Ban'ei Tokachi

This one-of-a-kind race is the only one like it in the world. Experience the northern romance between horses and people. Ban'ei Horse Racing is the only race of its kind in the world. Large draft horses, weighing about 1 ton, race on a separate course in a 200 m straight line while pulling an iron sled that weighs up to 1 ton.

Ban'ei Horse Racing runs almost throughout the whole year!

What is Ban'ei Tokachi?

his one-of-a-kind race is the only one like it in the world. Experience the northern romance between horses and people.

Ban'ei Horse Racing is the only race of its kind in the world. Large draft horses, weighing about 1 ton, race on a separate course in a 200 m straight line while pulling an iron sled that weighs up to 1 ton.
In contrast to the flatland horse racing widely known to the general public, the power and endurance of the horse, not only the speed, and the technique of the jockey when climbing over the obstacles determine the outcome of the race.
The race progresses slowly as the horse powerfully climbs over two obstacles while pulling a heavy sled. Being able to run and cheer on the side of the course with the horse is also a captivating aspect of Ban'ei Horse Racing.

It is a transformation from the workhorse festivals which played a main role in the development of Hokkaido.

Ban'ei Horse Racing, a culture unique to Hokkaido, was born from the harsh livelihood of the times when Hokkaido was being developed (around 1900). At that time, they would compete by having the horses play tug-of-war to test the value and strength of the workhorses. Later, it transformed into a competition which involved pulling a sled with added weight, and so it became established as a festival of workhorses, the "Draft Horse Festival."
Ban'ei Horse Racing is the only one of its kind in the world, attracting attention both inside and outside Japan as the "pulling horse" race that helped develop Hokkaido. It is the most powerful form of horse racing.

Features of Ban'ei Horse Racing
(Differences from the Flatland Horse Racing)

The race is decided when the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line.

The race is decided when the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line.

In flatland horse racing, the race is decided when the tip of the nose of the horse crosses the finish line, but in Ban'ei Horse Racing, the race is decided when the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line. This is because the focus of Ban'ei Horse Racing is on "finishing the cargo-carrying job" and sometimes the horse may stop before completing the race.

The track condition improves after rain!?

The track condition improves after rain!?

With Ban'ei Horse Racing, the level of track moisture is indicated on the electric scoreboard.
When it rains, the sled slides well, and the time becomes faster.
On a sunny day, there is less moisture, and the time becomes slower.

Importance of technique

Importance of technique

In comparison to flatland horse racing, Ban'ei Horse Racing is a type of race where the technique of the jockey is more important.
As they think about how to overcome the two obstacles placed on the course, the jockeys will check one another. The jockey may decide to go aggressively all at once or take it easy. The jockey and horse run on the track as one, and the thrilling tactics mesmerize the fans.

How to Buy a Betting Ticket

The betting tickets are bought by filling out a mark card.
There are four types of mark cards, "Blue," "Red," "Green," and "Purple."
If you are buying a betting ticket for the first time, select "Blue" or "Red."

Types of betting tickets

In Ban'ei Horse Racing, there are eight types of betting tickets. Here, we explain how to buy a "win."

How to Buy a "Win"

Light Card

Recommended for horse racing beginners! This is an explanation of how to buy a "win" using the Light Card.

* Example/Race No. 10:
When buying ¥100 worth of 1 in a "win"

  1. Mark the name of the racetrack, "Obihiro."
  2. Mark the race number.
  3. Mark "Win" under "Type of Bet."
  4. Mark the horse No. in the first row of the "1st Place/1st Horse" column.
    * We do not use the "2nd Place/2nd Horse" or "3rd Place/3rd Horse" column.

  5. Mark the number and unit of the amount to buy.

Once you understand how to fill out a Mark Card, let's buy a betting ticket.
* The cut-off time for buying a betting ticket is two minutes before the race starts! Please take note of this.

If you win, go to the Repayment Window.
If you insert the betting ticket into the automatic ticket machine, the repayment will be made automatically.

Course Introduction

Unlike flatland horse racing, Ban'ei Horse Racing takes place on a separate course in a straight line of 200 m and width of 1.8 m.

Course Introduction
Starting Gate
Obstacle No. 2
Sand Obstacle
The race is decided when the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line.
The racetrack has heating!
  1. Starting Gate
  2. Obstacle No. 1/Height of 1 m. The first peak of the race.
  3. Midway Point/Between Obstacle No. 1 and Obstacle No. 2, the jockey will sometimes stop the horse to save the horse's stamina before Obstacle No 2.
  4. Obstacle No. 2/Height of 1.6 m. The greatest climax of Ban'ei that determines the outcome of the race.
  5. Sand Obstacle/Sand Obstacle with a slope of 0.5 m placed in front of the finish line. This obstacle boosts excitement in front of the finish line.
  6. The race is decided when the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line./In Ban'ei Horse Racing, the race is decided once the rear end of the sled crosses the finish line.
  7. The racetrack has heating!/During the winter, the racetrack is heated. You can watch a hot race where the racetrack never freezes.

Obihiro Racecourse/Map

Obihiro Racecourse

Obihiro Racecourse

Obihiro Racecourse/Map
  1. General Information
  2. Organization Department
  3. Exciting Zone
  4. Repayment Window
  5. Ticket Sale Window
  6. Museum
  7. Beginner's Section
  8. Restaurant
  9. Kiosk
  10. Kid's Room (Nursing Room)
  11. Family Room
  12. Admission Gate
  13. Information
  14. Fan Room
  15. Stand
  16. Premium Lounge
  • RestroomRestroom
  • Handicap Accessible RestroomHandicap Accessible Restroom
  • LockerLocker
  • Smoking SectionSmoking Section

ACCESS

124 621 473
(for car navigation system)

9 Nishi Jusanjo Minami, Obihiro 080-0023

TEL: +81-155-34-0825 
FAX: +81-155-36-4618

Parking/750 cars
Entrance Fee/¥100

By car
Obihiro Hiroo Expressway
Approx. 15 min. from "Memuro Obihiro IC"
Approx. 15 min. from "Otofuke Obihiro IC"
Approx. 40 min. from Obihiro Airport

By TAXI
Approx. 7 min. from the South Exit of Obihiro Station

By BUS
* Obihiro Station→Keibajo (Racecourse) Operated by Tokachi Bus
Get on at Bus Terminal No. 12 of Obihiro Station, and get off at the "Keibajo" (Racecourse) bus stop.
Bus Stop/Timetable
* Tokachi Obihiro Airport→Obihiro Keibajo Mae (Obihiro Racecourse)
From the front of the entrance of the airport building
Departure approx. 15 minutes after the plane lands
Timetable Tokachi Obihiro Airport

By JR train

Approx. 2 hours and 10 min. from Sapporo to Obihiro
JR Hokkaido