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[Sapporo Racecourse] Unusual Racecourse Located in Center of Urban City

August 15th, 2015

Sapporo Racecourse

Sapporo Racecourse (札幌競馬場) is a racecourse near Soen Station (桑園駅) in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is an unusual racecourse next to Hokkaido University in the center of the big city. The racecourse is one of 10 Japan Racing Association racecourses, Tokyo, Nakayama, Kyoto, Hanshin, Chukyo, the Sapporo, Hakodate, Nigata, Fukushima and Kokura. The Sapporo Racecourse built in 1907 is one of the 2nd oldest racecourse together with the Nakayama racecourse and the Hanshin racecourse after the Hakodate racecourse. Horse racings are held as a completion of Hokkaido series about from August to September. 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. A shuttle bus is operated for free between the Sapporo Racecourse and the Soen Station or Subway Tozai Line Nijuyonken Station (地下鉄東西線「二十四軒」駅).

Main Stand
Sapporo Racecourse
Sapporo Racecourse (Source: Wikipedia
Sapporo Racecourse

Hokkaido has 4 racecourses, the 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 Sapporo Racecourse has a smaller turning bend and flat track, too, so strong horses also are good at those.

SAPPORO

Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here

Sapporo
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Look of Sapporo Racecourse

The Sapporo Racecourse renovated in 2014 looks clean. About 210,000 people visit here during the horse racing season. The racecourse is more smaller than the Tokyo Racecourse, the Nakayama Racecourse, the Kyoto Racecourse and the Hanshin Racecourse, but its compact is convenient. Although a lot of horse racing are not held in the Sapporo, horse racing fans come to enjoy a tour such as eating tasty dishes from all over the Japan, and the Sapporo Racecourse is often crowded with the fans because the Sapporo is easily accessible.

In Front of Sapporo Racecourse
Sapporo Racecourse
Entrance
Sapporo Racecourse

The Sapporo 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
Sapporo Racecourse
In Front of Main Stand
Sapporo Racecourse

Winning Horse Betting System (勝馬投票券発売機 * How to Bet), a padock, Fanfare Hall (ファンファーレホール), Kids Land (キッズランド), Moiwa Terrace (もいわテラス), Makiba Garden (まきばガーデン), Turfside Seat (ターフサイドシート), a food court, food stalls and a restraunt are at the main stand side.

Inside of Main Stand
Sapporo Racecourse
Winning Horse Betting System
Sapporo Racecourse

How to Buy Japanese Betting Ticket Movie

Inside Main Stand
Sapporo Racecourse
Paddock
Sapporo Racecourse
Food Court
Sapporo Racecourse
Moiwa Terrace
Sapporo Racecourse
Mobile Food Stalls on Moiwa Terrace
Sapporo Racecourse
4th Corner from Moiwa Terrace
Sapporo Racecourse

Turf Park (ターフパーク) 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) and a padock for kids are set on the ground, and even families can enjoy the Sapporo Racecourse.

Inside of Racecourse
Sapporo Racecourse
Inside of Racecourse
Sapporo Racecourse
Costumed Mascot Character Called Turfy
Sapporo Racecourse

In the Sapporo Racecourse, Sapporo Memorial (札幌記念), grade level II, is the highest graded stakes race. Other graded stakes races are all grade level III, Queen Stakes (クイーンステークス), Elm Stakes (エルムステークス), Keeneland Cup (キーンランドカップ) and Sapporo Nisai Stakes (札幌2歳ステークス). Marchs (マーチス), Over Rainbow (オーバーレインボー) and Air Groove (エアグルーヴ) were consecutive winners of two Sapporo Memorial, and Roman Legend (ローマンレジェンド) was 2 times champion of the Elm Stakes. They might be good at the Sapporo Racecourse.

広告

Lead Horses
Sapporo Racecourse
Race Starts
Sapporo Racecourse
Horses Turn round Fourth Corner
Sapporo Racecourse
Horses Compete
Sapporo Racecourse
Winners' Circle
Sapporo Racecourse
Lead Horses
Sapporo Racecourse
Start
Sapporo Racecourse
Each Other Whip Horses Hard
Sapporo Racecourse
Compete
Sapporo Racecourse
Goal!
Sapporo Racecourse

Atmosphere of Sapporo Racecourse Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo Racecourse

Admission fee JPY 100
Parking lot JPY 1,000
Business hour 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Other than a day at the races
Telephone number +81-11-726-0461
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 579 129*65

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Sapporo Racecourse. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Yayoi Hotel(弥生ホテル)
Booking
Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen(ベストウェスタン札幌大通公園)
Hotel Sapporo Garden Palace(ホテル札幌ガーデンパレス)
Asano Hotel(あさ野ホテル)
Royton Sapporo Hotel(ロイトン札幌)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Kitayojo(ホテルルートイン札幌北四条)
Guest House On My Way(ゲストハウス道中)
Jalan
Hotel Hamilton Sapporo(ホテル ハミルトン札幌)
Nakamuraya Ryokan(中村屋旅館)
Villetta Odori(ヴィレッタ大通)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Sapporo is here

Sapporo

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