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Japanese Grand Prix


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How to get there

Flights are available to Tokyo, although direct ones tend to be expensive. Cheaper options will involve a stopover, with other European carrier sometimes having some good deals.

Where to stay

Tokyo is two hours away by train and offers a host of shopping, culture and nightlife. Hotels and western restaurants tend to be expensive though. Ginza is an upmarket shopping district with some reasonable hotels a block or two back from the main street.

What else to do

Spend some time to experience Japanese culture and hospitality. In Tokyo itself, spend an evening going to see one of the many tribute bands in the Rappongi area. Shibuya and Shinjuku also have good nightlife but are less tourist oriented. For those of a more cultural bent, try the Imperial Palace and gardens, and the old Fish Market area. If in Ginza, the Ginza Lion bar is an absolute must.

Transport to the circuit

Fuji Speedway is situated in a spectacular setting, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, but that does make it a bit harder to access (and when it rains, it really rains!). The nearest train stations are Gotemba and Oyama, but it is still a 10km drive up into the hills to the circuit itself.

Which grandstand

The first corner is always a good spot, giving views of the main straight and around the track as it curves away. Be aware that it isn't covered, and Fuji is known for heavy rainstorms.

Circuit facilities

The circuit is well equipped and whilst there isn't as much merchandising as in Europe there is nevertheless plenty to buy and the facilities are generally good. A variety of styles of fast food are available, including traditional western pizza, burgers etc.