The most convenient way to get to Suzuka Circuit: Trains and buses
The most convenient way to get to Suzuka Circuit: Trains and busesIf you plan to go enjoy the F1 Japanese Grand Prix or some other races at Suzuka Circuit, trains and buses are the best way to get there. With the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line and the Kintetsu Railway, you can get to Suzuka Circuit even from Tokyo in about three hours. From Kyoto it takes less than 2 hours and from Osaka about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
From Nagoya, the most convenient and fast transfer station no matter where you are coming from, it takes 39 minutes by the Kintetsu Railway limited express train to Shiroko station, from which a shuttle bus runs to the circuit frequently. It is not complicated and not expensive (840 yen for passenger fare + 920 yen for reserved-seat express fare). If you take an express train, you will not need to pay the extra 920 yen, but it takes about 10 minutes more than the limited express.
The shuttle bus costs 410 yen and gets you there in about 20 minutes. For the F1 Japanese Grand Prix, it runs on a dedicated lane and the bus stop on the Circuit is set up at a place where traffic congestion is avoided. You will be free from the stress of driving in traffic jams and searching all the parking lots for a parking space.
Three train stations for getting to and from the CircuitSuzuka Circuit has an amusement park, restaurants and hotel near the racetrack, it is bustling with people even on weekends when there are no race events. Apart from street circuits, Suzuka Circuit is a race track that is located exceptionally close to the town, and there are three railway stations within about 6 km of the Circuit.
The closest one is Suzuka Circuit Ino station on the Ise Railway Ise Line. It is in about 2 km from the Circuit, or some 20 minutes on foot. As it is an uphill walk from the station, it is a bit hard to walk if you are carrying heavy luggage. Normally it is an unmanned station, but a ticket office and a temporary toilet are set up for the F1 Japanese Grand Prix. Extra trains are run when a big race event takes place, but the number of trains are still few.
Hiratacho station (L33) is the next closest station, about 3.5 km from the Circuit. It is the terminal of the Kintetsu Railway Suzuka Line. There are not many trains, from 2 to 4 trains per hour. There is no bus service to get to the Circuit, but there is a taxi stand in front of the station.
Of the three stations, Shiroko (E31) is the farthest (about 6 km from the Circuit) but is the largest and the most convenient station for getting to the Circuit. It is on the Kintetsu Railway Nagoya Line and is a stop for limited express trains. There are 3 to 11 trains per hour, including limited express trains that stop there about every 20 minutes. Fixed-route buses run about 2 per hour on weekends and national holidays from the station to the Circuit. Shuttle buses run much more frequently when a big race event takes place. Taxi stand is in front of the station.
Suzuka is a Motorsports CityIf you are confident in your physical strength and have little luggage, you have the option of renting a bicycle. The Tourist Information Office of Suzuka-shi Tourist Association located in the Shiroko Station Square provides rent-a-bicycle service. The fee is 500 yen a day (One-speed town bicycle type, from 9:30 to 18:00). But only 10 bicycles are available and reservations are not accepted: it’s First come, first served. It should be tough pedalling from the mid-way point because of a gentle but long uphill which continues until the Circuit.
Suzuka is the first city in Japan to proclaim itself a "Motorsports City" and is promoting motor sports at the citizen level. The "Suzuka F1 Japan Grand Prix Regional Revitalization Council" has been established as a joint effort of 37 organizations including the Japanese government, Mie Prefecture, surrounding cities and towns, as well as tourism, economic and traffic organizations, and its aim is to provide spectators with a more enjoyable, safe and secure environment to enjoy the races.