I had a very notable round today with my brother in Japan. We found our way to Showa Kinen Disc Golf Course just outside of Tokyo.
Here’s a link for more information on the course.
I’m currently on a 10-day visit to see him and his family over in Tsukuba City (pron. Skuba), Japan. Tsukuba is about 45 minutes north east of Tokyo by train – in Ibaraki prefecture (quick geography lesson…)
The train ride took about 2 hours (changing lines twice through Tokyo) to Nishi-Tachikawa Station.
Here’s a train shot from exiting Shinjuku station which is Main Tokyo train line, on the way to Nishi-Tachikawa, which is about 30 minutes from Shinjuku Station.
Interesting traveller’s fact: Shinjuku Station is the busiest train station in the world – over 3.5 million travellers daily!
It’s amazing that since my last trip (3 Years ago) Iphones have been invented and there’s english apps for everything, inlcuding linking trains for a trip like this!
Showa Kinen Park is very large, with a waterpark, and large BBQ area, soccer fields, basket ball, bocce etc. Lots to do (and of course 18 holes of disc golf!).
The course was a lot of fun, a very scenic lay-out under a canopy of trees much of the time. It was quite short (holes measured in metres, not feet – longest was around 80m, 260ft) compared to the GTA courses I usually play. We really only needed a putter and mid-range disc, but lots of tricky tee-shots and there were a few bogeys out there…..
We didn’t know what to expect on seeing other golfers out there, but the disc golf course was actually quite busy. We had a chance to play two separate nine holes with different groups. One group had a few guys who had played the 2010 Japan Open tournament. I’m glad my brother is fluent, I didn’t have much to add to conversation. (‘nice shot!’ etc.)
Also, I was impressed by he different ages of people we saw playing (and practicing disc golf)! There were several golfers over 60 and one guy who looked in his 70s! Great to see.
We played 45 holes on the day. Which for the length may not seem like a big day out, but the weather in August is VERY hot and humid. We were constantly drinking water and were both soaked with sweat by the end of the day. (100% humidity doesn’t allow for much evaporation.) I wore my white shirt for the day…..
My shot of the day was hitting a basket on #11…..missed the ace. Still waiting.
Overall, an amazing day on the course. I would happily call this a home course, if it weren’t so far away. Put it on the wish list if you’re in Japan. Very easy to find from Tokyo.