Festivals & Events
Summer Sonic in Osaka curates the best of both worlds, booking a range of rock, pop and EDM artists from across Japan and the world. Past appearances at this August event include the likes of Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers, making Osaka's Summer Sonic a must for popular music fans.
Summer Sonic takes place in the bay area on Maishima Sports Island, which can be reached from Osaka/Umeda Station by JR train or bus.
From Osaka/Umeda Station, ride the JR Loop Line to Nishi Kujo Station. Exit the turnstile and wait at the adjacent bus stop for Bus 81, bound for Maishima Sports Island. Ride the bus to its final destination, the festival grounds.
Note that shuttle bus services may be provided at the discretion of the festival promoters.
Japanese music fans fawn over foreign acts such as Oasis with the same fervor as domestic acts like BABYMETAL or Kyari Pamyu Pamyu, so in addition to familiar acts you're likely to discover some new ones too.
Summer Sonic generally takes place on the third weekend of August
Tickets can be purchased from overseas via the official website
The event is simultaneously presented in Tokyo as well, with the day's lineup alternating between sites
Summer Sonic fills up an entire weekend, although single-day tickets are also available.
Make it a full weekend of music and amusement park festivities by visiting Universal Studios Japan next door.