Tickets – 2021 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka

Everything you need to know about buying tickets for the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix on October 8-10, including the best places to watch the action at Suzuka Circuit.


Tickets are not on sale for the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix, but you can already purchase 2021 Official Ticket Packages from F1 Experiences. This post will be updated when tickets go on sale.

With a good selection of cheap 3-day tickets and Free Friday (open seating on all grandstands for the first day of action), Japan offers real value to the F1 fan. Remember that the Japanese Grand Prix is a popular event and the best value grandstands do sell out well in advance, so it pays to plan ahead for your trip to Suzuka.

Suzuka Tickets: Need to Know

  • All advance tickets are sold for 3 days.
  • Suzuka operates “Free Friday”, which means you can sit in any grandstand you wish on Friday, with the exception of the most expensive V2 upper grandstands.
  • Individual seats are only offered in the Main Grandstand (V1 and V2). All other grandstands offer bleacher style seating without backs; bring a cushion!
  • Children’s tickets (age 3-15 years) are available for all grandstands. They are very reasonably priced at $27 USD for 3 days. Reduced price tickets are also available for young fans aged 16-23.
  • Female only sections are available in the Zone 3 of the B2 Upper and Zone 11 of the V2 Upper grandstands.

Top 5 Suzuka Grandstands

  1. Grandstand B (1-2) on the opening corner, great for the start and lots of passing activity
  2. Grandstand Q (1-2) on the chicane before the last corner, an opportunity to see the cars take the low speed chicane before the end of the lap
  3. Grandstand D (Zone 5 is best) at the beginning of the ‘S’ curves with excellent panoramic views of the first section of the circuit.
  4. Grandstand C  is a good mid-range grandstand on the exit of turn 2, always sells out quickly
  5. General Admission tickets! Not a grandstand at all, but free seating in five separate areas around the Spoon Curve (G,L,M,N,O) including access to all grandstands on Friday.

Official Ticket Packages from F1 Experiences

F1 Experiences offers grandstand seats or access to trackside hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club at the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix, together with exciting trackside activities. You can also add accommodation in Nagoya to your package.

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Main Straight Suzuka Grandstands (V1-2, A1-2)

As with most Grands Prix, the main straight grandstand tickets are the most expensive at Suzuka. They are good for pits action, the race preparations, start and podium. If you want to see on-track action such as passing, choose another place to sit. The large permanent grandstand opposite the pits is covered (unlike most grandstands at Suzuka, which are exposed to the elements) and is comprised of two main sections, V1 and V2, plus different zones. The V1 tickets are the cheapest and occupy the lower, less elevated part of the grandstand. The highest of the V2 seats (Zones 10-12) are best. The uncovered A grandstand is located closer to turn 1 and is a good mid-range choice at Suzuka.

First & Second Corner Suzuka Grandstands (B&C)

Two large grandstands – B & C – wrap around the first and second corners at Suzuka. Both grandstands have a cheaper lower section and more expensive upper section. Grandstand B offers better views and is more expensive. The views from Grandstand C are still good however and it’s a popular, more affordable grandstand. The panorama views of grandstand B can be seen in the main image for this tickets guide.

‘S’ Curve & Dunlop Corner Suzuka Grandstands (D&E)

The D grandstand is located next to the ‘S’ curve and is divided into 5 zones. The best (and more expensive) are Zone’s 4 & 5. If you can get a seat high up in one of these stands, you’ll get an excellent panoramic view from the opening corner through the ‘S’ curve and down to Dunlop corner. Grandstand E faces Dunlop Corner; the cheap price is an indicator that not much happens at this corner.

Hairpin Curve Suzuka Grandstands (I&J)

Grandstand I is located on the outside of the track after the hairpin, a low-speed corner where there is always overtaking during the race. It’s a good vantage point and sells out quickly. The cheaper Grandstand J is on the inside of the track at the following turn 12 and offers a view of the cars at high speed; there are better grandstands to choose from at Suzuka.

Spoon Corner General Admission (Free Seating G, L, M, N, O)

There’s lots of general admission areas around the Spoon Corner and 130R, including both grandstands with unreserved seating and grassy hills where you can watch the action. If you have chosen a General Admission ticket, we recommend you walk around and check out the different vantage points on Friday and Saturday to identify the spot where you would like to watch the race. Just don’t forget to get there early on Sunday to reserve your spot!

Chicane & Final Corner Suzuka Grandstands (Q&R)

The grandstands on the chicane and final corner are always popular, particularly the cheaper Q1 Lower seats, which always sell out quickly. The panoramic views from the grandstands are excellent (particularly Q2 Upper) and you also get to see the cars enter the pitlane. Recommended!

Been to Suzuka? Leave a comment and tell us where you watched the action.

71 thoughts on “Tickets – 2021 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka”

  1. Dear, the ticket sale in the website is finished.

    Everybody knows where I can purchase the ticket race in Nagoya?

    Best regards

    1. Sorry, we don’t know of any places to buy tickets in Nagoya. I suggest you head to the track and try your luck, but it does look like most tickets are sold out this year already.

    2. Rene Antonissen

      Ik ben nu in Japan maar heb nog geen kaartje voor zondag . Ik wil zondag vroeg naar het circuit. Ik denk aan kaartjes van ca 500 euro . Vraag zijn er zondag dagkaarten te koop ? Aangezien we vrijdag en zaterdag al een dagplanning . Ben dus alleen geïnteresseerd in twee goede kaarten voor zondag . Rene

  2. Thanks for this! Planning on making the trip to my first race next year and this guide is invaluable. Also glad it appears admission isn’t overly costly as everything else likely will be!

      1. I’m also doing this one for the first time next year, thanks for the guide!

        I’ll probably get General Admission tickets. I did Austria last year and the general admission there is the best one I’ve done before, as the track is in the mountains there are plenty of natural vantage points.

        Yeah, good that this is a relatively cheap race, as I’m expecting the Japan trip to cost a lot!

  3. Hi Andrew,
    please I would like to know if the validity period of the tickets is the same for all granstands or GA. Because from the FAQ of suzuka wabsite I’ve found this:

    “The V1 and V2 area reserved tickets are valid for the three days: October 7th (Friday), October 8th (Saturday) and October 9th (Sunday).
    All the other reserved tickets except for the V1 and V2 seats are valid for two days: October 8th (Saturday) and October 9th (Sunday).
    Note that the V1 and V2 tickets also give access to the pit walk on October 6th (Thursday). Holders of the V1 and V2 tickets can also enter the Suzuka Circuit on the day after the race; October 10th (Monday).”


    1. Hi Mike. All tickets are valid for three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). This just means that all the tickets – apart from V1 and V2 – are NOT reserved on Friday. This is called ‘Free Friday’ and it’s a good thing! It means you can sit anywhere you like on Friday (apart from V1 and V2). Hope that helps!

      1. Now all is clear, thank you.
        Please I have one more question, can I have access to the walkabout on Thursday with general admission ticket?
        Thanks, really helpful!

  4. Hi Andrew,
    Due to time constraints/budgeting, we plan on going to Suzuka only on Friday. Do we need to have tickets to participate in “free Friday” or are we allowed to enter without tickets? Thank you for your help!

    1. Hi Minette, we are pretty sure that there are no Friday-only tickets available. Unfortunately, you still need a ticket for ‘Free Friday’, which means your best option is to buy the cheapest 3-day ticket for around $100 USD.

  5. Hey Andrew!

    My name is Sam from downunder.

    Thanks for the great article – absolute lifesaver!

    Do you know when tickets for the 2017 would be expected to go on sale?



    1. Hi Sam, tickets for the Japanese Grand Prix will go on sale next month. Sorry, no exact date yet but it will be in March. Follow us on social media and we will let you know!

  6. Hey Andrew – Fisrt of all thank you for all this answers and your awesome page its my first tima traveling to an F1 race , i am a big motorsport fan , and i decided to go to Suzuka , i am from Guatemala Central america.

    With an “Average Joe” what ticket is the best Q1 or C grandstand or any other recomendation ?

    I read that you reomomend the Nagoya -Suzuka track train , does this train has a schedule for arrival and departure like last train to get at the circuit to Nagoya?

    Thank you very much. Awesome work

  7. Most tickets are already sold out just 1 day after I received the email advice that tickets are already available for sale. Only paddocks tickets and family tickets are available right now. Can I purchase family tickets and go to the race without the kid?

    1. Hi Biboy, I think what has happened is that Gootickets started sales early and they have been told to stop sales. It’s not because all the tickets are sold out, that’s for sure! So don’t worry, I am sure the option to purchase all tickets will be back soon. Follow us on social media and we will keep you informed.

  8. Yeah I’m pretty upset at that because I was under the impression all tickets were sold out so I purchased family tickets (even though I am going with my wife/son).

    I just emailed F1 directly and asked if they could cancel my order….

  9. Emailed them got this back.

    Please kindly note that we have been informed by the Promoter of Japan that they have sales schedules per category.

    Please see dates opening below :

    3/19 – Opening of Grandstands V, A, B, C
    3/26 – Opening of Grandstands D, E, I, Q, R
    7/9 – Opening of General Admission, West area

    We have therefore been forced to close all products on our website except Family seats.

    Many thanks in advance for your understanding.

  10. Hi guys, can you tell if the tickets are refundable/resellable? I am going to visit Japan, but the dates are not settled yet, but I don’t want to miss the opportunity, but not sure what to do, if the trip dates do not fit.

    1. Hi Ivan, tickets are not refundable. I believe they are not supposed to be resellable either, though of course many people do sell on places like ebay and craigslist etc. Better to wait until your trip is confirmed before buying!

  11. Rahmat Nasution

    Hi Andrew.
    I’m setting up my plan to suzuka this year. it will be my first time to see f1 race.
    where is the best place to stay ?
    When is the best time to meet the racer ?
    Do they have meet and greet session ?

    thanks in advance

    1. Hi Rahmat, you’ve made a good decision. Suzuka is one of the classic F1 tracks! Best idea is to stay in Nagoya and take the train to the circuit. Thursday is the best opportunity to meet the drivers. You can do a pitlane walk in the morning – you will receive a lottery ticket for the driver’s autograph session and perhaps you will get lucky. More info in our Trackside guide.

      1. Rahmat Nasution

        thanks a lot Andrew for the priceless advice.
        Starting my search for a budget hotel in Nagoya.

        hope i can meet you in suzuka.

        Just an idea, how bout creating F1destinations fans gathering on thursday or in Friday ?
        It will make the journey complete.

        1. Hi Rahmat, thanks for the compliment! Unfortunately, I won’t be at Suzuka this year. But I do know a few people going, so please remind me in a few months and I will put you all in touch so you can meet up. Andrew

          1. Rahmat Nasution

            too bad you won’t join us in suzuka.
            sure i’ll remind you cause i need a friend in japan since im going to travel alone.


  12. Samuel McCrossen

    If I buy a ticket for one of the grandstands, does that allow me access to the west area?


    1. Yes and don’t forget that you can get into all the other grandstands and General Admission areas on Friday as well (apart from V2 in opposite the pits)

  13. hi there (=
    I was doing some research on Japanese grand Prix and came across this good piece of information! I decided to purchase V2 or Q tickets, depending on my partner’s preference (he’s a keen photographer and racer..)

    One thing I’m not too sure about is that which website is the Official ticket seller.. the website you posted has tickets at a lower price than bookf1.com or the formula one official site. Which should I trust?

    Thank you very much for your help!

    1. Hi Sofia, good choice on the grandstand. And don’t forget you can sit in all the grandstands on Friday, so that’s a good chance to get some great pictures. As for tickets, our supplier (Gootickets, Platinium Group from Monaco) is the same supplier that works with F1.com. You probably notice a similar interface. Anyway, our tickets are cheaper as we don’t apply any markup like F1 does. So you can buy in confidence, and save some money. Plus you will help us out a bit as we receive some commission from the ticket sales when you buy using our links. Andy

      1. Thanks Andy!

        I wish I asked earlier… the price has gone up a little bit ><

        I will certainly go through all the information with my partner this weekend (I really target V2 as it's a covered area and offer nice main straight view). So glad I found this site, it really helped a lot.

        Have a nice day!

  14. Deborah Thompson

    Hi Andrew
    Thanks for your comprehensive website! I’m planning to go to the Japanese GP this year. Is there a ticket website where I can view a detailed seat map and choose my exact seats? I’m from Australia,i and Melbourne GP ticket website enables you to choose specific seats based on a seating map. So far in viewing Japanese GP tickets I have not found this anywhere?

    1. Hi Deborah, I don’t believe Suzuka offers the option to choose your specific seat, like some circuits do. The circuit uses Gootickets (like we do) for postal sales; the only thing you can do is make a request for a specific seat/zone when purchasing. Andy

  15. Hi Andrew,
    Im planing my trip to the Japanese race, Im from Australia and my question is how bad or good the general admision ticketes area are?
    Any advice about what to do from the first day in the circuit?, your advice will be much appreciated as Im traveling alone.
    Thank you

    1. Hi David, the general admission tickets are fine at Suzuka as long as the weather remains clear…Really, you will be fine. And remember that there is Free Friday in Japan, so you can explore different grandstands on Friday. Travelling alone is great, you will force yourself to meet fellow fans! Enjoy the weekend

  16. My friend, it would be very nice if you include in each race which tribunes are the ones that open for the people to get in the track. I’m always looking to those kind of seats.

  17. Dear Andrew,

    Can I buy daily ticket on the Suzuka circuit ticket offices. For example for Friday?
    By the way free Friday means that no need ticket or minimum I need general admission ticket.
    Is there direct train from Nagoya station to the circuit?

    Thank you for your answer.

    A Hungarian F1 fun,


    1. Hi Sandor, you still need a ticket for Friday (“Free” means that you are free to sit wherever you want, apart from two premium grandstands). You can purchase Friday tickets from Suzuka for 4200 Yen (about $40 USD) via this link; you will collect your tickets at the circuit on the day. Information about getting from Nagoya to Suzuka is in our Getting There and Around guide.


    First of all, your blog is amazing. Second, I have a question regarding Japanese GP tickets. That is, if I buy general admission tickets now, and stroll around the track on friday and decide that I want to sit somewhere else and want to upgrade my ticket against extra costs, would this be possible at a circuittrack ticket booth (upon availability)?

    Do you maybe have an emailadress from the organization?

    Kind regards


    1. Thanks Sander! You can get more information on the Suzuka website or contact the circuit here. I’m really not sure about your idea; I think you won’t be able to buy single day tickets at the circuit for Saturday and Sunday, but check with Suzuka.

  19. Great information! Just a quick question re ticket availability.
    I would like to attend this year and get a west area / general entry ticket. From your past experience, do these tend to sell out or can they booked right up to the race? I would rather wait until my plans are definite before I buy.

  20. You can buy tickets at Suzuka ticket booth or Lawson (convenient store) until the race begins. They don’t sell out. I checked Lawson ticket website. Though West area tickets are sold out, other tickets are still available. http://l-tike.com/sports/f1/

    This is a nice site! I’ve been to Suzuka many times. It’s the best track in the world.

  21. are there ticket re-sellers at the track on Saturday? All tickets are sold out but would not mind going to the track if I can find someone re-selling. Knowing Japan I doubt there are scalpers

  22. the f1experience website sells tickets for 699$ or more that can walk the lane and pit on Thursday, for people buying 3days tickets, can they do that too? does this need an extra ticket?

    1. I found the answer after reviewing questions above, thanks.

      But one more question, do they sell children tickets for all areas e.g. D,Q?
      and are they sold at the same time online?

      1. Yes, tickets for children are available for all grandstands and are reasonably priced, around $40-80 USD. You can purchase at the same time. Hopefully tickets will be going on sale soon!

  23. I’ve noticed they have a photographers seat ticket – does have any impact on taking photos from normal seats or while wandering around the track area?


  24. Hello, do you know if there will be only Sunday tickets? I’ll be travelling with my girlfriend, and arrive at Japan on Saturday afternoon. Thanks!

  25. Hey Andrew, thanks for the write up. I’m a fellow Adelaide expat although I’m living in Japan.

    I’m gonna head in with the General Admission/West Area tickets. Do you know if these tickets are good for the “Free Friday” component? It’d be good to have a wander around and see the pits, the main grandstands etc rather than be confined out west the whole time.

    Also do you know if there are bars and places to buy food in the West Area? I’m worried from the pics I’ve seen that you’re basically on your own out there and can’t walk around the grandstand sections which appear to have heaps of amenities. Cheers!

    1. Hi Tom, yes I’m pretty sure you can still make the most of Free Friday with the West Area tickets. Not sure about bars/food outlets in the West area, but I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t something there. Let us know how you get on!

      1. Hey Andrew. Thanks again for all the info. I ended up going in on the Friday and Sunday (I work Saturdays) using the GA/West Area ticket. We got great seats in Grandstand B on the Free Friday with these tickets. Plenty of food, drinks and souvenirs out in the West Area too on the Sunday. Plus you can basically walk around everywhere on the Sunday you just can’t get into the stands. Only downsides: actual seating is limited, there’s not a lot of shade and there’s no big screens. The old man struggled a bit but I honestly loved standing at the exit of 130R/chicane entrance, especially for the price.

        I live in Osaka so commuted from there. There were four of us on Friday so we rented a car which I recommend doing for the convenience and the value for money. The official parking sold out way in advance but there was plenty of unofficial safe parking right near the track I wish we knew about. We ended up parking at the station. I can’t confirm what the parking situation is like on Sat or Sun, though.

        Two of us went by train on Sunday, which is about 2.5-3 hours from Osaka to the track. Buy your reserved seat component online and then buy the ticket component at the station. As you and others have said, be sure to buy the return ticket component as soon as you get to Shiroko station so you can skip the line at night. It’s an extra 1-1.5 hours each way to Osaka compared to Nagoya but it’s a way better city (I’m obviously biased but this is fairly well documented).

        My last point is don’t be tempted to get a taxi to the station like we were. We waited in line for 90 minutes and about 6 cabs came. Head to the bus area no matter how long the line is or how immobile your companions are. The buses get priority and come non-stop until everyone is gone. (note: feel free to edit this post for length)

  26. Andrew Burnett

    Does anyone know how far in advance the tickets for Suzuka 2019 are actually issued ie… posted out? I know tickets are not printed until near race day but we are going to be travelling for the 2 weeks prior to race weekend and want to make sure the tickets will arrive with us before we leave home. Knowing the expected arrival date would be helpful before buying any expensive grandstand tickets. Alternatively, Does Suzuka offer an E-ticket alternative?

    1. Sorry, not sure. But sometimes only 2-4 weeks before the event. If you are going to be travelling, always better to collect your tickets at the circuit – most ticket agencies (including ours, Gootickets) offer this option.

  27. Hi,

    I am planning to attend Suzuka this year for the first time with my parents.
    Which seats do you recommend between: B2 upper, Q2 upper, D or V2?

    1. Hi Jose, I’d personally choose B2 upper or Q2 upper. Enjoy the race and don’t forget on Friday you can sit in all the grandstands!

  28. Hi,

    We are planning on getting general admission tickets for Japan 2020. Is it around may time they are released?

    1. Very good question Ruben. Normally tickets go on sale in April, but obviously this is not a normal situation. I guess that the organizers are waiting for some more clarity on the COVID-19 situation in Japan. Rest assured that we will provide updates on our social media accounts and update this post as soon as we have more information.

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