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Only Horse Racing in World -Obihiro Banei Horse Racing-

October 21st, 2014

Obihiro Banei Horse Racing (帯広ばんえい競馬) is the only horse racing in the world. Plodding workhorses with about 1 ton weight pull sleds with 450 kg weight competingly, they climb over 2 slopes to win a championship at distance of 200 m in total length. A state that huge horses like Kokuo (黒王号), famous horse appears in popular Manga Hokuto-no-Ken (北斗の拳), gallop is really powerful. For winning the first place, Strategic pacing themselves is necessary for jockeys to work best with the horses. They will get completely exhausted at slopes if they run at galloping speed at the beginning, but, they can not catch up with other horses if they keep their power too much. Admission is JPY 100 for adults. A parking lot is free of charge.

Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Starting Line
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Finish Line
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Paddock. Jockey May Ride Astride Horse in Paddock
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Betting Booth at Stand
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Obihiro Banei Horse Racing is a gamble to pick a winning horse, and it will be good to enjoy the gamble. It will be good to enjoy the powerful racing without betting the ticket. Unlike other horse racing compete for their speeds in all parts of the world, the race is very slow. It is interesting that audiences can support the horses with jockeys while their moving according to the proceeding race. In addition, foods and drinks such as curry ramen, pork rice bowl, roasted pork are sold at stand, too.

Horses Started All at Once
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
View from Back
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Horses Climb over Slope
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
All Is Well That Pace Themselves Well
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Jockey Gets Fired up
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Atmosphere of Obihiro Banei Horse Racing Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Obihiro Banei Horse Racing

Admission fee Adult: JPY 100. Children under 15: Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (1100 Cars)
Business hours Almost summer season 13:00-21:00
Almost winter season 12:00-19:00 * Please check the running time for details.
Regular closing day Almost Thursday, Friday, Wednesday, Tuesday * Please check the racing date for details.
Telephone number +81-155-34-0825
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 124 622 219*76


Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Obihiro.


Onsen Hotel Boston(ホテルボストン)
Midorigaoka Onsen Sauna Business Hotel(みどりヶ丘温泉 サウナビジネスホテル)
Obihirominami Onsen Hotel Konan(帯広南温泉 ホテル光南)
Tokachi Gardens Hotel(十勝ガーデンズ ホテル)
Business Hotel Plum Field(ビジネスホテル プラムフィールド)
Casa Inn Hotel Obihiro(カーサーイン ホテル帯広)
Hotel Yamako(ホテルやまこ)
Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Tokachi Obihiro Ekimae(東横インとかち・帯広駅前)
Hotel Tokachi Inn(ホテル十勝イン)
Hotel AreaOne Obihiro(ホテルエリアワン帯広)
Dormy Inn Obihiro(ドーミーイン帯広)
Hotel Route-Inn Obihiro Ekimae(ホテルルートイン帯広駅前)
Hotel Paco Obihiro 3(ホテルパコ帯広3)
Obihiro Grand Hotel(帯広グランドホテル)
JR Inn Obihiro(JRイン帯広)
Hotel Nupka(ホテルヌプカ)
Richmond Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル帯広駅前)
Fukui Hotel(ふく井ホテル)
Hotel Grand Terrace Obihiro(ホテルグランテラス帯広)
Natural Hot Spring Premier Hotel CABIN Obihiro(天然温泉プレミア ホテル-CABIN-帯広)
Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro(ホテル日航 ノースランド帯広)
APA Hotel Obihiro Ekimae(アパホテル)
Hotel Musashi(ホテルムサシ)
Comfort Hotel Obihiro(コンフォートホテル帯広)
Hotel Paco Obihiro 2(ホテルパコ帯広2)
Hotel New Obihiro(ホテルニューオビヒロ)
Hotel Sun Park(ホテルサンパーク)
Hokkaido Hotel(北海道ホテル)
Business Hotel Grandy(ビジネスホテル グランディ)
Hotel Arm Obihirominami(ホテルアルム オビヒロミナミ)
Obihiro Yachiyo Youth Hostel(帯広八千代 ユースホステル)

A page of Obihiro is here




  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Sai san,
    Probably from 7 October to 8 October.

  2. sai says:

    When is this year’s (2017) とかちばん馬まつり?

  3. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi Shirl san,
    Welcome to Hokkaido!
    Maybe Banei-horse racing is held on weekends from July to Aug because it was held in 2016.


    Blue boxes are racing days.

  4. Shirl says:

    Hi there. I am planning for next summer trip to Hokkaido. I would like to know if Banei-horse racing in Obihiro usually on Sat / Sun in July-Aug? Thanks!

  5. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Fiona Henry san.
    Thank you for your comment and welcome to Hokkaido.

    The races will be held in 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 February(2月).

    Have a nice trip!

  6. Fiona Henry says:

    Would it be feasible to see a race in February 2017. We would be travelling around Hokkaido by train. We only speak English.

  7. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi Nadja,
    Welcome to Hokkaido!
    Thanks for praising my article.

    As for the racing calendar, racing schedules in July, 2016 are as follows.

    The racing schedules in August, 2016 are as follows.

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from left.
    Green squares are days (July 31, July 30 and August 1) at the races.
    開門13:00 is opening gate at 13:00 pm.
    第1R14:40 is starting the first race at 14:40 pm.
    第11R20:45 is starting the 11th race (final race) at 20:45 pm.

    Have fun!

  8. Nadja says:

    Thank you for the great article!

    I am a huge horse fan and a rider for all of my life now. Since I am coming to Hokkaido soon, I would like to know: When exactly (date and time) are Banei races in Obihiro between 27.07. and 02.08.? It would be a real pleasure to visit one of these races and I don’t want to miss this opportunity.

    Thank you very much for your help!

  9. good! hokkaido! says:

    You are welcome.
    Except Obihiro Banei Race Track, Hokkaido has 3 race tracks, Sapporo Race Track, Hakodate Race Track, Monbetsu Race Track that thoroughbred horses run. Obihiro Banei Race Track is an only race track that imported percheron horses run in Hokkaido and the world. Those horses do not seem to be Dosanko.

  10. Makan Angin says:

    I see, so it really different with the ordinary horse racing in other countries. But somehow looks fun. Like surfing with your horse!

    I’ve seen like this in Youtube before (I forget the video link), but race held in winter with thick snow. The cart also smaller than this. So is there any other horse racing in Hokkaido, beside Obihiro?

    Anyway, in Twitter above (account chanlee) said Banei is breed horse native to Japan. So does it mean the horses are dosanko or imported?

    Thanks for sharing a great article!

    “It’s not just about the destination, but the journey”


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