TRAVEL GUIDE

F1 Racing - - CONTENTS - Suzuka, Ja­pan, 6-8 Oc­to­ber 2017

The in­side line on Ja­pan

WHY VISIT?

Aside from be­ing one of the most chal­leng­ing cir­cuits in the world, Suzuka is a mag­i­cal place with its own amuse­ment park, and a must-visit for pas­sion­ate F1 fans.

Get­ting to the track is an adventure in it­self. From Tokyo, you'll need to take var­i­ous forms of trans­port, in­clud­ing the Shinkansen bul­let train. Re­mem­ber to sit on the right-hand side of the car­riage and, on a clear day, 30 min­utes into your jour­ney you will see the ma­jes­tic Mount Fuji.

Mod­ern Ja­pan has an ex­cit­ingly for­eign feel. A lot of the sig­nage is in English, but away from the big cities few peo­ple speak it, so en­sure you have the name of your ho­tel writ­ten down in Ja­panese. And cards don’t al­ways work in ATM ma­chines, so do carry cash with you. The Ja­panese Grand Prix will be a trip you’ll never for­get. WHAT TO SEE It’s nearly 300km from the track, but if you fly into the Ja­panese cap­i­tal of Tokyo, it's worth spend­ing a few days there. Don’t miss the Shibuya Cross­ing (be­low), best viewed from the top floor of Star­bucks. The Ak­i­habara area has some fantastic gadget shops, while Ginza, the Knights­bridge of Tokyo, is great for fash­ion­con­scious shop­pers.

The ad­ven­tur­ous should get up early and go to watch the fa­mous tuna auc­tion at the Tsuk­iji fish mar­ket. To make it onto one of the two tours, be sure to ar­rive by around 3am.

If you are stay­ing in the Suzuka area it­self, visit Toba and take a trip out to Miki­moto Pearls Island. Here you can watch women free dive with knives and bags to bring up pearls from the depths. There's also a mu­seum on site that ex­plains the process of pearl cul­ti­va­tion.

Eat­ing out is cheap, and it’s good to try the sushi, sashimi and ra­men noo­dles or the lo­cal kare-raisu (curry). Quick-and-easy stand-up noo­dle bars are ev­ery­where, and you’ll find that both hot and cold drinks are avail­able from vend­ing ma­chines on the street.

Take the bul­let train for an in­cred­i­ble view of Mount Fuji

Tokyo's iconic Shibuya Cross­ing is one the world’s busiest in­ter­sec­tions

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