Feel the passion, hear the excitement and see automobile racing at the highest levels of competition by attending the 6 Hours of Fuji.
Automotive Excitement for Everyone
Do you feel a thrill when you hear a high-performance engine race? Do you admire athleticism, endurance and competitive spirit? What about watching a fierce rivalry play out right in front of you? Whether you are an automotive enthusiast or not, your heart will race as quickly as the cars at Fuji Speedway when you attend the 6 Hours of Fuji.
Ferrari, Ford, Aston Martin, BMW, Porsche, and Toyota – amongst others – compete head-to-head all over the world in the World Endurance Championship, and when you are in Japan, you can experience it all in person!
What is the World Endurance Championship?
The World Endurance Championship is an 8-race series that sees competitors and manufacturers all over the globe. It is the premier racing series in the world, and features some of the most historic races in the world – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring and Spa are some of the holiest sites in the automotive world.
As suggested in the name of the championship, the point of these races is to be in the lead when the clock goes to zero – the number of laps each participant completes indicates who is in the lead, but there is no set number of laps to be completed. It definitely involves speed, but also management of your fuel, tires, conditions and keeping your vehicle running and on the road! A small hiccup may take you out for a few laps, and you will spend the rest of the race trying to make them up.
What goes on race weekend?
I attended the race in 2017. Activities span the whole weekend of the 6 Hours of Fuji, and even the basic ticket purchase includes access to the track for the preliminaries. There are a ton of other options – the most expensive ticket package includes access to a VIP suite, guaranteed parking, participation in a grid walk along the track around the cars, and numerous other luxurious benefits.
However, none of that is necessary! The best part is the racing, and a basic ticket gets you full access. There are no assigned seats for the basic 6 Hours of Fuji tickets. Many people show up very early to claim good seats (along the finish line and under the awning), but I had no problem getting a great seat showing up just a few hours before the race started.
6 Hours of Fuji in 2017 – Wet and Foggy!
The 2017 6 Hours of Fuji race was hampered by heavy rain and poor visibility, but there was still plenty of high-quality racing. Exciting overtakes, near-crashes, course departures, drivers and teams fighting the atrocious water on the course…it was awesome. I am a Porschephile at heart, but I always root for Ford, too. Ford has an amazing racing history that everyone should know.
- Be prepared for foul weather. I didn’t have more than a thin coat, so I paid for a Ford Performance jacket…don’t ask about the price, but at the time I was desperately wet and cold and it was worth it!
- Bring ear plugs. I love hearing the engines in person, but they are definitely beyond the hearing damage threshold. Enjoy the sound behind some nice ear protection!
- Consider bringing food/snacks. There are wide selections of food at the race, but the vendors aren’t shy about their prices.
- Read “Go Like Hell!” (by A.J. Baime) before the race, if you can. It will set the mood of the competition and change the way you look at Ford Motor Company.
- Remember to check out the amazing cars fans drive in – the parking lots are full of supercars!
- Go enjoy it! You will remember the thrills forever.
Plan your trip:
14 October 2018; race starts at 11:00, but get there early! Try to enjoy Saturday’s events, too!
How to buy tickets:
Look at this link on how to buy tickets.
You can buy tickets at any 7-Eleven, Lawson, FamilyMart, or MiniStop, along with a few other stores, by showing the cashier the code from the link. They will almost always be helpful and be able to help walk you through the procedure.
Where to stay:
For military members or dependents, you might consider staying at The Mountain View Inn on Camp Fuji. The local bus doesn’t run early enough to take you from Camp Fuji to Gotemba to make the start of the race, though. A more convenient option would be any lodging in downtown Gotemba.
There is a bus that runs the route to Fuji Speedway regularly over the weekend. You can/should buy a ticket in advance from the ticket sales window shown in the map. It will be valid for any time you show up. Be sure you’re aware of the bus schedule!
If you drive yourself, first come-first served parking costs an additional ¥1,600. There are guaranteed parking spots available for ¥5,200 on up.