Horse racing in Japan is a popular equestrian sport with more than 21,000 horse races held each year. There are three types of racing that take place in Japan – flat racing, jump racing, and Ban’ei Racing (also called Draft Racing).
In Japan, horse racing is organized by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and the National Association of Racing (NAR). The JRA is responsible for horseracing events at ten major racecourses in metropolitan areas, while the NAR is responsible for various local horseracing events throughout Japan. This system of administration of horse racing is unique to Japan.
Japan’s top stakes races are run in the spring, autumn, and winter; the top race is the Japan Cup.