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Japan Golf Tour – The Cherry Blossom Edition

Fully Escorted

31 March- 13 April 2019

14 Days – 6 Rounds of Golf

Early Bird Reward: Book by 27 August 2018 to Save $500 pp


In Japan, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is overwhelmingly beautiful but also tragically short. Sakura blossoms are a metaphor for life itself: beautiful yet fleeting.

Enjoy the very best the “land of the rising sun” offers up. Be spellbound by magnificent feudal castles, bonsai gardens and a sea of cherry blossoms everywhere you go; get up close with Sumo Wrestlers and Geishas; ride the world-famous high-speed Bullet Train past the majestic Mt Fuji; and, play golf with fairways lined up with cherry blossoms in full bloom. This fully escorted tour will take you to the major sightseeing hotspots throughout Japan from Kobe (Osaka), Kyoto, Kanazawa onto Hakone (Mt Fuji) and Tokyo.

Golf in Japan is as unique as its glorious landscape. The courses are groomed to perfection and we’ve handpicked some of the best private and resort courses. We’ve added expert caddies to guide you around these golfing masterpieces.

Frequent travellers on Go Golfing tours rate Japan among one of the best. Let our experienced hosts and local guides take you on a magical journey that will leave you wondering why it took you so long to discover Japan.

Japan Golf Tour – Cherry Blossoms Edition

Fully Escorted

31 March- 13 April 2019

14 Days – 6 Rounds of Golf

Early Bird Reward: Book by 27 August 2018 to Save $500 pp


DAY 1: SUNDAY 31 MARCH OSAKA – KOBE

On arrival, you’ll be greeted at Kansai International Airport (Osaka) and transferred* to the Oriental Hotel, Kobe. Overlooking the beautiful Kobe Harbour, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of the historic Kyu-Kyoryuchi area. You have the evening to discover the hotel facilities or soak up the local vibe which is right on your doorstep.

*Group transfers have been organized to coincide with JQ15 landing in Osaka at 7.30pm 31 March 2019.

Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe 

DAY 2: MONDAY 1 APRIL –  KOBE

This morning, after breakfast you’ll be introduced to a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony – the ultimate ritual in Japanese hospitality.

After a private brunch and tour briefing, you’ll visit Kobe’s most popular sights including the bustling port area and historical Kitano for a glimpse into the Japan of old. Kobe is renowned for its sake distilleries so finish our tour with a visit to a sake brewery and tasting. Kampai!

This afternoon, immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine and touch up on your culinary skills with a traditional Japanese cooking class and dinner.

(B, L, D) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

DAY 3: TUESDAY 2 APRIL –  KOBE

Keen to discover Japan’s gol ng gems, our rst round is at the illustrious ABC Golf Club. Home to the “Mynavi ABC Championship”, the club has been host to 5 tournaments. Designed by two prominent golf architects, Shoichi Suzuki and Ken Sato, this hillside course requires accurate strategy. Today, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the clubhouse.

Non-golfers: Himeji day excursion (Also known as the White Heron Castle and renowned as Japan’s most beautiful historic citadel)(lunch included)

Evening at leisure.

Golf (B,L) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL –  KOBE

A golfing treat today is at the private members’ course Rokko Kokusai Golf Club, ranked as one of the best golf courses in Japan. This is where the Japan Open was held in 2015. Expect the fairways to be lined with cherry blossoms in full bloom. Remote controlled golf carts will chaperone you around the course. Yes, that’s right no pedal or steering, just a button to start and stop!

Non-golfers: Nara and Osaka day excursion – Includes Todaiji Temple (the world’s largest wooden structure) (lunch included)

Evening at leisure.

Golf (B,L) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

DAY 5: THURSDAY 4 APRIL –  KOBE TO KANAZAWA VIA KYOTO

This morning we check out and make our way to Kyoto to immerse ourselves in its captivating culture on a full-day sightseeing tour.

First stop is Kyoto’s most famous site, the dazzling gold leaf encased Kinkaku-Ji Golden Pavilion. We then venture to World Heritage Nijo Castle, home to one of Kyoto’s most famous cherry blossom collections.

Over lunch, we enjoy the music and dance of one of Kyoto’s famous Geisha.

This afternoon, we make our way to the beautiful and quaint Gion-Higashiyama area. Thick with temples, shrines, museums and traditional shops, you’ll be smitten by its charm and authenticity. One of the highlights will be the exquisite Kodaiji temple founded in 1605.

We then board the evening train to Kanazawa on the west coast of Japan, where we check into the Nikko Hotel. A Bento Box is provided for the train journey.

(B,L,D) Hotel: Nikko Hotel Kanazawa

DAY 6: FRIDAY 5 APRIL –  KYOTO TO KANAZAWA

This morning you’ll play the Noto Country Club, a course that features wide fairways and subtle undulating greens, spiced up with stunning views of the Japanese sea beyond the pine tree groves. A pleasurable and challenging experience. Another golf lunch fit for a king.

Non-golfers: Samurai District of Kanazawa morning tour (lunch own account)

Afternoon and evening at leisure. Kanazawa is a delightful small city with beautifully preserved Samurai and Geisha districts, temples and a stunning garden, Kenroku-en Japanese Garden.

Golf (B,L) Hotel: Hotel Nikko, Kanazawa 

DAY 7:  SATURDAY 6 APRIL –  KANAZAWA

We have a full day to explore Kanazawa region and all its charms. The morning is devoted to exploring Shirakawa-go World Heritage Village. Tucked away in the central Japanese mountains and surrounded by rice paddies, it is reminiscent of a bygone era. Large houses with steep- pitched roofs have been preserved. It’s true Japanese countryside. Given the altitude, the streets may still be covered in snow! We’ll visit one of the traditional Gassho thatched houses and meet the family still living there.

After lunch (included), we make our way to Higashi Chayamachi historical district. Notwithstanding these authentic historical buildings, Kanazawa’s highlight is unquestionably Kenrokuen Garden, literally ‘the Garden of the Six Sublimities’ rated as one of the 3 most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.

Evening at leisure.

(B,L) Hotel: Hotel Nikko, Kanazawa

DAY 8: SUNDAY 7 APRIL –  KANAZAWA TO HAKONE

After check out, we board the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone, famous for its Hot Springs (onsen), natural beauty and views to the iconic volcano Mount Fuji.

After our arrival, we cruise the beautiful Lake Ashinoko, with glorious Mt Fuji as the backdrop. We continue to the Mount Komagatake Ropeway for your ride up to Owakudani geothermal area, and the walks around the Hot Springs at the summit.

Tonight is an opportunity to enjoy a totally Japanese experience. You’ve got the choice of sleeping in traditional futon-beds on a tatami floor or in a western bed when we check into our hotel.

This evening, we take part in a traditional Japanese dinner and Sake tasting.

(B,D) Hotel: Tenyu Ryokan 

DAY 9: MONDAY 8 APRIL –  HAKONE TO TOKYO

Golf today is at the picture-perfect Dai Hakone Country Club, an excellent vantage point to view Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Spread out on the majestic Sengokuhara plain against the background of the outer rim of Hakone Crater, the layout is set in a parkland formation and features spacious and long fairways lined by majestic trees. It is the best course in the region and the only one to have hosted a professional tournament.

Non-golfers: Half day visit to Odawara Castle and the Hakone Open Air Museum. (lunch own account)

Following your round, it’s time to move to Tokyo and the luxurious ANA Intercontinental Hotel. Located in the Minato district of Tokyo, the hotel is perfectly located near the iconic Tokyo Tower and the upmarket shopping district of Ginza.

This evening we partake in a group dinner at a Ninja Restaurant. Here dinner is served by Ninjas, who drop from the ceiling, pop out of hidden doorways, and appear in puffs of smoke to scare the bejeesus out of our entire dining party. What fun this will be!

Golf (B,L,D) Hotel: ANA InterContinental Tokyo


DAY 10: TUESDAY 9 APRIL –  TOKYO

Tokyo is a mix of contradictions from ultramodern, neon-lit skyscrapers to tranquil temples, historic shrines and expansive forests. It is yours to explore at leisure. You may wish to jump on a Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus to discover the most popular spots of Tokyo at your own pace.

(B) Hotel: ANA InterContinental Tokyo

DAY 11: WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL –  TOKYO

Today’s round will take us to Japan’s first public course, Odakyu Fujisawa Golf Club. Opened in 1960 and designed by Kokichi Yasuda, the father of Japanese golf course design, it is an intriguing combination of undulating fairways and challenging greens.

Non-golfers: Kamakura visit

Evening at leisure.

Golf (B,L) Hotel: ANA InterContinental Tokyo

DAY 12: THURSDAY 11 APRIL –  TOKYO

Visit a Sumo-Beya and have a Chanko lunch with Sumo wrestlers. Sumo is still regarded by many in Japan as the National Sport and is a unique institution. This is a unique opportunity to experience a Sumo Training Session, seeing up close and personal how these human behemoths train, and how surprisingly supple and fit they are.

After lunch, we wind our way through the historic Asakusa district starting with the Sensoji Temple, a very popular Buddhist temple built in the 7th century, and the Kaminarimon “The Gate of the Gods of Wind and Thunder”. Indulge in some shopping in Nakamise market street where you’ll find a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs.

Evening at leisure.

(B, L) Hotel: ANA InterContinental Tokyo

DAY 13: FRIDAY 12 APRIL –  TOKYO

Today will see you teeing off at Camelia Hills Country Club. It is a Ladies’ favourite stop for JLPGA Earth Mondamen Cup. Its lush fairways and well-manicured greens are considered as the best in Japan.

Non-golfers: Time at leisure for last minute shopping

Tonight, we are in for a treat when we celebrate our champions and relive our times together at an Iron Chef restaurant.

Golf (B, L,D) Hotel: ANA InterContinental Tokyo

DAY 14: SATURDAY 13 APRIL – TOKYO

Today, we bid a fond farewell to the land of the rising sun and take away with us wonderful memories and new friendships.

A group transfer has been organized for flights from Narita airport from 8 pm onwards on 13 April 2019.

Japan Golf Tour – Cherry Blossoms Edition

Fully Escorted

31 March- 13 April 2019

14 Days – 6 Rounds of Golf

Early Bird Reward: Book by 27 August 2018 to Save $500 pp

Inclusions

13 nights accommodation, inc breakfasts

6 rounds of golf, with carts and caddies

  1. ABC Golf Club
  2. Rokko Kokusai Golf Club
  3. Noto Country Club
  4. Dai Hakone Country Club
  5. Camelia Country Club
  6. Odakyu Fujisawa Golf Club

9 lunches (inc. 7 golfers lunches)

4 dinners (one with beverages)

Transport

  • Thunderbird train: Kyoto to Kanazawa
  • High-speed Bullet train: Kanazawa to Hakone

Non-golfer inclusions (as per itinerary)

Sightseeing / Highlights

  • Cherry blossoms throughout
  • Geisha entertainment
  • Sumo Wrestlers training session
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Japanese cooking class and dinner
  • Ninja restaurant
  • Iron Chef restaurant
  • Kobe tour (half-day)
  • Kyoto tour (full-day)
  • Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go tour (full-day)
  • Lake Ashinoko cruise
  • Mount Komagate Ropeway
  • Tokyo tour (full-day)

Other inclusions

  • Return group transfers – airport / hotel*
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout
  • Individual and team competition with prizes
  • Fully escorted by Go Golfing’s experienced host and a local Japanese guide

*Transfers: Included airport transfers are group transfers as specified in the itinerary. Should you arrive or depart on a different day or different times, we can provide you with a transfer quote at an additional cost.

Tour Package Price

Early Bird Reward: Book by 27 AUGUST 2018 to Save $500 pp

Early Bird Pricing

 

Golfer- Twin Share AUD 9,888 pp

Non-Golfer- Twin Share AUD 8,882 pp

Golfer Single- AUD 12,347  pp

Full Pricing

 

Golfer- Twin Share AUD 10,388 pp

Non-Golfer- Twin Share AUD 9,382 pp

Golfer Single- AUD 12,847 pp

Deposits and Final Payments

 

  • Initial deposit of AUD 3,000 per person must accompany your booking form
  • Final Payment (inc. optional extras) is due and payable on or before 27 November 2018
  • Refer to booking form’s Terms and Conditions for Cancellation and Refunds policy
  • Prices calculated as at 28 June 2018 tariffs
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