For the first time since 2019, Suzuka is fully open to international F1 fans for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the race weekend on September 22-24.
The 2023 Japanese Grand Prix will be Formula 1’s 33rd visit to the Suzuka circuit since the track first joined the calendar in 1987. It’s one of the sport’s most revered and best loved circuits among drivers and fans alike.
The Japanese Grand Prix returned to the calendar after a two-year absence in 2022. This time last year, Japan had not fully re-opened to international visitors since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. With the country now fully re-opened, the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix will be the first opportunity for many international fans to experience F1 at Suzuka in four years.
Not yet secured tickets for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix? A limited number of race weekend tickets remain available in our ticket shop, including 3-day tickets for the West Open Area at just €63. Tickets ordered now can be picked up on site.
Read on for tips and advice to get the most out of your visit to the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix!
What to see and do away from the circuit
The Suzuka track itself is located in an industrial area, so there’s not a lot to see or do away from the circuit or its neighbouring theme park. However, further afield in Nagoya or Osaka there are plenty of cultural delights to explore.
Nagoya is the country’s fourth most-populated city, and there are many hidden gems to be found. We recommend taking some time out to explore the best places to visit on your Japanese Grand Prix trip. We’ve rounded up some ideas for where to go in Off-Track Activities.
A special F1 Fan Festival is taking place in Tokyo in the days leading up to the race weekend. You can find more information about the event – which will be attended by current drivers, including reigning champion Max Verstappen and Yuki Tsunoda – on the official Suzuka website. Elsewhere, meet up with fellow F1 fans at the FanAmp F1 fans meet up in Nagoya on September 22. Further details can be found below.
Heading to Suzuka for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.
How to Get to Suzuka for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix
Thanks to the meticulous and careful nature of Japanese culture, your trip to the Suzuka circuit is likely to be hassle-free and public transport will be highly dependable. If you’re using public transport, train is the best way of getting to the track. Ensuring you board the correct train can be a daunting task but staff at the train station will be able to help you if you are unsure. Read more about using trains and various other forms of transport to get around during your trip to the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix here.
High attendance expected at Suzuka
With interest in attending Formula 1 events growing globally, there’s no surprise that tickets have sold fast for the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, especially with this being the first race at Suzuka without any attendance restrictions since 2019.
Despite last year’s restrictions, 200,000 were in attendance over the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix weekend, which was the event’s largest 3-day attendance since 2012. Attendance should exceed that number this weekend.
Suzuka’s record attendance figure is 361,000. That 3-day total was recorded in 2006 – the year before Fuji Speedway replaced Suzuka as host of the Japanese Grand Prix, when local manufacturer Honda last won a Grand Prix.
How Much Will a Trip to the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix Cost?
The Japanese Grand Prix has the cheapest 3-day General Admission tickets and cheapest 3-day grandstand seats of any of the planned 23 races on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar. Tickets for the grandstand opposite the pit lane are also competitively priced compared to their counterparts at other circuits.
Japanese Grand Prix tickets are also relatively cheap for local fans, costing just 4.56% of the average monthly wage – the cheapest of any race on the 2023 calendar.
We estimate that the average fan will spend around $1,240 USD on a trip to the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix, including grandstand seats, a 3-night stay in a Nagoya hotel plus daily spending money. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the 2023 Japanese Grand Prix.
Trackside at Suzuka
Suzuka is universally one of the drivers’ favourite circuits thanks to its fast flowing esses and fearsome bends such as 130R. Suzuka became one of the sport’s legendary tracks almost immediately, having hosted five dramatic title deciders in its first five races.
No fewer than 20 Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships have been decided at this track in total, including Max Verstappen’s latest title win at the circuit last year. In 2022, Verstappen’s victory in the rain-hit race secured him the title honours. He was joined on the podium by team-mate Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, whose battle for second place went down to the last corner.
There is a friendly atmosphere at the Japanese Grand Prix, and the passionate fans will be out in force to support AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda, who competes in his home event for the second time. Support will also be strong for the Red Bull team, who are powered by Honda-built engines. The manufacturer opened a factory in the area back in 1960 and subsequently built the Suzuka track for testing purposes.
Don’t forget to make the most of your experience by taking advantage of ‘Free Friday’. This allows you to sit in almost any grandstand for the on-track action on Friday! There isn’t much in the way of shops or ATMs at the circuit or the nearby train stations so be sure to have cash with you, plus an array of clothing options. It pays to be prepared for all kinds of weather at Suzuka, from blazing sunshine to rain and even typhoons!
Though Suzuka doesn’t benefit from additional Formula 2 and Formula 3 action seen at European events, there are still two support categories over the weekend, in the form of BMW & Mini Racing and the Porsche Carrera Cup Japan. You can find all the vital information about watching the Grand Prix, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.