- October 21st, 2014
[Obihiro Banei Horse Racing] Only Horse Racing Style in World
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing
Obihiro Banei Horse Racing (帯広ばんえい競馬) is the only horse racing style in the world. Horses with a sled rival each other in power and speed. The horses have a good battle in Obihiro Horse Race Track located in the center of Obihiro city. The horse racing is often held in Saturday, Sunday and Monday through the year except April, and opening hours is different depending on seasons, and a night horse racing (ナイター開催), a twilight horse racing (薄暮開催), a daytime horse racing (デイ開催) are held. Illumination can be enjoyed in the night horse racing. The top grade horse racing is Banei Memorial (ばんえい記念) at the end of the fiscal year, and the last big horse racing is like Arima Memorial (有馬記念) of Japan Racing Association. Admission is JPY 100. A parking lot is free of charge.
While about 1 ton-weight of plodding workhorses pull sleds with 460 - 1,000 kg weight competingly, they will aim for victory to climb over 2 slopes along 200 m in total length. A state that huge horses like Kokuo (黒王号), a 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 on the 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. The getting in sync with each other is a good time to show off jockey's skills.
A highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Obihiro Station and Obihiro Airport.
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Look of Obihiro Horse Race Track
Obihiro Horse Race Track holds a maximum of 14,000 people, and was built in 1932. It looks old, and the race track is viewed on a stand. There are a racecourse, a paddock, the stand, a small zoo, Horse Museum (馬の資料館) and Tokachimura Farm Fresh Market (とかちむら) at the site, and dihses and drinks such as curry ramen, pork rice bowl, roasted pork are sold at the stand, too.
The Obihiro Banei Horse Racing is a gamble to pick a winning horse, and it is good to enjoy the gamble. It is good to enjoy the powerful racing without buying the betting ticket. Unlike other horse racing compete in the speed in all parts of the world, the race is very slow. It is interesting that audiences can support the horses with the jockeys while their moving according to the proceeding race.
Atmosphere of Obihiro Banei Horse Racing Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 100. Children under 15 years old: 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.|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 622 219*76|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Obihiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Obihiro is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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