Golf in Japan 日本のゴルフ
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Next to baseball, golf is one of the favorite sports of the Japanese. Japan has become a paradise for golfers to enjoy the numerous excellent golf courses around the country!
The history of golf in Japan is relatively recent, and its success is even more so. Thanks to an Englishman, the first Japanese golf course was born in Kobe in 1903. The sport is then only practiced by expatriates and English visitors wishing to improve their swing. Golf remains confidential for the Japanese and somewhat elitist. The turning point came in 1957: two Japanese, Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono won the Canada Cup as a team. The Japanese are then passionate about this sport in the West.
Since the 1970s, the number of people with a license (necessary to access a course) has exploded in the archipelago. Today, the courses are legion, and the practices, these training stands where golfers are lined up to practice their swing, have greatly multiplied. There are approximately 2,500 courses and 35,000 golf courses on Japanese territory!
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If you want to train or not lose your hand, the driving range is ideal. It is also an original place, often located in unusual places in Japan, like the one on the top floor of Yodobashi in Akihabara.
In Tokyo, we recommend the Lotte Kasai Golf driving range. With its 300 firing slots, the building impresses with its size.
Information: Yubinbango 134-0086 Edogawa-ku, Tokyo Rinkai-cho 2-4-2, Kasairinkaikoen station, open 24 hours a day, 18 yen a ball ($.20/.15€)
That of the Yodobashi Akiba electronics store is installed on the roof of the building. Japan obliges you to have a screen in front of you, allowing you to compare your movement filmed with that of the demonstration.
Information: 1-1 Kandahanaoka, Chiyoda-ku, on the Yamanote, get off at Akihabara; the driving range is open between 11 am and 10 pm, between 2,060 yen ($22.50/17.50€) and 2,570 yen ($20/15€) depending on the time
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The Best Golf Courses in Japan
Wherever you are in Japan, there will always be a course nearby! Generally, the prices of the tee time range between 8,000 and 30,000 yen (between $67.50-250/62.50-225€) but can go beyond for specific exceptional courses. Particular times of the year, such as hanami, may also result in higher rates.
There is no strict code regarding the dress code, but we still advise you to wear a "smart" look and avoid jeans. A small Japanese specificity is the reasonably familiar presence of two greens (one for winter and one for summer) for the same course. Finally, most of the time, you will find an onsen in the complex to relax after the game...
- The Fuji Golf Course
What could be better than being able to golf at the foot of Mount Fuji? Moreover, this is what the Fuji Golf Course offers at affordable prices. Prices vary depending on the time of the year and the days of the week, but as an example, you will have to pay 14,400 yen (around $120/115€) in April and on weekdays to access the course. This enjoyable course intelligently takes advantage of the particular topography of the foot of Mount Fuji and allows you to admire the famous volcano from the best.
Information: 262-1 Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0501 Reservation possible online - + 81-(0)555-62-2500
- Kawana golf course (Fuji course)
Opened in 1936 and designed by Charles Alison, the 18-hole Fuji course at the Kawana golf course is set on the cliffs along the Pacific Ocean and thus offers a splendid view. It is one of the 100 most beautiful golf courses globally, so its price is not insignificant either - and it is an accurate benchmark for Japanese golfers. To enjoy it, you will have to go to the Izu Peninsula, two hours from Tokyo.
Information: 1459 Kawana, Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture 414-0044 - Golf website - +81-(0)557-45-1111
- Kasumigaseki Country Club (East)
If you are looking for a golf course near Tokyo, Kasumigaseki Country Club is the answer. This Japanese course created in 1929 uses the double green system and is divided into two parts, west, and east. The Kasumigaseki Country Club was even chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games - that is to say, it's quality...
Information: 3398 Kasahata, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama, Kanto - Golf website - +81 (0)492 31 2181