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Welcome to the Izu Golf Trail!

Welcome to golf on the Izu peninsula, Shizuoka Japan. If you’d like to take in scenic natural views of landscapes featuring lush volcanic mountains, ocean vistas plus have access to amazing hot springs and local cuisine during your golf vacation, there’s a place you need to go to. Just a few hours south west of Tokyo, next to the Hakone valley, there’s a fantastic place called the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. 

The Izu peninsula offers semi-tropical rounds, many with stunning mountain and ocean views and easy access! 

Check out some of the views and see the quality for yourself in this quick video! Enjoy! 

Kawana Hotel

The Izu-Atami Samurai - 7 Day - 6 night 

5 round+ Experience

Due to its volcanic nature the Izu peninsula features abundant hot spring resorts. There is a total of twelve 18-hole golf courses including one world top 100 Golf Magazine ranked club, the Kawana Hotels Fuji course @ 48th! Come experience this club and more. The semi-tropical climate here boasts average temperatures of a very temperate 16.4 degrees Celsius making for year round playability.

Day 1

Exit the Shinkansen at Atami station and make your way to your first hotel, either the suggested quite new Hotel Micuras, or the very new Pearl Star Hotel, note either is less than 10 min away by taxi or shuttle. Check in and enjoy a hot spring while taking in the ocean vistas. Dinner is a treat with traditional fresh Japanese fare, or seasonal Japanese/French fusion seafood. Also there are many nearby Japanese restaurant and bar (izakaya) options within easy walking distance from your hotels in Atami.

Atami, Shizuoka
Craft Beer Sampler

Day 2

After a good breakfast transfer to the first course Naka Izu Green Club. Enjoy this pristine club with a gourmet lunch after the front nine. After your round head to Baird Brewing Gardens Shuzenji (a brewery just a 27min transfer) for some “19th hole” post play libations in their tasting room! Then transfer just 7 minutes to your next accommodation the Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji. Gourmet dinner and private hot springs await!

Day 3

After a good breakfast buffet with eggs done as you like, transfer within the same resort (just 3 min) to your second round at Laforet Shuzenji & C.C. for your next 18 hole round. Relax as your next stay is in the same location for a second night. 

Izu Peninsula Golf
Yugashima Golf Club, Izu golf

Day 4

Enjoy a great breakfast, check out and transfer to your next course the very impressive Yugashima Golf Club and Hotel Toen. Note, this area is quite remote, so you might want to pick up some things for your round and stay before you get there. This will be both your days round and accommodations, so check in and head down to the golf staging area on the basement floor. In Japanese golf style, you will be enjoying another gourmet meal at the turn between nines. For dinner, chose one of the various set menu dinner courses in the main dining room. Note; the hot springs here are quite therapeutic and there is also a good karaoke plan in the Black Bar with all-you-can-drink and sing options to keep you entertained in the evening.

Day 5

After a good breakfast check out and transfer 33min to your next course, the highly acclaimed Izu Heights G.C. designed by famous Japanese course architect Shunsuke Kato. Same drill with morning nine followed by lunch and the back nine. After your round your next accommodations will be the world famous Kawana Hotel and Resort established in 1928. Again you might want to stop at some point on your 40min transfer to get some supplies as it is a full service hotel, but lacks a good shop for basics. Dinner in the main dining room has required a jacket in the past, but is less strict these days. Note, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio stayed here on their honeymoon and other famous notables are Boris Yeltsin, Japanese Royalty and many domestic and international Prime Ministers! 

Kawana Hotel
Kawana Hotel access

Day 6

Waking up in this iconic hotel with ocean and course views, is always a treat reserved for the select few! Breakfasts awaits in the main dining room and note the resort logo they burn into the omelets. Their fresh coffee and on-site baked breads are always a treat. The golf clubhouse is accessed from the basement floor with the staircase just next to the sunroom café. Just follow the signage and note if you smell the tar of the wooden floor, you’re on the right track! Also note, the Fuji course is a C.H. Alison course currently ranked No. 48 and is predominantly a walking course and there is no driving range, so take care and just stretch a bit more. Cart with driver is available in limited numbers for an extra fee with reservations required for this option. This is a caddy round and tipping is appropriate on golf courses in Japan. Approx. 1,000yen to 2,000yen per person/bag will suffice. You will have the option to either break for lunch or play through here. You may chose after the 9th hole. *After your round some opt to stay another night and play a 6th round on the the Oshima course for day 7 that includes a motorized cart and is self play (no caddies) *Or transfer back 46 min to Atami and stay or Shinkansen onwards to your next destination?

Day 7

Either you are at Kawana for an Oshima course extra round, or waking up in Atami to spend a day relaxing or moving on to your next destination.

*Extra round suggestions: Izu Ohito C.C. or Dai Atami Kokusai G.C. either course is approx. a 40 min transfer.

round lessons
Izu Hot Springs

Getting There

We recommend the stress free train options to our international guests in traveling smoothly and safely to either Atami and Ito stations, or Mishima. From Tokyo or Shinagawa the Shinkansen bullet train “Kodama” takes just 43 minutes to Atami or 50 minutes to Mishima. Should you be confident driving, you can rent a car at any of these stations to drive freely throughout the Izu countryside. If starting by car from Tokyo you can get to the Izu peninsula in less than 2 hours by from Tokyo’s eastern Shinjuku area. Check your GPS for all the various driving options. The hassle free way is to jump on a Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo station or Shinagawa station, which connects directly with Atami or Mishima in well less than an hour! These are the two best logical entrances to the Izu Peninsula. The bullet trains to either of these stations are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Lets Get Specific! Resources

Check out links to all the included courses & facilities by clicking HERE

*Note, they all have varying levels of English proficiency, so if you'd like us to take the guess work out of it for you, let us take care of the reservations and bookings for you! Request a quote HERE

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