SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER - MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2019
Following our inaugural Japan Cup visit in 2018, we're delighted to be heading back in 2019. We were lucky enough to see their local champion ALMOND EYE with the Cup last year and hopefully we can see her defend her title later this year.
We'll start off 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.
Day 1: SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2019
After checking into our hotel and freshen up, we'll meet at the hotel for some welcome drinks and then head out for a fabulous local dinner so we can get to know each other and plan our week ahead.
Day 2: MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER
Today is a chance to explore Sapporo with visits to Jingu Shrine, Odori Park and Nijo Fish Market. Lovers of fresh sushi and sashimi (myself included) 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.
Day 3: TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER
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.
Day 4: WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER
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.
Day 5: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER
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.
Day 6: FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER
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.
Day 7: SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER
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.
Day 8: SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER
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?
Day 9: MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER
The tour concludes after breakfast today, either head back to Australia or maybe you're continuing your Asian adventure before the Hong Kong International races next week!
NOVEMBER 17-25, 2019
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
Sapporo to Tokyo Flight
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
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Items of a personal nature
*$1500 Single Supplement