What is the Nakayama Racecourse?
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Learn what the Nakayama Racecourse is and the directions for the track. Find out the races it holds annually.

 

Nakayama Racecourse is one of the oldest horse racing facilities in Japan. It is otherwise known as Nakayama-keibajō (中山竢馬場) and it has been opened to the public since 1990. It is located in Funabashi, Chiba.

It is owned by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). The JRA is one of the largest horse racing organizations that have various horse and betting facilities.

The Nakayama Racecourse also has one of the largest race tracks in Japan. This is because it can accommodate up to 165,676 people. It is commonly used for local and international flat horse racing and jump races.

Additionally, the races in the Nakayama Racecourse are broadcasted in various networks in Japan and in the United States. Here are the following networks and the schedule of their broadcast:

 

Network

Date of Broadcast

TV Tokyo

Saturday

Fuji TV

Sunday

TVG Network (USA)

Date of Race

NHK

Date of Selected Races

 

 

The entrance fee you need to pay at Nakayama Racecourse is ¥200. This means that you can easily watch and wager on the races as soon as you enter.

The Nakayama Racecourse in Japan has a Media Hall located from the first to the third floor. There is a big screen where you can watch the races. The track also has a room for senior citizens and for children. You do not have to pay anything if you want to play with your child at the children corner.

There are various restaurants and food stalls inside the facility. Additionally, there are coffee shops you can enjoy at the facility’s Benjamin Plaza.

 

 

How to go to Nakayama Racecourse?

 

The Nakayama Racecourse is located exactly at 1 Chome-1-1, Funabashi, Chiba 273-0037, Japan. If you want to go to the racetrack, you have two options: walking and using the bus.

You can reach the JR Nishi-Funabashi Station in 15 minutes when you use the bus. From the station, you can reach the racetrack in 30 minutes if you walk.

You can also get to the track in 10 minutes if you used the special underpass at JR Nishi-Funabashi Station. This is the moving walkway in the Nakki Mall.

You can also use the bus and get off at the Keisei Higashi-Nakayama Station within 10 minutes. From the station, you can get to the racecourse in 20 minutes if you walk.

You can also use the JR Musashino Line Funabashi Hodeneki underpass at the temporary ticket gate that leads directly to the racecourse. However, this is only available on days when there are races or if you parked your car at the station.

 

The Race Track of Nakayama Racecourse

There are various forms of horse racing that can be held at Nakayama Racecourse. This is because they have three different courses that vary in distance. Here are the following courses they have:

 

Main Course

The main course is the largest course where most horse races in the track occurs. It has a turf surface which makes it easier for horses to speed through the tracks.

The main course also has an inner and outer oval that has three courses each with different lengths. Here are the following length and width of the courses in the inner oval:

 

Course

Length

Width

A-course

1,667 m

20 ~ 32 m

B-course

1,686 m

17 ~ 29 m

C-course

1,705 m

14 ~ 26 m

 

Here are the length and width of the courses in the outer oval:

Course

Length

Width

A-course

1,840 m

20 ~ 32 m

B-course

1,859 m

17 ~ 29 m

C-course

1,877 m

14 ~ 26 m

 

Dirt Course

The dirt course is one of the hardest horse racing track surfaces. This is because Japan dirt tracks are sand-based. Horses need to have more power in their legs when they race on this kind of course.

This is unlike other dirt courses in most western countries where the track’s material is soil. Horses can use less power in their legs in this kind of course material. They can also prioritise their speed because it is easier to run on soil-based dirt tracks. This means most foreign horses that compete in Japan find the sand-based course difficult.

The Nakayama Racecourse dirt track has a length of 1,493 meters and a width of 25 meters.

 

Jump Course

The jump course of the Nakayama Racecourse is home to two of the biggest local and international jump steeplechase races. It has various fences, hurdles, and obstacles that horses have to go through with skill and agility to finish in the first place.

There are two lines that have different lengths for the jump course. The lines are called O-Line and X-Line. Here are the length and width of the O-Line:

 

Line

Length

Width

O-Line

1,456 m

20 ~ 30 m

 

Additionally, here are the length and width of the X-Line:

 

Line

Length

Width

X-Line

447 & 424 m

20 ~ 30 m

 

Races in the Nakayama Racecourse

The Nakayama Racecourse in Japan is home to various major local and international horse racing events. Here are the following races that are held at the track every year:

 

Race

Grade

Track & Distance

Satsuki Sho

Grade I

Turf 2000m

Sprinters Stakes

Grade I

Turf 1200m

Arima Kinen

Grade I

Turf 2500m

Hopeful Stakes

Grade I

Turf 2000m

American Jockey Club Cup

Grade II

Turf 2000m

Nakayama Kinen

Grade II

Turf 1800m

Yayoi Sho

Grade II

Turf 2000m

Spring Stakes

Grade II

Turf 1800m

Nikkei Sho

Grade II

Turf 2500m

New Zealand Trophy

Grade II

Turf 1600m

St. Lite Kinen

Grade II

Turf 2200m

All Corners

Grade II

Turf 2200m

Stayers Stakes

Grade II

Turf 3600m

Nakayama Kimpai

Grade III

Turf 2000m

Fairy Stakes

Grade III

Turf 1600m

Ocean Stakes

Grade III

Turf 1200m

Flower Cup

Grade III

Turf 1800m

Nakayama Himba Stakes

Grade III

Turf 1800m

March Stakes

Grade III

Dirt 1800m

Lord Derby Challenge Trophy

Grade III

Turf 1600m

Shion Stakes

Grade III

Turf 2000m

Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap

Grade III

Turf 1600m

Turquoise Stakes

Grade III

Turf 1600m

Capella Stakes

Grade III

Dirt 1200m

Nakayama Grand Jump

Grade I - Steeplechase

Turf 4250m

Nakayama Daishogai

Grade I - Steeplechase

Turf 4100m

 

 

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