Japan’s Ebisu Circuit Sustains Heavy Damage After Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan

March 30, 2021

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Over the weekend, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan, rattling the entire nation, causing serious damage, and leaving at least 100 people injured, according to The Japan Times. Among the structural casualties of the quake was Ebisu circuit, a famous race track popular with the country’s drift scene.

Pictures and videos shared of the facility post-quake shared online show some heavily damaged sections that look like they’ll take a serious amount of time and money to repair. There are also parts of the facility that have been totally covered by mud and dirt due to landslides. It’s not a pretty sight.

Ebisu, located three and a half hours north of Tokyo, is built into the side of a mountain and features a number of track layouts, all with breathtaking views. It’s most famous for the copious amount of drift events it holds each year. Ebisu was the track former editor-at-large Sam Smith visited to experience the glorious madness of Japanese Dodge van racing, otherwise known as Dajiban.

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According to those familiar with the circuit, a GoFundMe is being set up to help bolster Ebisu’s repair costs, though it has yet to be published. We hope the track will be back to hosting drift events soon.

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