About Ebisu Circuit
Located in Nihonmatsu-shi in Fukushima Prefecture, Ebisu Circuit is a large race complex that has 7 circuits — Kita (North), Minami (South), Higashi (East), Nishi (West), Drift Land, The Touge, and School Course — and 2 skidpans known as the KuruKuru Land.
Nobushige Kumakubo, who is one of the pioneers of drift driving in Japan, built and designed the Ebisu Circuit. He is a member of the wealthy clan that owned a big portion of the Fukushima countryside land, so he had easy access to the plot and was able to develop it to what it is now.
Japan’s premier drifting competition, the D1 Grand Prix (or D1GP), and other drifting contests are held on the Minami (South) track. Motorsports, such as FJ1600 Races, Big-X, motorcycling, karting, and Endurance Races, have also been hosted there in recent years.
- Kita (North) – 1.155 km
- Minami (South) – 1.200 km
- Higashi (East) – 2.061 km
- Nishi (West) – 2.103 km
Known as “peach city” for being the number 1 peach producer of the country, Fukushima is Japan’s third largest prefecture, with an area of almost 14,000 square kilometers. It became famous around the world for being the site of a nuclear disaster in March of 2011, after a magnitude-9 earthquake and a tsunami hit the area and caused serious damage to the nuclear site.
Today, people are not allowed to enter the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (violators may be detained or slapped a fine of as much as 100,000 yen), and there are certain restrictions on staying overnight in some nearby areas.
How to get there
There are three different ways to reach Fukushima: by plane, train, and bus.
- Plane – Fly to Fukushima Airport and take a bus going to Koriyama Station (40 minutes, 800 yen). Get on the Shinkansen headed to Fukushima Station (15 minutes, 2920 yen) or the local train which takes longer (45 minutes) but costs less (820 yen).
- Train – From Tokyo, get on the Tohoku Shinkansen and get off at Fukushima Station (1 hour and 45 minutes, 8500 yen for a non-reserved seat).
- Bus – There are direct buses that link Tokyo and Fukushima. The Abukuma bus, which is operated by JR, offers five round trips from Shinjuku Station to Fukushima every day. The one way trip takes 5 hours and costs 4800 yen. Willer Express, Fukushima Kotsu’s Galaxy, and Kintetsu Bus also have bus routes from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya.
Things to do
- Hotsprings – There are more than a hundred natural onsen found in and around Fukushima, and among the most popular are the Izaka Hot Springs, Takayu Hot Springs, Shin-Noji Hot Springs, and Tsuchiyu Hot Springs.
- Fukushima Racetrack – For fans of horse races and betting, a visit to the racetrack should be included to your itineraries. Video races are offered all throughout the year, and live races are held on select dates.
- Waraji Festival – Held on the first Friday and Saturday of August of each year, the Waraji Festival features a giant waraji, or Japanese sandal, with parades, dancing, and food.
Accommodation in Nihonmatsu
Nihonmatsu is a city found in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. If you are going there, there are a variety of affordable accommodation options available, such as the following:
- Azumakan – Centrally located with easy access to the most popular attractions in the city, Azumakan is a hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including wifi, meeting rooms, indoor pool, open-air hotspring bath, sauna, Japanese-style rooms, and meals.
Cost per room per night: from 21,000 yen
Address: 1-5 Dake Onsen, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima, 964-0074 Japan
Phone number: 0243-24-2211
- Kunigidaira Hotel – Built on the Mount Adatara hillside, Kunugidaira Hotel is surrounded by scenic views of the surrounding nature. It features two open-air baths, the herb hot spring bath and the acidic hot spring both, both of which contain natural hotspring waters that are good for relaxation. It also offers Japanese-style rooms, internet and cable, shuttle service, and meals.
Cost per room per night: from 23,000 yen
Address: 2-8 Dake Onsen, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima, 964-0074 Japan
Phone number: 0243-24-2626
- Hanakanzashi – A traditional Japanese inn that 8 guest rooms, the Hanakanzashi, or Oyado Hana Kanzashi, offers several facilities that include Japanese-style rooms with shared bath, Japanese-style rooms with private open-air baths, café, banquet hall, communal bath, and meals.
Cost per room per night: from 27,000 yen
Address: 1-104 Dake Onsen, Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima 964-0074 Japan
Phone number: 0243-24-2110
- Adatara no Yado Ogiya – This is a small inn that offers Japanese-style rooms, and outdoor baths and a large communal bath with waters coming from Dake hotspring. Its other facilities include a conference room, karaoke, and banquet hall.
Cost per room per night: from 20,000 yen
Address: 1-3 Dake Onsen, Nihomatsu-shi, Fukushima, 964-0074 Japan
Phone number: 0243-24-2001