Fuji Rock

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Held in the Japanese Naeba Ski Resort, Fuji Rock is an annual rock festival that runs for 3 days. Featuring over 200 Japanese and international musicians, more than 100,000 people attend the festival, making it Japan's largest outdoor music event.

Rumours

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Lineup

2013: Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, The xx, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, CJ Ramone, Coheed & Cambria, Daughter, Death Grips, DJ Shadow, Feed Me, Flying Lotus, Foals, Fun., Hot 8 Brass Band, Hurts, Jack Beats (DJ Set), Julio Bashmore, Killswitch Engage, Kite, Maya Jane Coles, Modeselektor, Of Monsters And Men, Porter Robinson, Rocket From The Crypt, Tame Imapla, Tom Odell, Toro Y Moi, Yo La Tengo

Vibe

Fuji Rock is like nothing you have ever seen before, unless you you've been before. It is set in the mountain resort of Naeba, mid summer, so it is lush and green and set on a Japanese mountain. You can watch the festival from above in the ski lifts or take a walk through the purpose built, wooden, forest walkway.

The main point about Fuji Rock is that it is possibly the cleanest festival in the world, in every sense: They have strict rules on smoking, even in the open you are encouraged to smoke away from people.

There are bins everywhere and the power for a majority of the festival is from bio fuels and renewable energy, which all goes together to try and offset a flight to Japan.

Outside the beautiful scenery and super clean surroundings the festival has a really nice vibe with everyone there being friendly.

The crime rate is so low that a lot of younger people at the festival sleep under the stars.

Stages and other entertainment

There are seven main stages and other minor stages scattered throughout the site. The Green stage is the main stage and it has a capacity for almost 50,000 spectators.

Other stages include the White Stage, the Red Marquee, Orange Court, and Field of Heaven.

The walks between some of the stages can be long, and some of the trails can be hilly, but the walks are beautiful, often taking you through forests and over sparkling streams. Dragondola - the longest gondola lift in the world, carries festival goers up to the top of the mountain overlooking the festival site.

The hub of the site is called Oasis where more than 30 food stalls from around the world gather. The main site closes each night after the final act, but Oasis continues to stay open until late at night, as well as the Red Marquee where an all-night rave continues until 5am. The site re-opens at 9am.

There are also a lot of goods stalls and even an outdoor cinema.

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Children

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Weather

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Location

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Local Information

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Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

There is a camp site in the festival with two seperate areas. With it being a ski resort usually, the land isn't that level and the flat spaces fill up quick but there is the Pyramid Garden.

The Pyramid garden is a flat grassy area with tickets costing a little more but well worth it if you are particular about your sleep.

Alternatively, there is a campsite on a golf course next to the festival site which costs 2000 yen for the weekend, complete with toilets, showers and food stalls. About 17,000 festival goers choose to spend their nights here every year. The campsite is hilly in many places and flat spots are taken quickly, however, the manicured putting greens, which are the flattest areas are generally out of bounds to campers.

If you want to stay outside the festival there is a few places available that are easily accessible by the free shuttle bus.

Although Naeba, being a ski resort, offers a number of accommodation options such as hotels, ryokan and minshuku within walking distance of the festival site, competition for these is fierce and they tend to book out very quickly. Many festival goers find accommodation in nearby ski resorts such as Tashiro, Asagai and Mitsumata - the free shuttle bus linking JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station (in the town of Yuzawa to the festival site can be used for these areas which are en route. Some even find accommodation in the numerous options available in Yuzawa itself. The shuttle bus takes between 40 minutes to an hour each way and runs until 2am each night.

Site Information

The site is extensive and has everything from cable cars to camp sites. There is a kids area with lots of fun activities and for the same vibe for the older crowed there is The Palace of Wonder. The Palace of Wonder has art instillations, performances, a casino and sometimes a Raman Noodle stall.

The centre of the festival is the Oasis; with its world food stalls, first aid tent and large open space it is the perfect place to meet up with old and new friends.

The Cinema Fuji is located by the river and is a huge, outdoor cinema. Great if you have a night where you would rather chill out than see some more bands.

The field of heaven area is as close to nature as you can get; on the outskirts of the festival, by the forest, this area boasts a host of organic food and drinks.

Food and drink

Any food you can possibly imagine is available at Fuji Rock. They have Hawaiian stalls, African stalls, European stalls, and even some Oriental food available. There really is something to suit every taste.

Drinks are available in the usual forms as well as traditional sake.

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Trivia

Taking its name from one of the most famous mountains in the world, it might seem strange that the festival is on a different mountain. Well, this is because the first Fuji Rock was held at the base of mount Fuji, but the area proved to be unreliable with weather and transport so it was moved to the Naeba ski resort.

The already solid infrastructure meant that the disasters from the first year have not since been repeated. What has been kept on is the ethical and clean way to run a festival, as well as the amazing line ups year after year.

Past lineups

2011: Arctic Monkeys, Atari Teenage Riot, The Avett Brothers , Big Audio Dynamite, Buddy Guy, Cake, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Congotronics Vs Rockers, Cornershop , Css, Deerhoof, Digitalism, Four Tet, Funeral Party, G.Love&Special Sauce, Incubus, Mogwai, The Naked And Famous, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Sisters Of Mercy, Todd Rundgren, Warpaint, Wilco, Wu Lyf, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. For past line-ups click here. 2012: The Stone Roses, Radio Head, Beady Eye, Boom Boom Satellites, The Birthday, Owl City, Ed Sheeran, The Black Horn, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Specials, Ray Davies and Band, Toots and the Maytals, Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80, Orchestra, Jack White, Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Toe, Inoue Yosui