Let’s Visit TCK This Summer for the Hot “Tokyo Meat Competition”! Enjoy Horse Races and Gourmet Foods During Summer Nights!
TCK, short for TOKYO CITY KEIBA, is a racecourse located in the heart of Tokyo. It offers a variety of fun activities to enjoy in addition to its iconic “twinkle races,” including beautiful illuminations, delightful food, and large-scale events!
During summer of 2018, TCK will be hosting the “Tokyo Meat Competition,” where select famous meat restaurants will be competing. This is a rare chance to enjoy the food from many famous restaurants all in one go during your trip to Japan. This time, we will be introducing the highlights of TCK as well as the details on the “Tokyo Meat Competition.”
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Highlights of TCK (Tokyo City Keiba)
The Super Appealing Twinkle Race
One of the best parts of TCK is their nighttime horse races. TCK was the first racetrack in Japan to host these nighttime races, known as “Twinkle Race.” Since Twinkle Races are primarily held on weekdays from April through December, you can easily go and enjoy the race without having to fight through weekend crowds.
Easy to Place Bets on Horse Races Starting at Only 100 Yen
You can enjoy the races at TCK guilt-free with betting tickets starting at just 100 yen. Tickets can be purchased easily from automatic vending machines. If it’s your first time placing a bet, we recommend using your lucky number or birthdate!
Enjoy Beautiful Illuminations
A variety of large-scale illuminations are set up to add splashes of color to the nighttime racetrack from April through December, when Twinkle Races are held. Enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere set up by the lights while watching the horse races!
Plenty of Gourmet Locations
You can also enjoy a delicious meal at TCK. There are various choices for food and drink, from rare gourmet dishes to even dishes aimed at women! Additionally, you can even enjoy a full-fledged buffet-style meal made under the watchful eye of a famous French chef at “Diamond Turn,” a race-viewing restaurant.
Comfort for Everyone
TCK has various attractions that appeal to families and women visiting alone, such as the illuminations and the delicious food options. TCK offers air-conditioned indoor seats and assigned seats in addition to the outdoor seating areas. Enjoy watching the races stress-free on a screen!
TCK is located in the heart of Tokyo, so it’s easily accessible from anywhere! You can reach TCK from Tokyo Station or Haneda Airport in just around 20 minutes. You can even get there in a shockingly low 8 minutes from Tokyo Monorail’s Hamamatsucho Station!
The “Tokyo Meat Competition” to be held this summer at TCK is super hot!
Absolutely Delicious Famous Meat Restaurants Gather at TCK!
If you come to visit TCK during this exciting event, you’ll be able to try the delicious dishes from several famous meat restaurants. That event is none other than the spectacular “Tokyo Meat Competition”! During both the first half of the event, from July 30th (Monday) to August 3rd (Friday), and the second half, from August 12th (Sunday) to August 17th (Friday), restaurants carefully selected by famous Japanese social media food reviewer “Tabearu King” will gather at TCK’s event venue, “UMAILE Square.”
First, let’s introduce the carefully selected dishes that you’ll be able to enjoy during the competition’s first half, from July 30th (Monday) through August 3rd (Friday).
Himalaya of Meat Takibiya
First up is the “Roast Beef Himalaya” from “Himalaya of Meat Takibiya.” This Australian meat, which has a low fat content, is slowly cooked at a low temperature for over an hour. Enjoy this bowl of roast beef piled high like the Himalayas with a special garlic butter soy sauce and wasabi!
Roast Beef Himalaya – 800 yen
Next we will introduce “Galeone,” which specializes in oven-baked pizzas and sumibiyaki (charcoal grilling) meat. While at the “Tokyo Meat Competition,” they will be serving their super-popular “Beef Rump Italian Steak.” It’s an amazing example of the mouthwatering meaty flavors brought out when you beautifully grill lean cuts of beef.
Beef Rump Italian Steak – 800 yen
Meat Bar Butchers Happyakuya
When you think of Japan’s gourmet take on beef dishes, beef tongue is the obvious choice. The “Spectacular! Thick-Cut Beef Tongue” from “Meat Bar Butchers Happyakuya” is sliced to the perfect thickness to create that exquisite texture you look for in beef tongue. To preserve the pure flavors of the beef tongue, it is seasoned with just salt and olive oil before being beautifully cooked over high heat.
Spectacular! Thick-Cut Beef Tongue – 800 yen
Sangen pork is the successful result of cross-breeding three types of pig to bring out the best qualities of each breed in the one resultant breed. This “Sangen Pork Samgyeopsal” is made by marinating that very same Sangen pork in wine, giving it an exquisitely tender texture. Try this juicy and meaty samgyeopsal mixed with vegetables and seasoned with the provided spices!
Sangen Pork Samgyeopsal – 700 yen
“Tachikawa Mashimashi” serves ramen, a supremely popular dish in Japan. Sweet and salty minced meat is blended with backfat that has been cooked so gently that it basically melts. During the “Tokyo Meat Competition,” Tachikawa Mashimashi will be serving this piled atop a mountain of vegetables in a special limited-time dish, the “Meat Bukkake Vegetable Mashimashi”!
Meat Bukkake Vegetable Mashimashi – 600 yen
Soul Food Bangkok
“Soul Food Bangkok” is a super-popular Tokyo restaurant that serves authentic Thai food. During their time at the “Tokyo Meat Competition,” they will be serving gai yang (Thai roast chicken), a regional dish from the northeastern part of Thailand that is made by grilling chicken that has been marinated in a special sauce. Be sure to give this authentic regional dish a try!
Thai-Style Jumbo Chicken – 600 yen
Kaku Masayoshi Misen
The “Secret Sauce Misen Kara-Age (Japanese fried chicken)” is made with chicken thigh meat that has been slowly marinated in a secret sauce. The resulting kara-age is then somehow made even MORE delicious by adding green onion, garlic, and more of that very same secret sauce! You can choose between regular and spicy varieties of this dish. Be careful not to get too hooked on this delicious dish that goes amazingly with both rice and beer!
Secret Sauce Misen Kara-Age – 600 yen
“Hanuri” is a popular restaurant that has been deemed an “exemplary Korean restaurant” by the Korean government itself. Their authentic Korean chefs show off their skills when cooking up their selected dish for the Tokyo Meat Competition, the incredibly popular “Cheese Dak-Galbi.” Deliciously spicy chicken, marinated overnight in a special sauce, is combined with melty cheese to amplify the rich flavors, creating this amazing “Melty Cheese Dak-Galbi”!
Melty Cheese Dak-Galbi – 700 yen
Receive Free Gifts for Completing a Survey!
The “Beginners Counter,” located at the Tokyo Meat Competition’s venue UMAILE Square, offers free courses on the basics of horse racing, taught by the racetrack’s professional staff. There you can also take part in a simple survey for foreign guests, available during the first half of the Tokyo Meat Competition (July 30th-August 3rd). You can earn some fun horseracing-related gifts just for answering the survey!
Be sure to stop by the “Beginners Counter” and pick up your gifts when you’re visiting TCK!
Here are the Available Gifts!
Detailed Information About “Tokyo Meat Competition”
- July 30th (Monday) through August 3rd (Friday), August 12th (Sunday) through August 17th (Friday)
2:10 -9:00 pm (Last orders at 8:30 pm)
※Please be aware that the below dates have different hours.
August 3rd (Friday) and 12th (Sunday) are from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm (Last orders at 8:30 pm)
- Oi Racecourse, UMAILE Square
- 2-1-2 Katsushima, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
- Special Event Site (Japanese)
- 100 yen (admission fee for Oi Racecourse)