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Last updated: 23 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

The favourite course of many a Japanese golfer, this Charles Alison-designed beauty sits on a rippled promontory on the Izu Peninsula, about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Marvellous Pacific views are a distraction, as is the backdrop of Mount Fuji throughout the back nine, but what draws serious golfers is the quality of the course, made up of folded fairways and plateau greens that have been challenging the country’s best since it opened in 1936.

Price from: £200
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

The course is 15 minutes by car from JR Ito Station; 40 minutes from JR Atami Station. Book your tee time well in advance.

When to do it

The course is open all year round. It’s best played in spring and autumn, when temperatures are ideal. The strict booking protocols mean when it’s your turn to play there won’t be any delays.

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