Planning a trip to the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix on 10-13 October? Here’s some useful information to help you get there and around, including which airport to use and the best way to get to the Suzuka Circuit.
Best airport for the Japanese Grand Prix?
The closest international airport to the Suzuka Circuit is Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), which serves the nearby city of Nagoya and offers domestic, regional and long-haul connections. Popular direct routes from NGO include Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt. Alternatively, you may fly into one of Japan’s larger hub airports; Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Osaka’s Kansai Airport (KIX) have a wider selection of international flights. You can then take a domestic flight, bullet train or bus to Suzuka.
How to get to Suzuka Circuit?
The Suzuka Circuit is located in a semi-rural, industrial area of the Mie Prefecture. With limited local accommodation options, you are much better off staying in nearby Nagoya, or further afield in Japan’s second city of Osaka, and commuting to the track each day using the train. To limit your daily commute time, we recommend staying near the main train station in Nagoya or Osaka.
Please note: if you are staying with F1 Experiences in Nagoya with F1 Experiences, daily coach transfers to and from the circuit are included as part of your accommodation package.
Although there are several trains traveling to Suzuka, the best connection from both Nagoya and Osaka is the direct Kintetsu train to Shiroko Station (rather than Suzuka Circuit Inou Station). From Shiroko Station, follow the signs in English for the shuttle buses, which take around 15 minutes to cover the 5km to Suzuka Circuit and cost under $10 return each day. If you are traveling to the circuit for the whole race weekend, we recommend buying the 5-day Kintetsu Rail Pass, which will cover all your trips for around $40 USD:
Trains from Nagoya Station: a one-way trip takes just under an hour and there are regular services on Grand Prix weekend. If you are not using the Kintetsu Rail Pass, the journey to the Shiroko Station costs around $14 USD for the limited express train (tokkyu) or $6.60 USD for the express train (kyuko). [Direct “Suzuka Grand Prix” trains also run from Nagoya to Suzuka Circuit Inou Station on Grand Prix weekend, but they are more expensive and seats need to be reserved at least one day in advance; you’ll also have to walk around 30 minutes from the station to the circuit.]
Trains from Osaka-Namba Station: there are two hourly limited express train services to Shiroko Station. One is direct and the other requires a transfer at the Tsu Station. You will need to purchase and reserve your seat at least a day before you plan to travel. This ride takes approximately 100 minutes and cost approximately $50 USD for a return ticket, or you can use the Kintetsu Rail Pass.