Getting to and from the Suzuka Grand Prix Circuit

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Suzuka is located on Ise Bay on the island of Honshu, in south-central Japan. It lies about 320kms (200mi) west of Tokyo and 80kms (50mi) south west of Nagoya. Public transportation is extremely efficient and reliable in Japan, although not cheap. The road network is also good and an option, with car rental rates having become cheaper.

Unfortunately, driving in Japan is not much cheaper than other means of travel, as most of the motorways are toll-roads and tolls can run into hundreds of dollars! Also note that cars drive on the left in Japan. By road, from Tokyo, take the Tomei Expressway and exit at the Suzuka Interchange. From this exit, the circuit is clearly sign-posted, in both Japanese and English. Alternatively, take the Meihan Road and exit at the Kameyama Interchange. Follow signs to National Route 1 and the circuit is clearly sign-posted from there. Travel time is estimated at around four to five hours, but depends heavily on traffic. There is plenty of parking at the circuit, but it does not come cheap. Mostly it is on a first-come first-serve basis and slots fill up quickly. Due to the high costs of hotels, many local fans end up camping in their cars in the parking lot, even though the practice is illegal.

Another travel option is to look for so-called ‘highway buses’. These cost a fraction of what train tickets costs and are operated by a range of private bus companies. This has become a popular way to travel in Japan – with travellers becoming more cost-conscious – and buses are clean and reliable.

For travellers coming from outside of Japan, it may make sense to buy a Japan Rail Pass. This allows free rail travel for a fixed number of days, but must be bought prior to entering Japan. Tickets for the famous bullet train are easily over US$100 one-way, so the 7-day Rail Pass for around US$200 is well worth it. The nearest train station to the Suzuka Circuit is Shiroko, which is a 20-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride from the track. An express train from Nagoya to Shiroko takes around 40 minutes.

There are three airports that provide access to Suzuka: Narita International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Nagoya International Airport. The furthest away is Narita airport, at around 320km (200mi), but is the main airline hub for Japan, with the best international connections. From Narita Airport, take the Narita Express Train to Tokyo Station (or bus or local train, depending on your budget) – DO NOT take a taxi, as a taxi to Tokyo Station will cost you upwards of US$300!! From Tokyo Station take a train to Nagoya Station, from there Kintetsu Nagoya Line to Shiroko Station – journey time is roughly 4 hours.

Kansai airport is 150km (94mi) from Suzuka and services international and domestic routes. From the airport take the Nankai Line Train to Namba Station and then Kintetsu Line to Shiroko Station. Journey time is roughly 2 hours. The closest airport to the racing circuit is Nagoya, which is 50km (30mi) away, but serves the least number of international routes. There are both buses and trains from the airport to Nagoya’s city centre, from there a train to the circuit takes about 40 minutes.

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