My otaku side brought me to Nagoya, Japan in 2012, but I stayed for the food, countryside towns, and gorgeous mountain scenery. I was born and raised on the east coast of the US, but I dare say I never grew up. I never shut up about Japan.
Caption: Hop on in, partner. Lemme show ya the ropes around the ol’ Circuit.
I headed to Suzuka without a specific event in mind, on a random day in December, just before the typical winter vacation starts for most people.
Caption: The last corner of the track, heading into the pit or toward the checkered flag.
Caption: The view from the Grandstand.
While there’s something to be said for the roar of the crowd and the excitement of a full-blown race, just being up close to the occasional growl of an engine in this otherwise serene setting was really nice. Despite my best efforts, the videos I took with my phone just could not capture the atmosphere, or even the actual speed of the cars.
Caption: Up close and personal at the track!
“But how about that amusement park?” you might be impatiently asking. Well, first of all, it’s actually called Motopia, and there’s so much to do there. But before I can explain anything else about it, you’re gonna have to become acquainted with the park’s mascots.
Admission to the park is \1800 for adults. The Motopia passport grants you admission and lets you ride all the rides without paying the individual fees for them. It’s \4400. When the Aqua Adventure water park is open in the summer, you can get the Summer Passport, which is all of the above plus the slippy-dippy wet stuff, and that’s \5500. Children 7-12 get a discount, and kids younger than that cost about half the price of adults. The ultra-cool Circuit Challenger is a separate \1600 per car. Up to 3 people can ride together.
Getting to Suzuka Circuit is a breeze. Take the Kintetsu Railway to Shiroko Station. From there, you can take a bus to the track. All-in-all the journey takes a little over an hour. Be sure to check the times so you don’t miss the last shuttle! If you do, it’s no big deal as long as you don’t mind paying for a taxi.
7992 Inoucho, Suzuka, Mie