A unique blend of old and new, Suzuka’s claim to fame is its F-1 racing track, while a collection of workshops selling traditional crafts showcase its cultural heritage. From family-friendly theme park fun to historic religious artefacts, Suzuka lures in motor fans and history enthusiasts alike.
Things to do in Suzuka
Racing fans should visit Suzuka Circuit, as this theme park focuses on automobiles and is home to Japan’s famous racing course. While being a spectator to a race is exciting, those looking for an adrenaline-pumping thrill can drive the 2.2-kilometre course where the Formula 1 Japan Grand Prix is held.
Travelling with the kids? Next to the racing course is an amusement park called Motopia. Here you’ll find kid-friendly motorbikes and cars that keep track of time, so you can race each other to the finish line.
Wander around the Tsubaki Grand Shrine to admire its old-world architecture and see an ancient object of faith, a rock called “Mifune Iwakura”. It’s one of the oldest shrines in Japan and features a waterfall called Kinryu Myojin no Taki, with waters that are said to be effective on all kinds of illnesses.
Suzuka is famous for its traditional craft workshops, such as Suzuka ink and Ise paper, which is used for making the patterns for the kimono. See demonstrations by artisans at the Suzuka City Traditional Industries Museum and experience its rich traditions from generations ago.
Getting around Suzuka
The most convenient way to explore Suzuka is by car. Suzuka is about 50 kilometres south of Nagoya and can be accessed by the JR and Kintetsu railways. It’s a two-hour drive from Osaka International Airport.