There are several nice golf courses a short drive from Nozawa Onsen such as the Madarao Kogen Country Club (near the Iiyama Interchange) and Madarao Tokyu Golf Club (at Tangram Ski Resort). Weekday and early-bird specials are often available. However, if you’ve never tried mallet golf, we recommend giving the mallet golf course in Nozawa Onsen – it is a fun, affordable activity for the whole family with a beautiful view down the valley. There is also a pitch and putt course at nearby Lake Hokuryuko and guests can get some practice in at the driving range. 

Experience Golf in Nozawa Onsen

Golfing in Nozawa Onsen

Golf is a popular sport in Japan and Nagano Prefecture is home to some excellent golf courses. There are some great country clubs (most open to visitors) and public courses nearby and if you are willing to drive further afield you have countless options. Madarao Country Club is very close to the Iiyama I.C. (the expressway exit for Nozawa Onsen) and is great value with weekday rates and well kept fairways and greens. If golf is your passion, let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Try Mallet Golf in Nozawa Onsen

Mallet Golf in Nozawa Onsen

If you have never played mallet golf in the mountains, youou don’t know what you are missing. It looks like a combination of putter golf and croquet, and it isn’t far off but the game takes a surprising amount of skill, power and touch to play it well. Nozawa Onsen’s mallet golf course is kept in great condition and you simply cannot beat the price (200 yen includes club and ball rental). The course is located in the Karasawa area with 36 holes that wind down the slope with stunning views down the valley (especially at sunset). It’s the perfect way to spend a few hours on a lazy summer late afternoon. We are happy to help get you set up on your first round.

Pitch and Putt Fun

Pitch & Putt Golf in Nozawa Onsen

The picturesque heart-shaped Lake Hokuryu (Just a short drive or bike from Nozawa Onsen) has a hotel with a short putter golf course out front and a pitch and putt golf course out back. They have pitching wedge and putters available for hire and it’s another great late afternoon activity with friends. The hotel also has a rooftop onsen and restaurant. It’s hard to beat a cold beer and hot spring after a day of golf..

Practice Your Swing in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Driving Range

Nozawa Onsen’s golf practice range is located just past the tennis courts on the way up to the Olympic Park (soccer fields, nordic walking courses). The system at the driving range is an interesting way to collect money. Pay 500 yen into the vending machine at the driving range and choose the generic cans at the bottom right of the machine. You will get your “drink” with a token inside that you then put in to the ball machine that spits out your basket of balls. Perhaps not the most efficient system but it’s quirky and it works. The golf range is open until 9pm each day until the ski season begins. Yoji Nozawa has a set of men’s right-handed clubs if you would like to borrow them for the range.


Book your next Nozawa Onsen holidays at Yoji Nozawa for 2021 or 2022 to make sure you lock in your dates. Nozawa Onsen Ski Holidays, Summer Holidays, Remote Working Stays.

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