Fuji Rock is the biggest music festival in the country, with between 100,000 and 150,000 people attending in normal years. Held in a stunning ski resort about a 90-minute train ride from Tokyo, it has been running since 1997 (canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19) and the international crowd had 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!
Due to the Olympics, the 2021 dates were about a month later than usual, but the event is returning to late July for the 2022 edition. 2021 also saw an all local line-up due to the difficulties of getting international artists into the country amid COVID-19 restrictions and a much smaller crowd than in typical years.
2021 Fuji Rock Lineup
The lineup included the following acts (among many others)
Fuji Rock 2022 Tickets and Accommodation
Tickets are always 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. Fuji Rock tickets are famously expensive, but the absence of international artists last year didn’t lead to lower ticket prices—they actually went up! 2022 ticket prices haven’t been announced yet, but for 2021 they started at ¥20,000 for one day, ¥36,000 for two days and ¥49,000 for three, with camping tickets at ¥4,000 per person for the duration of the festival. If you’re planning to drive, tickets for the parking lot have to be booked in advance. The price for 2021 was ¥4,000 per car per day.
Arranging transport and accommodation (be it tent or offsite) in advance is vital. For transport options, see our guide on getting to Fuji Rock.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.