Japan Cup

24 November 2019


The Japan Cup is one of the most prestigious horse races in Japan. It is contested on the last Sunday of November in Fuchu, Tokyo over a distance of 2400 meters (about ​1 1⁄2 miles) with a purse of ¥476 million (about £3.2 million).

During a relatively short history, the race has established itself as an international contest with winners from Japan, North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy.

The race has produced some of the most memorable finishes seen in Japanese racing. Along with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup and the Breeders' Cup, the race ranks as one of the great end-of-year events.

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Sunday 24th November 2019

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Japan Cup

Sat 16 Nov 2019 - Mon 25 Nov 2019

  • VIP Hospitality
  • 4* Sapporo Hotel & 4* Keio Plaza Shinjuku

    Three nights bed & breakfast at the Sapporo Hotel and 5 nights bed & breakfast at the Keio Plaza Hotel

  • Also includes:
    - Return flights to Tokyo
    - Internal flights from Tokyo to Sapporo
    - Half-day Sapporo Tour
    - Paca Paca Farm Tour
    - Darley pre-training facility visit
    - Darley Shiomi Farm visit
    - Mt Fuji full day tour
    - Grandstand Seats for Saturday Racing
    - VIP Hospitality on Japan Cup Day
    - Welcome dinner & drinks

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Package information

Our Japan Cup package begins with three nights in Sapporo to discover all that makes Japanese breeding and racing so strong with a visit to Shadi Stallion Station, Oiwake Farm, and Northern Farm. After this, we fly to Tokyo for five nights in this amazing city to explore what makes it so special including a visit to Mt Fuji and VIP Hospitality at the main raceday!

Package Includes

  • Return Flights from London Heathrow to Tokyo
  • Return internal flights from Tokyo to Sapporo
  • 3 Nights Accommodation at 4* Sapporo Hotel
  • 5 Nights Accommodation at 4* Keio Plaza Shinjuku
  • Full breakfasts included daily
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Half-day Sapporo tour including Nijo Fish Market, Sapporo Beer Museum and lunch in Sapporo Beer Garden.
  • Guided tour of the famous Paca Paca Farm
  • Visit Darley pre-training facility Castle Park
  • Stallion Parade at Darley's Stallion Farm
  • Visit Darley Shiomi Farm
  • Mt Fuji Full Day Tour
  • Local Guided Tokyo City Tour
  • Grandstand seats Fuchu Racecourse for Saturday races
  • VIP Hospitality for Japan Cup including food & drinks
  • All travel & race day transfers throughout
  • Services of an experienced tour leader


Saturday 16th November 2019
- Depart London Heathrow on Saturday morning on a direct flight to Tokyo, scheduled to land first thing on Sunday morning.

Sunday 17 November 2019
- Connecting in Tokyo Airport you will then board your onward flight to Saporro which takes approximately 90 minutes.
- Upon arrival make your way to the hotel and after checking in and freshening up, you'll meet at the hotel bar for some welcome drinks and then head out for a fabulous local dinner so you can get to know the rest of the group and plan the week ahead.

Monday 18 November 2019
- Today is a chance to explore Sapporo with visits to Jingu Shrine, Odori Park and Nijo Fish Market. Lovers of fresh sushi and sashimi will be in heaven and the Nijo fish market is also one of the few places in Japan where bargaining is acceptable; feel free to try and bring the prices down. We'll then head to the popular Sapporo Beer Garden for lunch. We'll try a freshly brewed Sapporo beer and a "Genghis Khan", a local Hokkaido specialty dish of lamb and mutton.
- After a busy first morning, the afternoon is yours for further exploration of Sapporo or to have a rest.

Tuesday 19 November 2019
- We're off early today to explore some of the farms that make Japanese racing so strong. We'll start with a tour of Dr. Harry Sweeney's famous Paca Paca Farm where 2012 Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante was bred.
- Then we're off to visit the pre-training facilities at Darley's Castle Park before a stop for lunch at a great local restaurant.
-After a nice local lunch, we will visit Darley's Stallion Complex where they will parade four of their top stallions for us to inspect. Maybe you'll find something for your mare! We finish the afternoon with a look around Shiomi Farm before making our way back to Sapporo.
- The evening is yours at leisure to enjoy the Sapporo nightlife and beautiful local food.

Wednesday 20 November 2019
- We check out of our Sapporo hotel and head to Chitose Airport for our flight to Tokyo. We're staying at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, which is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, our luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo.
- The rest of the day is at leisure to rest or explore Tokyo with an optional wander through Shinjuku and then we'll have a nice local dinner.

Thursday 21 November 2019
- After breakfast, we're off for a half-day Tour of Tokyo with a guide and coach. We'll visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden and Sensoji Temple & Nakamise Shopping Street.
- The afternoon is yours to continue exploring Tokyo and do some shopping.

Friday 22 November 2019
- Today we're off for a full day visit to Japan's tallest mountain, Mt Fuji, with a guide including stops at Mt Fuji 5th Station, beautiful Oshino Hakkai (a set of eight ponds), Shiraito Falls and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.
- The evening is yours to explore the amazing Tokyo nightlife and discover their tiny little bars.

Saturday 23 November 2019
- After breakfast, we're finally off to the races at Fuchu Racecourse. Despite a capacity of 223,000, it will be a quiet day at the track with everyone gearing up for the Cup tomorrow.
- We'll explore the course, visit the museum, grab a few souvenirs and learn the Japanese betting system.

Sunday 24 November 2019
- This is it, the end of the week and the highlight of the trip, it's Japan Cup day!! Today's race meeting at Fuchu is highlighted by the running of Japan's most prestigious race - the Japan Cup. A crowd of 100,000 plus is expected. We're in hospitality with all-inclusive food and drinks. Hugh Bowman won it last year, can he do it again?

Monday 25 November 2019
- The trip concludes after breakfast today, make your way back to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.
- Depart Tokyo on Monday morning, landing back into London early afternoon.

Hotel information

Sapporo Hotel
The Sapporo Hotel boasts a shopping arcade & a spa centre, and is only a 5-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station. It features 7 dining options, a concierge and free Wi-Fi at the entire property.

Rooms at the Sapporo Grand Hotel are air-conditioned and equipped with a TV and a refrigerator. A work desk, slippers and toiletries are provided.

Guests can enjoy a massage or a beauty treatment. The hotel has a Memorial Library, which also serves as a museum.

Fresh seafood, fine wines and international specialities are available at Sapporo Grand’s restaurants. Northern Terrace offers a dessert buffet, while Lobby Lounge Mizar features a fireplace.

Sapporo Grand Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Sapporo Clock Tower and the Oodori Park.

Keio Plaza Hotel
The Keio Plaza Hotel offers sweeping views of the Shinjuku skyline. There are flat-screen TV's with satellite channels, minibar and electric kettle. An en-suite bathroom comes with a bath, free toiletries and hairdryer. Japanese-style yukata robes and slippers are provided for all guests.

The hotel has a wide range of cuisines including Japanese, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean. Sky Lounge Aurora boasts stunning city views from the 45th floor, while Amanogawa Sake Bar pours premium sake.

Extend your stay
If you wish to prolong your stay in Japan, additional nights can be added to the itinerary for £200 per person on a bed & breakfast basis.

Single Occupancy
This package is available based on single occupancy for £5249 per person


This package is inclusive of flights from London Heathrow. Direct flights are also available from Birmingham and Manchester, please enquire for more details.

Flights are available with Japan Airlines. Please note that supplements may apply from some airports.

Upgrades to Business/First Class are available upon request.

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