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Gamble Tokyo - Horse Race betting tour

5 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), Spanish ( Beginner )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Visiting Horse Racing Course of JRA (Japan Racing Association) or Off-Track Betting Facilities (WINS) near your hotel.
How to bet your money on horses and background of the race are explained by the guide of this tour.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshihiro.

  • Visiting Horse Racing Course of JRA (Japan Racing Association) or one of the Off-Track Betting Facilities with explanation of how to bet.
  • In case of Tokyo area, JRA races are held in either Tokyo Racecourse (Fuchu, west of Tokyo) or Nakayama Racecourse (Funabashi, Chiba).

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What to Expect

Recently Japanese horses are getting strong. Some horses run in overseas prestigious races like Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Horse racing is getting popular among Japanese people and would be the most typical gamble. You will enjoy not only horse racing itself but also watching how Japanese people are distracted on weekend. In case of a tour to the horse racing course, it is possible to see inside race course as general amusement place for Japanese people. In case of visiting WINS, you can choose Off-Track Betting Facilities near your hotel.
If you are lucky, you will get money (but it is NOT guaranteed).

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Tokyo (or the place you designate).
Ending Point At your hotel in Tokyo (or the place you designate).

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in central Tokyo area.

What‘s not included

Transportation fee from the hotel to the Race Course (you and guide), Lunch, Entrance fee into the Race Course, Horse racing newspaper, Betting fee.
Pen (ball-point pen or felt tip pen, etc.) shall be prepared by you to fill the mark sheets for betting.


This tour is basically available on every Saturday and Sunday, but also sometimes on Monday of national holiday when JRA (Japan Racing Association) horse race is held.

If your hotel is located in 23 wards of Tokyo, pick-up fee to the hotel is free.
Tours are basically done by using public transportation like trains.

In spring, autumn and winter, JRA horse races are held in Tokyo area in either Tokyo Racecourse (Fuchu, west of Tokyo) or Nakayama Racecourse (Funabashi, Chiba).
In summer, JRA horse races are held in local sites in Japan and this tour is done by visiting one of the Off-Track Betting Facilities (WINS) in Tokyo (or Yokohama) near your hotel.
Detailed information on schedule of JRA races can be obtained from JRA English web site.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 144 )
4.8 (144) Reviews
Very Good
Grace Grace United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Excellent Tour Around Tokyo ”

On our first full day in Tokyo Toshi took us around on a fabulous "little bit of everything" tour which included the Senso-Ji Temple and Nakamise Arcade, Tsukiji Fish Market, Hamarikyu Garden, Imperial Palace, Ginza Shopping and Omotesando Shopping Districts and the Shibuya Crossing. We even enjoyed lunch together Japanese style sitting on mats in Tsukiji. Toshi was personable and knowledgeable and we enjoyed conversation about everything from Japanese culture to economics. He was timely and polite and never once did we feel rushed. He met us at the hotel in the morning and took us back to the hotel at the end of our day. He also showed us how to navigate the subway system for the next couple of days on our own. It was truly a delight to spend the day with Toshi!


Dear Grace-san, Thank you for the excellent tour review. We visited various places in Tokyo. You surveyed well about nice tourists spots. Unfortunately we couldn't visit all places you described, but you understood that the itinerary was effectively organized. In Tsukiji, my original plan was to sit on normal table. But Tsukiji market was extremely crowded because it was almost the end of the year. We needed to sit on Japanese Tatami mat room. It was difficult area for western people. But you accepted it positively as Japanese style experience. You were very cooperative. Thank you very much again. Best regards, Toshihiro

Michael Michael Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Highly recommended tour ”

Toshihiro was an extremely professional and extremely personable tour guide. My fiancé and I were in Tokyo for the first time and wanted a tour to get acquainted with the city. We are so glad that we found Toshihiro who took us all over the city and showed us a lot of the sites and gave us the confidence to explore the rest of Tokyo on our own. Pros of Toshihiro: - passion for his job - on time pick up - in depth knowledge on the history of Tokyo - personality that is laid back and fun to spend a day with - concern for what we wanted to do Cons: - none to speak of, not a single con to the tour. Highly recommend Toshihiro!!!


Dear Michael-san, Thank you for the excellent tour review. In Japan, new year's days are very special. Many shops, restaurants and tourists' spots are closed. But some areas like Shinto shrines and Buddhism temples are extremely crowded because most of Japanese people go there for the new year's wish. Your tour was done during this special time. It was very inconvenient time for tourists from overseas countries. But you were patients and supported me well. I know I need to express gratitude for your such behavior. I am also glad to hear that you could explore the rest of Tokyo on your own. Summer time in Japan is very different. Please come to Tokyo again in warm season. Best regards, Toshihiro

Tri Tri United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ First time in Japan ”

Toshihiro walked us thru Tokyo public transportation from Suica card purchase to visiting Tokyo station as a practice run for our First trip on the Shinkansen scheduled the following day. It was well worth it to have him as a guide as well as photographer. At the end of the day, we learned to ride the metro, learned interesting facts about ueno, the fish market, and had many great photos. Thanks Toshihiro!


Dear Tri-san, Thank you for the wonderful tour review. You are a street photographer and you have a very expensive camera. To tell the truth, I was not sure whether the photos I took for you were good or bad. I am relieved to hear that I was good as a photographer. I enjoyed walking with you and I learned what is nice photo targets in Tokyo for the American street photographer. It was important experience for me. Thank you again! Best regards, Toshihiro

Susan Susan United States ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ Loved My Tour with Toshihiro ”

I absolutely enjoyed my tour with Toshihiro. He developed an itinerary to match my interest with history and animals (Hachiko). Since this was my first visit to Japan, Toshihiro met me at my hotel. We used the train/subway to travel around Tokyo. He took me to the old part of the city and explained about the temple and the gods and the shoguns. We also visited Shibuya for the Hachiko statue and the "crazy crossing." We had a wonderful lunch, Shabu Shabu, and then visited two Hard Rock Cafes because I collect souvenirs from the cafes where ever I am in the world. At the end of the tour, Toshihiro took me back to my hotel. I hope to visit Tokyo again and will definitely hire Toshihiro again.


Dear Susan-san, Thank you for the excellent tour review. I also enjoyed guiding you through the various spots in Tokyo. You are interested in history. I explained mostly the uniqueness of Japanese history which would be interesting for American people. You also like dogs, which is a popular pet for Japanese people. Pets shops and animal cafes would also be peculiar items in Japan. You also expressed wide curiosity for Japanese food, life styles, souvenirs and many things. You pointed out the difference of the Japanese Hard Rock Cafes from American ones. You showed me conspicuous elements of Japanese culture. It was great help for me as a tour guide. I hope that you will come to Japan again. Please hire me again as a guide then. Best regards, Toshihiro

Bernadette Bernadette United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Loved visiting the fish market and tasting many different Japanese treats ”

We had a very nice day with Toshi. He was kind and patient and showed us all around Tokyo and told us many interesting things about Japanese culture and history. He helped us navigate the subwa/train system which will be very helpful the rest of our time in Tokyo.


Dear Bernadette-san, Thank you for the wonderful tour review. You are from New York that I visited several times. I really enjoyed conversation with you. You have good knowledge about sports and my favorite music jazz. You informed me of a lot of interesting anecdotes. It was nice discussion especially about the difference between New York and Tokyo. I could do a guide with a relaxed atmosphere. Thank you very much again. Best regards, Toshihiro

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