Fuji Rock Festival is one of the most long-awaited annual festivals in Japan. It’s a three-day event held in summer and is mostly attended by young people who want to gorge themselves with loud rock music and is like a non-stop party hosted by many famous bands from around the world.
The name of the event, “Fuji Rock Festival” has obviously been derived from the popular Mt. Fuji in Japan. It is also because the first ever event was based at the foot of Mt. Fuji in 1997. Later on, the venue was changed to Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata.
The first outdoor rock festival was a disaster due to a typhoon that year and with many of the festival-goers not prepared, some even needed medical attention. It was supposed to be a two-day event but ended up as only a one-day event due to the unexpected typhoon. Nevertheless, Red Hot Chili Peppers, a popular American rock band, continued to play despite the storm.
After the horrific first year, the organizers decided to move the venue to Toyosu, an area in Tokyo. However, the summer heat was excruciating for participants that it was moved back to the mountains. Naeba Ski Resort continues to be the most suitable venue at present. There are so many stages scattered throughout the site with seven of these being main stages while others as minor ones. The main stage is called the “Green Stage” which can accommodate up to 50,000 spectators. Other stages include White Stage, Red Marquee, and Orange Court. Also, moving through the stages gives you a chance to explore the forest’s beauty.
An opening party which is free entrance is held the night before the main event and is a great opportunity for you to watch traditional Japanese dances and a fireworks display. There are a countless number of food stalls offering different foods from around the world too.
Fuji Rock Festival is probably the closest thing to heaven for many rock fans out there. The event has the biggest selection of top-rated artists to enjoy and provides a well-earned party away from the real world.
Fuji Rock Festival Website*Japanese Only