Two Tips for the casual Golf tourist in Japan

Golf is one of the sports that has seen a significant rise in popularity across Japan, firmly entrenching it as one of the most popular sports across the nation. Golf is, by nature, a more exclusive and expensive sport than many others, appealing to the older generation of inhabitants living in the Land of the Rising Sun. Given the sport’s rise in popularity not just in Japan but in Asia overall, Japan has become one of the premier destinations in south-east Asia to play the sport at, mainly due to the large variety of high-quality courses available in the country. Golf is, of course, one of the more engaging of outdoor activities and is regarded as a great way to regulate one’s health and well-being.


Of course, when one visits Japan, especially from overseas with the intent of combining a holiday with a few rounds of golf, there are a few things one has to keep in mind. The first would be that it would be advised, in most cases, that one leaves their own clubs at home as they make traveling a hassle. Of course, this depends on whether you’re going solely for the purpose of playing golf or not. If all you plan on doing in Japan is playing Golf, then by all means, bring your clubs. If you’re more on the casual side of things, leave them at home – you can rent clubs in many places in Japan and bringing your own can become a nightmare with additional air-fees and customs. Some countries such as Australia are very strict when it comes to bringing back used golf gear from abroad, thus research into these things are essential.

Another point to keep in mind is dress code. If you’re a casual golfer who decided today would be a good day to not see any more of the prolific Japanese sights but play a round of golf, be aware – even though you can rent clubs, they might not be of the same quality as you’re used to. In addition to that comes the dress code, in many of the Japanese clubs there is a strict dress code to be adhered to, including the wearing of pants and polo shirts. Being ignorant of this could lead to more problems than worth the money, especially in a country like Japan wherein etiquette and manners are very much valued.

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