Fully Booked! – Swiss National Day Celebration 2023 on Sunday, July 30 at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club

We regret to inform you that our event is already fully booked!
But since there is always the possibility of cancellations, we will set up a waiting list.
Please let us know via our contact form if you would like to be added to the list.

Join us for our Swiss National Day Celebration Party, scheduled for Sunday, 30 July
from 17:00 to 21:00 at the YC&AC in Yokohama

And here a short program of what to expect:
17:00 Registration, cocktails, musical entertainment
18:00 Short ceremony with speeches and National Hymns
18:15 Casual dinner with grilled sausages, raclette and assorted finger foods
– Swiss wine sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland
– 2 hours of free-flow soft drinks included
– Cash bar for alcoholic beverages other than the wine
…. and a lot of fun together with friends in a wonderful atmosphere
21:00 Farewell

Participation fees
Swiss Club Members: Adult (17+) =JPY 4000 / Child (7-16) =JPY 2000 / Child (0-6) = free
Non-Members: Adult (17+) =JPY 6500 / Child (7-16) =JPY 3000 / Child (0-6) = free

If you are not a Swiss Club Member, but would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please let us know and fill out our online membership application form https://swissclubtokyo.com/membership/ (do not pay for the membership until your application has been confirmed).

You can easily register for the event online by clicking on the following link: https://forms.gle/2Gbw9iYZsiiqwokaA (deadline 16. July 2023).

The Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (https://ycac.jp/) is located in Yokohama, about a 10-minute walk from Yamate Station (Negishi Line).
We strongly advise you to use public transportation!

Coin parking is available next to the main entrance and near the tennis courts.

Please take note that space is limited and that the event might be sold out before we reach the deadline!
Also, applications are not confirmed until receipt of payment, and there will be no refund for cancellations after the deadline!

Special Notice!
In the afternoon before the party, guests can use the pool of the YC&AC at half the regular rate.
Adults and teenagers, age 14+: JPY 2200
Children, age 5-13: JPY 1100
Children, age 0 – 4: free
However, parents who just observe their children and do not enter the water have free access to the poolside.
If you would like to make use of this offer, please indicate accordingly upon application. We will get in touch with you about the details.

For questions and comments, please use our contact form https://swissclubtokyo.com/contact/

Family Picnic on May 20 – Recap

Initially, it didn’t look to good for our Family Picnic this year. First, we had to postpone for one week because of bad weather. Even though the forecast for our second choice didn’t look to good either, we decided to go ahead with the event. As there was still a bit of a drizzle when we arrived at the park, we chose a sheltered spot underneath a bridge. After that, the rain stopped soon, and the weather improved gradually. Against expectations, almost everybody showed up until we were a respectable crowd.
Even though the picnic was scheduled to end at 15:00, most participants stayed until 18:00. Looks like everybody had a great time!

Swiss Club Ski Week 2023

Soon it is time to hit the slopes again!
The Swiss Club Ski Week 2023 is scheduled for the first half of February in the Shiga Kogen region (Nagano prefecture).
Our accommodation, the Hotel Alpenburg, is located right at the bottom of the slopes and offers a hot spring with a beautiful outdoor bath.

Time frame: Monday, February 13 till Saturday, February 18 2023

Location: Shiga Kogen, Nagano Prefecture, Hotel Alpenburg

Like in previous years, it is possible to extend the stay over the weekend before or after the event (depending on vacancy available!).

Pricing per night/person:
Adults: JPY 13,000 (day before holiday JPY 14,700)
Children up to 12 (adult menu): JPY 11,500 (day before holiday JPY 12,400)
Children up to 12 (child menu): JPY 10,500 (day before holiday JPY 11,400)
Toddlers: JPY 7,000 (day before holiday JPY 7,000)
Surcharge for single occupation of room: +JPY 3,500
(All prices shown include service & consumption tax)
Additional onsen-tax: JPY150 per day/person
Like last year we pre-booked a limited number of rooms at the hotel which we will assign on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please send the application form below to: swiss.club.tokyo@gmail.com
not later than January 28, 2023

Oberst Gertsch und der Russisch-Japanische Krieg von 1904/05 (by Roger Mottini)

Fellow Swiss Roger Mottini contributes on a regular basis with Swiss-Japan related essays in the OAG-Notizen (monthly publication of the OAG or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens).

Please check our his most recent article (in German) on the war between Japan and Russia (1904/05), seen through the eyes of Swiss military observer Colonel Fritz Gertsch.

You can also find past publications by Roger Mottini via the following link:


Blog Article on the Swiss Club Hiking Activities!

Fellow Swiss Club Member Elena Laghi, who is very active on social media, has posted a very nice article on our hiking experiences in and around Kamakura.

Elena has been on all the excursion we currently offer in the Kamakura area. Enjoy her article and find out more about her experiences and impressions.

Also, on her webpage you find a plethora of information that might be of interest for you. Check it out!

And here some photos of the hikes:

Daibutsu Trail

Kinubari Yama Trail

Tennen Trail

Trail to Takatori Yama