Are you a music lover? In Japan, there are lots of music festivals held in summer. The festivals are usually held in a huge park or field, which combines the fun of being outdoor and surrounded by music. Here are top 5 recommended music festivals in Japan.
1. FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL
Fuji Rock Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in Japan. It is held at the end of July every year for three days. The venue is Naeba Ski mountain, which means there are lots of forests and nature! One of the attractions of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL is camping.
FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL invites many artists from abroad. For example, they invited Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2016.
2. SUMMER SONIC
Summer Sonic is held in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture. The distinct characteristic of location is that the site is by the beach. Makuhari is only 30 minute by train from Tokyo station which means it’s rather easier to access comparing to other music festivals listed in this article.
At this huge festival with multiple stages, hundreds of foreign and domestic artists gather. In 2016, they will invite RADIOHEAD.
3. ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL
ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL focuses on Japanese rock artists. Even though the genre is mainly rock music, but more than 200 Japanese artists gather this festival to play at multiple stages.
Also, this festival is famous as a festival playing music all night!
The venue is National Hitachi Seaside Park, which is in Ibaraki Prefecture but about two hours train ride from central Tokyo. The festival is held at the beginning of August every year.
4. RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL
RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL is held in the northern prefecture of Japan, Hokkaido around the middle of August every year. It is said that all people once been to RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL crave to visit there every year.
Thanks to the “land of delicious food” Hokkaido, the attraction of RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL is its delicious food made with ingredients produced in Hokkaido. They have everything; beef, pork, famous lamb BBQ Ghengis Khan, ikura, scallop, and of course vegetables and desserts.
Many famous Japanese artists gather at this site, so if you are into Japanese music, can’t miss this festival!
5. ULTRA JAPAN
ULTRA JAPAN is the largest dance music festival in Japan. ULTRA is actually the famous and one of the biggest music festivals held in Miami every year, and ULTRA JAPAN is ULTRA festival held in Japan. The festival invites both foreign and domestic artists focusing on dance music.
ULTRA JAPAN is held at the beginning of September every year from 2014 and 2016 will be its 3rd year. The venue is Odaiba, which is bayside of Tokyo.
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