Did you know there are totally 2331 golf courses in Japan? Japan is one of the top destinations for golfers!
Japan consists of 5 main groups of islands : Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. These are divided into 7 regions, 47 prefectures.Because of a very long country from north to south, there are 4 distinct seasons in Japan and each one of them has its own characteristics. So it is very important to choose your destination appropriate for the season to enjoy golfing in Japan. Japanese trains being famous for their punctuality. In some cases, it is faster to take the train than drive. During your stay, using the trains is also the secret to success!
|HOKKAIDO & TOHOKU REGION||No.of Course|
|KANTO & KOSHIETSU REGION|
|TOKAI & HOKURIKU REGION|
|KANSAI REGION||No. of Course|
|KYUSHUU & OKINAWA REGION|
|Please read through "General Knowledge" of golf course in Japan|
Normally there's 1 caddie per each group. Basically golfers had been required playing with caddies, but recently due to the shortage of caddies, many golf clubs offer self-play, though it depend on the club.
Golf courses in Japan do not allow "playing through" without a lunch break on throughout the year except playing in Hokkaido and Okinawa. After the first 9 holes, players need to take 40-60 minutes lunch break, and sometimes over 1 hour on weekends. Many golf courses prepared lunch menu with photographs that will be easy for players to select.
Most golf courses in Japan provide a cart shared with 5 people including caddie per group. When self-play, players need to manage the cart with remote controller, sometime without controller.
Walk-play with a caddie is required to play at some prestige golf courses which still has not introduced golf carts.
Shoes and clubs are available for rent. The price for clubs vary depending on golf course.
* Large size shoes over 28 cm might possibly be unavailable.
Tips for caddie is not necessary in Japan, however, tips will be surely appreciated.
Club Delivery :
It's possible to ship your clubs directly to/from the clubhouse at every course in Japan. Send your clubs from a courier counter at the airport/hotel/convenience store/sales office to the designated golf course. You can go to the course or travel by train or bus without carrying heavy luggage, just pick up your clubs at the course.
* Require to send your clubs at least two or three days before the day you will play.
Most golf clubs in Japan have an appropriate dress code, and they ask that all guests respect it.
Gentlemen – Shirts with a collar (Mocks are acceptable) and golf slacks/shorts are considered appropriate attire. Shorts must be of conservative tailoring no more than 3” above the knee. Tank tops, t-shirts, cut-offs, sweat pants, athletic shorts, swim trunks, tennis shorts and blue denim jeans and denim shorts are not permitted.
Ladies – Dresses, skirts, slacks, golf shorts, blouses and golf specific t-shirts are considered appropriate attire. Skirts and shorts must be of conservative tailoring and no more than 5” to 6” inches above the knee. Tank tops, t-shirts, cut-offs, halter-tops, sweat pants, athletic shorts, swimsuits, and blue denim jeans and denim shorts are not permitted.
Caps and Hats, if worn, must be worn with the brim facing forward.