Fuji Rock 2019 proudly boasts some of the world’s biggest artists headling their 13 stages, in a beautiful location situated in Japan’s Naeba Mountains. Past years have featured world renowned headliners including the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Muse, and the Foo Fighters and this year is no exception with Kendrik Lamar and Bob Dylan taking the spotlight.
Skrillex, James Bay, Vampire Weekend, and Jack Johnson are among the many familiar acts performing at weekend long festival, with hundreds of up and coming Japanese and international artists.
The festival’s main stage, the Greenstage, has a capacity of around 500,000 spectators and has music going from 9.00am till past 11.00pm every day. Day tickets start at 18,000 Yen ($165USD) but full weekend tickets with camping are by far the best value at 44,800 Yen ($400USD).
After the main acts finish performing the party doesn’t stop. The Red Marquee is Fuji Rock’s own all night rave tent that stays open until 5.00am every night. Festival goers flood here on masse to party beneath the stars until the sun starts to rise, before catching a few hours sleep and starting all over again only hours later.
Fuji Rock aims to be the ‘cleanest festival in the world’ and, in addition to doing their bit to minimise damage to the environment caused by the festival – powering three of their stages solely with solar power and bio-diesel – they aim to raise awareness of current environmental concerns. In the past the festival have played host to anti-nuclear movements and earth-quake relief charities.
‘Festival goers flood to Red Marquee, Fuji Rock’s all night rave tent, to party beneath the starts until the sun rises, before catching a few hours sleep and starting all over again only hours later.’
The scenery in the Japanese mountains is unbelievable and definitely worth exploring. The walks between stages can be long and hilly but offer spectacular scenery the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world. However, if you can’t face the hike up the hill after a long night partying, the resort’s Drangondola (Japan’s longest Gondola) runs daily from the base of the hill offering easy access to whole site.
The festival site contains a some beautiful chill out spots where you can relax between acts. Dip your feet in the river and enjoy local food at Tokoro Tengoku. Or escape the sun by venturing into the trees on the Boardwalk, where you can enjoy views of the river and installations by various Japanese artists on route. Glastonbury’s own Unfairground will also be making an appearance at the festival this year including the Cafe De Paris and Field of Heaven.
The festival site is located around one and a half hours away from Tokyo. If you’re planning on just visiting for a day, the last train returning to Tokyo leaves before the final acts finish so look into one of the festival’s late night shuttle buses as an alternative. Day and weekend parking is also available if you’re planning on hiring a car.
Camping is available at the festival on the golf course attached to the ski resort. Find a place to pitch a tent and have easy access to the main resort site.
If you’re looking for a bit more luxury the mountain has a number of hotels including the Naeba Prince Hotel at the base of the mountain, in addition to many more accommodations located on the mountain. These do fill up in advance of the festival so check the hotels in nearby ski resorts such as Tashiro, Asagai, and Mitsumata.
The site is located on a ski resort so there are many picturesque hikes and walks, as well as all of the ski resort facilities such as restaurants and shops. In many of the hotels and the nearby town of Asagai, you’ll find traditional Japanese Hot Springs which are definitely worth a visit to freshen up after the festival.
The site is less than two hours from Tokyo so why not visit the many sites that the city offers including the Yakoi Kusama Art Museum, Shinjuki Gyoen National Gardens, or Ginza Six, Tokyo’s new 500,000 sq. ft shopping complex.
Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th July, 2019.
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