Posts Tagged ‘yurihama’



2018.12.04 (Tue)




Ground golf (GG) is a sport similar to mini-golf or a putting game. It was developed in the town of Yurihama in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture as a lifelong sport that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. The club and ball used often remind first-time users of the equipment used in croquet, but players use a club to hit the ball into the goal while counting the strokes it takes to do so, just like in golf.


There are 8 holes on a standard course of varying distances. Players set their ball on the tee (which is found on the start mat) and aim for the hole-post, adjusting the power of their swing to the distance and layout of the course. There is no actual hole used in ground golf (allowing players to set up anywhere, including parks), but rather a metal rim that marks the boundary of the goal. The ball must come to a complete rest within that metal rim to hole out.

Players must play the ball as it lands and are not allowed to move obstacles, such as grass or branches, out of the way; however, you do remove your ball from the field to not obstruct the person who goes after you by placing a marker where it was to mark its position. You also get 3 strokes off your final score for each hole-in-one!


The 2019 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open is being held in order to help foster friendships and exchange between players of all nationalities, to further promote the sport, and in preparation for the World Masters Games to be held in the Kansai region of Japan in 2021.

Participating in the tournament is a great way to meet new people of all different nationalities and to be active and enjoy the game- as well as the incredible view of the sea!

With simple rules and an emphasis on courtesy, it’s a sport anyone can enjoy even if they’re trying it for the first time. There is even a good chance for an upset victory!


  1. Gameplay is individual, so you do not need a team to register!!
  2. Free rental equipment will be available for all participants who do not have their own gear.
  3. Bento lunches will be provided on both days of the tournament (incl. in the registration fee).
  4. Participants who reserve accommodations at certain hotels through the International GG Open Executive Committee are eligible for an extra bonus of 5,000 JPY off of the cost of their accommodations (certain restrictions apply).
  5. There will also be a free welcome reception open to all participants and their families at 5:00pm on Thursday, May 23.
  6. Registration is open until 29 March 2019.


For further details about the 2019 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open (English), click HERE.


For applications and other inquiries, please contact the International GG Open Organizing Committee.

International Ground Golf Open Organizing Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-chō, Hisadome 19-1
E-mail:                    TEL: 0858-35-5368




湯梨浜町紹介:JR松崎駅 Matsuzaki Station

2018.11.05 (Mon)


The Matsuzaki Station (松崎駅・Matsuzaki Eki) is one of the two railway stations in Yurihama (Tottori Prefecture, Japan). It is an unmanned station found along the Sanin Main Line of the West Japan Railway Company between Tomari Station and Kurayoshi Station. It is located in the Tōgō area of Yurihama (see map below), providing easy access to the Tōgō Onsen Hot Springs District, Matsuzaki shopping district, the Suigōsai summer festival held each July, the Enchoen Chinese Garden, and more.

松崎駅2As it is an unmanned station, patrons can buy their tickets at the ticket machine located inside the station by inserting cash and pressing the button displaying the fare for their desired journey.

Prices are subject to change and visitors should check for any updated fares, but it currently costs 190円 for a ticket to Kurayoshi Station (a larger station in the neighboring city where travelers can transfer lines), 190円 for a ticket to Tomari Station (the other station in Yurihama in the Tomari area), 580円 to Tottori Station, and 970円 to Yonago Station via the regular train.


Please be aware that you will need to pay extra for the special express trains, so be sure to double check what train you board to avoid any surprises!!


We hope you come by and visit us in Yurihama!☆



湯梨浜町紹介:Places to Stay Part 2

2018.10.30 (Tue)


 Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and usual tourist destinations in Japan? We invite you to consider an excursion to the Japanese countryside, where you can immerse yourself in a truly authentic and unique experience!

Located in the middle of Japan’s Tottori Prefecture along the Sea of Japan, the beautiful town of Yurihama offers access to the sea, mountains, as well as traditional Japanese landscapes. Visitors can enjoy the local walking resort, onsen hot springs and footbaths, the locally developed life-long sport ground golf, local temples and power spots, dazzling night sky, as well as fresh and delicious cuisine. Yurihama also serves as a convenient midway point between other attractions in the prefecture, including the Tottori Sand Dunes and Sand Museum, Uradome Coast, and the Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu Temple.

We continue this time with a list of more hotels and ryokan that offer an authentic Japanese experience with warm and welcoming staff and comfortable accommodations. Check your favorite booking sites or inquire with the hotels for availability and other option!


See this blog’s previous post on accommodation options in Yurihama here.


ゆるキャラグランプリ2018 REMINDER!!

2018.10.15 (Mon)


Don’t forget to cast your vote for Yuririn daily to support her and
Yurihama in this year’s Yurukyara Grand Prix!!

Voting is open until November 9th!


See this blog’s previous post on how to register and vote here.



2018.10.09 (Tue)


1キャプチャ The 5th annual Yurihama Tennyo (celestial maiden) Walk
will be held Sunday, October 14, 2018,
starting from the Enchoen Roadside Station in Yurihama.
Pre-registration has ended, 
but it’s not too late to join in the fun!


 Participants may choose from 3 courses: Course A, Course B, and Course C.天女ウォーク2
Course A offers a scenic 12km trek around Lake Tōgō, while Course B is a 5km walk offering a chance to enjoy some local treats. Course C is a 3km walk especially aimed at families!

Location:          Enchoen Roadside Station
Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-cho, Hikiji 565-1

 (Course A)        Check-in & Registration: 8:00am     Start: 9:20am2キャプチャ
(Course B/C)      Check-in & Registration: 9:00am   Start: 10:20am

Registration Fee:    Adults 1200 yen for same-day registration
Free for high school students & under


天女ウォーク3Please direct any inquiries to:
Yurihama Tennyo Walk Executive Committee
〒682-0826 Tottori-ken, Kurayoshi-shi, Higashinaka-machi 2571
TEL: 0858-24-5725   E-MAIL:



YIFA主催 異国の風を感じるフェス

2018.09.17 (Mon)


Come join the Yurihama International Friendship Association (YIFA)
for an afternoon of friendship, exchange, and music from across the world!




See English flyer here.MusicFestivalinYurihama



H30年度 ゆるキャラグランプリ―

2018.08.21 (Tue)


Mascot characters (yurukyara) representing municipal governments and various businesses and organizations from all across Japan will be competing to be crowned Mascot of the Year in this year’s Yurukyara Grand Prix!

Voting is open from 8/1 through 11/9, so don’t forget to register and cast your vote (daily!) for Yurihama’s own celestial maiden character Yuririn!


You can vote once per day using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone after creating your voter ID on the official 2018 Yurukyara Grand Prix website.


Follow the link provided to complete the registration process.


Send a blank e-mail to
You will then receive an automated e-mail response containing a link to set your password.yurukyara6

Follow the link and enter your desired password into both boxes to confirm your password before pressing the registration button.



~Once registered, you can cast your vote daily from August 1 through November 9 using your e-mail and password~

Click on Tottori’s icon to find the page to vote for Yuririn!