Festivals & Events
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.