Suzuka is of the most popular tracks among drivers and fans alike. But it’s not the easiest race track for fans outside Japan to visit.
Those who have visited Suzuka speak highly of it and a number of F1 Fanatic readers are heading to the track for this weekend’s race. Here’s what they have to say about the circuit.
Jeffrey Balanag has been to both Japanese tracks before and is heading to Suzuka again for this year’s Grand Prix:
I went to Suzuka last year (the first time it?óÔé¼Ôäós been there since Schumacher retired, and I was there too), and I must say it?óÔé¼Ôäós far better (race atmosphere & audience-wise) than Fuji (which I?óÔé¼Ôäóve also been to since they started F1 racing there).
Coming from abroad, it may be best to take a package tour. The Suzuka circuit is literally a small platform & footbridge down from the rail line, and the track is a little over a kilometre walk from there.
Of course, it?óÔé¼Ôäós also like 45-minutes by train from Nagoya (the closest metropolis with a ?óÔé¼?ôShinkansen?óÔé¼?Ø or Bullet Train stop). The fare is ?é?Ñ1100 from Nagoya (around $15) so a package tour which includes shuttle service & hotel may save you money. The hotel will necessarily be in Nagoya or close nearby. but that also means there are many choices apart from the official ones.
Either way, they do add trains during race weekend, and there are marshals to ensure you queue for the right train and maintain order in waiting and boarding. They also have bi-lingual volunteers to help us foreign barbarians about, and there is a special queue for those who must get back to Nagoya in time to catch the bullet train back to Tokyo (at race end). Yes, all very efficient in a very Japanese way.
Jeffrey’s been fielding questions from other F1 Fanatic readers who are heading to the race, including one from Walrus who is concerned about the restrictions on taking photographs.
I can?óÔé¼Ôäót read Japanese, but my niece can. She says the note states except on Friday Practice, when the D1 area is ?óÔé¼?ôfree?óÔé¼?Ø (i.e. open to all), you cannot use a lens longer than 200mm unless you buy the Cameraman Seats in Section D1.
Among the other F1 Fanatic readers heading to this weekend’s race is the current Predictions Championship leader Tom Hitchings. Here are two others who will be at Suzuka:
I am travelling alone and staying in Nagoya for the weekend! Would like to know where to go etc… for night life in Nagoya and meet up with other F1 lovers of ex-pats in Nagoya.
I’m going this year too. I have just booked my flights and looking for a place to stay in Nagoya. Do you know any place? Otherwise hope to see you there!
If you’re going to this year’s Japanese Grand Prix you can find and chat to other fans who are heading there on this page:
There’s also discussion pages for the remaining events on the calendar:
- 2010 Korean Grand Prix discussion
- 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix discussion
- Interlagos, Sao Paulo ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ spectators?óÔé¼Ôäó experiences
- 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix discussion
- Yas Island, Abu Dhabi ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ spectators?óÔé¼Ôäó experiences
Already planning your F1 trip for 2011? Find pages for next year’s races here:
- 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Australian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Chinese Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Turkish Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Spanish Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Monaco Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Canadian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 European Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 British Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 German Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Belgian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Italian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Singapore Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Japanese Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Korean Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Indian Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix discussion
- 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix discussion
2010 Japanese Grand Prix
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- Technical review: Japanese Grand Prix
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- 2010 Japanese Grand Prix: the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend? (Poll)
- Dominant win for Vettel piles pressure on Webber (Red Bull race review)
- Disaster for Massa (Ferrari race review)
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