Hokkaido is the northern most of Japan’s four main islands and despite being the second largest, remains the least developed. Therefore, if you are looking for a Japan golf holiday with a difference, Hokkaido makes a great choice.
The island of Hokkaido is surrounded by sea on all sides and accounts for 22% of Japan’s total land mass. The winter months changes the Hokkaido landscape into one which is perfect for winter sports but the spring, autumn and low humidity of the summer makes these three season an ideal time to play golf in Hokkaido.
The world’s longest rail tunnel, the Seikan Tunnel, links Hokkaido with Japan’s main island of Honshu and is the only land link between the two islands. Chitose Airport, which is in the city of Sapporo, is the main gateway for golfers arriving from outside Japan and some flights will arrive via Tokyo or Osaka.
Nature is one of Hokkaido’s main attractions, with Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest national park on the island presenting a mountainous area of mainly unspoilt wilderness. Visitors can also enjoy the Shiretoko Peninsula and Kushiro wetland, the latter of which is home to an array of bird life, including the Japanese Crane.
For a truly spectacular sight, Shikotsu-Toya National Park is a must see and is full of volcanoes and lakes.
In addition to the fantastic scenery, Hokkaido is home to some tremendous golf courses including Sapporo Kitahiroshima Golf Club, Niseko Golf Course, Hokkaido Golf Club and Tomakomai Golf Resort 72 Emina Golf Club, to name but a few.
The nature and choice of courses make Hokkaido the perfect choice for a Japan golf holiday.