2020 News

November 1, 2020


COVID-19 News Update: Partial reopening of Off-Track Betting Facilities from Saturday, Nov. 7

From Sat., Nov. 7, the races to bet at some JRA-operated off-track betting facilities listed below will be expanded to “All Races at all racecourses, as well as races open to prior-day wagers.”


Isawa, Himeji, Hiroshima, Ogori, Takamatsu

Hitachinaka, Isezaki, Nakago, Kanazawa, Yatomi, Isobe, Kasamatsu, Ena, Yokawa,
Wakayama, Fukuyama-Ekimae, Yanaizu, Kochi, Sukumo, Aizumi, Kannonji,

Facilities will still be open only until 2 p.m. and live race footage and odds information will not be provided.

Also, the JRA will resume operations at EXCEL Tanashi (Membership System) and J-PLACE Mombetsu from Sat., Nov. 7.

EXCEL Tanashi is a members-only off-track betting facility and no persons other than members are permitted to use the facilities. Also, in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, presently a daily quota has been placed on the number of people admitted to the facility. For this reason and for the time being, no new applications for membership are being accepted.

Facilities will be run with great caution as the safety of customers and staff remains the JRA’s top priority. Please be sure to also read “JRA Measures to Prevent Spread of Infectious Disease,” “Requests to Customers,” and “Regarding Operations Within the Facility” listed below.

Please be aware the above information may change due to the socio-economic situation.

Facilities open for betting ticket sales


Sapporo Racecourse, Hakodate Racecourse, Niigata Racecourse,
Nakayama Racecourse, Chukyo Racecourse, Kyoto Racecourse, Kokura Racecourse


Sapporo, Kushiro, Tsugaru, Morioka, Mizusawa, Yokote, Sanbongi (Sunday only),
Shin-Shirakawa, Ginza, Korakuen, Kinshicho, Asakusa, Shiodome, Shinjuku,
Shibuya, Tachikawa, Kawasaki, Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, Ami, Urawa, Isawa,
Nagoya, Kyoto, Namba, Dotombori, Umeda, Kobe, Himeji, Rinku Town, Yonago,
Hiroshima, Ogori, Takamatsu, Sasebo, Yatsushiro, Miyazaki


Tanashi, Hamamatsu, Hakata


Nakashibetsu, Kushiro (Aiba), Shizunai, Asahikawa, Mombetsu, Chitose, Takigawa, Ebetsu,
Iwamizawa, Tomakomai, Ishikari, Sapporo-Chuo, Sapporo-Ekimae, Otaru,
Noboribetsu Muroran, Hakodate-Minato-cho, Urakawa, Kushiro (Furlongs), Kitami,
Obihiro, Asahikawa Kitasaito, Kotoni-Ekimae, Nayoro, Fukagawa, Abashiri, Osato,
Taneichi, Hitachinaka, Isezaki, Funabashi, Narita, Kisarazu, Nakago, Kanazawa,
Nagoya, Yatomi, Isobe, Kasamatsu, Ena, Yokawa, Wakayama, Tottori Iwami,
Mitoya, Fukuyama-Ekimae, Yanaizu, Kochi, Sukumo, Aizumi, Kannonji, Arao, Tosu

Racecourse where races will be held


Fukushima Racecourse, Tokyo Racecourse, Hanshin Racecourse

Closed facilities







The following measures will be taken at JRA facilities.
- Before beginning work, employees will take their temperature and make note of their physical condition. Hands will be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
- Employees will wear masks to prevent the spread of infection. Also, face shields and gloves will be worn by those coming in direct contact with the public.
- Facilities will be sufficiently ventilated.
- Plexiglass barriers and vinyl curtains have been installed to prevent airborne exposure.
- Places often touched by customers will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- In order to maintain proper distance from others, employees will refrain from guiding customers



Temperature and health check

All customers are required to check the temperature when entering racing facilities and we ask you to refrain from entering the premises if you are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat or other symptoms.
If you are found to have a fever or be in poor physical condition at the entrance to the facilities, you will be refused entrance.
We will also refuse entrance in the following cases:
- If, within the past 14 days, you have come into close contact with a person who has travelled to a region or country that has been placed under government restriction or that requires those arriving from such to stay under observation, or if you have come into close contact with a resident of such region or country.
- If you have come into close contact with a person testing positive for the coronavirus infection.

Wearing a face mask

  • - A mask is required to be worn upon entering all venues. Those not wearing masks will not be permitted entrance.
  • - Please observe proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing.

Maintaining distance from others

  • - There are marks at the venues indicating the proper distance to be kept from other people. Please use these as your guide.

Washing and disinfecting hands

  • - Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance to a facility and at the exit. Please make use of this to disinfect your hands.


  • - Customers with smartphones are encouraged to download and register with the "COVID-19 Contact-Confirming Application" https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/cocoa_00138.html (connect to external site)
  • - On the way home from WINS etc., please avoid the "Three Cs" -- Closed spaces, Crowded places and Close-contact settings.
  • - When visiting a racing facility, please keep in mind those who are at the greatest risk of infection and in the gravest danger in case of it -- the elderly and those suffering from chronic illness. Please consider how your actions may affect others.



  • - For the time being, live race footage and odds information will not be provided at the off-track betting facilities. We ask customers to keep your visits as short as possible and to return home quickly after placing your bets.
  • - For the time being, teller betting windows will be closed.
  • - The media hall, chairs and smoking areas within the venue cannot be used.
  • - There will be no shops open and no complimentary beverages offered.
  • - Please note Crowds can be expected shortly after the facility opens and shortly before it closes. We advise you to avoid these times if possible.
  • - In the case of congestion, entrance may be restricted.
Along with the resumption of business operations on Saturday, September 12, 2020, the expiration date for cashing in betting tickets sold between (Sat.) Dec. 28, 2019 through (Sun, Nat'l Holiday) Feb. 23 has been extended collectively until (Sat.) Nov. 14, 2020. Those customers who have yet to cash in their betting tickets, please do so at your earliest possible convenience.
Betting tickets purchased on or after (Sat.) July 11, 2020, will expire the 60 days after the date of purchase.