Japan's graded racing calendar

Updated: 29th October 2018

The following table contains all graded races currently held in Japan. Please note that the particular dates and the order of the races can vary. G3 races are included only concisely.

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) owns and operates major Japanese racetracks such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Hanshin, or Nakayama. These racetracks host international grade races, signed with typical "G" in the following table. Several other racetracks like Ohi, Funabashi, or Nagoya are operated by various local governments, from prefectures to towns, and they hold the so-called domestic grade races. These races have the color distinction and a letter "J" in the table.

Colour distinction:
Tracks:

Chuk - Chukyo, Hak - Hakodate, Han - Hanshin, Fuk - Fukushima, Fun - Funabashi, Kan - Kanazawa, Kaw - Kawasaki, Ko - Kochi, Kok - Kokura, Mom - Mombetsu, Mor - Morioka, Nag - Nagoya, Nak - Nakayama, Nii - Niigata, Ohi - Ohi, Saga - Saga, Sap - Sapporo, Son - Sonoda, Tok - Tokyo, Ura - Urawa

MonthGr.RaceTrackDist.Surf.AgeSexNotes
Kyoto Kimpai, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Kyo turf
Nakayama Kimpai, G3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Nak turf
Fairy Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yof, Nak turf
Shinzan Kine, G3, 1m, 3yo, Kyo turf
Aichi Hai, G3, 1 1/4, 4yo+f, Chuk turf
JanuaryG2Nikkei Shinshun HaiKyoto1 1/2 milest4+
Keisei Hai, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo, Nak turf
JanuaryG2Tokai StakesChukyo1 1/8 milesd4+
JanuaryG2American Jockey Club CupNakayama1 3/8 milest4+
TCK Jo-O Hai, J3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Ohi
Silk Road Stakes, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Kyo turf
Negishi Stakes, G3, 7f, 4yo+, Tok
JanuaryJ1Kawasaki KinenKawasaki1 5/16 milesd4+
Kasaragi Sho, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Kyo turf
Tokyo Shimbun Hai, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Tok turf
Saga Kinen, J3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Saga
FebruaryG2Kyoto KinenKyoto1 3/8 milest4+
Tokinominoru Kinen, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Tok turf
Daily Hai Queen Cup G3, 1m, 3yof, Tok turf
Kyoto Himba Stakes, G3, 7f, 4yo+f, Kyo turf
Diamond Stakes, G3, 2 1/16m, 4yo+, Tok turf
Kokura Daishoten, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Kok turf
FebruaryG1February StakesTokyo1 miled4+
Hankyu Hai, G3, 7f, 4yo+, Han turf
FebruaryG2Nakayama KinenNakayama1 1/8 milest4+
FebruaryJ2Empress HaiKawasaki1 5/16 milesd4+f
MarchG2Tulip ShoHanshin1 milet31000 Guineas trial
Ocean Stakes, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Nak turf
MarchG2Yayoi ShoNakayama1 1/4 milest32000 Guineas trial
Nakayama Himba Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+f, Nak turf
MarchG2Fillies' RevueHanshin7 furlongst3f1000 Guineas trial
MarchG2Kinko ShoChukyo1 1/4 milest3+
MarchJ2Diolite KinenFunabashi1 1/2 milesd3+
Falcon Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo, Chuk turf
Flower Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yof, Nak turf
MarchG2Hanshin DaishotenHanshin1 7/8 milest4+
MarchG2Spring StakesNakayama1 1/8 milest32000 Guineas trial
Kurofune Sho, J3, 7f, 4yo+, Ko
Mainichi Hai, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Han turf
MarchG2Nikkei ShoNakayama1 9/16 milest4+
MarchG1Takamatsunomiya KinenChukyo6 furlongst4+
March Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Nak
Nagoya Daishoten, J3, 1 3/16m, 4yo+, Nag
Lord Derby Challenge Trophy, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Nak turf
AprilG1Osaka HaiHanshin1 1/4 milest4+
AprilG2Hanshin Himba StakesHanshin1 milet4+f
AprilG2New Zealand TrophyNakayama1 milet3
AprilG1Oka ShoHanshin1 milet3fJapanese 1000 Guineas
Marine Cup, J3, 1m, 4yo+f, Fun
Arlington Cup, G3, 1m, 3yo, Han turf
Antares Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Han
AprilG1Satsuki ShoNakayama1 1/4 milest3Japanese 2000 Guineas
Tokyo Sprint, J3, 6f, 4yo+, Ohi
Fukushima Himba Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+f, Fuk turf
AprilG2Yomiuri Milers CupKyoto1 milet4+
AprilG2Flora StakesTokyo1 1/4 milest3fOaks trial
AprilG2Aoba ShoTokyo1 1/2 milest3Derby trial
MayG1Tenno Sho (Spring)Kyoto2 milest4+
Kakitsubata Kinen, J3, 7f, 4yo+, Nag
MayJ1Kashiwa KinenFunabashi1 miled4+
Hyogo Championship, J2, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Son
MayG2Kyoto Shimbun HaiKyoto1 3/8 milest3
MayG1NHK Mile CupTokyo1 milet3
Niigata Daishoten, G3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Nii turf
MayG2Keio Hai Spring CupTokyo7 furlongst4+
MayG1Victoria MileTokyo1 milet4+f
Heian Stakes, G3, 1 3/16m, 4yo+, Kyo
MayG1Yushun HimbaTokyo1 1/2 milest3fJapanese Oaks
MayG2Meguro KinenTokyo1 9/16 milest4+
MayG1Tokyo YushunTokyo1 1/2 milest3Japanese Derby
Sakitama Hai, J2, 7f, 4yo+, Ura
Naruo Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Han turf
JuneG1Yasuda KinenTokyo1 milet3+
Hokkaido Sprint Cup, J3, 6f, 3yo+, Mon
Mermaid Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+f, Han turf
Epsom Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Tok turf
JuneJ2Kanto OaksKawasaki1 5/16 milesd3f
Unicorn Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo, Tok
Hakodate Sprint Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Hak turf
JuneG1Takarazuka KinenHanshin1 3/8 milest3+
JuneJ1Teio ShoOhi1 1/4 milesd4+
CBC Sho, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Chuk turf
Nikkei Sho, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Fuk turf
Sparking Lady Cup, J3, 1m, 3yo+f, Kaw
Procyon Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Chuk
Tanabata Sho, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Fuk turf
JuneJ1Japan Dirt DerbyOhi1 1/4 milesd3
Hakodate Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Hak turf
Mercury Cup J3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Mor
Chukyo Kinen G3, 1m, 3yo+, Chuk turf
Hakodate Nisai Stakes, G3, 6f, 2yo, Hak turf
Ibis Summer Dash, G3, 5f, 3yo+, Nii turf
Queen Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+f, Sap turf
Kokura Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Kok turf
Leopard Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Nii
Sekiya Kinen, G3, 1m, 3oy+, Nii turf
Elm Stakes, G3, 1 1/16m, 3yo+, Sap
Summer Champion, J3, 7f, 3yo+, Saga
Cluster Cup, J3, 6f, 3yo+, Mor
Breeders' Gold Cup, J3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Mon
Kitakyushu Kinen, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Kok turf
AugustG2Sapporo KinenSapporo1 1/4 milest3+
Niigata Nisai Stakes, G3, 1m, 2yo, Nii turf
Keeneland Cup, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Sap turf
Sapporo Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Sap turf
Kokura Nisai Stakes, G3, 6f, 2yo, Kok turf
Niigata Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Nii turf
Shion Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yof, Nak turf
SeptemberG2Centaur StakesHanshin6 furlongst3+
Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Nak turf
SeptemberG2Rose StakesHanshin1 1/8 milest3fShuka Sho trial
SeptemberG2St. Lite KinenNakayama1 3/8 milest3St. Leger trial
SeptemberG2Kobe Shimbun HaiHanshin1 1/2 milest3St. Leger trial
SeptemberG2All ComersNakayama1 3/8 milest3+
Oval Sprint, J3, 7, 3yo+, Ura
Sirius Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Han
OctoberG1Sprinters StakesNakayama6 furlongst3+
Hakusan Daishoten, J3, 1 5/16m, 3yo+, Kan
Nippon TV Hai, J2, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Fun
Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, G3, 1m, 2yo, Tok turf
OctoberG2Mainichi OkanTokyo1 1/8 milest3+
OctoberJ1Mile Championship Nambu HaiMorioka1 miled3+
OctoberG2Kyoto DaishotenKyoto1 1/2 milest3+
Tokyo Hai, J2, 6f, 3yo+, Ohi
OctoberJ2Ladies' PreludeOhi1 1/8 milesd3+f
OctoberG2Fuchu Himba StakesTokyo1 1/8 milest3f
OctoberG1Shuka ShoKyoto1 1/4 milest3fFillies' Triple Crown
Edelweiss Sho, J3, 6f, 2yof, Mom
Fuji Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Tok turf
OctoberG1Kikuka ShoKyoto1 7/8 milest3Japanese St. Leger
OctoberG2Swan StakesKyoto7 furlongst3+
Artemis Stakes, G3, 1m, 2yof, Tok turf
OctoberG1Tenno Sho (Autumn)Tokyo1 1/4 milest3+
Hokkaido Nisai Yushun, J3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Mom
NovemberG2Keio Hai Nisai StakesTokyo7 furlongst2
NovemberJ1JBC Ladies ClassicKyoto1 1/8 milesd3+f
NovemberJ1JBC ClassicKyoto1 3/16 milesd3+
NovemberJ1JBC SprintKyoto6 furlongsd3+
Fantasy Stakes, G3, 7f, 2yof, Kyo turf
NovemberG2Copa Republica ArgentinaTokyo1 9/16 milest3+
Miyako Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Kyo
Musashino Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Tok
NovemberG2Daily Hai Nisai StakesKyoto1 milet2
NovemberG1Queen Elizabeth II. CupKyoto1 3/8 milest3+f
Fukushima Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Fuk turf
Tokyo Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Tok turf
NovemberG1Mile ChampionshipKyoto1 milet3+
Hyogo Junior Grand Prix, J2, 7f, 2yo, Son
NovemberJ2Urawa KinenUrawa1 1/4 milesd3+
Kyoto Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 2yo, Kyo turf
NovemberG1Japan CupTokyo1 1/2 milest3+
Keihan Hai, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Kyo turf
DecemberG2Stayers StakesNakayama2 1/4 milest3+
DecemberG1Champions CupChukyo1 1/8 milesd3+ex Japan Cup Dirt until 2013
Queen Sho, J3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+f, Fun dirt
Challenge Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Han turf
Capella Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Nak
DecemberG1Hanshin Juvenile FilliesHanshin1 milet2
DecemberJ1Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki1 miled2
DecemberJ2Nagoya Grand PrixNagoya1 9/16 milesd3+
DecemberG1Asahi Hai Futurity StakesHanshin1 milet2
DecemberG2Hanshin CupHanshin7 furlongst3+
DecemberG1Hopeful StakesNakayama1 1/4 milest2
DecemberG1Arima KinenNakayama1 9/16 milest3+
Hyogo Gold Trophy, J3, 7f, 3yo+, Son
DecemberG1Tokyo DaishotenOhi1 1/4 milesd3+