A favourite among drivers and fans alike, Suzuka is one of the most picturesque and challenging circuits on the Formula 1 calendar. Start planning your trip to fascinating Japan and get ready to soak up the unique trackside atmosphere at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix on 10-13 October.
- Visas: most international visitors do not need a visa to enter Japan. Citizens of Australia, Canada, the USA and European Union countries are granted 90-day entry on arrival. Click here to check the current list of exempt countries and find out more about visa applications for Japan.
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY). At current exchange rates, $1 USD = 106 JPY, €1 = 118 JPY. Japan remains a largely cash-based society, though larger chains and major hotels do accept electronic payments. You should also be aware that not all Japanese ATMS will accept foreign cards. Tipping is not necessary in Japan.
- Language: Japanese, which can be a challenge for foreign visitors as English is not widely spoken. We recommend trying to learn a few phrases and also having an app such as Google Translate on your smartphone to translate restaurant menus and signs.
- Time Zone: UTC/GMT + 9 hours
- In an Emergency: dial 110 for police and 119 for fire and ambulance.
- Power Sockets: Type A and B, the same as the USA and China. You may also need to use a voltage adaptor for certain appliances, as Japan uses lower voltage than in other parts of the world.
- Weather: the Japanese Grand Prix takes place in mid-October during autumn/fall. Temperatures average a high of 22°C (72°F) and a low of 12°C (54°F). It can be warm and sunny, but there’s also a high chance of rainfall.
Arrival & Getting Around
The home of the Japanese Grand Prix is located in an industrial area of the Mie Prefecture, some distance from major cities and airports. Chubu Centrair International Airport, which serves the nearby city of Nagoya, is the closest major airport to Suzuka Circuit. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider flying into one of Tokyo’s two international airports (Narita or Haneda) or Osaka’s Kansai Airport and then take a domestic flight, bullet train or bus to Suzuka. More information: 2019 Japanese Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide.
Where to Stay
With a very limited stock of accommodation close to the circuit, we recommend staying in the largest nearby city of Nagoya or further afield in Osaka. Suzuka can be reached by trains from both cities (though Nagoya is much closer), which have a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets and offer plenty of touristic activities, as well as restaurants and nightlife. Add accommodation in Nagoya to your Official Ticket Package today!
Best Places to Visit
Whether you’ve decided to stay in Nagoya or elsewhere, here are some of the best cities to visit and things to do during your trip to the Japanese Grand Prix:
- Nagoya: Just 65km from Suzuka, Japan’s third-largest city is a great base for your Grand Prix weekend. Highlights include the 400-year-old Osu Shopping District, Nagoya Castle, Legoland Japan and the Nagashima Resort, a huge amusement park. The port area of the city has also seen huge redevelopment in recent years and is now home to a leisure district with an aquarium, amusement park, museums and green spaces. For a birds-eye view of the city, head to Nagoya’s tallest building, Midland Square, for the open-air Sky Promenade viewing deck on the 46th
- Osaka: Although a little further from Suzuka than Nagoya, Japan’s second largest metropolitan area is also worth considering as your base for the Japanese Grand Prix if you don’t mind travelling more than 2 hours in each direction. The ancient port and merchant city of Osaka is a food lovers’ paradise; popular dishes include sukiyaki (hot pot stew), takoyaki (baby octopus dumplings) and hakozushi (sushi served in a bamboo box). Top attractions in Osaka include the floating garden observatory at the top of the Umeda Sky Building, Universal Studios Japan theme park and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.
- Tokyo: No Japanese travel itinerary is complete without visiting Tokyo, the capital city and world’s most populous metropolis. No matter what you are into – shopping, culture, history, nightlife – Tokyo has it all in spades. Some of the most popular bucket list activities in Tokyo include an early-morning visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, watching a professional sumo match, playing a game or two of Pachinko and singing karaoke.
- Kyoto: Experience traditional Japanese culture in the former imperial capital of Kyoto, less than 100km west of Suzuka. With over 1,000 temples and 400 shrines, Kyoto has one of the largest collections of Unesco World Heritage sites in the world. Must-sees include the Nanzen-ji Temple and the Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine. Other highlights include Nijo Castle, the Gion Geisha district and Kameyama-koen Park, where you can encounter wild monkeys.
- Toyota: The city of Toyota, home to one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is less than an 100km from Suzuka. Here you can visit the Toyota Kaikan Museum, which showcases the maker’s newest models and also take a free tour of the massive manufacturing plant. You can also visit the Toyota Techno Museum in Nagoya, which traces the origins of Toyota from its humble beginnings as a maker of textile machinery. Finally, the Toyota Automobile Museum outside Nagoya is a car lover’s paradise, featuring hundreds of Japanese, European and American cars from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Rugby World Cup & Japan MotoGP
This year’s Japanese Grand Prix coincides with several other major sporting events in Japan, notably the Rugby World Cup, which starts on 20 September and finishes on 2 November. Matches are taking place at stadiums all over the country, including Tokyo, Osaka and Toyota. Check the full list of matches and buy tickets here. If you are also a fan of two-wheeled motorsport, the Japanese MotoGP takes place one week after the Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, north of Tokyo. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Choose from the best grandstands or VIP trackside hospitality with an Official Ticket Package to the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix. F1 Experiences also gets you closer to Formula 1 with exclusive activities at Suzuka such as a Guided Track Tour, Exclusive Pit Lane Walk, F1 Insider Access and Guided Paddock Access.