Exploring Music  Festivals in Japan

If you’re a fan of live music, then exploring Japan via campervan is the perfect way to explore the various music festivals around the country. This includes big festivals with international appeal such as the FUJI Rock Festival, as well as lesser-known events such as the Muro Festival. Going to these events offers you a unique insight into the musical flavours of Japan, and it gives you the chance to experience live musical acts in some of the most vibrant environments around. So, if you’re looking to enjoy a truly memorable musical journey in Japan, then take a look at some of the festivals mentioned in this article. Many of these events are located in or around big cities like Tokyo, so if you’re getting around via Campervan hire, Japan has plenty of events that are easy to reach.

FUJI Rock Festival: Embracing the Great Outdoors

Nestled in the serene mountains of Niigata Prefecture, the FUJI Rock Festival is Japan’s largest outdoor music event. Typically held at the Naeba Ski Resort, this festival is about more than music; it’s a chance to get a little closer to nature, too. The festival spans three days and features artists from across the globe, spanning genres from rock and electronic to folk and jazz.

For those of us looking to drive to the festival with a campervan, you’ll be happy to hear that the FUJI Rock Festival has added a ‘camp village’ this year that provides camping facilities on-site. This can be the perfect base for you to use while enjoying all of the stages and surrounding nature trails. Just remember that the FUJI Rock Festival has a strong focus on environmentalism, so be prepared to help out with things like recycling or picking up litter.

ROCK in Japan Festival: The Heartbeat of Chiba

ROCK in Japan Festival, held in Soga Sport Park in Chiba, is one of the most anticipated pure rock music festivals in the country. The event is famous for its lineup of domestic rock bands and pop artists, providing a platform to showcase the best of Japan’s contemporary music scene. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the festival this year, so it’s looking to be a particularly big celebration this time around!

If you’re travelling through Japan via campervan hire, then you should be aware that there is no parking lot at the venue. You might want to consider renting a parking space for your campervan in nearby area.

Summer Sonic: Tokyo’s Premier Music Experience

While technically not in Tokyo, Summer Sonic’s proximity to the city makes it a must-visit for anyone looking to capture the essence of Japan’s music scene. The festival, held simultaneously in Chiba and Osaka, features a mix of international megastars and up-and-coming indie bands. It’s known for its eclectic mix and vibrant atmosphere, so if you’re looking for variety in your festival then Summer Sonic is perfect for you.

Although there are many nearby parking facilities around the ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba, it’s advisable to use public transport to get to the festival. The festival is a short walk from the Kaihin-Makuhari Station, so if you’re travelling by campervan, it might be best to find a suitable parking spot before setting off via train.

VIVA LA Rock: Saitama’s Hidden Gem

Located just north of Tokyo, VIVA LA Rock in Saitama Super Arena is an indoor festival that promises an intimate experience with big sound. The lineup usually features a robust mix of Japanese rock bands and international acts. The festival’s smaller scale compared to others provides a closer look at the artists and smoother logistics.

Getting to the festival is just a matter of using Saitama’s efficient public transport. The Saitama-Shintoshin Station is a short walk to the stadium, so if you’re travelling via campervan it’s a good idea to leave it at a parking spot or a campsite for the event. There are also plenty of things to do around the area, so consider extending your stay to view the nearby shrines and museums.

Muro Festival: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity

The Muro Festival, though less internationally famed, is a hidden gem among Japan’s arts and music festivals. Located in the heart of Yokohama, the Muro Festival effortlessly blends international acts with local musical talent. This unique lineup provides a culturally enriching experience that appeals to a broad audience. If you’re a fan of pop, indie or rock music, then Muro Festival is one to consider.

This festival is being held at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse located 30 minutes from Tokyo, so travelling there is best achieved by public transport. If you’ve used a campervan rental in Japan, then try to find a parking spot nearby to stay overnight.

Embrace Japan’s Festival Scene During Your Stay

With a blend of traditional and modern, local and global, Japan’s music and arts festivals offer a rich musical assortment of experiences that are as diverse as they are vibrant. Whether it’s the electrifying atmosphere of ROCK in Japan or the local flavours of Summer Sonic, each festival has something unique to offer. With Travellers Autobarn’s  Campervan hire, it is easy to reach to plenty of these eyents. Pack your bags, grab your festival gear, and dive into the unforgettable world of Japanese festival culture.

About the Author

Mayumi

I love nature and travel. I have lived and traveled in some countries and seen many cultures. I would love to share stories of Japan so that visitors can learn more about this wonderful and unique culture and have an unforgettable and enjoyable trip.

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