Suzuka: City with a Racing Circuit
The Suzuka Circuit is one of the most famous racing tracks in all Japan. For that reason, Suzuka City (Mie Prefecture) is often known as the "City of Motorsports." The area is also a hub for engineering and manufacturing, especially in the field of motorsports. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Jennifer Julien from France visits Suzuka and discovers that it also has a long history of traditional craftsmanship.

Suzuka Circuit

Besides its internationally renowned racetrack, Suzuka Circuit also includes an amusement park and a hotel. It's a fun place for young and old alike.

Cafe Cub Suzuka

This themed cafe was set up by a motorcycle enthusiast. It features many vintage models and offers visitors an atmosphere of motorbike nostalgia.

Suzuka Municipal Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts

At this museum, visitors can observe displays of traditional handicrafts that have been made in Suzuka for centuries: "Ise katagami" stencils, which are used in kimono dyeing; and "Suzuka-zumi" ink. Every Sunday, artisans come to this facility to demonstrate their skills.

Access

To reach Suzuka from Tokyo, you take the Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya, then change to a local line. In all, the trip takes about 3 hours.