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Travelling to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Formula One is the most popular sports on the planet and fans from all over the world travel across the globe to see superstars such as defending champion Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel compete against each other on various tracks around the world.

The Japanese Grand Prix, which has been held at Suzuka for 26 of the past 28 years, is one of the toughest race tracks on the Formula One circuit and tens of thousands of motor racing fanatics will be planning to attend this year’s event. It remains one of the most exotic venues on the calendar and a huge favourite with both the fans and the drivers.

Now, Suzuka itself is 50 miles south of Japan’s third largest city, Nagoya. Nagoya’s main airport, Central Japan International Airport, is the closest to the venue and has excellent transport links to all of Japan’s major cities. Of course, you could also decide to fly into Tokyo’s Narita airport, but you will face a trickier journey down to Suzuka whilst in the country.

Once in the country, you essentially have two options; a train or drive. From Nagoya, you can catch the Kintetsu line to Shiroko station and then jump on one of the many shuttle buses that are running over a race weekend. If you choose to drive, take the Higashi Meihan expressway to the Suzuka exit – it truly is that straightforward.

This year’s race will take place on September 27th and Lewis Hamilton will fancy his chances of victory – a result that would see him further tighten his grip on the world title. He’s currently 53 points ahead of nearest challenger Nico Rosberg and looks likely to defend his crown. In fact, Hamilton is priced at 1/20 at to win the title this year.

Japan is a fairly easy country to navigate and the Japanese people are always kind enough to help point tourists in the right direction. There are plenty of interesting nearby towns to visit, particularly if you have access to a vehicle. You can check out Yokkaichi, Tsu or Shiroko, or just stay in the self-contained Suzuka Circuit complex.

A large proportion of race goers choose to stay onsite due to the incredible amount of choice and opportunity to experience Japan’s culture but with other Formula One fans. They have a theme park, hot springs, golf courses, tennis courts, a number of hotels and restaurants in the surrounding area and there are more than enough activities to keep fans occupied before the racing begins.

In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of hotels available near the track but if those are all fully booked then it would be wise to stay in a local town or even commute in from Nagoya.

If you are planning on attending the Japanese Grand Prix, you are in for a right treat. From the extraordinary Japanese cuisine to the culture, heritage and history of Japan’s transportation links, you will enjoy your stay in one of the world’s top countries and hopefully, you enjoy the race too!