With past line ups featuring international mega stars Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, The Pixies, Bjork, Coldplay, The Stone Roses, and Eminem; the best of British indie such as Arctic Monkeys and Super Furry Animals; and festival favourites Scissor Sisters and Happy Mondays, you would have thought that Japan's annual Fuji Rock festival would be better known to music lovers across the globe.
But in an era when you have to stump up a deposit nearly a year in advance to get your hands on a ticket for Glastonbury, 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 carries some meaning and where relentless consumerism can be left behind for the weekend. Oh, and the toilets are clean, there are 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!!
Fuji Rock is a festival to treasure and we can guarantee you will have a fantastic time!
Before and after the festival you will be having plenty of fun as well with a stay in Japan's exciting capital city, Tokyo. Use the included rail pass to explore the many sights and sounds of this amazing metropolis and then in the evening join one of our tour leaders and other Fuji Rockers for an included dinner and drinks. After dinner we will head for optional karaoke - it should be a good night! A great way to 'get beneath the surface'.
Fuji Rock Festival 2014 is at Naeba ski resort on 25th, 26th & 27th July 2014 (dates to be confirmed).
Our package is designed for arrivals in Japan on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 (extra nights or tailored arrangements can easily be arranged however).
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- 3 nights' hotel stay in Tokyo
- Breakfast in Tokyo
- Dinner & drinks with an IJT tour leader (Tue 22nd July)
- 5 Day Flexi JR East Rail Pass (covers all transfers)
- 3 day ticket to the Fuji Rock Festival
- Camp site ticket
- Tent delivered to festival site
- InsideJapan Tours' handy Info-Pack
- International Flights
- Local transport in Tokyo
- Any entrance fees for shrines, temples and museums
- Baggage handling (except for tent) - you will be expected to carry your bags for the duration of the trip!
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Tokyo
Tue 22nd July 2014: Arrive Tokyo Narita Airport and transfer by express train to the amazing Ikebukuro district of the city. This is one Tokyo's most buzzing district and you'll be met by a sea of neon lights, flashing and whirling to entice you into the bars, restaurants, karaoke boxes and pachinko parlours that make up this lively entertainments district. With mega department stores and top boutiques aplenty to choose from, you won't want for chances to stock up on the latest Japanese fashions either. We also recommend a visit to Sunshine City for views over Tokyo and to visit the Namco Namja town and J-World manga/anime theme parks - great fun. This is a truly intense introduction to modern life Tokyo style.
This evening meet in the lobby at 7.30pm to meet our tour leader and other Fuji Rockers for an included dinner and drinks at a local izakaya. A chance to meet some fellow festival goers, grill our resident tour leader for Tokyo info and enjoy some great food too. After dinner our tour leader can advise on bars and clubs or join him for an optional karaoke visit!
Day 2 Tokyo
Wed 23rd July 2014: Today you will have a full day to check out the sights of the city. You can use your rail pass today to take JR trains around the city. Tokyo is made up of several districts each with their own character and charms. Shibuya is the fashion capital of Japan, packed with ultra-trendy clothes shops and anime stores; Asakusa is a glimpse of pre-war Japan with the bustling Sensoji temple at its centre and an array of street stalls and local foods to choose from; in the Ginza you can visit the Sony building for a view of technology yet to arrive in the west; Odaiba offers an artificial beach (sand imported from Hawaii!), great shops, the Toyota exhibition hall and an enormous Ferris wheel. There is something for everyone in what is one of the greatest capital cities of the world. In the evening be sure to head out for some local cuisine whether it be ramen or yakitori under the railway tracks or tempura on the 40th floor of a skyscraper. If you fancy a dance tonight the clubs in Shibuya stage pre-festival party nights which often feature unannounced appearances from festival bands. Well worth checking out.
Day 3 Naeba
Thu 24th July 2014: Japan is known around the world for its ultra-efficient, ultra-fast 'Bullet' Trains and today you will ride the Shinkansen north to Echigo Yuzawa, a journey of just over 1 hour. Here you will join the queues for the free shuttle bus to the Naeba ski resort, home to the Fuji Rock Festival. Located deep in the mountains, the festival site is like no other on earth; soaring peaks tower up on either side of the valley whilst a crystal clear mountain stream runs the length of the site. Camping is on the fairways of the resort's golf course so be sure to arrive early as the flat ground gets taken quickly!
Day 4 to Day 6 Naeba
Fri 25th July 2014 to Sun 27th July 2014: Fuji Rock is like no other festival; great music is performed side-by-side with the likes of eating contests and some bizarre stand up comedy (Japanese is not required!). Helicopter rides over the festival site are available for just 3000 yen (around £20) and the Dragondola cable car will take you over the mountains to a high-up plateau for some stunning views and festival games! 6 stages provide an eclectic mix of rock, indie, pop, dance and jazz. You'll also have a chance to sample some great food with no fried chicken or burger van selling over priced fried carboard in sight! Festival food Japanese style is a great mix of noodles, curry, kebabs, Thai, Indian, grilled meats and rice dishes all at extremely reasonable prices - pretty much everything is 500 yen (approximately £3). That goes for the beer too and Fuji Rock sells quality beers with not a Budweiser to be seen (thank God!). Be sure to check out the late night stages after the main festival shuts down for the night at around midnight. This is also the best time to visit the natural hotspring bath house for a good scrub and a soak!
Day 7 Tokyo
Mon 28th July 2014: Sadly the festival is all over and it is time to return to Tokyo. The shuttle buses leave every 30 minutes or so, transporting the festival hoards back to Echigo Yuzawa station where you will board the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. You'll have a final night back in Tokyo to sample the delights of the capital before heading back to the airport the following morning. For those of you with enough energy be sure to head down to Shibuya clubs for the post festival party nights; the perfect way to end your Fuji Rock Festival adventures in Japan.
Day 8 Depart
Tue 29th July 2014: Your Japan experiences are at an end as you return to Narita Airport for your flight home. We hope you had a great time at what we think is the world's greatest festival and that you will be back for more next year!
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