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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Festivals & Events

Fuji Rock Festival フジロックフェスティバル

Music in the mountains at Japan's premier music festival

Fuji Rock Festival, an annual three-day event held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, is Japan's biggest and best rock music festival. Featuring more than 200 Japanese and international musicians, the annual event attracts music lovers and festival-goers from across the country and around the world.

Tips

  • Dancing (or headbanging) to over 200 rock, pop, and electronic music artists from Japan and abroad
  • The opening ceremony that takes place on the Thursday night before gates open Friday morning
  • Some of the smaller, more intimate stages to see up-and-coming talent

How to Get There

The festival venue can be accessed by shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station or by car, but parking spaces need to be reserved in advance when you purchase festival tickets. Alternatively, take a taxi from the station to the venue (less than 10,000 yen).

Quick Facts

Ticket release dates vary each year but tickets are usually available from as early as February

The festival began in 1997

Fuji Rock is known to be the cleanest large-scale music festival in the world

First in Fuji

The first Fuji Rock Festival was initially held at the base of Mt. Fuji, hence the name, but today it takes place at Naeba Ski Resort, only a couple hours north of Tokyo by bullet train.

Festival breakdown

There are seven main stages plus other minor stages scattered throughout the site. The Green Stage is the main stage and has a capacity for almost 50,000 spectators. Other stages include the White Stage, the Red Marquee, the Orange Court and the Field of Heaven.

Ride on the Dragondola for a spectacular view

Naeba is huge, so the walks between stages—some running through the forest—can be quite long. The amount of walking gives a sense of how big the event is, but to really appreciate the scale of the festival, take a ride up the Dragondola. The gondola line whisks you to the top of Mt. Naeba where you can overlook the whole festival site.

A late night feast

At the hub of the site, Oasis, more than 30 food stalls from around the world cater to hungry festival-goers. Oasis stays open even after the main site closes each night. If you’re down for an all-night party, make sure to go to the Red Marquee.

A variety of accommodations

Competition to book accommodations for Fuji Rock Festival can get very fierce. Many festival-goers prefer to stay in hotels, Japanese inns, hostels or book other accommodations in the general Echigo Yuzawa area. Some of these options can be relatively far from the festival grounds.

If you are looking to be close to the action, a temporary campsite is set up next door to festival's main gate.

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