The Top 3 Summer Music Festivals in Japan You Shouldn’t Miss This 2017

  • Grab your sunscreens and get in tune with music as Japan’s massive summer music festivals are nearing! Here are three music festivals in the country to watch out for this 2017. These are just some of the events that will make you dance and fall in love with summer. Use this article as a guide to finding the perfect music fest for you!


    The Japanese music festival scene has been growing steadily over the past years. The most popular of all is the FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL which is annually held in Niigata Prefecture. It is a three-day event that features special music performances. The event this 2018 is considered its 21st anniversary and will be held from July 27 to 29.

    Some of the appearances include Damon Albarn’s virtual band Gorillaz, Icelandic artist Björk, and British-Irish electronic musician Aphex Twin. Four-piece rock band The Strypes, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, English indie band The xx, eclectic American DJ Diplo’s Major Lazer, British singer Sampha, Irish electronic music producer Eden, indie rocker Father Misty, and American country singer Sturgill Simpson are also returning.

    The one-day ticket for this festival costs 20,000 yen, the two-day ticket costs 36,000 yen, and the three-day ticket costs 45,000 yen.

    FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’18 Website


    SUMMER SONIC is a two- or three-day rock festival held in Tokyo and Osaka at the same time. It was founded in Japan in the year 2000, and it mainly focuses on major national and international acts.

    For 2018, the event will be held on August 17 and 19 at ZOZO Marine Stadium and Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, and at Maishima Sonic Park in Osaka.

    Artists who will be performing in Tokyo include Scottish record producer Calvin Harris, American group The Black Eyed Peas, Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, American vocalist José James, and Japanese comedian Pikotaro. Artist appearances in Osaka include Foo Fighters, BABYMETAL, Royal Blood, and The Struts.

    The one-day ticket for the event in Tokyo is 12,000 yen, while the two-day ticket is 29,000 yen. The SONICMANIA ticket in Tokyo costs 11,500 yen. The one-day ticket for the event in Osaka is 14,500 yen, while the two-day ticket is 25,500 yen.

    SUMMER SONIC 2018 Website
    Access: ZOZO Marine Stadium / Makuhari Messe / Maishima Sonic Park


    The RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL is another annual music festival held in Ishikari, Hokkaido. Compared to the first two music festivals mentioned, this two-day event organized by WESS focuses on local artists. The scenic location of the festival attracts many people to the area, thus receiving better reviews. It provides a line-up of indie rockers such as the two-piece all-female rock band Chatmonchy and acoustic band OVERGROUND ACOUSTIC UNDERGROUND. The RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL is considered as a “true rock festival” owing to the fact that only Japanese artists perform on stage.

    This year’s event will be held on August 11 and 12, 2017, at the port of Ishikari, Otaru.

    RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 in EZO Website *Japanese only

    These three music festivals will surely rock your summer. As a country known for being the second largest music market, Japan welcomes different kinds of artists of varying genres – from classical, popular, electric to rock. Hopefully, these events will help you understand the intriguing music festival culture of the country.

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