Tokyo Hippodrome (Fuchu) 東京競馬場

Gallop!

 

Turfists or simply curious people wishing to taste the excitement of horse racing, go trotting to the Tokyo racecourse, located in Fuchu. Recognized as the Rolls Royce of racetracks, it hosts the most prestigious races in the archipelago throughout the year.

 

Fuchu's Excellence

Since their introduction by foreign residents of Yokohama in 1862, the success of horse racing in the Japanese archipelago has not been denied. Each year, more than 21,000 races in this very popular discipline are contested throughout the country. In 1925, noting the impossible expansion of the Meguro racecourse (inaugurated in 1907), the local authorities chose the neighboring town of Fuchu to host the new Tokyo racetrack. This was inaugurated in 1933 . During the Second World War, the hippodrome was loaned to the army, which used it as a training camp.

 

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Fuchu Racecourse in 1940

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Follow the race on the giant high definition screen

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Much more than shopping

In addition to this exceptional equipment, it offers many other possibilities for interaction with the equestrian world. Its racing museum , inaugurated in 1991, offers educational insights into sporting equestrian practice in Japan, on the most awarded horses and riders. The collections and temporary exhibitions also recall the importance of the horse in Japanese culture since the importation of the animal in the 4th century. Interactive installations allow the visitor to place himself for a few moments in the shoes of a jockey in a simulated race on the racecourse.

 

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The Horse Racing Museum at Fuchu Racecourse

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Prestigious races

Fuchu Racecourse hosts high-level races including eight grade 1 competitions : Japan Cup, Tokyo Yushun, Tenno Sho, Yasuda Kinen, Yushun Himba, February Stakes, NHK Mile Cup and Victoria Mile. Contested for the first time in 1981, the Japan Cup is the most prestigious of all. This 2,400 meter flat race attracts Thoroughbreds from around the world on the last Sunday of November each year. In this race reserved for horses three years and older, all title contenders are invited. It is the most richly endowed race with a record total allocation of nearly 5 million euros and a winner's bonus of 2 million!

 

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The horses during the Yasuda Kinen race

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