Japan Cup (Cycle Road Race - UCI ProSeries)

ジャパンカップ (宇都宮市)

Watch the dead heat competition up close between the world’s top riders who compete in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

COVID Info

The organizers have confirmed they are going ahead with this event!
However, please be aware that there may be changes to the schedule depending on the situation on the pandemic.

DATE

2022 : 15th & 16th October  (Team presentation is on 14th – no race day)

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*Dates and times have been confirmed by the organizer.

Race Times & Schedule

15th Oct – The Japan Cup Criterium

Event starts: 14:30

Race: 15:40 – 16:30

Awards ceremony: 16:40 –

16th Oct – The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race

Event starts: 9:00

Race: 10:00 – 14:10

Awards ceremony: 14:30 –

*Dates and times have been confirmed by the organizer. However, they are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

SCHEDULE

Day 1 (15th)- Japan Cup Criterium

Event starts: 14:30

Race: 15:40 – 16:30

Awards ceremony: 16:40 –

Day 2 (16th) – Japan Cup Cycle Road Race

Event starts: 9:00

Race: 10:00 – 14:10

Awards ceremony: 14:30 –

*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.

COST

Free 

(The start and finish area is ‘Exciting Zone’ and restricted to paid visitors only. Tickets go on sale from the 10th of August. See here)

How to enjoy the Japan Cup (Cycle race) ?

Take photos

Exciting atmosphere (world class sports)

Cycle festival

Solo travelers

Enjoy for 3-5 hours

Cheer on the⚡ Fast and 🔥 Furious world's 🚴 cyclists in Utsunomiya

The 14th (Day1) is “Team presentation”, when the excitement starts to build. Visitors can watch this at Orion Square, but the competition doesn’t start until the next day.

🏆 The 15th (Day2) is the 🚴🚴🚴💨JAPAN CUP CRITERIUM, which is a ⚡high-speed race where riders zoom down the main street of 🏢 Utsunomiya (Start and finish is in front of ⛩️ Futaarasan Shrine). – The race is only around 50min so don’t miss the start. 

🏆The 16th (Day 3)  is the 🚴🚴🚴💨JAPAN CUP ROAD RACE, with a distance of 144.2 kilometers with an ⛰️elevation difference of 185 meters every 10 kilometers. You can get close up to the side of the road to cheer on the cyclists who are taking on the challenge of this extremely steep hill climb..

Other related cycle events also take place during these days around the race venue.

What to do nearby Japan Cup (Cycle race) ?

Eat delicious Gyoza

Enjoy bars & cocktails

Visit Jazz bars

Access - How to get to Japan Cup (Cycle race)

Race 1 (15th October) - The Japan Cup Criterium

From Tokyo

Tickets for the EXCITING ZONE

Most locations are free, but there are Exciting Zones in front of the start and finish area called ‘Exciting Zones’ 

Exciting zone tickets for the Criterium is between 6,000-12,000 yen. See here for details.

Address

Center of Utsunomiya city (Main street ‘Baba Dori/Odori), west side of JR Utsunomiya station) near Futaarayama Shrine.

栃木県宇都宮市大通り(二荒山神社付近)

Baba Douri, Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi Pref 

By Train

JR  Utsunomiya Station

Take the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line (JR Utsunomiya Line) to Utsunomiya station. Leave the Station via the west exit and walk for about 10 minutes down the main street towards Futaarayama Shrine.

Tobu Utsunomiya Station

Take the Tobu Utsunomiya Line to Utsunomiya station.  Walk  5-10 minutes to the main street.

JAPAN CUP TRAIN (non-stop express on the Tobu Line from Asakusa sta.)

If you are coming from Tokyo, there is a special non-stop express train departing from Asakusa at —– and arriving  in Tobu-Utsunomiya sta. at —.

The price is 10,000 yen which includes a one way train fair as well as a ticket to the ‘Exciting Zone (paid area) near the start and finish’.

Check this website to buy the ticket. (On sale from 10th August)

By Car

Approximately 30 minutes drive from the Utsunomiya-Kaminokawa IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway.

Race 2 (16th October) -The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race

From Tokyo

Bus service from JR Utsunomiya sta.

There is a special bus service from JR Utsunomiya station’s East exit to the venue. The buses leave every 10min and costs around 1,000 yen one way. 

Tickets for the EXCITING ZONE

Most locations are free, but there are Exciting Zones in front of the start and finish area called ‘Exciting Zones’ 

Exciting zone tickets for the Road Race is between 3,000-10,000 yen. See here for details.

Address

Around the parking lot for Utsunomiya-shi Shinrinkouen (Utsunomiya Forest Park)

栃木県宇都宮市森林公園駐車場周辺

Fukuokamachi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, 321-0342, Japan

〒321-0342 栃木県宇都宮市福岡町

By Train

JR  Utsunomiya Station

Take the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line (JR Utsunomiya Line) to Utsunomiya station. Leave the Station via the East exit and find the special bus service for the Japan cup departing from the Kanto Bus departure area.

Tobu Utsunomiya Station

Take the Tobu Utsunomiya Line to Utsunomiya station.  Take a taxi to the East exit of JR Utsunomiya sta. and take the special bus service for the Japan cup cycle Road Race.

By Car

Approximately 20 minutes drive from the Utsunomiya IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

There are approximately 3,000 parking areas around the venue. 

One location near to the venue is the Tochigi Prefecture Rifle Association with space of 500 cars (Google map)

Details of Event Organizer

For information about this event please contact the JAPAN CUP CYCLE ROAD RACE Organising Committee / Secretariat directly.

Contact Page (official website)

Websites

Official English Event Website  (External Link – English)

Official Japanese Event Website  (External Link – Japanese)

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