On the first Sunday of August, the Takabocchi Highland Kusa Horse Races are held, famous as the highest altitude races held in all of Japan. Takabocchi is situated in the west of Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park. Takabbochi is, however, most famous for holding its annual Takabocchi Local Horse Race, where the audience enjoys watching in exciting close proximity to the race. Because of its geographical location, it is known as the highest ground to hold horse races in Japan.

Event Information

Event DateAugust 4th, 2021 (8:30am – 2:30pm)
VenueKataoka Village, Shiojiri, Nagano
AccessBus – Take the Midoriko-Higashiyama Line Municipal Loop Bus from Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line, and get off at Higashiyama-Reiun (Higashiyama Cemetery).

Taxi – About 40 minutes by taxi from Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line.


*All event details are subject to change. We will keep you posted for any necessary changes.