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  • Ban’ei Tokachi (Obihiro Racecourse)
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    4.0
    486 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishijusanjouminami 9
    This racecourse in Obihiro City, Hokkaido is the only racecourse in the world where regular ban’ei races are held. Ban’ei horse racing is a race where horses compete against each other by pulling heavy weighted iron sleds. Horses are raced along a 200 meter long track over two slopes with the jockey riding on top of the sled while controlling the power and direction of the horse. At the racecourse you can find shops, a museum about horses, and a petting zoo where you can meet some of the animals. It’s a nice place to bring the children. They also conduct tours around the stables and other areas at extra charge.

    Drawn to this from some of the guide book reviews. We are not big horse racing fans or even regular betters but this was a brilliant event to visit. We even broke our journey Sapporo to Kushiro...

  • Hanshin Racecourse
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
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    Hyogo Takarazuka-shi Komanocho 1-1

    I love horses and my house is so closed to the races place! Just five minutes by bike! Lose or win was not my pursue! Just watched those beautiful horses!

  • Nakayama Racecourse
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Funabashishi Kosaku 1-1-1
    Nakayama Racecourse is located on Prefectural Route 180 in the Kosaku district of Funabashi City. Japan Racing Association (JRA) horse-races are held here on a regular basis, including G1 (Grade 1) races such as the Satsuki Sho (Satsuki Prize) in spring and the Arima Kinen (Arima Memorial Prize) towards the end of the year. On days when races are not being held at Nakayama Racecourse, visitors can buy betting slips for races held at other racecourses under the Parc-WINZ system, and watch the races on large display screens (there is free admission on these days).

    We went to Nakayama Races on Christmas Day by car from Shinagawa which took about 30mins. We were lucky to get a park near the racecourse but there is not much parking available. You can travel by...

  • Sapporo Racecourse
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitajurokujounishi 16-1-1
    This track hosts one of the historic Hokkaido summer events, the Hokkaido Series. Thoroughly built to enjoy races from all vantage points, there is terrace seating from which one can look down on the full track, and turf-side seats where one can physically feel the thunder of the horses go by. At the park one can also enjoy a horse pulled wagon ride and other events to interact with horses. The park is equipped with a nursing room and baby beds, so that a family can enjoy the park even on days when there is no race. During the Saturdays and Sundays when the races are going on, there is a free courtesy bus leaving from the JR Soen Station and the Nijuyonken Station of the Tozai subway line.

    This summer the horse racing started from 28 July to 2 September. Today is free entry for ladies. Take JR to Soen station and take free shuttle bus to the Racecourse. Entry free is JPY100/ pax...

  • Tokyo Racecourse
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    Tokyo Fuchushi Hiyoshichou 1-1
    This race track for horse racing operated by the Japan Racing Association and located in the Hiyoshi-cho district of Tokyo’s Fuchu City opened in 1933. It is famous for hosting a variety of large races such as the Japan Derby and Japan Cup. Inside the facility is a food court and shop carrying horse-racing merchandise, and visitors can enjoy shopping and eating or drinking here before or after a race. Also on the premises are the JRA Racing Museum, a Riding Center where visitors can touch the horses, a place to experience horse-drawn carriage rides, a park with playground equipment and a Japanese garden.
  • Mombetsu Racecourse
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sarugunhidakachou Tomikawakomaoka 76-1
    This horse track is in Hidaka Town, Saru County. This is Hokkaido's only municipally run racecourse. At the Polaris Dome, connected to the main stands, you can watch the action projected on a giant screen or watch from semi-cover. They also have night races. In addition to the racecourse, there's a dining area with shops offering famous local delicacies perfect for families and couples.

    門別競馬場は国道235号線沿いにある競馬場です。北海道ケイバが開催される競馬場です。小さな競馬場ですが、ショップなども軒を連ねており、競馬ファンでなくても楽しむ事ができます。

  • JRA Chukyo Racecourse
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    Aichi Pref. Toyoakeshi Magomechou Shikita 1225
    This racecourse is located in Shikita, Magome-cho, Toyoake City. Construction of the course was completed, and the first Chukyo horserace was held in 1953. It underwent a major renovation in 2012, and in addition to holding the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in March and the Champions Cup GI races in December, the amusement park inside the racecourse grounds was made free on days other than event days.
  • Kojima Boat Race (Kojima Boat Race Stadium)
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    Okayama Pref. Kurashikishi Kojimamotohamachou 6-3
    Kojima Boat Racing is a motorboat racing course located along Prefectural Route 21 in Motohama-cho, Kojima, in the city of Kurashiki. It fronts on the Inland Sea, and it is unusual in the degree to which the rising and falling tides affect the water’s surface. The racing course holds family-centered events, such as Boat Kids Park.
  • Miho Training Center
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    Ibaraki Inashiki-gun Mihomura Mikoma 2500-2
    This training facility for racehorses is located in Mikoma, Miho Village, Inashiki County. As a focal point for the JRA (Japan Central Racing Association) in eastern Japan, many thoroughbred horses are trained here every day. On the 4th floor of the Public Information Center, the Turf Plaza, is open on Central horseracing days, (usually weekends) and public holidays on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Visitors can see the Southern Race Track and stables, as well as the G1 prize-winning panels belonging to Miho, their replica numbers and so on. There is also the possibility of seeing horses while they are training, depending on the season and time of day.
  • Autoland Techno
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    Ibaraki Ishioka-shi
    This rental cart course is located in Hannoki, Ishioka City. Customers can enjoy a racing experience in the sports carts, and, in addition to the race plan, which can be used by groups of more than three people, there is also a whole-course private hire plan and the option to bring your own cart onto the track. Also, on the second Saturday of every month, there is an all-you-can-ride day.
  • Kyoto Racecourse
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku

    A very enjoyable experience. I love going to the races in Australia and was quite excited to be able to attend a race meet in Kyoto. I was fortunate to be there for a Group 1 race. I would...

  • Hakodate Racecourse
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    4.5
    111 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Komabacho 12-2

    The Hakodate Racetrack is always crowded in the summer season. The Japanese people love tp see the beautiful horses and the wide open lush green turf racetrack. Ofcourse placing a few bets is always...

  • Kokura Racecourse
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Kokuraminami-ku Kitagata 4-chome 5-1

    冬の小倉競馬に行ってきました。2020年は京都競馬場の改修があるので、例年と開催期間が違います。 冬の小倉開催は、グルメイベントがないのがちょっと寂しいです。

  • Saga Racecourse
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Saga Tosu-shi Ejimamachi Nishiya 3256-228

    またまた行きました、佐賀競馬場。冬はとても寒かったです。温まるためにはやっぱりとんこつラーメンが一番でした。馬との距離がとても近い佐賀競馬場は楽しい。でも、暑くても夏に行った方がいいですね。 JR鳥栖駅からバスで約20分でした。帰りはタクシーで新幹線の新鳥栖駅まで約10分でした。

  • Tamagawa Boat race stadium
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Tokyo Fuchu-shi Koremasa 4-11

    多磨霊園駅付近に競艇行きのバスが出ているが平日朝から小汚い爺共が歩きたばこはもちろん、缶ビールか何かを片手にマスクもなしで狭い道を塞ぐようにのろのろ歩き。迷惑でしかない。吸い殻は落ちまくりだし。更にシルバー人材だかのバス誘導の爺さん達も周囲の店舗に寄りかかり大声で話しているし3人も不要。通行の邪魔。通勤時に暇な共のためのバス駐車の度に通行を妨げられるのが非常に腹立たしいのですべて廃止してほしい。

  • Nagoya Racecourse
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Aichi Nagoya-shi Minato-ku Taimeicho 1-chome 1

    競馬場も初、名古屋自体も初! 名古屋駅に着いてから乗り換えが迷路すぎて凄い迷った…。 名古屋競馬場前駅に着いたら、左手へ約400m歩くと正門。 昔からの競馬場って雰囲気がこれまた良く、久し振りの競馬を楽しむ事が出来た。 初の名古屋グルメは串カツ丼。 揚げているのに油っこさがなく、中もふわふわで何本でも食べられそうな感じw その後は、どて煮丼、豚汁、串カツも食べて競馬場飯も堪能した。 豚汁は赤味噌を...

  • Kasamatsu Racecourse
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Gifu Hashima-gun Kasamatsucho Wakabacho 12

    オグリキャップが出た競馬場として有名です。基本的には地方競馬ではっきり言って客の入りはよくありません。木曽川堤防に当たる道路は桜がきれいで、競走馬横断注意という標識があったりして、競馬とは違う見どころもあります。

  • Sonoda Racecourse
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Amagasaki-shi Tano 2-chome 1-1

    Going to see horse racing in Japan is a neat diversion, and most international visitors to Kansai who choose to do so end up at either of the famous Kyoto or Hanshin racecourses. If you really want...

  • Kochi Racecourse
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Kochi Kochi-shi Nagahamamiyata 2000

    町の外れにあるこじんまりとした競馬場。 アクセスの悪い場所にあるので 市内から桂浜に行く途中にあるので、機会があったら寄ってみるのも良いでしょう。

  • Kanazawa Racecourse
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Hattamachi Nishi 1

    エフエム石川の競馬体験会に当選して初めて金沢競馬場へ。 パドックが近くてすぐ近くでジョッキーや馬を見ることができる。 普段なかなかない体験。 建物は古いけれど清掃も行き届いていて不快感はないです。 本馬場も見やすいし、混みすぎず寂しすぎず居心地がよい。 老若男女色んな人が来ていて、ひと昔前の競馬のイメージと違っていた。 イベントのある日は家族連れも多く、近くの乗馬クラブからポニーがやってくる(可愛...

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