The 2018 Lowdown.

Fuji Rock Festival is notorious for its incredible lineups and stunning location. Rock out to some awesome music but mix things up a bit with rivers to wade in and a gorgeous mountain landscape to soak up while dancing to your favourite artists. This festival is all about partying hard, looking good while doing it and has been running for over 20 years.

Number of attendees

15,000 the amount of people who can watch an act on the main stage

Year founded

1997

Music genres

Rock, Electronic

Headliners.

Head to the Red Marquee once the acts are finished for the all night raves that last until 5am.

Weather.

It's a ski resort - but don't expect to see snow. In fact, it's going to be pretty humid with a dash of rain so you'll definitely need some waterproofs.

5 hours of sunshine
26° with lows of 24°C
50% chance of rain. Take your chances...

Where to stay.

There are three campsites available to head back to at the end of a long night dancing. You can also stay at a local hotel, ryokan or minshuku located near the main Fuji Rock tour centre.

Food and drink.

Unlike other festivals you can bring your own alcohol - as long as it isn't in a glass bottle. Save time queueing. There are around 30 food stalls to choose from in the Oasis area but a trip to Cafe de Paris is a must for a cocktail and live music.

Extras.

Fuji Rock isn't just great for the music, it's a weekend full of trying new things and experiences. Charge up your phone for those Insta snaps and prepare to be amazed.

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  • Plan to go to the pre-party

    Thursday night is a free for all party featuring fireworks, music and traditional Japanese dances.

  • Ride the Dragondola

    There is a dragon themed gondola that you can ride to the top of Naeba mountain, to check out the views and party.

  • Palace of Wonder

    This area of the festival is open from 12pm to 5am and features carnival like attractions including circus shows and a rookie stage where up and coming artists play.

How to get there.

Train

Get the train from Tokyo train station to JR-Echigo Yuzawa station - from there you can jump on a shuttle bus to the festival (bear in mind there is a fee of ¥500 for this).

Bus

Buses are available as part of a separate package and run between 22 locations around Japan. You can find more information about this on the official Fuji Rock website.

What to pack.

It should be warm but it's worth being prepared when it comes to packing. Expect rain, sun and humidity during your stay.

Shirt.

Keep cool in the day with a short-sleeved shirt. Pair with skinny jeans and ankle boots in the evening.

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Fitted clothes.

Up in the mountains you'll find a fair few bugs, so wear fitted clothes - a jumpsuit is a good call. Bug spray is a must too.

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Maxi dress.

Long materials should keep you cool while shielding you from the elements - a maxi dress is the perfect choice.

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Check out our guide on what to pack for a festival and be prepared for anything - we've also got a round up on festivals you can still nab tickets for.