JRA Fukushima Racecourse

JRA Fukushima Racecourse

The only Japan Racing Association racecourse in the Tohoku region. Enjoy the excitement of the seasonal races held during Spring, Summer and Winter, as well as the traditional Tanabata Prize in July.
The racecourse also has other areas for enjoying yourself, including a children's play area and athletic facilities, making it a great place to come with the family.
 

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttp://japanracing.jp/en/racing/go_racing/jra_racecourses/j06.html
Contact

JRA Fukushima Racecourse

(+81) 24-534-2121

Entrance FeeThere is a 100 yen entrance fee on days when races are held.
Related infoParking
Charged and free parking available.
When races are held, parking costs 1,000 yen.
When races are not held, parking costs 500 yen.

Access to the Racecourse
When races are held: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Venue access at other times: 8:50 am - 5:00 pm.
During summer holidays: Open until 6:00 pm.
Dec. to Mar.: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Access Details
Access17-55 Sakuragicho, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Train: 10 min bus ride from Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Main Line.

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