Horse Racing Itinerary: 2 days in Obihiro, Hokkaido w/ Rent a Car/Banei Horse Racing

Schedule Thu, Apr 01, 2021  ~ Mon, Nov 01, 2021
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Place Obihiro, Hokkaido
Venue Obihiro Racecourse

Here is a model plan for a trip to Obihiro, mainly to watch the Banei horse races.

Banei Horse Racing is a horse race that can only be seen here in the world, where horses weighing about one ton pull an iron sled weighing about one ton with a jockey on top.

The 200-meter straight course has two obstacles, a small mountain and a large mountain, which the riders have to cross to reach the goal. Unlike normal horse races, the goal is not reached when the nose of the horse passes, but when the tail end of the sled passes.
This is why Banei horse races are always so exciting to watch, and you can't let your guard down until the very end!

Of course, since this is a horse race, you can actually buy a ticket, starting at 100 yen, so it is fun to play or try your luck, but you can also enjoy just watching the powerful horse sledding without buying a ticket.

Come and experience the only horse sledding race in the world, the Banei Horse Race!

Team Levanga Hokkaido
Venue: Marshland Wind Arena Kushiro
Season: Early September to mid-March
Best Season for this Plan September, October

Highlights of this itinerary

This plan is a model plan to watch basketball games in Kushiro, which starts in the fall. It is based on the assumption that you will be using a rental car.
In Hokkaido, there is a possibility that snow will start to fall in November, so this itinerary can be used as a reference if you are going to watch a game in September or October.

For the 2020-2021 season, the Kushiro series will be held on November 7 and 8.
Please wait until the schedule for the next season is announced.


Levanga Hokkaido
Marshland Wind Arena Kushiro


Wisho Ichiba "Katte Don (Do it your way)" Details
Izumi-ya "Spa-Katsu" Details
Torimatsu's "Zanghi ( Deep Fried Chicken)" Details
Kushiro Ramen Maruhira Details
or Teshikaga Ramen Teshikaga Sohonten


Nusamai Bridge (Kushiro) Details
Kushiro Marsh Hosooka Observatory Details
Tawadaira Observatory Details
Lake Mashu Observatory 
Sulphur Mountain (Atosanupuri) 
Sand Hot Spring 
Kotan Hot Spring 

Model Plan

This is a model plan to watch the ice hockey game in Kushiro, which starts in autumn. This plan is based on the assumption that you will be using a rental car.
In Hokkaido, it may start snowing in November, so this itinerary is basically for those who want to watch the game in September or October.

Here is a model plan for a two-day, one-night trip from Haneda to watch the East Hokkaido Cranes.

Schedule contents
Day 1

7:00a.m.  Arrive at Haneda Airport
(Arrive at the airport at least one hour before departure)

8:10 a.m. Depart Haneda Airport (JAL)
(Flight time will be 1 hour and 35 minutes.)

9:45 a.m.  Arrive at Tancho Kushiro Airport
10:30 a.m.  Rent a car and drive to Kushiro City.
(About 30 minutes drive from Kushiro Airport)

11:00 a.m. Enjoy Katte Don (Do it your way) at Wsho Ichiba.

12:30 p.m. Sightseeing around Nusamai Bridge

Fisherman's Wharf MOO
Nusamai Bridge

3:00 p.m. Check-in at Hotel Paco
4:00p.m. Izumi-ya "Spa-Katsu"
5:30 p.m. Arrive at East Hokkaido Cranes Ice Arena
6:30 p.m. Watch Levanga Hokkaido game
9:00 p.m. Leave the venue and return to the hotel.
10:00 p.m. Zanghi at Torimatsu
11:00 p.m. Return to hotel and have a good night.

Day 2 8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotel Paco
(If you want to eat Kushiro Ramen, Maruhira is open from 9:30am)
9:00 p.m. From the hotel, go to Hosooka Observatory in Kushiro Shitsugen
9:30 a.m. Kushiro Shitsugen Hosooka Observatory 
10:30 a.m. Go to Tawadaira
11:30 a.m. Tawadaira Observatory
12:00 p.m. Teshikaga Ramen
1:00 p.m. Lake Mashu Observatory 
1:30 p.m. Sulphur Mountain (Atosanupuri)
2:30 p.m. Sand Hot Spring 
3:00 p.m. Kotan Hot Spring
4:30 p.m. Drive to Kushiro Airport
6:30 p.m. Return rental car at the airport
8:05 p.m. Depart Kushiro Airport (JAL)
9:55 p.m. Arrive at Haneda Airport


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Horse Racing Itinerary: 2 days in Obihiro, Hokkaido w/ Rent a Car/Banei Horse Racing
Thu, Apr 01, 2021 ~ Mon, Nov 01, 2021
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