Posts Tagged ‘Tomari’


国際GG大会2017 報告

2017.12.19 (Tue)


Yurihama’s 3rd annual International Ground Golf Open was successfully held last month at Shiokaze no Oka in the Tomari district of Yurihama. Over 100 ground golf enthusiasts hailing from 11 countries across the globe gathered together with players from, or currently living in, Japan for a weekend of ground golf, international exchange, and fun.

GG大会08A special welcome reception and social mixer was held for the GG Open participants on 19 October 2017 (Thursday), at the Suimeiso Hotel in Yurihama, where those who had participated in previous tournaments met up with old friends, first-time participants made new acquaintances, and everyone enjoyed

The ground golf open kicked off the next day with an opening ceremony, with remarks from the event chairman and mayor of Yurihama, Mr. Masamichi Miyawaki, and head of the Japan Ground Golf Association, Mr. Kazuo Sonoyama. During their breaks in-between rounds, players were also able to enjoy a free matcha green tea service, tonjiru soup (made with pork and vegetables), and the beautiful view from atop the hill.

Gameplay was followed by a small forum where representatives from Korea, China, Taiwan, France, Spain, Poland, and Mongolia met to discuss the creation of an international organization, issues regarding access to equipment across the globe, and upcoming tournaments and events.

For the first time this year, the tournament was held across two days, with participants completing 4 courses (8 holes each). Although there was some cloudy and lightly rainy weather on Day 2 of the tournament, players were able to enjoy gameplay while making connections with the other participants, as well as a raffle following the awards ceremony.



2016湯梨浜町GG国際交流大会 報告

2016.11.04 (Fri)




A special welcome reception and social mixer was held for the GG open participants on 1 October 2016 (Saturday), at the Suimeiso Hotel in Yurihama, following a productive meeting of representatives regarding the further internationalization and promotion of the sport.

The ground golf open kicked off the next day with an opening ceremony, with remarks from the event chairman and mayor of Yurihama, Mr. Masamichi Miyawaki, honorary event chairman and governor of Tottori Prefecture, Mr. Shinji Hirai, and head of thggpic1e Japan Ground Golf Association, Mr. Kazuo Sonoyama.

Blessed with perfect weather, players were able to enjoy a full day of ground golf. Many participants commented on how it was a fantastic game for building relationships and enjoying the outdoors with friends.




★Extended Deadline to Apply for the 2016 International GG Open!!★

2016.08.31 (Wed)

GG Open Title

The deadline to register for the 2016 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open has been extended to Monday, September 5!!GG Open Yuririn

Come and join us at Yurihama’s ground golf course Shiokaze no Oka Tomari on Sunday, October 2nd, for a day full of ground golf, fun, and new friends!

GG Open Flyer

Ground golf is like a mix between croquet and mini-golf, making it a fantastic way to mingle with friends and new acquaintances while you get some fresh air and exercise. It is simple enough that beginners can quickly catch on, but still challenging enough to whip up your competitive spirit!

For those new to Tottori, this is a great way to get to know the area and to make new friends! There are shuttle buses available from Tottori Station, Yonago Station, and in front of TPIEF’s Kurayoshi office, so there is no need to worry about transportation! However, if you drive, there is also parking available at the venue.

 It is only 1000 yen to attend (includes lunch and souvenirs) and free rental gear is available! There is also time to practice and learn the rules before the start of the tournament.

GG Open Schedule

For more details, see the 2016 Yurihama International GG Open Event Details.


To apply, please complete the application form and submit it to: or

There is also an optional networking event the night before the tournament.
For more details, please see Attachment 1 International GG Open Attendee Social Mixer.


GG Open Application


Please direct any inquiries and submit applications to:
International GG Open Executive Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-cho, Hisadome 19-1
E-mail:   TEL: 0858-35-5368


– OR –

Yurihama Coordinator for International Relations – Julianna Keleher
E-mail:            TEL: 0858-35-5311


2016湯梨浜町GG国際交流大会 募集

2016.08.05 (Fri)

2016 International GG Open 2016 International GG Open Info

9:00am – 9:30am  Registration and Ground Golf Lessons & Practice
10:00am – 10:40am  Opening Ceremony
11:30am – 3:30pm  Gameplay
4:00pm – 4:30pm  Awards & Closing Ceremony

Deadline to Enter:           Friday, August 26th. 2016

Shuttle Service:
Free shuttle bus service available. Pickup/Drop-off locations include: Tottori Station, Central Tottori General Office (in front of TPIEF’s Kurayoshi office), or Yonago Station.

Entry Fee:
1,000円 per person (includes bento lunchbox and special perks!)


  1. Players will complete 2 rounds of 8 holes.
  2. Gameplay will be individual. Those assigned to Group A will use the inside and multi-purpose area courses, while those assigned to Group B will use the outside and cape courses during gameplay. The final ranking will be determined for each group based on the player’s total number of strokes.


  1. Players will complete 2 rounds of 8 holes.
  2. Players will be split into 2 groups (Group A and Group B) for gameplay and ranking.
  3. Clubs and balls used must be equipment approved by the Japan Ground Golf Association.    ※Gear and markers will be available for use at no charge.
  4. Gameplay will follow the rules established by the Japan Ground Golf Association.
  5. Subject to change in the event of bad weather.
  6. All participants will receive GG memorabilia and a certificate of participation.


Please direct any inquiries and submit applications to:
International GG Open Executive Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tōhaku-gun, Yurihama-chō, Hisadome 19-1
TEL: 0858-35-5368   FAX: 0858-35-5387

・ Tokyo (Haneda Airport) ⇒ Tottori Conan Airport (Approx. 1 hr 20 min) ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Tokyo (Haneda Airport) ⇒ Yonago Kitarō Airport (Approx. 1 hr 25 min)⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Kansai International Airport ⇒ Kobe/Kansai Int’l Airport Bay Shuttle ⇒ Kobe Airport
⇒Yonago Kitarō Airport (Approx. 1 hr 30 min) ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 1 hr)
・ Kansai International Airport ⇒ Train/Bus (Approx. 5 hrs)


泊夏祭り(7/23)・Tomari Summer Festival

2016.07.18 (Mon)

Tomari 1

Just a reminder that the Tomari Summer Festival will be held this Saturday(7/23) near the Tomari fishing port in Yurihama! In the morning, there will be a sakaki (a type of evergreen that is considered sacred and is often seen in Japanese mythology and rituals) and omikoshi (portable shrine) procession. The main events, however, kick off in the evening with a variety of food vendors and a drum and fife parade by Tomari Elementary School students at 5:30pm and live entertainment from 6:20pm. The must-see fireworks display over the ocean is scheduled to start at 8:40pm.Tomari 2

Be sure to come by and join in the festivities!!★


What:          Tomari Summer Festival
When:         Saturday, July 23, 2016
Where:       Near the Tomari Fishing Port (Tomari, Yurihama, Tōhaku, Tottori Prefecture 〒689-0601)


Yurihama Summer Festivals

2016.07.11 (Mon)

Yurihama Summer FestivalSummer Fes 1

Summer Fes 2

  • 5:00pm – Event Registration
  • 5:30pm – Opening Ceremony (Dance of the Dragon by Tōgō Elementary School students)

※Anyone is free to come and enjoy the festivities; however, pre-registration is required for teams who wish to participate in the competition itself.


Summer Fes 3

  • 5:30pm – Opening Entertainment (Band performance & Dance of the Dragon by Tōgō JHS students)
  • 7:00pm – Rōnin Odori (traditional Japanese dance)
  • 7:30pm – Mikoshi Togyo (portable shrine procession)Summer Fes 4
  • 7:50pm – Tōrō Nagashi (ceremony where paper lanterns are set afloat)
  • 8:30pm – Lakeside Fireworks Display


Summer Fes 5

  • 8:45am – Sakaki & Mikoshi Procession
  • 5:30pm – Tomari Elementary School Drum & Fife Parade
  • 6:20pm – Entertainment Show (music, Japanese taiko drums, and more!)
  • 8:40pm – Seaside Fireworks Display

※Events subject to change due to inclement weather.


泊漁港 ・ Tomari Fishing Port

2015.12.01 (Tue)


The Tomari fishing port is a class 2 fishing port (a catch-all category for those with a range of use broader than just the locals but narrower than the whole of Japan) in central Tottori. Put in place as a boat guardhouse under the direct control of the feudal clans long ago, it was considered by the feudal lords to be an important unloading dock for the fishing boats. Now managed by the prefecture, Tomari’s fishing port is maintained as a permitted fishing zone and continues to be used as a hub for central Tottori’s coastal fisheries. The port’s main catches include sea bream (tai), yellowtail (hamachi), squid (ika), horse mackerel (aji).