Japan has thousands of golf courses, some being world class and some being very much on the budget end. Getting out of Tokyo for a round or two can help your game but also is extremely relaxing when you get the big city blues.
For a complete guide and rundown of Japanese golf courses, check the Golf in Japan website. For booking (in English), try JTB Golf, Golf Savers, and Air Golf. For booking in Japanese use Rakuten, you can try google translate.
Check out this video for an overview of golf in Japan here. Here are some courses that are close to Tokyo that won’t disappoint!
The Windsor Park Golf and Country Club – Ibaraki
This is a budget friendly course (for Japan) but is classy and very well maintained. It’s an hours drive along one of the biggest highways in Japan (Joban) located in the Ibaraki area, which is very green and mountainous, lush in spring and summer and has the typical yellow grass we see in Japanese winters. Its a par 72, 18 holes and will satisfy any level, from novice to expert. The club facilities are great, and the hotel is well kept and has a Japanese style to it.
Course : Hill course 18 Hole, Par 72, 6729 Yard, bent 1 green OUT Course: (3439Y) / 9 Hole, Par36 IN Course:（3568Y）/ 9 Hole, Par36
Facilities: ClubHouse, Restaurant Party / Conference room, Business Center, Pet Rooms, Kids rooms Accommodations: Staying up to 29 people is possible. Single room：13 Twin-bedded room：4 Superior room：2 Warm Up Facility: ●Driving range: 9Seat（230Y～）、530Yen／person （35balls） ●Short Game ●Putting Green Play style: Self Play or with Caddy Golf Shoes: Soft spike, spike-less ※The metal spike is improper.
Equipment for Rent: Golf Shoes and Golf Clubs Credit Card: JCB, NICOS Saison, VISA ,MUFG( UFJ )& Cedyna English Reservation
Location: 3473 Shiogo, Shirosato-machi, Higashi-ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki 311-4401 Tel:0296-88-2221 Fax:0296-88-2561 Access: CAR: 25 minutes. from Mito Interchange on Joban Expressway. Train: JR Joban Line Fresh-Hitachi Express Train, One Hour from Ueno Station to Tomobe Station. Shuttle bus runs from Tomobe Station to the Club House. Please make reservations for shuttle bus in advance. Shuttle Bus Booking: Book in advance Google Maps
Gotemba Golf Club is located in Shizuoka, close to the iconic Mt. Fuji. It is world renowned for its lush green facilities, amazing views and is an extremely popular choice for amateurs and professionals (and celebrities). It is close enough for a day trip, and the Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall is also not far away, so shopaholic’s can get their fix while you play. The views take in Mt. Fuji and the pacific ocean, making it a great place for photos with friends and family. VIP service, the hotel is great and the food is top notch. Tip: Have your concierge book in advance if you are staying at a hotel, or call or email them as early as possible because it is extremely popular when the weather is good. For a detailed explanation and review, please check the Golf in Japan site.
Location: 2924-2 Koyama, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka 412-0033 Tel: 0550-87-1555 Access: From Airport HANEDA 90minutes/120km. NARITA 150minutes/180km From Railway Station Online Reservation (Japanese Only). Google Maps
Great Island Golf Club is a 18 hole, 72 par course that was designed in 1972, during the boom time of Japanese golf. It has been updated but still has that old club house feeling and is extremely popular with Japanese and foreign players. Beautifully built, exceptional style and lush flowing greens it is a great place to impress and entertain, the service is top-notch and facilities world class. For a detailed explanation and review, please check the Golf in Japan site.
Location: 1782 Satsubo, Chonan-machi, Chosei-gun Chiba 297-0145. Tel: 0475-46-1311 Access: By car: Chiba Outer Bus Road Route: Miyanogi JCT-Keiyo Road → Chiba Higashi JCT-Chiba Tokando → Omiya IC-Chiba Tobobo Toll Road → Chiba Tobobo Road Exit [23km · 35 minutes] Aqua line route: Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line-Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line Connection Road → From the area Edo Hara Tsurumai IC Exit [9 km · 11 minutes] Mobara Highway Route: Miyanogi JCT-Keiyo Road → Chiba Higashi JCT-Tateyama Expressway → Soga IC Exit [30km · 45 minutes] By train: JR Tokyo Station (JR Tobo Line Limited Express, approx. 60 minutes) → JR Mobara Station (approximately 30 minutes by car from Mobara Station South Exit) ※ You can get picked up at the shuttle bus dedicated to the club to Mobara Station south exit. Please make a reservation in advance. Google Maps
Located close to Tokyo, on the east side of Tokyo bay, Moonlake Golf Club is a favorite for amateurs and professionals. Part to the Pacific Golf Management company, it is extremely well maintained and has exceptional services and staff. If you are staying at a hotel, please have your concierge call and make a booking and organize transportation (no English help sorry), but once you are there there is no problems getting around. They have a night course which is well lit and popular in summer.
Holes/Par 18/72 Yardage B-6,377, R- 5,971, F-5,340 Course Rating 71.8 12 bays, 70 yards
For a detailed explanation and review, please check the Golf in Japan site.
Location: 1647 Nagao, Mobara-shi Chiba 297-0073 Tel: 0475-26-5500 Access: Get off at Tateyama Expressway Ichihara IC for 5km 7 minutes. Go straight 5 Km towards Otaki and Katsuura. Go straight to the Gakkan area at the new intersection, and there is a signboard on the right side at about 1km. * Please be careful not to confuse the “Moon Lake Golf Club Tsurumai Course” group course in Ichihara City with the “Moon Lake Golf Club Mobara Course” in Mobara City, they are different! Google Maps
The 18 holes are considered easy for novices and beginners as they have no suprises. Only a comfortable 60 minutes away from Tokyo, Yokohama and Kawasaki, strategically constructed using natural trees, and carefully laying out the bunkers and ponds. In particular, the four short holes have different flavors and stimulate most players. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or introduce new players to the game. Great facilities and friendly staff. This course is run by Accordia Golf company.
Location: 4345−3 Mariyatsu, Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0201 Tel: 0438-53-3800 Access: By Car: 3 Km from Kisarazu East Interchange (Go straight from Tokyo Bay Aqua Line) Tateyama Expressway: 10 Km from Anegasaki Sodegaura Interchange Train: JR Uchibo Line: About 30 minutes by taxi from Kisarazu Station Google Maps
This is an 18 hole course close to Tokyo that has a great view of the ocean and the buildings/skyline of Tokyo. Not an exceptionally difficult course but a fantastic close way to get some play in.
Holes/Par 18/72 Yardage B-6,881, R-6,378, F-5,827 Practice Range 20 bays, 200 yards
Location: 35 Wakasu, Koto-ku Tokyo 136-0083. Access: Train: JR Keiyo Line · Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line · Tokyo Waterfront Expressway Rinkai Line · Get off at Shin-Kiba Station. Please use the following club bus from Shin-Kiba Station to our golf course, the bus leaves every 30 minutes, check here. Google Maps
Tokyo Kokusai Country Club (C.C.) is located in Machida, the west side of Tokyo about an 30 to 45 min drive or train during peak traffic times. It is owned and operated by the Chateraise Group, which has about 20 courses across Japan, and also is a food and sweets manufacturer, so you know that the food and restaurants here will be good!.
Facilities: Holes/Par 18/72 Yardage B-6.621, R-6180 Established 1961. Practice Range 15 bays, 200 yards
Location: 1668 Shimo-oyamada-machi, Machida-shi Tokyo 194-0202 Access: Karakida Station, Odakyu Line. Google Maps
Close to Tokyo on the west side, Hachioji Country Club offers a great close and easy option to get a good game in. Facilites are good, the food is reasonable and not to expensive and the lush greens make you feel like your not so close to 30 million people. It is a popular overnight hotel option but bookings are essential in Spring and Summer.
Facilities: Holes/Par 18/72 Yardage B-6,546, R-6,177, F-5,477 Established 1960. Practice Range 16 bays, 230 yards
Sakuragaoka Country Club is located about 30 min away from Shibuya on the west side of Tokyo. It is not cheap but for a day trip or overnight experience it wont let you down.
Facilities: Holes/Par 18/72. Yardage B-6,705, R-6,406. Established 1960. Practice Range 60 bays, 250 yards
Also on the west side of Tokyo, this is a nice get away for the afternoon and has good facilities and friendly staff. The clubhouse offers very reasonable food and has a cafe/bar. Great introduction course, but not cheap by Japan standards.
Facilities: Holes/Par 18/72. Yardage B-6,067, R-5782, F-5,279. Established 1969. Practice Range 240 bays, 400 yards.
Location:1-1-7 Tsutsujigaoka, Akishima-shi Tokyo 196-0012. Tel: 042-543-1271. Access: JROme Line “Akishima Station” Shuttle bus service from the north exit. Seibu Taijima Line “Seibu Tachikawa Station” About 10 minutes on foot from the south exit. Google Maps