One of the most famous Japanese ski and snowboarding resorts, Naeba and its surrounding resorts are collectively known as ‘Powder Heaven'. But most foreign visitors don't head here in winter but at the height of summer for Japan's premiere musical festival, Fuji Rock.
“With its lack of mud, short queues for reasonably priced beer and not a spot of litter in sight, Fuji Rock Festival is a far cry from its British counterparts – and far superior also – a festival with fantastic music, a brilliant atmosphere and everyone wanting to have a good time!”
Matt Spiller, Agents Manager
Of course, for skiers and snowboarders, the Mount Naeba resort area offers you a huge variety of different runs and courses, with generally excellent snow conditions throughout the winter season, but if you're reading this, chances are you are visiting at the end of July for the fantastic Fuji Rock Festival!
Held at the basin of the resort, the festival moved from its original typhoon-prone site on the slopes of Mount Fuji to its current location in the mountains. The main stage itself is at the bottom of the valley, facing towards the slopes and creating an amphitheatre-like venue: perfect viewing whether you are bouncing down the front or relaxing at the back.
If you fancy a break from the main stage for a while, you can take the 'Dragondola', claimed to be the longest gondola line in the world: stretching from the Prince Hotel at Naeba ski resort, 5.5 km along plummeting valleys and azure reservoirs and 426m up to the top of Kagura ski resort. Here you will not only find amazing views of the surrounding countryside, but also a restaurant, small dance tent and kids activities thrown together like only the Japanese know how! Or just a short walk through the woods brings you to the other stages, dotted around the forests, linked by wooden walkways lit with disco balls and pink flamingos and with the odd impromptu gig springing up as you go.
Of course the food is what also sets this festival apart from others, with miso soup for breakfast and okonomiyaki for dinner, you can be sure of being well fed. There are of course bagels, coffee and kebabs for those who can't face fish in the morning! The campsite area is practically palatial, with flushing loos, hot onsen showers and a shop on site and however you choose to camp, whether you are in a mini pod clinging on to the slopes, nestled smugly at the bottom in the 'girls area' or in a sprawling marquee-like tent with dining area, separate bedrooms and full cooking facilities, you know you'll have fun here.
Weather in Naeba
The Climate Guide for Naeba, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||1||2||5||13||18||20||24||26||21||15||10||4|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||-8||-8||-5||1||6||11||16||17||13||6||0||-5|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||5||5||6||6||6||4||4||5||4||4||5||5|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||10||11||12||13||14||15||14||14||12||11||10||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||Low||None||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||22||21||21||17||17||21||23||21||21||16||16||20|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||53||56||70||95||118||198||200||209||221||113||76||45|
|UV Index (Maximum)||2||3||5||7||9||10||10||10||8||5||3||2|