|Address:? Hiyoshi Chou 1-1?Fuchu City Tokyo, JAPAN
Business Hour: 9:00～17:00 ※Check here for more detail
Access: access to Tokyo Racecourse
|Fuchu Keiba seimon?mae?Station (PDF File:inside of this station)
*If you are not sure how to go to this station, use this website
|The fee to Enter:200 yen|
Tokyo racecourse is located in Fuchu, Tokyo and is operated by the Japanese Racing Association (JRA). The grounds were built in 1933 and went through a seven-year renovation from 2000-2007. The renovations included adding the largest viewing screen in the world and upgrading the grandstand. Tokyo racecourse has the capacity to hold 223,000 cheering fans.
The racecourse has three courses including the grass, dirt and steeplechase course. Racing held on the grass course gives viewers the closest sight of the horses. The dirt track is the middle course and you can see the races as long as you get a spot near the rail. The jump course used for steeplechase racing is the hardest to see, but the excitement can be viewed on the large screens. For fans who want to see the winners up close you might want to try and get a spot by the winner’s circle. The winner’s circle is located to the left of the finish line and is the perfect spot to take photos of winning Thoroughbreds.
Upon entering the main complex of Tokyo racecourse you feel as if you are in a shopping mall. There are many food shops and restaurants where you can get a meal or a beer to drink. Throughout the building you will see paintings and displays of horse related items. JRA’s “Turvey Gift shop” carries a lovely selection of merchandise of horse racing items including: plushies, stationary, mugs, tote bags, cell phone charms, key chains, books, and calendars.
Betting points are located on the grounds where you can place bets and receive winnings using automatic machines. However, before placing your bet, you may want to view the horses at the paddock. Horses for the next upcoming race are walked around the paddock and fans can see which horses look ready to run. Guides about betting are available in English at the information desk.
The JRA racing museum located by the east gate is a nice place to visit to see the paintings and statues of many famous Thoroughbreds from Japan’s racing history. This is an excellent place to visit for those interested in the culture of horse racing. The riding center is a good spot for families to go and visit horses and for children to have a pony ride. There is park next to the riding center with a horse-themed pirate ship where parents can watch their children play.
Overall, the racecourse grounds are a good place to come and escape urban Tokyo. With grassy spots to have a picnic and watch the races, it is a good time to relax and spend time with friends. The grounds are open on non-racing days and can be enjoyed year round.
Races Held at Tokyo Racecourse
Tokyo racecourse holds grass and dirt turf racing including G1 and G2 races. Some of the most famous races include the Tokyo Yushun, the autumn Tenno Sho, and the Japan Cup. If you are to go to the racecourse for the first time on one of these race days be prepared for a large crowd!
How to Get To Tokyo Racecourse
Tokyo race track is easily accessible from the Keiba Seimon Mae Station. You can change to this station by transferring from the Keio line at Higashi-Fuchu to the Keio Line Fuchu Keiba.? From this station you can access the special overpass which will lead you to the main gate of Tokyo racecourse. The racecourse can also be accessed from the JR Musashino Line / Nambu Line Fuchu-Honmachi Station to the West Gate using the special overpass. The entrance fee on racing days is 円 200. On non-racing days there is no entrance fee.
For more information on racing in Japan please visit http://japanracing.jp/en/index.html
Written By H. Cruz