Globally unique ban’ei horse racing
- Closest station
JR Obihiro Station
About 10 minutes by Tokachi Bus from Bus Terminal No. 12 at Obihiro Station. Get off at the “Obihiro Keibajo-mae” stop, and then it is close-by. Alternatively, a 7-minute drive from JR Obihiro Station.
9 Nishi 13-jo Minami, Obihiro City
- Opening day
Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
Great Stuff to See and Do!
Feel the overwhelming power and strength of the enormous horses
Ban’ei horse racing, which developed from festivals that tested the strength of horses used on farms, is a fascinating form of horse racing unlike any other in the world. Races with tremendous force are held with horses weighing up to about one ton that pull iron sleds while kicking up dust.
Night races are held from April to November. The sight of running horses amidst the mysterious illumination creates a different excitement compared to during the day.
Enjoy plans with plenty of options and local cuisine
There are plans with options to more fully enjoy Ban’ei Tokachi, such as a paddock tour, a training observation tour, visiting the premium lounge, and commemorating a special day by naming a race.
You can also discover Tokachi’s cuisine at Tokachi Mura on the premises. At this tourism spot that filled with the charms of Tokachi’s cuisine, you can enjoy shopping in a marketplace lined with agricultural products and specialties from Tokachi, a major agriculture area, and savor cuisine that leverages local ingredients.
Hours: 10:00–22:00 (differs depending on the establishment)
Closed: Open year-round (differs depending on the establishment)
Address: 8 Nishi 13-jo Minami, Obihiro City (on the premises of the Obihiro