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[Hakodate Racecourse] Oldest Racecourse with Only Viweing Sea in Japan Racing Association Racecourses

July 2nd, 2015

Hakodate Racecourse

Hakodate Racecourse (函館競馬場) is a racecourse in front of Keibajomae Stop (競馬場前駅) of Hakodate Streetcar in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and is relatively close to Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). The racecourse is one of 10 Japan Racing Association racecourses, Tokyo, Nakayama, Kyoto, Hanshin, Chukyo, Sapporo, the Hakodate, Nigata, Fukushima and Kokura, and is famous as the oldest racecourse built in 1896 in all the Japan Racing Association racecourses. It is one of popular reason that this is the only racecourse with a sea view from a main stand in the Japan Racing Association racecourses. As a beginning of Hokkaido series starting maiden races, horse races are held about from June to August. Admission fee is JPY 100. A toll parking lot is JPY 1000. Except horse racing season, the facility is used as an off‐course betting office, and the toll parking lot is JPY 500 in that time.

Main Stand (Source: Wikipedia)
函館競馬場
Hakodate Racecourse (Source: Wikipedia)
函館競馬場

Hokkaido has 4 racecourses, Sapporo Racecourse and the Hakodate Racecourse belonging to the Japan Racing Association, Monbetsu Racecourse belonging to Horse Racing Hokkaido (北海道道営競馬) and Obihiro Racecourse belonging to Baneikeiba Tokachi (ばんえい競馬). In those racecourses, the Sapporo Racecourse and the Hakodate Racecourse have a grass race track. Only those racecourses use cool season grasses in the Japan Racing Association. Others use hot season grasses in most of Japan, so it is said that horses with aptitude for the cool season grasses are strong. In addition, the Hakodate Racecourse has a smaller turning circle and ups and downs track, too, so strong horses also are good at those. By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Hakodate and the Sapporo.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
Rakuten
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hot springs spring 7000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. 1.8 million tourists come here, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉). The Yunokawa Onsen is called a back room of Hakodate, and I think that it is popular for easy access to the Yunokawa Onsen because it takes about 15 minutes from Hakodate Station by a car, and it takes about 5 minutes from Hakodate Airport by a car. It is probably only the Yunokawa Onsen in Hokkaido that there is a large hot-spring resort in the city area. Article is here

Chikuba Sinyoutei
Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

HAKODATE

Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Article is here

View from Mt. Hakodate
Hakodate

Look of Hakodate Racecourse

The Hakodate Racecourse renovated in 2010 looks clean. About 90,000 people visit here during the horse racing season. The racecourse is small in the 10 Japan Racing Association racecourses, but compact and access-friendly facilities have a good reputation. Although a lot of horse racing are not held in the Hakodate, horse racing fans come to enjoy a tour such as eating tasty dishes from all over the Japan, and the Hakodate Racecourse is sometimes crowded with the fans.

A Lot of People Make Long Line in Front of Hakodate Racecourse Before Opening Hours
Hakodate Racecourse

The Hakodate Racecourse is roughly divided into 2 parts, the racecourse and a main stand. The racecourse has 2 types of race tracks, the grass race track and a dirt race track. The main stand is built in front of a goal, and a turf vision is built to watch horse racing in a distance, so a lot of people come to watch it.

Main Stand
Hakodate Racecourse
Turf Vision
Hakodate Racecourse

The main stand has Winning Horse Betting System (勝馬投票券発売機 * How to Bet), a padock, padock seats, a kids corner, Square of Clouds (雲の広場), a dugout padock, Horse Vista (ホースヴィスタ), a observation deck, Light Square (光の広場), a food court, food stalls and a restraunt.

Open Place in Front of Main Stand
Hakodate Racecourse
Racecourse from Main Stand
Hakodate Racecourse
Winning Horse Betting System
Hakodate Racecourse

How to Buy Japanese Betting Ticket Movie

Various Food Stalls Open
Hakodate Racecourse
Paddock Seat
Hakodate Racecourse
State of Paddock
Hakodate Racecourse
Racing Horse
Hakodate Racecourse

Green Square (緑の広場) is built at the inside of the race tracks. That is a playground equipment for children, and Fluffy Dome (ふわふわドーム), a slide and playground equipments are set on the ground, and even families can enjoy the Hakodate Racecourse.

Children's Playground Equipment
Hakodate Racecourse

Graded races held in the Hakodate Racecourse are Hakodate Sprint Stakes (函館スプリントステークス), Hakodate Memorial (函館記念) and Hakodate Nisai Stakes (函館2歳ステークス), and those are grade level III. Speaking of the Hakodate Racecourse, Erimo Harrier (エリモハリアー) with 3rd consecutive wins the Hakodate Memorial is famous in particular. Except the Hakodate Racecourse, he has never won even non grade level race, so it is called "a child of the Hakodate". Unfortunately, he has been dead since December 14, 2018.

Warm Up
Hakodate Racecourse

Movie of Erimo Harrier's Victory

Lead Horse, Erimo Harrier
Hakodate Racecourse
Race Starts
Hakodate Racecourse
Racing Horses Get Loose
Hakodate Racecourse
Racing Horses Reach Goal
Hakodate Racecourse

Atmosphere of Hakodate Racecourse Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hakodate Racecourse

Admission fee JPY 100
Parking lot JPY 1000
Business hour 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Other than a day at the races
Telephone number +81-138-53-1021
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 108 767*20

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

広告

South Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
HP
Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
Jalan
Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
HP
Jalan
Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
Jalan
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
HP
Rakuten
Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
HP
Jalan
HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
HP
Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
HP
Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
HP
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
HP
Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
Booking
Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
Booking
Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
Booking
SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
Booking
Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
Booking
THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
Booking
Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
Booking
Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
HP
Booking
Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
HP
Booking
Jalan

North Part of Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
HP
Jalan
Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
HP
Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
HP
Jalan
Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
Booking
Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
Booking
Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
Booking
Fellow House(フェローハウス)
Booking
Rakuten
HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
HP
Booking
Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
Booking
Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
Booking
Jalan
Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
Booking
Jalan
Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
Booking

East Part of Hakodate Downtown

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
Booking
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
Booking
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
Booking
Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
Booking
Shinmatsu(新松)
Rakuten
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
Booking
Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
Booking
Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
La Cachette(ラカシェット)
Jalan
Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
Booking
Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
Booking
Rakuten
Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com

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