Top 5 Music Festivals in Japan

With the party-loving people of Britain riding high after the almighty Glastonbury, we at Japan Centre are still in the festival spirit. Join us as we take a look at some of the most vibrant music festivals throughout Japan…

Fuji Rock

Inspired by Glastonbury, Fuji Rock has been going since the late 90’s and has now reached worldwide acclaim as a must-visit rock music extravaganza. This year promises to be another corker, with Muse, Motorhead and the Foo Fighters among the headliners.

When? 24 -26 July
Where? Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture

Summer Sonic

A true urban festival with some acclaimed international acts including Arianna Grande, Pharrel Williams and Marilyn Manson, not to mention homegrown talent including the beloved Kyari Pamyu Pamyu.

When? 15-16 August
Where? Sites in Osaka and Tokyo, take your pick!

Sunset Live

A beachfront location near the coolest city in Kyushu, legendary local talent and a charming attention to detail – what’s not to like? This festival in the south of Japan attracts beach bums and music lovers and is a haven of good vibes.

When? 4th – 6th September, plenty of time to get planning 😉
Where? Itoshima Beach, west of Fukuoka

Rising Sun

Way up in the wilderness of Hokkaido is the yearly Rising Sun Festival, which sees urbanites from all over Japan embarking on a mass exodus to see their favourite bands. Unlike Fuji Rock or Summer Sonic which sees an abundance of overseas acts, Rising Sun is committed to showcasing the best of Japan.

When? 14-15 August
Where? Ishikari, Hokkaido

Earth Celebration Festival

A wonderfully unique festival on beautiful Sado Island off the west coast of Honshu. Don’t expect KPez or AKB48 at this one. Earth Celebration is described as the “world’s best Japanese drumming festival” and sees revellers from all over Japan and beyond come together to connect through the remarkable world of taiko.

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