There’s no other time to be young and carefree than the summer. And no other place to indulge in the heat than at an outdoor music festival. From a beautifully chilled out event surrounded by sapphire seas to a middle of the mountain venue with headliners that attract crowds of 200,000, read on to learn about 3 of the biggest outdoor summer music festivals Japan has to offer!
1. Corona Sunsets Okinawa
Sunny weather, white sandy beach, and sapphire blue waters calls for none other than chill-out music. Think tunes by the theme of "resort beach", "music", and "sunset”. An international festival with origins from Ibiza Spain, the Corona Sunsets Fest made its way over to the tropical paradise of Okinawa, Japan in 2014 and has been a hit ever since. Last year's event saw over 16,000 attendees and a talented lineup of 22 artists from Japan and overseas so this year will definitely not disappoint. Enjoy great music and a beautiful Okinawa sunset with a chilled bottle of your beer of choice!
Toyosaki Seaside Park Okinawa
When: July 13 & 14
Where: Okinawa How much: ￥6,500 1 day, ￥9,500 2 days, ￥200,000 1day VIP
2. Fuji Rock
Next up on the list is Fuji Rock. The country’s biggest outdoor live music festival (hands down) features over 200 local and international artists over a three-day long period. This year’s lineup features international headliners The Cure, Sia, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Mraz… as well as the infamous bagpipes ensemble, Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Up and coming (East) Asian representatives include Apple Vinegar Music Music Award winner Kaho Nakamura, pop orchestra SHUTA HASUNUMA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, South Korean indie band HYUKOH and many more. Great music aside, catch a breather from the 150,000-200,000 strong crowd and take advantage of the beautiful natural landscape by bathing in an onsen (hot spring) or taking a short hike!
Naeba Ski Resort
When: July 26 - 28
How much: Advance Tickets (before June 1st) from ￥19,000 1 day, ￥34,000 2days and ￥42,000 3 days General Tickets (after June 1st) from ￥20,000 1 day, ￥36,000 2 days, and ￥45,000 3 days.
3. Ultra Japan
Most city-central on the list, the Japan stop of the Ultra Music Festival is back for the 6th edition of the country’s largest EDM festival. While the 2019 has yet to be released, past lineups include some of the world’s top techno artists: The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Skrillex, and Tiesto. So it comes not as a surprise that festival go-ers are estimated to hit 100,000+. Get your early GA tickets booked, your neon on and get ready to dance!
Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park II
When: September 14 & 15
How much: ¥ 15,000 1 day, ¥ 25,000 2 days, ¥ 30,000 1 day VIP, ¥ 50,000 2 days VIP
Looking for an alternative night out? Why not try out one (or some) of Tokyo’s many bizarre bars!
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