2010 Japanese Grand Prix discussion

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2010 Japanese Grand Prix

20 comments on 2010 Japanese Grand Prix discussion

  1. Am going to the Japanese Grand Prix this year…..looking for any info on ticket prices (last years)
    Thanks

  2. I’ll be going this year as well, and will post ticket / tour information as soon as JTB make them available (likley by late March or early April).

    See you at Suzuka!

  3. Walrus said on 23rd March 2010, 6:42

    Ticket prices seem to be out: http://car.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20100305_352987.html

    According to the article (and google translate), tickets will be on sale from May 16. Scroll down and you’ll see a table of prices and a map showing where the grandstands are.

    That site also has a helpful photography guide showing the views from a few of the grandstands: http://car.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20090928_317956.html

  4. Jeffrey said on 23rd March 2010, 11:29

    Here’s the official website, with prices:

    http://www.suzukacircuit.jp/ticket_s/2010/f1/area/index.html

    And a diagram of the race track:

    http://www.suzukacircuit.jp/ticket_s/2010/f1/area/image/f1map.gif

    I’ve almost always watched from the V2 section, since I live in Tokyo and take a weekend package.

    HTH.

    • Walrus said on 23rd March 2010, 23:56

      Thanks Jeffrey.

      I have a question regarding the seating and hopefully you can help me with your Japanese.

      I noticed that the D1 block is labelled カメラマンシート. From what I can gather, these are extra wide seats for photographers. There also seems to be a restriction on lenses – max 20cm unless you’re in a photographers seat? Could you clarify that for me? Thanks!

      • Jeffrey said on 24th March 2010, 12:37

        Actually, I can’t read Japanese, but my niece can. She says the note states except on Friday Practice, when the D1 area is “free” (i.e. open to all), you cannot use a lens longer than 200mm unless you buy the Cameraman Seats in Section D1.

        IIRC, this is Section D:

        http://www2.gol.com/users/fcchapel/images/a64/dsc02329_suzuka.jpg

        It’s a cement area with subdivisions designating seating areas. I walked there, and there were wider sections around the top where a tripod could be setup.

        HTH.

        • Walrus said on 25th March 2010, 2:39

          Thanks for your help Jeffrey.

          I’m still not sure what they mean by the 20cm restriction. Do they mean the focal length of the lens or the physical size? I’m hoping it’s the later; Focal length is normally given in mm rather than cm, and more importantly my lens has a 300mm focal length but is only 18.4cm long!

      • australian (@australian) said on 14th March 2011, 11:50

        Ive been to suzuka multiple times, with camera’s up to 300-mm, no one has ever said a thing to me, although i make sure i dont block someone else’s view with it.

        For suzuka u can buy a 3 day “Photographers Ticket” it lets you move to multiple area’s around the track, and u get a vest saying photographer.

        No seating for this ticket.’

        For 2010, the ticket worked out to be about 50,000 yen ..good value i say

  5. Jeffrey said on 26th March 2010, 13:39

    The context of the text translated was “20cm in size”, so I guess it does not refer to focal length…

    HTH.

  6. Tom Hitchings said on 21st April 2010, 16:25

    I just bought my ticket…

    …does any one who’s been before have advice on where to stay the night before (and then how to travel to the circuit)?

    • Walrus said on 22nd April 2010, 2:28

      Wow, the ticket prices on formula1.com sure are expensive. There’s like a 25% markup over the japanese prices!

      Which grandstand did you get Tom? I’m still trying to decide …

    • australian (@australian) said on 14th March 2011, 11:54

      stay in Nagoya. Catch a direct train from Nagoya station to Shiroko, then the shittle bus or cab to suzuka circuit, cab will cost $ 20 USD>

      Or Nagoya to “INO” station and walk 25 mins to the track…problem with Ino station is its super crowded and u might have to wait and hour in the line to get the train…

  7. Im going to suzuka any ideas on best seating in terms of overtaking, or just great view of cars at high speed? Also a combination of the two with tv (not being picky i no!!) Looked on official f1 website where i usually get my tickets but they seem to only have a select amount of granstands. Anyone recomend any other websites that are safe and do actually deliver?
    Thanks Andrew

  8. shylo goodman said on 8th September 2010, 15:08

    Hi,

    Looking for fellow people to hang with over there. 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 expats in Nagoya….

    • Shylo,

      Im 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!

      Lee

  9. Mats said on 4th May 2012, 13:00

    Hi!
    I will be living in nagoya this fall and i´m going to see the grand prix. Just wondering in which section you guys think the best seats are (of the cheapest tickets)

    Thanks

    Mats

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