A completely new kind of sightseeing spot in Tokyo
If you were to name Tokyo’s typical sightseeing spots popular among foreign tourists, they would be Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Odaiba, Shibuya, Harajuku and so on. But, guess what? Tokyo has many new sightseeing spots now!
Let us introduce you to Tokyo Racecourse, which is just 30 minutes away from Shinjuku by train. “What? A racecourse as a sightseeing spot?” You might be confused but don’t worry. Tokyo Racecourse is not an ordinary racecourse at all. It is, so to speak, a highly advanced racecourse! Now, let’s unlock the secrets of Tokyo Racecourse!
Fun facilities for families!
Although the typical image of racecourses may be that it is a place for adults, Tokyo Racecourse is an exception. It is a great place for families with small children and young couples too. They have a park with a lot of play equipment, a bouncy house you can jump around inside, and even ride in a miniature Shinkansen (bullet train)!
That’s not it! It is a racecourse after all and you can enjoy a lot of activities related to horses! You can touch horses or interact with them, ride a horse or in a horse carriage! Surprisingly enough, all this is free of charge! All you have to pay is a 200-yen entrance fee.
The JRA Racing museum was established to introduce the history of horse racing and exhibits precious documents. You can learn a lot about horse racing here. The most recommended exhibits are Riding Vision and The Starting Gate. Riding Vision enables you to experience being on the racecourse with a screen and a robot racehorse. You can be a starter and set the race in motion with The Starting Gate exhibit.
A space so comfortable that you will want to spend more time here!
Inside the stand, everyone is surprised at how neat and clean it is. If you had the impression that a racecourse is somewhat unapproachable, it will instantly be changed when you enter this place. It is actually such a comfortable space that nobody can believe it is a racecourse. You can spend a relaxing time here.
On fine days, it is a good idea to spend some time on the lawn; even better if you bring a picnic sheet. The lawn area is just next to the track. You can have an amazing view of racehorses dashing through the course.
At the Tokyo Racecourse, you can also try various kinds of food! On one hand, there are fine-dining dishes at a restaurant run by a first-class hotel, and on the other hand, there are also snacks and fast food like ramen, soba (buckwheat noodles), and gyudon (beef bowl), as well as some food you can take out. A wide selection of delicious food is waiting for you at the racecourse!
Want to bet on horse races? It’s easy!
Even if you don’t speak Japanese, you can easily bet on horse races! Some might think it is difficult to do so in a foreign country, but here it’s not! Just go to the information desk and receive a booklet that shows you how to purchase betting tickets.
To buy betting tickets, you are going to need to fill in the betting slip which is in Japanese. Well, don’t worry. Put this English marking card over the Japanese betting slip, and you will know how to fill it in. Choose the race and your favorite horse, put money and slip it into the ticket machine. That’s it! Now you have your betting ticket!
The minimum amount of money you can bet with is 100 yen. How about trying it just for a fun experience? Who knows, you might win big money during your trip in Japan!
Now you know why this is not just an ordinary racecourse. Tokyo Racecourse is a new sightseeing spot with the atmosphere of an amusement park. If you come to Japan, you don’t want to miss it!
Address: 1-1 Hiyoshi-cho, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo
Access: Take Keio line from Shinjuku Station. Get off at “Fuchukeiba-Seimonmae Station” and walk for about 2 minutes.
Take Keio line from Shinjuku Station. Get off at “Higashi Fuchu Station” and walk for about 10 minutes.
Take JR Musashino line/Nambu line. Get off at “Fuchu Hommachi Station” and walk for about 5 minutes.
Website : http://japanracing.jp
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