Suzuka Circuit is located in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, and is an international circuit that hosts the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix.
Adjacent to the circuit is an amusement park called Motopia. There is also the Suzuka Circuit Hotel adjacent to the amusement park, which is a good option if you are visiting Suzuka for other than large scale events.
Getting to the Stadium
If you are planning to stay overnight to watch the game, Nagoya will be the base station for most people. For this reason, here is a guide on how to get there from Nagoya.
If you arrive at JR Nagoya Station by Shinkansen, take the Kintetsu Nagoya Line express train from Kintetsu Nagoya Station and get off at Shirako Station.
Depending on the event, there may be a shuttle bus, but the city bus also connects Shirako Station to the Suzuka Circuit, which is about a 20-minute bus ride away.
Suzuka Circuit Inabu Station
Suzuka Circuit Inabu Station on the Ise Railway Ise Line is going to be the closest station to the Suzuka Circuit. After getting off the station, you can see the circuit after a short walk, but it will take about 30 minutes to walk there.
Also, this station will be unmanned (please check the Ise Railway website for large scale events). The station is also unmanned (check the Ise Railway website for major events), so you cannot use traffic IC cards.
Also, the station itself is not very big, so if it is a popular event, it is expected to be very crowded.
About the Stadium
Location: 7992 Inou-cho, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture
According to the official website, the total length of the circuit is 5.807km (4-wheel) and 5.821km (2-wheel). The track is not designed to be circled, so you won't be going around the outside, but depending on your seat, you may have to walk quite a bit from the entrance to the track.
In the case of the V blocks, V1 will be the block closest to the course, and V2 will be the block across and above the aisle.
Therefore, if you choose V2, you will have a view of the entire race, and if you choose V1, you will be seated closer to the course.
The V1 area will be the block closest to the course, and the seating is the image of going down the aisle. the V1 area has a different number of rows for each block, as the seating is cut down by blocks, but there are 22 rows in most places.
V2 is the block that goes up across the aisle.
Basically, it consists of 18 to 20 rows.
About the roof
The upper rows of seats in V1 and V2 will be roofed. Since the race will be held during the daytime, the roof is a very important point in preventing sunlight.
However, the position of the sun varies depending on the time of year and the time of day of the race, so it is difficult to cover 100% of the area under the roof, but for the early November event, rows 14 and 15 of D (upper level) of V2 will receive sunlight as of 1pm.
This area goes up to the 18th row, but by 2:00 pm in the 16th row, the sun comes in, and by 2:45 pm, it's pretty dazzling.
By 3pm, row 17 also became a sun zone, and finally, row 18 was the only seat that could be protected from the sun.
Walk down the home straight after the race
Some events incorporate an event where you can walk down to the course after the race.
The location of the event is fixed, so participants should try to get to the meeting place as soon as possible after the race.
You will be able to walk the course for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
Travel Tips & Information
Here is the basic information about Mie as a reference for planning your trip.
Professional Sports Teams in Mie
1. "Getting There & Around" Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Kuwana
Kuwana, Yokkaichi, and Suzuka areas are all easily accessible from Nagoya.
Kuwana is about 30 minutes from Nagoya by conventional train, Yokkaichi is about 40 minutes from Nagoya by conventional train, and Shirako Station, the nearest station to the Suzuka Circuit, is about 50 minutes from Nagoya.
2. "Where to Stay" in Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Kuwana
Kuwana, Yokkaichi, and Suzuka areas are close enough that you can consider Nagoya as a base for watching the games. As for the Suzuka Circuit, it will be quite difficult to stay at the nearest train station or near the circuit during the event, so the key is to stay at a hotel with good access in the surrounding area.
3. "What to Do & See" in Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Kuwana
In Suzuka, you can watch and play at the Suzuka Circuit. In Yokkaichi, you can enjoy the night view of the industrial complex.
In Kuwana, there is Nagashima Spa Land, which attracts 15 million visitors a year.
It is the third largest amusement park in Japan, after Disneyland and Universal Studios.
4. "What & Where to Eat" in Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Kuwana
Speaking of Mie Prefecture, "Matsusaka Beef" becomes famous.
Along with Omi beef and Kobe beef, it is said to be one of the three most famous Japanese cattle.
It is a must-eat local delicacy.
One of Mie's most popular souvenirs is Akafuku. There is also a main store near Ise Jingu Shrine where you can eat Akafuku.