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The Kanto region lies on the east side of Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands, and it embraces the Greater Tokyo Area, along with seven other prefectures. Over forty-two million people are estimated to live here, accounting for a third of the total population in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Amateur golf in the region is administered by the Kanto Golf Federation, which was founded with just eight golf clubs in 1935. Today, the federation looks after more than 500 golf clubs across the ten prefectures of Tokyo.

The course at Tokyo Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the best layouts in Kanto, and recent restoration work by Gil Hanse has gone a long way to consolidating the layout’s position within our Asian Top 100 ranking chart.

Both the East and the West courses at Kasumigaseki are fine old tracks from the early 1930s that seem to improve with age, as does the course at Oarai, which was laid out by Seichi Inoue a couple of decades later.

Like Tokyo, an American architect has recently upgraded Abiko’s course. This time, the person involved was Brian Silva and his work entailed replacing the old double greens for a single, top spec putting surface on every hole.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Kanto

Tokyo

1st Kanto - Best in Area

You’ll need an invite to play here at Tokyo Golf Club but if you are lucky enough to receive one, take it immediately. This is a world-class golf course that is mature way beyond its years.

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Yokohama (West)

2nd Kanto - Best in Area

Yokohama Country Club was founded in 1960 and over the following six years architect Takeo Aiyama designed and built both the East and West 18-hole layouts.

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Kasumigaseki (East)

3rd Kanto - Best in Area

The East course at Kasumigaseki Country Club employs the traditional Japanese dual green system, one for the winter and one for the summer, which takes a bit of getting used if you’re not familiar with this feature.

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Abiko

4th Kanto - Best in Area

Yoshiro Hayashi won the Japan Open Golf Championship here at Abiko Golf Club way back in 1950, but the club hosted the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship as recently as 2009.

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Oarai

5th Kanto - Best in Area

Oarai is known by knowledgeable golfers as the location of Oarai Golf Club, one of the best golf courses in Japan.

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Nikko

6th Kanto - Best in Area

Originally designed by Seiichi Inoue and opened for play in 1955, the layout at Nikko Country Club is a lie of the land parkland golf course that wends its way through dense trees that frame many holes.

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Ryugasaki

7th Kanto - Best in Area

Ryugasaki Country Club is another high quality parkland golf course from the prolific architect, Seiichi Inoue. Opened for play in 1958, Ryugasaki still has dual winter and summer greens in operation.

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Fujizakura

8th Kanto - Best in Area

​Located in the northern foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujizakura Country Club is set at altitude in the heart of the popular resort area of Fuji Five Lakes.

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Tokyo Classic

9th Kanto - Best in Area

Built on the site of a former cedar tree farm, an hour’s drive west of downtown Tokyo, the course at Tokyo Classic was more than a decade in the making.

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Takanodai

10th Kanto - Best in Area

A dual green Seiichi Inoue design from 1954, Takanodai Country Club has played host to the Japan Open on four occasions, most recently in 2011.

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