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JA PA N


CITY OF TOYOTA STADIUM, NAGOYA O


ne of Japan’s more unassuming metropolises, Nagoya is most famous as the birthplace of Toyota and pachinko


— a pinball-style game conducted at ear- spliting volumes at gambling venues throughout the archipelago. Although overshadowed by Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other big cities on Honshu, Nagoya has its fair share of sights including an impressive art museum (the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts), a castle and the Toyota Automobile Museum. The city is also well placed to visit the mountainous heart of the Chubu region, with the Japanese Alps in Nagano within easy striking distance.


golf course:


Nagoya Golf Club A prety parkland layout, the Wago course at Nagoya Golf Club is synonymous with The Crowns tournament, a Japan Golf Tour event hosted here since 1960. Previous winners of


the event include illustrious names such as Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Justin Rose and Darren Clark. Despite its championship credentials, the course is far from being a monster. Indeed, its relatively modest 6,545 yardage makes it something of a pussy cat — a fact reflected in 2010 when Japanese wunderkind Ryo Ishikawa exploited its gentleness with a final round 58.


Website: nagoyagolfclub-wago.com Length: 6,545yards Green fees: from £137


IN BRIEF


Number of golf courses near the stadium: 14 Website: nagoya-info.jp Flight time from London: 13h and 25min (via Helsinki)


SHIZUOKA STADIUM ECOPA SHIZUOK A K


nown as the Japanese Riviera, the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, Central Japan, is home to rugged


coastline, lush greenery and a laid-back surf vibe, making it one of the country’s most beautiful and accessible destinations for visitors. Shizuoka city itself, further south of the peninsula, is rather light on atractions, despite being one of the largest metropolitan areas in Japan. It’s a very pleasant base nevertheless, with views of Mount Fuji and its surrounding mountains as well as the deep blue ocean adding to its allure.


golf course:


Kawana (Fuji) Another gem from English architect Charles Alison, the Fuji course at Kawana Resort is a favourite of many Japanese golfers — with good reason. Laid out on an elevated promontory, the course offers amazing Pacific Ocean views and has Mount Fuji as its loſty backdrop. The visual manna extends to the golf itself, with the course featuring sunken folded fairways and plateaux greens surrounded by mature woodland. Outstanding holes at the course include the 15th, a downhill par five that runs along the ocean edge and the short 16th which is played uphill to an elevated green.


Website: princehotels.com/en/golf/kawana Length: 6,691 yards Green fees: from £167


IN BRIEF


Number of golf courses near the stadium: 10 Website: shizuoka-guide.com Flight time from London: 11h and 40min (via Tokyo).


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