I am proud and delighted to be the Tour Guide for the VRC Racing Tour - Japan Cup. This year will be the 21st Japan Cup Tour that I have escorted in succession and what a wonderful journey it has been. I have worked and studied in Japan, speak fluent Japanese and I am excited about my role as both the tour coordinator and translator.
For our day of visiting the famous horse studs in Hokkaido we are fortunate to be joined by the fluent English speaking horseracing journalist Naohiro Goda from Television NHK and the Green Channel. As a bloodstock expert who also runs his own bloodstock marketing company, Naohiro is a wonderful appointment for what will be an unforgettable day visiting Shadai Stallion Station, Northern Farm and Shadai Farm. It was Naohiro's influence that has allowed VRC Members to enjoy such a rare privilege.
This highlight packed itinerary includes three nights in Sapporo and five nights in Tokyo. A full buffet breakfast is included daily which allows you to choose from a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes, including miso soup, or an American style breakfast, or both.
The current strength of the Australian dollar is another bonus for those who enjoying shopping. For our optional dinners together I will escort you to restaurants which provide wonderful value, great service, delicious food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Our hotel in Sapporo is centrally located next to Sapporo Station. This is the ideal location to stay for its convenient access to a wide range of restaurants and shops.
Our hotel in Tokyo is located in Shinjuku - a fascinating and central area of Tokyo which has an abundance of department stores, shops, restaurants and bars all within a convenient five minute walk.
We will have the convenience of a Pasmo Card to use Tokyo's super efficient train system. The train is the most convenient and quickest way to travel. You will quickly master the navigation as there is a designated colour for each line. Your first impression will be daunting, but soon you will be giving lessons to other first time travellers.
The highlight of course will the two race days at Fuchu Racecourse which which includes the running of the Japan Cup. The JRA has reserved for us the "best seats in the house." The lead-up entertainment to the Japan Cup is unforgettable, the atmosphere is electric, the excitement is contagious and the memory will be everlasting!
Fascinating sightseeing by day is complimented by the camaraderie of our outings at night. Our tours are noted for their friendliness. Over the years, firm and lasting friendships have been formed within our tour groups. You will be made extremely welcome whether travelling alone or with a partner or friends.
Our tour departs Australia on November 19.
I do hope you will join us on this amazing VRC Racing Tour - Japan Cup!