7 Recommended Music Festivals You Should Go in Japan!

7 Recommended Music Festivals You Should Go in Japan!

From grunge to heavy metal, blues to folk, Brit to Indie, Japan music festivals have it all. Japan hosts many musical events, including international festivals yearly. A curious foreigner might want to visit at least one of our 7 Japan music festival events.



 

7 Recommended Music Festivals You Should Go in Japan!

 

1. SUMMER SONIC FESTIVAL

Osaka and Chiba simultaneously hold this annual rock Japan music festival which started in 2000 originally as a preparation campaign for summer. The bands playing in Osaka transfer to Chiba and conversely those in Chiba go to Osaka. Rock musicians, both local and international, come here to perform, such as Coldplay and Arrested Development.

 

2. FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL

Smash Japan hosts this 3-day Japan music festival at the Naeba Ski Resort of the Niigata Prefecture and no longer in Fuji where it was initially held. Over 200 local and international musicians perform to about 100,000 people. The resort features 7 stages as well as the longest gondola lift in the world.This festival is held every year in July.

 

3. THE ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL

This 3-day event is held yearly, usually in August or towards the end of summer at the Hitachi Seaside Park of the Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. The music featured are usually J-Rock or J-Pop. Rock in Japan beats all other Japan music festivals when it comes to attendance.

 

4. ANIMELO SUMMER LIVE

Animelo Japan music festival features performers from different record labels who specialize in anime theme songs. This is the biggest gathering of anime singers and voice actors in Japan since 2005. It has been featured in other countries as well. It is advisable to book early as attendance yearly increases due to popularity.

 

5. KANAZAWA ANISONG FESTIVAL

“Kanazawa” is literally “Golden Swamp” where legend says a potato digger found gold instead of potatoes. “Anisong” is simply “anime song”. Thus, the Kanazawa Anisong, which features anime music, is one of the biggest Japan music festival. Performers come from various labels, and thousands come to this even.

 

6. TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL

The Tokyo Idol Festival or TIF happens every year in August and features live performances from many idol groups since 2010. Last year the Tokyo Idol festival had 51,000 fans attending. Idol is the largest idol Japan music festival event. Selfies and handshakes and a lot of squealing from the audience will be heard throughout.

 

7. COUNTDOWN JAPAN

Countdown Japan is a four-day Japan music festival that usually happens towards the last day of the year, usually December 28 to New Year’s Eve. It features an all-star cast of 180 popular and not-too-popular punk, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Hip-Hop, and Denki Groove artists. It is the event to usher in the coming New Year.

 

Conclusion

Japan music festivals are events that are looked forward to both by Japanese and visitors alike. Music and chanting are part of Japanese culture. They chant and play instruments and perform the Gagaku of ancient times. Ancient Japan music festival include Samurai music to foster understanding and brotherhood.

 

7 Recommended Music Festivals You Should Go in Japan!

1. SUMMER SONIC FESTIVAL
2. FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL
3. THE ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL
4. ANIMELO SUMMER LIVE
5. KANAZAWA ANISONG FESTIVAL
6. TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL
7. COUNTDOWN JAPAN