Visit Oi Racecourse, Tokyo's only Horse racing track

Visit Oi Racecourse, Tokyo's only Horse racing track

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Horse racing is becoming popular once more. Especially at Oi Racecourse, otherwise known as Tokyo City Keiba.
Located a 2-minute walk from Tokyo Monorail Station, the racecourse features its main races during weekday nights, where businessmen as well as couples can be spotted. Once you step in, you will be impressed by the majestic illuminations that brighten the stadium. On race days with large prizes, five differently-colored flames will ignite to create a spectacular scene. There are also plenty of food items as well as reserved seats, including "G-FRONT," (opened in November) a stand with a cluster of reserved seats that lets its viewers watch while relaxing.
Located on the third floor is the "Prime Room," which has a luxurious, lounge-like interior and features an indoor-device that lets bettors purchase betting tickets at the spot without having to approach a ticket machine. At stand no. 4, located next to the room, is a popular buffet restaurant, "Diamond Turn," where you can enjoy your food while watching the race. Made under the supervision of a chef from the French restaurant, "Queen Alice," the dishes are made to let you taste the flavor of the season. Also, for a limited time, the racecourse will hold food events like "Thai & Beer Festival" and "Barbecue From Scratch," which are largely popular. 
TCK is the only racecourse in all of Tokyo's 23 wards. It is located close to Haneda Airport, and is a popular venue for night-time entertainment for foreigners as well. There are information booklets available in English, Chinese, and Korean, as well as staff who are eager to receive foreign customers. 
From July 31st to August 4th, the racecourse will hold "Santa Anita Week," celebrating its friendship with Santa Anita Racecourse in the United States. There will be celebratory races with large prizes (Santa Anita Trophy), a variety of events, as well as an exhibition of specialty products.

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