Auto racing fans passing through Mie won’t want to pass up the chance to visit Suzuka Circuit, a legendary Japanese race track where the world’s top racers in Formula 1 and other events compete. Feel free to bring the whole family, since there’s plenty of kid-friendly entertainment at the amusement park next door.
It should come as no surprise that motorsports enjoy great popularity in the homeland of some of the world’s biggest automakers. Suzuka Circuit is one of only two racetracks in Japan that meet Formula 1 specifications, the other being Fuji Speedway. Some of the major races held at Suzuka Circuit are the Super GT in August and the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in October. The big events typically occur between March and November. In addition to four-wheel vehicles, there are also several motorcycle races.
Aside of the racing itself, Suzuka Circuit offers more than just race track—one of reasons why people keep coming here. The circuit is also home to a theme park, hotel resort, restaurants and even a hot spring, all of which can keep visitors entertained even during off-race season.
The theme park, known as Motopia, is probably the most popular among all. As a park in a race course complex, it’s no wonder that Motopia is automotive-themed. The rides here, from go-cart, bumper cars, and ferris wheel are all designed in a unique car and motorbike concept, making children believe that they could drive and operate their own cars.
One unique driving experience is the Circuit Challenger, where you can ride a two-seater electric go-cart on the same track used for real races at Suzuka Circuit. Children as young as two years old can ride along as passengers.
Visitors can also have a complete culinary journey at S-Plaza which has three types of restaurants: Sora-Tabeyo offers a buffet with 60 different kind of Japanese, western and Chinese menu; Shun offers teppanyaki and grilled food with fusions of Japanese and western style; Sunpo offers organic foods from cakes to burgers.