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We are Playgolf-Japan. We have established an array of contacts across many golf clubs in Japan, and we can organize all your arrangements including accommodations, transportation and local activities for your tour.
If you have somewhere in particular that you want to play, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.
We would be delighted to make all of the arrangements for you at just about any golf club in Kansai, or other club in the western region of Japan.
Kansai is the southern-central region of the main Japanese island of Honshu. The region includes Hyogo (Kobe), Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga and Wakayama prefectures.
There are about 2,350 golf courses in Japan (there are more golf courses in Japan than the rest of Asia put together). The climate in Kansai is generally mild, providing the opportunity to play golf year-round at hundreds of courses, though the best time is in the spring and autumn seasons (March to May, and late September to November).
Most golf courses in Japan are open to the public with excellent services and have very high quality courses.

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Who We Are

Playgolf-Japan is a DMC (Destination Management Company) tour operator specializing in golf tourism and located in KOBE, JAPAN.
We will take care of your travel package from golf to hotel,including sightseeing and special experiences for the Kansai region,and other golf destinations in Japan.
We will provide you with a special tour where you can take advantage of our extensive network of great golf courses. We look forward to giving you an excellent golfing experience in Japan.

Overview

Company Name Playgolf-Japan Co., Ltd. 
License License No.3-768 Approved by the mayor of Hyogo prefecture
The official member of All Nippon Travel Agents Association (ANTA)
Executive Officers Managing Director
Naoki Nishimoto (Former an Interpreter of LPGA tour)
Director
Maho Nishimoto (Travel Service Specialist)
Corporate Adviser
Shigeki Sadato (Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University Business School, Director of PIJIN Co., Ltd.)
Corporate Adviser
So Umeda (CEO of SO-SHIN & Co., Ltd.)
Description of Business Japan Inbound Planning and Land Operating
(Specialized in Golf Tour)
Overseas Golf Tour Planning and Operating (Outbound)
Planning and Arranging the tie-up relationship between Japanese Golf Clubs and Overseas Golf Clubs.
Description of Business

Japan Inbound Planning and Land Operating
(Specialized in Golf Tour)
Overseas Golf Tour Planning and Operating
(Outbound)
Planning and Arranging the tie-up
relationship between Japanese Golf Clubs
and Overseas Golf Clubs.

Japan.Endless Discovery
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5th Fl, Kobe Industrial Promotion Center
1-8-4, Higashi Kawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, KOBE
HYOGO, JAPAN 650-0044

T:+81-78-585-7232
E-mail: info@playgolf-japan.com

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Notes on Etiquette


In general, there is a strict protocol and structure to playing golf in Japan.
This is not a country where you throw your bag over your shoulder and walk nine holes after work, but some rules can actually give you freedom and enjoyable memories in Japan.
We can offer the following advice to golf adventurers travelling to Japan from overseas.

  • POINT 1Play with long pants

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    Golf at a private course basically requires long pants. In Japan, summers tend to be hot and humid and it would be nice to wear shorts, but some private clubs require knee-high socks if you wear shorts.
    Winters are short and cold in most of the western Japan area.

  • POINT 2Wear a jacket when you arrive

     Require a Jacket upon arrival

    Like at many exclusive private clubs around the world, the proper protocol when arriving at a private Japanese club is to wear a jacket, except for the hot summer season (mostly July,August and September).

  • POINT 3Arrive ON TIME

    Must Arrive ON TIME

    Do not arrive late. Japanese society is very strict with time. For example, in Japan, trains always arrive on time. If a train is even one minute late, you will hear announcements immediately.
    In front of the golf club entrance, there will be a few staff members waiting for you to drop off your golf bags. They will bring your golf bags to a cart and set them up for you.

  • POINT 4Check in

    Check-in

    Upon entering the club house, like checking in at a hotel you should first go to the reception area. You will be given a little card holder and a numbered locker key. If you want to buy something in the pro-shop or halfway shop, you sign the note with your assigned number,and everything will be charged to the card. Before you leave, you settle the bill. As with most payments in Japan, credit cards are accepted.

  • POINT 5Special golf carts

    Special Golf Carts

    In most Japanese golf courses, driving a golf cart on the fairway is prohibited. The only area where you can drive is the designated cart path. Most of golf carts are electric and remote controlled.
    It is usually necessary to bring a few clubs with you when you go to hit your ball while on the course. It may be inconvenient to go to your ball and then walk all of the way back to the cart to get the right club each time.
    Also, it is becoming common to have a GPS navigation system loaded in each cart that also allows you to keep your score.

  • POINT 6Lunch Break

    Lunch Break

    After you play the front 9, it is usually the custom to have lunch for 40 to 50 minutes. Golf club menus typically have a wide range of choices, including Japanese or Western style meals for hungry golfers. Course staff will give you the starting time for the back 9.

  • POINT 7Taking a Bath at the “Ofuro”

    Taking Bath

    After you play the back 9 you can use a public bath, called an Ofuro, in the club house.There are usually a dozen or so shower heads installed along the walls. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided, so there is no need to bring your own.
    In Japan, complete nudity is mandatory. ―men and women separated of course.―

  • POINT 8Check-out

    Check-out

    Whenever you ready to leave, you can go to the reception area to check out. You will then pay the total amount owed for the day. Some golf courses have machines to handle these payments. Golfers who traveled by car can bring their car to the entrance area and give the staff their number plate in exchange for their golf bags.

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