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Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track

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No Banei horse race during weekday! :(

When I first found out that there wasn't any race during the weekend, I was really disappointed. I... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2018
Interesting Very Local Experience

This is a race of colossal Clydesdale like horses pulling heavy sleighs. They are actually of the... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Paul C
Chicago, Illinois
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29 Jan 2018
“No Banei horse race during weekday! :(”
7 Nov 2017
“Old facilities but funny experience”
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9 Nishi13jominami, Obihiro 080-0023, Hokkaido
+81 155-34-0825
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

When I first found out that there wasn't any race during the weekend, I was really disappointed. I almost skipped this place and I am so glad that I didn't! We walked to the back of the race track and saw some GIANT horses. They...More

1  Thank VikkiPoh
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This is a tourist attraction with many small but cosy restaurants. The races itself were funny but uninspiring. The gambling facilities were old such as the people gambling :) Another downside is the lack of English Instruction (as in all Japan) which makes it difficult...More

Thank endriteta1
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

This event only happens Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This is not a traditional gambling venue. It's actually quite family friendly. There is a farmer's market right outside the race track with small restaurants. There is also a small area with small animals for the children....More

Thank Meng San G
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I was looking forward to this but ended up feeling bad for the horses. I expected an exciting race, but the horses have to pull such a heavy weight that they walk quite slowly. Some of the horses collapse when pulling the weight up the...More

Thank L123V
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This is a race of colossal Clydesdale like horses pulling heavy sleighs. They are actually of the French percheron variety. It in November so a bit cold. It was not very crowded and the stands were empty. Most people were in the betting and eating...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you want to enjoy a serious horse race or you love horse and all, I wouldn't recommend. But if you are looking for unusual travel story and enjoy some local atmosphere, I believe this place is suitable for that. Horse sled race was very...More

Thank Panddady
Reviewed 21 August 2016

These are cargo horses, not the usual racing horses. The "race" was super slow, but very exciting. At time I felt bad for the horses, the load they put on them must be extremely heavy. They would go, then stop for a while and start...More

Thank Bonnie T
Reviewed 15 April 2016

A friend took our family to see the Banei horse races, unique to the Tokachi area of Hokkaido, Japan. It was a Sunday afternoon, so it wasn't so busy, but there were a lot of locals there who were betting so that was a bit...More

Thank Wendy D
Reviewed 5 November 2012

The races take place at a special track within the city of Obihiro. There are races during most of the summer and also some during winter. There are also evening races. The race consists of heavy working horses pulling a kind of sledge over about...More

4  Thank kstaerk
Reviewed 23 October 2011

This form of racing, in which horses have to haul weighted sledges up sand ramps while being repeatedly lashed, is cruel. It's not like horse racing in other countries.

5  Thank Skakagrall
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