What is the Fukushima Racecourse?
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Find out what is the Fukushima Racecourse and how to get there. Learn the different races you can watch and its race tracks.

The Fukushima Racecourse is one of the horse racing event facilities that Japan Racing Association (JRA) owns. It is commonly known as Fukushima keibajō (福島競馬場) and was established in 1918.

The racecourse is commonly used for Thoroughbred flat races. They also hold handicap flat races every year.

The Fukushima Racecourse in Japan has a ¥100 entrance fee. It has various facilities including a gift shop, child corner, and memorial corner. There is also a group room where you can spend time with your friends and family. However, this is only available during live horse races. It can be reserved using the reception desk at the front of the room. Additionally, it cannot be reserved through the phone.

There are also a lot of food stalls and restaurants you can enjoy while watching and wagering on the races at Fukushima Racecourse in Japan.

 

 

How to go to Fukushima Racecourse

 

The Fukushima Racecourse is located exactly at 9-23 Matsunamicho, Fukushima, 960-8114, Japan. If you want to go to the track, you have three options: by bus, taxi, or train.

 

By Train

If you are coming from Shiroishi, Miyagi, you can ride the train at Shiroishizao station and get off at Fukushima station in 12 minutes. This costs ¥2,200 - ¥3,600. From there, ride the bus at Fukushima-eki Higashi-guchi station and get off at Fukushima Racecourse in 13 minutes.

If you are coming from Kakuda, you can ride the train and get off at Fukushima station in 1 hour and 4 minutes. This costs ¥850 - ¥1,100. You can then ride the bus at Fukushima-eki Higashi-guchi and get off at Fukushima Keibajo-mae bus station in 13 minutes.

 

By Bus

If you are coming from Minamiyanome, you can get on the Aizu Bus at Fukushima Kosoku Bus Terminal. Get off at Fukushima Keibajo-mae in 17 minutes. This is directly in front of the racecourse.

 

By Taxi

If you are coming from Minamiyanome, you can reach the racetrack in 4 minutes if you ride a taxi. This costs ¥2,100 - ¥2,500.

If you are coming from Sasakino, you can take a taxi to get to the track in 7 minutes. This costs ¥2,900 - ¥3,600.

If you are coming from Kakuda, you can take a taxi to get to the track in 42 minutes. This costs ¥14,000 - ¥18,000.

 

The Race Track of Fukushima Racecourse

Since the Fukushima Racecourse only organizes flat races, it only has two race tracks. However, these courses still have different lengths to accommodate the different horse racing competitions that are held there. The two racecourses that it has are the main and dirt course.

 

Main Course

The main course has a turf track surface that is commonly used in racecourses in Europe. This kind of surface makes it easier for horses to sprint through the tracks. Additionally, this is one of the most common track surfaces used in horse flat racing.

The main course is divided into three courses with different lengths and widths. Here are the following courses under the main course:

 

 Course

 Length

 Width

 A-course

 1,600 m

 25~27 m

 B-course

 1,614.1 m

 22.5~25 m

 C-course

 1,628.1 m

 20~23 m

 

 

Dirt Course

Fukushima Racecourse also has a dirt track field for horses to run on. This is one of the most common track surfaces. However, Japan dirt courses are different. The material commonly used in these courses are soil. Due to the rainy weather in the country, sand is used. This is because it is easier to drain the water out of sand compared to soil. It is important to remove the water out because it makes the ground too soft.

The Fukushima Racecourse dirt track has a length of 1,444 meters and a width of 20 to 25 meters.

 

Steeplechase Course

While Fukushima Racecourse currently does not host steeplechase jump races, it has a field made specifically for it. This course crosses through both ends of the dirt track. It also has a turf surface. 

The steeplechase course has a length of 490.9 meters and a width of 20 meters.

 

Races in the Fukushima Racecourse

Annually, the Fukushima Racecourse in Japan has four Grade III races that you can watch and wager on. Here are the following races with their corresponding distance:

 

Race

 Grade

 Track & Distance

Fukushima Himba Stakes

 Grade III

 Turf 1800m

Radio Nikkei Sho

 Grade III

 Turf 1800m

Tanabata Sho

 Grade III

 Turf 2000m

Fukushima Kinen

 Grade III

 Turf 2000m

 

 

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