Feed, Bedding and Water

as of January 2017

1. Feed and Bedding

As a general rule, feed, feed additives and bedding are arranged by JRA. Feed, feed additives and bedding other than those arranged by the JRA must be tested before its use while in Japan. Feed and bedding used during airplane travel must be disposed of upon arrival at the airport in Japan. Any other feeds brought into the country must be kept in the JRA’s custody until after the race.

2. Precautions on Quarantine

If you wish to import feed or feed additives for your horse to Japan, you must obtain a phytosanitary certificate issued by the Agricultural Department of your country. In addition, upon arrival in Japan, feed or feed additives, must be cleared by the Plant and Animal Quarantine Department and Customs, and pass Physico-chemical tests conducted by the Laboratory of Racing Chemistry. It may take time to go through these procedures.

Therefore, if your horse must have feed or feed additives that cannot be replaced by the JRA provisions mentioned in ” List of Feed Available in Japan ”, please contact the JRA Representative Office as far in advance as possible. Please note that if you fail to notify our office as far in advance as possible, you may not be able to use your feed or feed additives immediately after arrival.

LIST OF FEEDS AVAILABLE IN JAPAN (PDF) (click here to download)

3. Water

All JRA facilities are furnished with complete water and sewerage service. The water from the waterworks is potable water, which more than satisfies the standards prescribed by law.

The quality of water is soft compared to North America and Europe.