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#1 bushin

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:45

Hi everyone,

I am starting to plan my trip for the suzuka gp, and want to get some opinions from locals or those who have been to suzuka before.

Any recommendations on which part of the track to watch from ? I am looking at the s-curves and casino triangle right now.
Is there any thursday open track like montreal ?

I will be staying in Nagoya, are there any events near the area during the GP weekend?

Thanks!!

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#2 KLN

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 10:08

Hi everyone,

I am starting to plan my trip for the suzuka gp, and want to get some opinions from locals or those who have been to suzuka before.

Any recommendations on which part of the track to watch from ? I am looking at the s-curves and casino triangle right now.
Is there any thursday open track like montreal ?

I will be staying in Nagoya, are there any events near the area during the GP weekend?

Thanks!!


S's are good to watch from, but very exposed to the weather elements. friday of last year was .....ssing down and freezing cold. no cover. sat/sun weather ok. can't remember whether there is a screen or not though.

by the time you get back to nagoya on the train, you won't feel like doing much else. it can be a long trip. minimum of 1 hour each way.
we had main grandstand, but spent plenty of fri/sat walking the other area's of the track to check out all the other corners. including the ferris wheel.


#3 bushin

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:37

Thanks for the info!

There might not be a screen at that location?
How hard is it to find the circuit with limited Japanese knowledge?
What things are there to do there other than checking out the ferris wheel ? I heard there is a mini go kart track there also ?

I was checking out lonely planet forum and they mentioned there is a dedicated train to the circuit during the GP ?

S's are good to watch from, but very exposed to the weather elements. friday of last year was .....ssing down and freezing cold. no cover. sat/sun weather ok. can't remember whether there is a screen or not though.

by the time you get back to nagoya on the train, you won't feel like doing much else. it can be a long trip. minimum of 1 hour each way.
we had main grandstand, but spent plenty of fri/sat walking the other area's of the track to check out all the other corners. including the ferris wheel.



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Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:54

I haven't been to Suzuka for the F1 but I've travelled quite a bit in Japan and since I'm planning on going this year I've been doing a bit of research so I think I can help a bit

For the seats the japanese suzuka website has a good map of the stands, screens etc and has pictures showing the view from each of stands.

http://www.suzukacir...area/index.html

On that page go down to the track map to see where everything is, if you click on the stand label (B, V1 etc) it will show you the photos

To get there it seems pretty easy. On the saturday and sunday they have an express train direct to Suzuka Circuit Ino (JR station) so thats probably the best bet if you're worried about getting lost, thats 2500yen each way. The alternative is to take the kintetsu line to Shiroko and catch a shuttle bus from there (if you take the JR line not on the special train you'll be changing trains half way). That train is 800yen and from what I can gather the bus is 380yen. The train to shiroko is very regular, one every 10 minutes. From what I can gather (and I could be wrong) this is the best way to get to the track on the friday. If you want to check any train schedules in japan this is the best website to use.

http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

Don't be worried about catching trains in Japan, basically everything is in english as well as japanese (especially major stations like nagoya and special events like this) and personally I find the train system easier to use than that in the city where I grew up.

#5 KLN

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 02:45

I haven't been to Suzuka for the F1 but I've travelled quite a bit in Japan and since I'm planning on going this year I've been doing a bit of research so I think I can help a bit

For the seats the japanese suzuka website has a good map of the stands, screens etc and has pictures showing the view from each of stands.

http://www.suzukacir...area/index.html

On that page go down to the track map to see where everything is, if you click on the stand label (B, V1 etc) it will show you the photos

To get there it seems pretty easy. On the saturday and sunday they have an express train direct to Suzuka Circuit Ino (JR station) so thats probably the best bet if you're worried about getting lost, thats 2500yen each way. The alternative is to take the kintetsu line to Shiroko and catch a shuttle bus from there (if you take the JR line not on the special train you'll be changing trains half way). That train is 800yen and from what I can gather the bus is 380yen. The train to shiroko is very regular, one every 10 minutes. From what I can gather (and I could be wrong) this is the best way to get to the track on the friday. If you want to check any train schedules in japan this is the best website to use.

http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

Don't be worried about catching trains in Japan, basically everything is in english as well as japanese (especially major stations like nagoya and special events like this) and personally I find the train system easier to use than that in the city where I grew up.



Agreed.
We caught train to Shiroko on the friday, and then the shuttle bus. and then the dedicated train to the circuit on sat/sun. we did have someone who'd already purchased the tickets for us though already. but agree about the trains in japan. very easy to get around. all signs in english as well. get someone to write "shiroko station" or Suzuka circuit out in japanese for you if you're not confident. otherwise just follow all the people. F1 fans the same all over the world. we've all got the merchandise to prove it. follow the crowd.

it's only a small kids size go kart circuit. there are a few other theme park type rides there, more based towards younger children. but plenty of merchandise stores there, food is great. make sure you walk all around. you will have access to everything except for certain grandstands, so you can walk all the general admission areas to. book a kangaroo TV. we follow that at the same time as walking.