Fuji Rock Festival
With past line ups featuring international mega stars Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Pixies, Bjork, Coldplay and Eminem; the best of British indie such as Franz Ferdinand and Super Furry Animals; up and coming talent such as The Automatic; and festival favourites Scissor Sisters and Happy Mondays, you would have thought that Japan's annual Fuji Rock festival (despite the name, taking place in the famous Naeba resort) would be better known on these music-loving shores.
Fuji Rock remains an undiscovered gem on the world festival circuit; a festival where the original counter-culture ideals of Glastonbury still hold true, 'alternative' still holds some meaning and where relentless consumerism can be left behind for the weekend. Oh, and the toilets are clean, there are hot spring baths(!) and cooling showers, not a spot of litter is to be seen and there is a steak eating competition with the chance to win a year's supply of beef!!
The setting high in the mountains is breathtaking as the peaks of the Japan Alps rise high on all sides. The festival site itself snakes its way down the valley, following the course of the crystal clear river which is perfect for a cooling dip on the hotter days. Fuji Rock is almost the perfect size; big enough to keep you thoroughly entertained all day every day but not so big you spend hours trekking between bands and miss half the fun. And there is of course, the requisite amount of side-show entertainment with circus performers, comedians, and quirky novelty acts to fill in the gaps between the big name bands.
This three day celebration of music and freedom is something not to be missed by festival goers, old and young alike.
The 2013 Fuji Rock Festival takes place over the last weekend of July (Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 38th July).
Tickets usually go on sale from the end of February.
The Fuji Rock festival takes place at Naeba ski resort in the mountains of Niigata. The site is accessed via shinkansen from Tokyo and then a free shuttle bus service from Echigo Yuzawa station.
Tickets for Fuji Rock festival can be included as part of any Fully Tailored Trip or Self-Guided Adventure. We also offer a 7 night package which includes a stay in Tokyo plus camping tickets for the Fuji Rock Festival.
Please note: InsideJapan Tours Ltd are not an official representative of the Fuji Rock Festival or of the festival promoters SMASH. Nor are InsideJapan Tours Ltd an official ticket agent for the Fuji Rock Festival. Tickets will be purchased for you by our Japan Office from an official agency. If for any reason we are unable to obtain tickets your deposit will be refunded in full.
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