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.
Welcome to Japan! On arrival, you’ll be greeted at Kansai International Airport (Osaka) and transferred to the Nikko Hotel Kansai Airport, Osaka. Please note, for guests coming from Osaka International Airport, transfers incur an additional cost.
Tonight, settle in and come together for a welcome drink in your hotel.
(Drinks) Nikko Hotel Kansai Airport, Osaka
This morning, we discover Osaka and its delights, including Osaka Castle, and cruise the river before we transfer to Kobe. After a group lunch in Kobe, we embark on a Panoramic City Tour. Kobe is renowned for its sake distilleries so we’ll end our afternoon with a visit to a sake brewery and tasting.
Check in to the Oriental Hotel Kobe overlooking the beautiful Kobe Harbour, in the heart of the historic Kyu-Kyoryuchi area.
Tonight we immerse ourselves in Japanese cuisine and touch up on our culinary skills with a traditional Japanese cooking class and dinner.
(B,L,D) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe
Keen to discover Japan’s golfing gems, today we tee off our first round at Yokawa Country Club.
This course design is fair yet strategic, rewarding the critically thinking golfer whilst flattering the average player with wide fairway landing areas. Make sure to work on your short game as the greens are a challenge to master!
Non-golfers journey to beautiful Nara. Wild deer roam freely in Nara Park, where we’ll visit Tōdai-ji Temple, and enjoy a pottery experience.
(B,LG) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe
Today we explore the wonderous city of Kobe. We’ll start in the Kitanocho Historical Area before we make our way to the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum. Built in commemoration of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake from 1995, the museum dives into the history of the quake and disaster prevention.
Enjoy an evening at leisure to relax in your hotel or explore the city. Your hotel is located right next to Kobe City Museum which features one of the world’s largest collections of Namban Art, a centuries old Japanese art style.
(B) Hotel: The Oriental Hotel, Kobe
Today we play the blossom-lined fairways of the 2015 Japan Open host, the Rokko Kokusai Golf Club.
This private golf club is recognized as one of the best golf courses in Japan. The layout was redesigned by Nicklaus Design in 1996 and features beautifully curved fairways 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 will discover Naoshima Art and Architecture Sanctuary. Located on an island, you’ll wander through an array of contemporary art and see the Naoshima Pumpkin, an iconic installation by renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.
(B,LG) Hotel: Oriental Hotel, Kobe
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 the World Heritage Nijo Castle, home to one of Kyoto’s most famous cherry blossom collections.
We’ll enjoy a fusion lunch at a restaurant in a famous artist’s atelier. After lunch, 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 in to the ANA Crowne Plaza.
(B,L) Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza, Kanazawa
Another spectacular round awaits the golfers today at Twin Fields Golf Club.
Non-golfers enjoy a morning tour of the Samurai District of Kanazawa. Located at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, the area preserves a historic atmosphere. Earthen walls, narrow lanes and water canals characterise the distict and its remaining samurai residences.
(B,LG) Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza, 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 then make our way to Higashi Chayamachi historical district. Discover authentic historical buildings and Kanazawa’s highlight: unquestionably the Kenrokuen Garden, literally ‘the Garden of the Six Sublimities’, one of the 3 most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.
Tonight, we enjoy a Shabu Shabu dinner with a Geisha dance.
(B,D) Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza, Kanazawa
After check out, we board the train to Hakone, famous for its Hot Springs (onsen), natural beauty and views to the iconic volcano Mount Fuji. On our journey, we will board the Shinkansen (bullet train).
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.
This evening, we take part in a traditional Japanese dinner.
(B,D) Hotel: Hakone Retreat Före, Hakone
Today’s round of golf is at Taiheiyo Golf Club in Gotemba. Bubba Watson calls Taiheiyo his course away from home, and you will too once you’ve play its sweeping layout. Ranked #1 in Japan by Par Golf, it is a true hillside course and features majestic views of Mount Fuji you haven’t golfed in Japan until you’ve played here.
Non-golfers visit Chureito Pagoda with sensational views of the cherry blossom and Mount Fuji. We’ll then explore Itchiku Kubota Museum, and finish with shopping at Gotemba Premium Outlets.
Evening is at leisure.
(B,LG) Hotel: Hakone Retreat Före, Hakone
Spread out on the magnificent Sengokuhara plain and set against the background of the volcanic Mount Hakone and Mount Kamiyama, is Dai Hakone Golf Club. The open, parkland layout provides spacious fairways lined by majestic trees. Beware the course’s signature hole, the 17th, known as the ‘Lotus Flower’, a challenging layout where the green is surrounded by bunkers.
Non-golfers dive into Hakone Marquetry (Wooden Mosaic) Making and explore Open Air Museum.
Evening is at leisure.
(B,LG) Hotel: Hakone Retreat Före, Hakone
This morning, we check out and make our way to the train station for our 30 minute train ride to Tokyo. Before our ride, we’ll stop at Odawara Castle to explore the centuries-old landmark.
Once in Tokyo, we’ll stop for lunch then check in to 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.
Evening is at leisure.
(B) Hotel: ANA InterContinental, Tokyo
Start the day at Tokyo Sky Tree. Rising 350m, stand in the Observatory Deck for amazing views of the city. We’ll then take part in kimono dressing and a bonsai lesson, before enjoying lunch with a fantastic sumo demonstration. Sumo is still regarded by many in Japan as the National Sport and is a unique institution. At lunch, you’ll get up close and personal and see how surprisingly supple and fit the sumos 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.
Relax with an evening at leisure.
(B,L) Hotel: ANA InterContinental, Tokyo
After breakfast, we play our final round of the tour at Camelia Hills Golf Club.
This course was designed to make golfers enjoy the thrill and fun of golf enhanced by spectacular views. It is a Ladies’ favourite stop for JLPGA Earth Mondamen Cup. Its lush fairways and well-manicured greens are considered the best in Japan. Add bunkers, undulations and forest, and you’ll certainly have a challenge on your hands.
Non-golfers start the morning wandering through the charming Imperial Palace Gardens before venturing through the Tsukiji Market, a thriving seafood market, where we’ll tuck into a mouth-watering sushi lunch. With full bellies, we’ll watch a Taiko Drumming performance then move on to Harajuku. A colourful, buzzing disctrict, Harajuku is known for it’s vibrant display of Japanese pop culture.
Tonight we come together for a farewell dinner. We’ll toast to our champions and share stories of our fabulous adventure.
(B,LG,D) Hotel: ANA InterContinental, Tokyo
It’s time to bid a fond farewell to Japan and take away with us wonderful memories and new friendships. Private transfers to airport. (B)
14 nights accommodation with breakfast daily:
6 rounds of golf, with carts and caddies
10 lunches (inc. 6 golfers lunches), and:
3 dinners, incl:
Sightseeing / Experiences:
Non golfer inclusions
Golfer- Twin Share AUD 11,397 pp
Non-Golfer- Twin Share AUD 10,996 pp
Golfer Single- AUD 14,384 pp
We have met several friends, and spoke to others on the phone, and have highly recommend this tour. The golf courses were great… My goodness what can one say about the club houses other than ‘SPECTACULAR”. The caddies were so obligingly and gracious. Their English was a thousand percent better than my Japanese.
John Cox & Penny McGovern, Japan Golf Tour 2019
Overall a great experience. The cherry blossom time in Japan is worth the trip. In general, the guides were informative and quite knowledgeable. We are normally reticent group tourists but Anne-Maree and I found this group (none of who we had ever met before) were a great lot of compatible, fairly like minded, fun people who developed quite a cameraderie very quickly.
Dennis & Anne-Maree Brewer, Japan Golf Tour 2019
The whole experience was exceptional. The various venues with the cherry blossom in bloom were beautiful, the organisation was superb and the company was great. My “wow” moment was seeing my wife Helen “out wrestling” a Sumo and giving us all a laugh.
Frank & Helen Woodhouse, Japan Golf Tour 2019
We ended up making great friends playing golf on high quality golf courses ,whilst also experiencing the Japanese culture ,architecture and history on the non golfing days. What a great way to see and experience Japan!
Annelise Neser, Japan Golf Tour 2019
What can I say!! I am so lucky that i had the opportunity to travel with GoGolfing to Japan. It was a dream holiday. All aspects of the tour were perfect from ‘scratch’ and suited me to a ‘tee’. Pardon the pun. There was never a dull moment. The golf courses were immaculate and everything ran smoothly. Thank you GoGolfing.
Latika Phadke, Japan Golf Tour 2019
As a first time non golfer, the trip was great. The accommodation was excellent, the people were all very friendly, the host and his wife were excellent and looked after us well.
Wendy Shea, Japan Golf Tour 2019