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  • Writer's pictureChris Davies. Edited by Martin Galley

Thinking about an overseas event? Consider the Japan Open

The Japan Open is a prestigious event that captures the hearts of both avid disc golfers and spectators seeking an unforgettable experience. This premium tournament offers a myriad of compelling reasons that make attending an absolute must for anyone with an appreciation for disc golf, culture, and adventure.

Local disc golfer Donald Booth on the first tee.
Christchurch disc golfer, Donald Booth, on teepad No.1 - Japan Open 2023

First and foremost, the Japan Open showcases the pinnacle of disc golf talent from around the world. Top-tier athletes gather to compete in this tournament, delivering exhilarating displays of skill and strategy. Watching world-class players navigating challenging courses and executing incredible shots is a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle.

2023 Japan Open Player's Pack
The Japan Open Player's Pack

Moreover, the tournament provides a gateway to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Japan. Held against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and iconic landmarks, attendees have the opportunity to explore the fusion of modernity and tradition that defines the Japanese way of life. From tranquil tea ceremonies to vibrant urban centers, the tournament offers an array of experiences that extend well beyond the tournament itself.

White course. Hole 9. Double Mando.
Donald eyes up the double Mando on No.9 on the black course

The Japan Open isn't just a disc golf event; it's a communal gathering of like-minded individuals who share a passion for disc golf and healthy competition. Connecting with fellow players, spectators, and enthusiasts fosters a sense of camaraderie and belonging that can forge lasting friendships. The shared excitement and energy of the tournament creates an environment where memories are made and lifelong bonds are formed.

2023 Japan Open disc golf caddy book cover
Glossy soft-bound Caddy Book.

For those seeking personal growth and challenge, attending the Japan Open offers a chance to test one's disc golf skills on a global stage. Open to players of all skill levels, and many playing divisions, the event encourages participants to step out of their comfort zones and embrace the opportunity to learn, improve, and compete against individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Beyond the competitive aspect, the tournament presents a platform for sustainability and environmental awareness. Disc golf is renowned for its eco-friendly nature, emphasising respect for nature and responsible course maintenance. The Japan Open proudly promotes these values, highlighting the importance of preserving Japan's natural beauty for future generations.

2023 Japan Open Courses; Black, Green & Red.
2023 Japan Open Courses; Black, Green & Red.

Cultural exchange is another supporting pillar of the event. Engaging with locals and fellow attendees fosters cross-cultural understanding, allowing visitors to gain insight into Japan's traditions, values, and way of life. This cultural fusion enhances the overall experience, broadening horizons and leaving attendees with a deeper appreciation for global diversity.

Donald Booth driving on an open fairway
Don getting it on.

While Japanese is the primary language, you'll find that many major tourist destinations, hotels, and transportation hubs are equipped with English signage, menus, and information. Moreover, Japanese are known for their warm hospitality and willingness to assist travellers. Most younger Japanese can understand English and will do their best to help you. Whether you're exploring vibrant cities or serene countryside, you'll discover Japan's modern amenities and friendly population ensure you can navigate and enjoy your trip using only English, and if needed, the wonderful Google Live Translate app.

Dave Dunnipace (#987) and Donald Booth (#136273) at the 2023 Japan Open Disc Golf
Donald and some guy who makes golf discs.

Conclusion; the Japan Open is a multifaceted event that intertwines elite sportsmanship, cultural exploration, personal growth, and community building. With its unique blend of high-stakes competition and cultural immersion, attending the tournament offers an unparalleled opportunity to create cherished memories and be part of a global celebration of disc golf and Japan's fascinating culture.

Kia tika te rere - Enjoy the flight


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