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Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track

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One of a kind draft horse races!

Obihiro now holds the only draft horse races in Japan. Draft horses, once the power that made... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
flactemnad
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Obihiro, Japan
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
VikkiPoh
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Amazing spectacle. Very cheap to get in 100 y. Horses pulling heavy sleds on a sand track. Very unique.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank vickycowan2
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank flactemnad
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A fun day at a very different race course. Instead of running fast the horses pull heavy weights up and over ramps and through a sand trap. You can bet on the race and there are people to help you with the betting machines.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cyclinghobo
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

Date of experience: December 2017
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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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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

Date of experience: June 2017
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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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank L123V
Reviewed 26 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

Date of experience: November 2016
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

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Panddady
Reviewed 22 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

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Bonnie T
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