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The National Association of Racing (Japanese : 地方競馬全国協会Chiho Keiba Zenkoku Kyokai, or NAR) is the authority for horse races operated by local governments in Japan (Prefectures, cities/towns/villages or unions of them). [1] NAR itself does not operate horse races. [2]


In Japan, horse racing operated by local governments are called chiho keiba (Japanese : 地方競馬).


Here is the list of racetracks holding races operated by local governments (as of July 2019). All are oval flat dirt tracks except Obihiro (ban'ei) and Morioka (dirt outside and turf inside). Only four are left-handed (counter-clockwise), the others are right-handed (clockwise).

OperatorRacetrack (L/R: Left/Right-handed)
Obihiro City Obihiro Racecourse (Obihiro, Hokkaido) - Ban'ei race
Hokkaido Prefecture Monbetsu Racecourse (Hidaka, Hokkaido) R
Iwate Prefecture
Morioka City
Oshu city
Morioka Racecourse (Morioka, Iwate) L
Mizusawa Racecourse (Oshu, Iwate) R
Saitama Prefecture
Saitama City
Urawa Racecourse (Minami-ku, Saitama, Saitama) L
Chiba Prefecture
Funabashi City
Narashino City
Funabashi Racecourse (Funabashi, Chiba) L
Tokyo 23 Ward Cities Ohi Racecourse (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) R
Kanagawa Prefecture
Kawasaki City
Kawasaki Racecourse (Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa) L
Ishikawa Prefecture
Kanazawa City
Kanazawa Racecourse (Kanazawa, Ishikawa) R
Gifu Prefecture
Kasamatsu Town
Ginan town
Kasamatsu Racecourse (Kasamatsu, Gifu) R
Aichi Prefecture
Nagoya City
Nagoya Racecourse (Minato-ku, Nagoya, Aichi) R
Hyōgo Prefecture
Amagasaki City
Himeji city
Sonoda Racecourse (Amagasaki, Hyogo) R
Himeji Racecourse (Himeji, Hyōgo)R [3]
Kōchi Prefecture
Kōchi City
Kochi Racecourse (Kōchi, Kōchi) R
Saga Prefecture
Tosu City
Saga Racecourse (Tosu, Saga) R

Racetracks used to hold prefectural/municipal races

The following courses now hold only Japan Racing Association (JRA) races.

Defunct NAR Racetracks

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  1. "Racing by Local Governments". National Association of Racing. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  2. 地方競馬全国協会 (in Japanese). Japan Racing Association . Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. Inactive Aug 2012 - Jan 2020