Browse any ranking of 2019 travel destinations and Japan is sure to be up there. Vibrant Tokyo remains a draw, boasting more Michelin starred restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the world, 234 to be exact. The mix of ancient etiquette—think tea ceremonies and samurai history—and trailblazing futuristic culture—think robots that can hug you or serve you drinks in a bar—makes for a thrilling travel experience. Pair a city break in Tokyo with a trip to the five lakes region, and tee off at the Fuji Golf Course at Lake Yamanaka.
Golf with Mount Fuji in the background? Yes please.
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Golf was popularized in Japan the 1990s, and you’ll find over half of Asia’s golf courses in Japan alone, making it Asia’s best kept golf secret.
The idyllic five lakes region is known for water sports, hot springs, and the famous amusement park Highland Q, home to the highest and steepest roller coaster in the world.
The real gem, however, is the public golf course nestled into the flat terrain around Mount Fuji in the Lake Yamanaka area.
Do it like the locals and purchase a pass for a round of play, followed by a relaxing bathe at the course’s private natural hot spring, all with uninterrupted views of Mount Fuji. For patrons seeking seeking a really authentic cultural experience, try your hand at staying for a night in one of the luxury traditional Japanese guest houses, or ryokans, that populate the lake region.