Going Full Throttle In The Pursuit Of Cash At This Solely-In-Japan Motor-Sport


Within the wake of attending 20+ totally different sports activities in 2023, just about each upcoming occasion will get promoted on my social media or instantly in my inbox. I just lately caught sight of a motor-cycle occasion in Saitama Prefecture going down over a protracted weekend in mid-January. I had by no means heard of the stadium so appeared it up on Google Maps and noticed that I might be capable of cycle there in lower than an hour. Scrolling down by means of the assorted ticket costs finally took me to at least one for simply 1000 yen so I purchased it with out an excessive amount of thought because it’d give me one thing new to do on the Friday after I was off work.

After reserving the ticket I started to dig a bit deeper for what I’d bought myself concerned in considering I used to be about to see one thing like speedway or motorcyle racing. It quickly dawned on me that I had bought a ticket for what’s principally only a playing sport in Japan. While I knew concerning the three principal betting sports activities in Japan (horse racing, keirin biking and boat race) I used to be completely unaware that there was a fourth one referred to as Auto Race. Moreover, I realised that entry to the primary outside stand was truly free and that I had unneccessarily spent cash for a seat which I actually didn’t want!

The day started at 10:00 am and completed round 5:00 pm however I used to be positive an hour or two could be greater than sufficient so didn’t go away the Tokyo Fox International Operations Centre in Itabashi Ward till 11:30 am. It was a reasonably easy route for me going by means of Akabane and passing near Kawaguchi station, and I used to be capable of park my bicycle proper outdoors the circuit which had a quite shabby-looking entrance.

Once I went to Boat Race in Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture) at first of final 12 months I used to be a bit shocked to see fairly a couple of females, and even some households in attendance as my earlier expertise of witnessing these playing sports activities was that the spectators have been almost all outdated males! That was additionally the case right here at Kawaguchi Auto Race Circuit so regular enterprise was resumed.

My paid seat was a padded one with a bit of desk in entrance for my drink, notepad, pen, betting slips and newspaper type information. Properly, it will’ve been if I used to be a correct fan however I didn’t actually know what was happening. The reply was not a lot however after some time the  riders sporting totally different colored outfits took to the circuit able to burn some rubber.

Prepared, regular, go! The eight riders started in staggered style and rode spherical for half a dozen laps on their 599cc two-speed gearbox bikes. Like keirin biking, there aren’t any brakes which all provides to the jeopardy I assume. I can’t say I used to be too captivated by that individual race however possibly that was as a result of I had nothing using on it!

My ideas turned to the betting slips for the following race however regardless of having been to some of those playing sport races I nonetheless can’t keep in mind the right way to fill them in! I’ve labored it out on all earlier visits however this time I simply couldn’t be bothered to lookup the right way to do it so was most likely the one individual in the entire place watching it purely from a sporting viewpoint!

There was a race each half an hour or so and I watched a few them from my flash snug seat on the 4th ground nevertheless it wasn’t actually enjoyable in any respect seeing it by means of the glass home windows with the sounds of the roaring engines absent.

Down on the primary ground was a much more interesting expertise as I’d be capable of see the motion up shut however first I made a decision to splash out a bit on some foods and drinks. I purchased a glass bottle of coke which took me again to a bygone period. I handed it to the employees member as I paid for it and was anticipating her to crack open the bottle and hand it again however she poured it right into a paper cup!! But extra money wasted as I may even have purchased a less expensive cola elsewhere within the stadium!! I additionally spent 250 yen on an enormous fried rooster stick which was actually worth for cash however the style was sadly a bit of disappointing.


You may need to zoom in to see it extra clearly however this garbage bin (beneath) shows a message saying “no spitting” which is one thing I’d by no means seen earlier than. I can solely assume that is associated to older males having the behavior of spitting. They actually do it when within the bathrooms (full with the noisy pre-spit sound impact) so possibly it was an issue with these bins too, particularly within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

I watched my final race of the day trackside the place there was much more environment and pleasure because the followers cheered on the riders they’d invested their cash in.


Watching the bikes flash by at about 150 kilometers per hour across the 500-meter asphalt monitor was extra attention-grabbing than I assumed it will be. The six laps flew by very quickly and I can’t inform you how good it was to have the ability to hear the sound of these engines in addition to the ups and downs of the spectators prepared them on.


While you’ll be able to keep and watch the motion all day I used to be completely satisfied to simply pattern a couple of races of a “sport” I didn’t even know existed a couple of days earlier than! It was additionally one other dwell sport so as to add to my rising tally, and one which I realized one thing new from with the primary factor being that I needs to be a bit of extra cautious when reserving future sporting tickets!

  • Kawaguchi Auto Racing is positioned at 5-21-1 Aoki, Kawaguchi, Saitama-ken. It’s open on daily basis between 09:00 and 17:00. Race days are pretty frequent so please examine the official website for extra particulars.

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