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Fuji Rock Festival 2019

Japan's largest outdoor music festival provides a great opportunity to enjoy the best of indie, rock and world music! And maybe also win a year's supply of meat?

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Fuji Rock is the largest music festival in Japan and one of top 10 in Asia. It's annually attended by over 100,000 music fans who come for the best rock, indie and pop music performed by Japanese, English and American artists. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sigur Rós, Beck, Babymetal, Battles, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminal are only a few of great names that were featured in its line-ups.

The festival is split between a few stages scattered relatively far from one another. You'll have to walk quite a while across hilly, but at the same time scenic, and often forested trails from one stage to another. The largest Green stage is counted for 50,000 visitors and features the mainstream artists whereas other stages cater for alternative music tastes. Other than music entertainments feature such things as steak eating competition. And guess what the prize is?—A year's supply of beef. Not bad at all.

Fuji Rock boasts a long history. And its first edition that was tens of years ago was quite a disaster, literally—the festival was struck with typhoon. Once it was held at the Mount Fuji, and hence it's got its name, even though nowadays the venue has moved to Naeba Ski Resort, the original name was preserved.

The festival takes place annually for a weekend in mid-July. For an authentic experience, you can reserve a place at the campsite. It accommodates around 17,000 festival goers.

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