Fuji Rock is the biggest music festival in the country, with between 100,000 and 150,000 people attending every year. Held in a stunning ski resort about a 90-minute train ride from Tokyo, it has been running since 1997 and the international crowd has been steadily increasing over the years. Held mostly outdoors (with only one indoor stage) you must be well prepared for rain and shine, as you never know which way it will go. Maintaining its Japanese roots, there are hot springs you can soak in and nature walks, with a bit of a Glastonbury vibe (secret woodland gig anyone?), so go explore!
2018 Artist Lineup
The initial acts announced for the 2018 festival veered away from the rock and alternative acts that typically featured but swung back the other way with the announcement at the end of March of Bob Dylan along with some rockier acts like neo-grunge garage rock youngsters Starcrawler. Acts announced for this year’s festival (with more to come) include the following:
- Bob Dylan & His Band
- Kendrick Lamar
- Vampire Weekend
Tickets and Accommodation
Tickets are available with bigger discounts the earlier you purchase, as well as options for two-day and three-day tickets, which are cheaper than buying separate day tickets. Advance tickets have been available from February but the price stepped up on April 6th. Current prices are ¥19,000 for one day, ¥34,000 for two days. ¥42,000 for three days or ¥45,000 for 3 days + a camping ticket. These prices will rise again from the 2nd of June.
Arranging transport and accommodation (be it tent or offsite) in advance is vital. For transport options, see our guide on getting to Fuji Rock.