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- Obihiro now holds the only draft horse races in Japan. Draft horses, once the power that made farming in Hokkaido possible, can show their power. A slower-paced race that incorporates strategies like brief resting and surging to pull ahead for the win. Definitely worth a visit to see these magnificent animals and their strength!Written October 2, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We went for the Japan Cup which is a huge Race and which attracts enormous crowds ( this year was the lowest at around 90,000 but one year nearly 190,000 turned up ) and the atmosphere is fantastic.
This pace is huge and you never really notice the number of spectators until the big race when it gets a bit crowded but you will still find a spot with a good view.
The paddock is at the back of the grandstand and after the race the winning horse and jockey go to the Winners Circle in between the track and the grandstand at the front.
Admission is just 200 yen ( around £1.50 !! ) and certainly for this day by going to the information desk you could get an English racecard and a handy gadget for holding over the betting tickets so you easily see what boxes to fill out for the bets you wanted.
There are food options everywhere, a museum and a gift shop the size of a small supermarket.
If you like Horse Racing you cannot fail to enjoy a day out here.Written November 30, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I love horses and my house is so closed to the races place! Just five minutes by bike! Lose or win was not my pursue! Just watched those beautiful horses!Written August 16, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This summer the horse racing started from 28 July to 2 September. Today is free entry for ladies.
Take JR to Soen station and take free shuttle bus to the Racecourse. Entry free is JPY100/ pax. Designated seats with shelter is JPY1,000/pax or JPY1,500/pax inclusive of entry fee.
Lot of people to have picnic on grass and enjoy the sunlight. Also take closure look to horses during their race.
There are lot of betting machines available in the building, just insert the tickets that marked your choices. Few machines in front also got pay out services, just insert the winning tickets and collect the money.
It is really a wonderful time to enjoy the summer and betting together with friends and family.Written July 29, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Going to see horse racing in Japan is a neat diversion, and most international visitors to Kansai who choose to do so end up at either of the famous Kyoto or Hanshin racecourses. If you really want to get off the beaten track though (pun intended) a trip to Sonoda racecourse might be a better option.
Sonoda has a dirt track with a circumference of 1,051 meters and most of the races are 1400 meters. It’s on the small side as far as tracks go, and the whole place has an informal, very accessible vibe. You can get in close to watch all the pre-race parades and stand just meters from the winning post to watch the action. Oh, and there’s no dress code, in fact you should dress as casually as possible (Ascot, this ain’t).
Entry is 100 yen, and food and drink is surprisingly cheap inside. Races are generally held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can take the train to Hankyu Sonoda station, and take a free shuttle (10 minutes) from there. The shuttle leaves from in front of Matsuya gyudon restaurant, and runs from 10am on race days.Written February 24, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- You can't beat 100 yen entry fee. Watch performances aimed at families (singers, cartoon characters, comedians), view horses close-up as they parade around before the races, grab some food, and cheer on the horses during several different types of races.
I can't compare it to other courses, as this is the only one I have visited. It was fun to walk around. Surprisingly this place has a history of 100 years and is the only track in the Tohoku region. It pleasant walking around. I think it would be fun with friends drinking and chatting all day and using the races as an excuse.
There were several food choices, but seemed overly appealing. I want to try the upgrade seating and would like to see more food than just soba, curry, ramen, and your standard lunch menus slightly reduced in quality to speed up serving, and slightly increased in price for the venue. I didn't enjoy the Kitakata ramen I had there, but I loved it everywhere else I had it.Written May 3, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- If you’re interested in summer horse race in Japan, why not visit here?
I’m a turf fan…this horse racetrack is so good.
Very neat and clean.
safe and clean and has enough space to hang around.
2) Easy to access.
has enough place to park and 25 minutes by bus or Tram.
3) Food are delicious.
Friendly and reasonable… I love Tempra Soba and Onigiri. at Sobaokoro Hatsune
Remember that it's not a fancy restaurant.
4) If you want a long shot…
Check the results of horse races, you would realize it…
Anyway, I love this place.Written June 16, 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.