Golf in Tokyo 東京のゴルフ
In 1903 the first golf course appeared in Japan, opened by an English merchant. The sport remained very marginal, practiced only by expatriates in Kobe, the port of trade with the West.
Until the late 1950s, golf remains in the shadows. But in 1957, two Japanese players won the team World Cup in Tokyo. And then a real national craze gripped the Japanese people. Gradually, golf lost its aspect of a "rich man's sports" and became more accessible. Today the archipelago has about 2 500 courses (9 and 18 holes) and more than 35 000 driving ranges.
Would you like to hit a few balls looking out to Tokyo Bay? With it's 2 118 km², the Japanese capital has nearly a hundred spots to perfect your swing.
- Akihabara Yodobashi, in a mall
Kandahanaoka 1-1, Chiyoda-ku, on the Yamanote Line, get off at Akihabara, the driving range is open between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., between 2 060 and 2 570円 depending on the time
- Jumbo Golf Center, between the houses
In the residential district of Adachi, north of Tokyo, here is an outdoor range. In addition to the driving range, the center has a dedicated golf store and a grill restaurant to regain your strength after the exercise.
9-26-1 Iriya, Adachi, 15 minutes from Kawagushi (Keihin Tohoku Line) and Takeotsuka (line Tobu Sky) stations, open 24/7, between 2 100 and 3 000円 per session
- World Porters, facing the bay
2-2-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, from Tokyo, Ueno and Shinagawa stations, take the Keihin-Tohoku line to Yokohama, then the Minato Mirai to the station by the same name, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Tanakawa Tennis Golf Center, indoor
Work out with tennis and relax with golf. It is possible in this sports center located right in front of Shinagawa Station. A total of 14 stands are available but you have to book at least two weeks in advance.
Tanakawa, Minato-ku, on the Yamanote Line, get off at Shinagawa, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 800円 hire then between 1 300 and 1 900円 per 25 minutes