Basic BOAT RACE Information

①BOAT RACE stadium

When you arrive at the BOAT RACE stadium, start by visiting the water's edge.

A day-long racing session includes 12 races.


The race starts when the docked boats leave the pit (the boats "pit-out").
The pit location varies depending on the BOAT RACE stadium.

2.Turn markers,

The red-and-white turn markers floating in the water look like soft-serve ice cream.
They're anchored to stay put even when the wind is blowing.

3.Giant screen

The jumbo-sized screen is positioned across the water from the stands.
It shows the odds, countdown timer, and other useful information.

4.2nd-turn marker

After they pit out, the boats race around the shortcut prevention buoy and jockey for position.


In addition to the information space and general admission and premium seats for watching the race, the BOAT RACE stadium also features restaurants, shops, a family-friendly kids' playground, and other amusement facilities.

6.Giant clock

The giant 3-meter clock is an iconic BOAT RACE symbol.
The clock starts running when the boats pit-out, and the race starts with the needle pointed at 12 o'clock.

②Basic Information about BOAT RACE

6-boat contest

BOAT RACE is a competition in which 6 boats race to the finish line.The boat racers' uniforms and boats are color-coded as follows:

3 laps counterclockwise

After passing the starting line, the boats vie for the lead by racing around the 1st- and 2nd-turn markers in order, completing 3 laps around the dedicated course (3 laps @ 600 m/lap = 1800 m).

The unique way races start

Unlike the "standing start" used in athletic events, BOAT RACE employs the "flying start" system in which boats must pass the starting line within a designated time frame.

From warm-up to start

The 6 boats "pit-out" all at once, but before crossing the starting line, they warm up by sprinting clockwise around marker 2 and the shortcut prevention buoy.

Flying (F) and Late (L) starts

In BOAT RACE, a boat can take the advantage by passing the starting line ahead of all the others.

If a boat crosses the line too early before the needle on the giant clock hits 0, it's called a "flying start" (F). If it crosses too late after the needle hits 1, it's called a "late start" (L).

In either case, the boat is scratched from the race and the bets on that boat are refunded. Be sure to hang on to your betting ticket.

③Flow of the RACE

1.Start exhibition

The start exhibition is a show where the racers participating in the next race jockey for position in anticipation of the main race.

The points to take notice of during the start exhibition are the pit-out, approach, and start timing. During a boat race, the boat number and course may often differ, hence this is crucial last minute information when forecasting results.


First, pay attention to the indications of pit-out. Boat racers that make a show of leaving the pit tend to be aiming for an inner course. Even though they may not have entered the course during the start exhibition, they often move inwards during the main race.On the contrary, the racers who are clearly behind during the pit-out are trying for an outer course and aiming to dash. Regardless of the lane, the intention to move outwards will be clear.


he racers jockey for positions that they want during the main race.The order during the start exhibition and main race can often change.When multiple boats eye the same course, "deep-in" tends to occur, and the frequency of dashes tends to increase. The innermost boat that pulls up and dashes is called "kado", and is worth paying attention to. It is in an advantageous position that allows it to overtake first, and overtake more frequently. Take note of this point when predicting which boat will seize the course.


After the jockeying for positions has been completed, all boats will move to the starting line immediately. This is when the timing starts, although it is difficult to intuitively decide a start time for racers who have recklessly seized an inner course or those who have chosen unexpected courses. Whether or not the boats are aligned at the start or not is important when forecasting results.By the way, there is no penalty for false starts or delays during the start exhibition.

2.Exhibition lap

When all the boats have passed the start line during the start exhibition, they move on to the exhibition lap.

The exhibition lap serves the purpose of showcasing all the boats and racers to fans, hence boats that do not participate in this exhibition will not be allowed to enter the actual race. It is mandatory for every participating boat to do 2 exhibition laps (1 in rough weather).


The main purpose of this circling exhibition is to check which boats are moving well.Let's take note of what to look out for during the turn.Is it entering the turn at full speed?Is the turn flowing?Is the boat rattling?What is the acceleration like after the turn?These 4 points are very important.The ideal type of turn is when a boat enters the turn with all its might, goes around the turn mark tightly, and then immediately picks up speed.Boat racers tend to have their own quirks, so a perfect turn is rare. However, after watching boat races repeatedly it should be easier to identify a boat that is in good shape.n.


After the exhibition lap is over, there will be an announcement that sounds like "Boat #1, 6.67 ... Boat #2, 6.56... ".This is called "exhibition time", and it measures the time taken to travel the 150m from the start line extension of the 2nd backstretch to the 2nd mark, and will be announced as soon as the exhibition lap ends. The better the timing is, the faster the boat will move in a straight line, or the better its acceleration. This exhibition time is very important as it can directly influence the results.

④Opening of betting

After the exhibition lap has ended, betting tickets for the race go on sale.Consider competing boat racers' ability and motor performance, showing in the exhibition lap, as well as potential payouts, before purchasing mark sheets and betting tickets. The time period during which bets are open varies from race to race. General morning races are slightly less than 20 minutes, and championship big races can last for more than 30 minutes.The deadline by which betting will open for each race is specified on the race table.

⑤Flow of the main RACE

RACE Start!

In the main race, racers complete 3 laps of 600m on the water surface. Let's follow the flow of the race in order.


At the signal, all six boats dash out of their pits together.In BOAT RACE, the 1st lane has the biggest advantage.


Racers have their own special skills and strategies for seizing the best course.If a boat gets forced into the first lane, since it's not allowed to stop its engine, lack of remaining distance to sprint to the starting line puts it at a distinct disadvantage.


Racers have their own special skills and strategies for seizing the best course. If a boat gets forced into the first lane, since it's not allowed to stop its engine, lack of remaining distance to sprint to the starting line puts it at a distinct disadvantage.

④First-lap-marker1 (1st-turn marker)

Here’s the real thrill of BOAT RACE.With the racers' skills on full display, it's the main highlight of BOAT RACE, and precisely where the race is often won or lost.

⑤Battle-at-lap-marker2 (2nd-turn marker) and after

In BOAT RACE, the lead boat has the advantage, and the waves in its wake put the following boats at a disadvantage.

Still, the fierce battle for position can produce dramatic come-from-behind finishes, and the races stay close all the way to the end.


After going around Marker 2 on the 3rd lap, the boats race across the finish line, which is the same as the starting line.In a close race, the rankings may be determined by photo finish.

⑥Water surface characteristics

One of the narrowest courses in Japan!

it is easy to overtake, and boat 3 tends to be the one dashing out. It is rare that there is only 1 boat in each course. The course width is narrow, and the 1st mark is nearer to the stand while the 2nd mark is nearer to the opposite shore. A variety of techniques are used, and it is said that this is the most interesting boat race venue in Japan.

Fees and Boat Tickets

①Entrance fee and betting tickets

The admission fee for Boat Race Toda is 100 yen (※1).For 100 yen, you may stay from opening till the race ends.

Betting tickets for Boat Race Toda can be purchased from 100 yen (※2).

If there is a race going on at Boat Race Toda, an admission fee of 100 yen will be charged. Otherwise, the facilities can be used free of charge. Please click here to learn more about the facilities.

For information on how to purchase betting tickets, please click here.


①Location of BOAT RACE Toda

Boat Race Toda is a boat race venue in Toda City, Saitama Prefecture.Close to Tokyo, it is easily accessible by both public transport and by car.

If there is a race going on at Boat Race Toda, an admission fee of 100 yen will be charged. Otherwise, the facilities can be used free of charge. Please click here to learn more about the facilities.

For information on how to purchase betting tickets, please click here.

②For those coming by Train

Boat Race Toda is only a 20-minute ride from Shinjuku Station to Toda Koen Station.

Abundant means of transportation

You can also take the train to Toda Koen Station from Shinjyuku, Narimasu Station, Takashimadaira Station, and Kawaguchi Station. Free shuttle bus service is available at each station.

Please see here for details.

③For those coming by Bus

You can also take the bus to Toda Koen Station, NarimasuStation, Takashimadaira Station, and Kawaguchi Station.

※For the time being, the free shuttle bus will only operate at Toda Koen Station.

From Toda Koen Station

Please use the JR Toda Koen Station West Exit.It takes approximately 5 minutes to reach the Toda Boat Race Stadium entrance from Toda Koen Station.

From Narimasu Station

Please use the Tobu Narimasu Station North Exit.

From Takashimadaira Station

Please use the Toei Takashimadaira Station West Exit.

From Kawaguchi Station

Please use the JR Kawaguchi Station West Exit.

Please click here for the timetable of the free shuttle bus.

④For those coming by Driving

Free parking is available if you drive to Boat Race Toda.

There are ample parking lots available.For more information about free parking, please click here.

5 minutes from Tokyo Gaikan Expressway and Toda Higashi/Toda Nishi Interchange.

3 minutes from the Toda-Minami ramp on the Metropolitan Expressway Route 5.

Facility Guide


Aside from vending machines that sell betting tickets, Boat Race Toda also has a wide variety of spectator seats, a food court, and a kids' playground, so that even those with families can enjoy with a peace of mind.

General Stand seats

Food court

kids' playground

You can purchase Win or Place-Show tickets throughout the building. Pre-sale offices that open 10 minutes after the gate opens: 1E betting station, 2F betting station (only when Toda is taking place)


②Stand seats

In addition to general stand seats, Boat Race Toda also offers reserved and other paid seats from which you can watch the race in comfort.

3rd floor General stand seats

It is a comfortable space enclosed in glass on all sides and equipped with air-conditioning and heating. (2,668 seats)

5th floor Premium seats

For reserved seats, please purchase a reserved seat ticket at the reserved seat section near the entrance to the 5th floor.
※There is a drink service available.

528 seats
2,000 yen / 224 seats 1,000 yen / 188 seats 500 yen / 116 seats

In addition to the stand, Boat Race Toda offers many spectator seats where you can watch spectacular races up close.

How to Purchase Tickets

①How to fill out the OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) betting card

This is OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) betting card.

For an OMR betting card with all 24 BOAT RACE stadiums listed on it, fill in the stadium where you are placing your bet
Race number
Fill in the race number to bet on.
Bet type
Fill in the type of bet you wish to make.
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Fill in the numbers of the boats to bet on.For Trifecta or Trio bets, fill in the boat numbers up to third place. For Exacta or Quinella bets, fill in the boat numbers up to second place.
Amount of bet
Fill in the amount of your bet. To specify a number like 12, fill in 10 and 2.
Units of the amount
Fill in the units of the amount of your bet. You can specify 100, 1,000, or 10,000 yen.
If you make a mistake filling out your card, mark here to cancel the entry.

Types of OMR betting cards

This is a way to place multiple bets on one or two key boats.
This is a way to bet on all possible combinations of the selected boats.

②Types of betting tickets

There are a total of 7 types of betting tickets. You can buy any ticket from as little as 100 yen.

Winning Terms Odds Winning Numbers
Pick the boat that finishes in first place.
1/6 4
Pick the boat that finishes within the first two places.
1/3 4 or 3
Pick the exact two boats that finish first and second in order.
1/30 43
Pick the two boats that finish within the first two places.
1/15 43
Pick the boat that finishes in first place.
1/120 431
Pick the three boats that finish within the first three places.
1/20 431
Pick any combination of two of the top three winners.
1/5 13