One to tick off the bucket list
Fuji Rock is the biggest alternative and pop music festival in Asia.
Known worldwide, it's the one of the most prestigious music festival's in Asia, let alone Japan. Welcoming the likes of Bob Dylan, Björk, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, and Coldplay in recent editions just goes to show the impressive lineups they curate year after year.
Gracing the summit of Fuji Rock's famed Green Stage this year will be The Chemical Brothers, The Cure, and Sia.
And backed up by some of Japan's most breathtaking countryside, this has to be one of the first festivals on everyone's bucket list. Though don't be fooled by the name: the iconic Mount Fuji only hosted the first edition in 1997, with every edition since taking place much further north at the Naeba Ski Resort.
- The Chemical Brothers
- The Cure
- Death Cab for Cutie
- James Blake
- Jason Mraz
- Martin Garrix
- Thom Yorke (Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes)
- American Football
- Banda Basotti
- Daniel Caesar
- Gary Clark Jr.
- George Porter Jr & Friends
- Janelle Monáe
- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
- The Lumineers
- Nicola Cruz
- Stella Donnelly
- Toro y Moi
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- The Waterboys
+ many more to be announced.
Only the very first edition of the festival was held at the foot of Mount Fuji, back in 1997. Since then, Naeba Ski Resort has been the venue, 184km northwest of Tokyo.
Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-cho, Niigata Pref., 949-6292, Japón
The resort is a 23km drive south of Yuzawa in the Niigata Prefecture, on route 17 and close to the Kan-etsu Expressway.
From Tokyo, the bullet train to Echigo-Yuzawa station takes between 70 and 90 minutes, with buses running from the station to the resort that take 30-50 minutes.
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