Ted's Smart Travel Notebook: Suzuka ??
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It's another weekend of racing in Asia as Formula One heads to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. We've teamed up with Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1® again for another instalment of his Smart Travel Notebook. In this edition Ted is outside the Suzuka circuit doing a little bit of celebrity spotting as the drivers turn up for duty.
Check out the video below for Ted's smart travel tips, including: how to get there, where to stay, how to make the most of a trip to Japan, and how to make a good impression on the locals.
The Suzuka Circuit is around 30 miles south west of Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city. The track is owned by Honda, having originally been built in 1962 as a test track for its road cars and motorbikes. This means that Suzuka is very much a self-contained circuit however, so to get the most out of your visit to Japan hopping aboard a bullet train is highly recommended. Japan’s trains are famous for being fast and reliable – perfect for seeing more of the country. The Japan Rail Pass is great value for money if you're interested in seeing more of what Japan has to offer.
Tokyo, one of the most exciting and lively cities in the world, is of course a key attraction for anyone visiting Japan. But the modern cities are juxtaposed by a rural population that live life at a much slower pace, with far less modern technology.
Head to Kyoto for example, the former capital of Japan, where there are over 1,000 buddhist temples and plenty of beautiful religious architecture - it's the perfect place to unwind after the thrills of a Formula One weekend.
Or, head to Okinawa and Japan's southwestern islands for a little rest and relaxation. The white-sand beaches and entrancingly clear blue waters are those of your tropical fantasies. On islands such as Taketomi-jima, you can step back in time. Cycle on crushed coral roads or take a ride on a traditional ox-pulled cart.
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