ideas and improves on them, you’ll be blown away by immaculately maintained courses that are far above international standards. Stunning natural scenery, exceptional hospitality, lavish facilities and attentive service are the norm at Japan’s finest courses.
With more than 2,000 courses across the country, Japan is home to some of the best golf courses in the world – most incredibly exclusive and accessible on an invitation-only basis. Plan Japan’s Golf Japan tours give players access to the country’s top five courses – most virtually impossible for even local non-members to play at. Our vast network of contacts allows us to arrange an elite VIP experience playing at coveted courses including:
- Hirono – ranked #1 golf course Asia 2018. Widely regarded as the country’s best golf course, it’s a Japan Open Championship course and a supreme test of golfing ability.
- Kawana Golf Resort – ranked #2 golf course Asia 2018. Designed by Charles Alison and offering breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, it’s host to the Fuji-Sankei Classic and Eisenhower Trophy.
- Kasumigaseki Golf Club – golf venue for the 2020 Olympics – is considered one of the world’s top 100 courses.
- Tokyo Golf Club provides unmatched history and prestige and is a Japan Open Championship course.
- Kawaguchiko Country Club – designed by Robert von Hagge – offers breathtaking views from the foothills of Mount Fuji.
In Japan, golf is typically an all-day affair. Players pause after playing nine holes to take a lunch break – an hour-long sit-down event complete with soba noodles, sushi and other Japanese delicacies. After the round, you’ll often have the choice of a shiatsu massage or a soak in a traditional communal bathhouse (onsen) at the clubhouse – both uniquely Japanese experiences that combine perfectly with eighteen holes.
Part of the reason for its growing popularity as a golfing destination is that Japan offers players so much more than exceptional golfing. With an incredibly rich history and culture, Japan’s spectacular courses are more than matched by the authentic and unforgettable experiences that a trip to this fascinating country delivers. From five-star dining to sumo tournaments and sake tasting to touring the world-famous Tsukiji fish market – a Japanese golf trip is a truly unique experience, unmatched anywhere else in the world.
And of course, there’s no need to endure the long-haul flights or jet lag associated with a trip to the United States or Scotland. With virtually no time difference between Australia and Japan, you can take an overnight flight and wake in Tokyo the next morning feeling almost fresh enough to play.
Our Golf Japan tours deliver an authentic cultural experience rich in ‘money can’t buy’ adventures. Enjoy Michelin star dining at revered introduction-only venues, exclusive private whisky tastings at underground bars, and great seats at sold-out sumo tournaments. You’ll enjoy luxury accommodation and first-class private transfers throughout your stay.
We’d love to work with you to create a tailored itinerary for a Japanese golf tour that you’ll remember for a lifetime.