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Tsukuba Circuit, Shimotsuma

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Must see · Auto Race Track · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Tsukuba Circuit (Japanese: 筑波サーキット, Tsukuba Sа̄kitto) is a motorsport race track located in Shimotsuma, a neighboring city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It is 2.045 kilometres (1.271 mi) long, with 32 pit garages and a 437 m (0.272 mi) long back straight. There is a small chicane used only for motorcycle racing that increases the track's total length to 2.070 kilometres (1.286 mi).

The track was established in 1966 with the aim of attracting young people to participate in motor sports, but was not actually completed until 1970. At the present time, an event is held every week. The track has a large variety of corners, ranging from wide sweepers to hairpins. The circuit accommodates 8500 spectators on the track, 3000 in the stands, 5000 on lawn seats, and 500 standing over the pits.
Admission is free on weekdays and ¥500 on weekends, but only when there are no scheduled events. Visitors are allowed to drive on the track with a license. Tsukuba Circuit is not accessible by public transportation, so renting a car is the best way to get there. A taxi is also available from Kanto Railway's Soudou Station, though it will take longer.
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  • We went just to have a walk around the circuit as it was one of my husbands favourite circuits on Gran Turismo! The staff were extremely friendly and they have a little shop full of stickers, tshirts....  more »
  • Fast and flowing Road circuit that is actually made up by 2 main circuits, named the 2000 and 1000, defined by their general lengths, in meters. The circuit is well managed and maintained. I highly recommend attending one of their licensing classes to make full use of this nice circuit.
  • Tsukuba Circuit was a dream come true to visit. Staff was nice and friendly. Rented a GT-R 34 and drove it to the Circuit. There was a great group of guys and girls racing that day.
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