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Ogaki has a city-operated bicycle racetrack called the Ogaki Keirinjo or Ogaki Cycling Stadium. This is the entrance. Admission is 100 yen. 大垣競輪場
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Outside the Ogaki cycling stadium which was first built in 1952. On race days, free shuttle buses run often between Ogaki Station and the stadium. It takes 10 min.
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Betting ticket counters inside the cycling stadium.
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There are three classes of spectator seats. At the bottom is open-air seating. Pay 500 yen for the glass-enclosed seating above, and a higher fee for suite rooms higher up.
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Panoramic view of the Ogaki Cycling Stadium bicycle racetrack as seen from the free seating section.
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Starting line. The entire track is ringed by a fence, making it difficult to shoot close-ups of the racers.
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Starting line. On a race day, a series of races are held from morning to late afternoon.
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And they're off.
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In the middle is a small pond and a Japanese-style bridge.
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On the bank.
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I once rode on a similar bicycle racetrack and those banks are very steep and scary. If you fall, you will tumble downward for sure.
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Two cyclists apparently collided and took a spill.
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The fallen cyclists are taken away by stretcher. The first bicycle race I see in Japan occurs with two riders taking a fall. How dramatic.
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Cyclists hauled away.
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JR Ogaki Station
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Near JR Ogaki Station
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Eki-dori shopping street
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Ogaki manhole, Gifu Pref.
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Basic layout of the city center. Ogaki Station is on the upper right. Canals used to be the castle moat.
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