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Best music festivals in Tokyo and Japan
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Best music festivals in Tokyo and Japan

Japan's many music festivals provide an astonishing variety of settings, styles and genres, along with appearances by many world-class acts and a healthy dose of anarchy otherwise so rarely found on these shores. Mega-events like Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic aside, the supply ranges from refined indie fests and relaxed beach parties to fine-tuned techno and taiko celebrations – so all you have to do is check out our list below, choose your favourite, and get ready to rock out in the great outdoors (or indoors). Tip: most music festivals in Japan offer early bird tickets are a discount, so it's best to book early to enjoy the deal. RECOMMENDED: Best food and drink festivals in Tokyo

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Zipang

This annual open-air festival in Chiba’s Shirahama Flower Park takes place right next to the beach and combines art with house and techno beats in a resort-like ambience. The live act this year is the salsa band Banderas, and rocking the DJ booths are CMT, DJ Hikaru, Keihin and many others. It usually sells out in advance – snap up your tickets now before they're gone. // !function(d,s,id){var Js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="https://zaiko.io/widgets/all.js.php";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","ZAIKO-jssdk"); // Time Out Tokyo Tickets2019-06-29ZIPANG2019 @ 白浜フラワーパークBUY NOW

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Ocean Peoples
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Ocean Peoples

Yoyogi Park seems the unlikeliest of locations for an outdoor festival celebrating the sea, but don’t let that deter you from enjoying this water-loving weekend festival...

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Natsu Biraki Music Festival

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Sunnyside Japan Tour

This bright but funky six-piece Australian funk-jazz collective has been selling out jazz bars and nightclubs across their home country and taken the stage in a host of music festivals around the world...

Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival

The biggest and most beautiful of Japan’s summer music festivals, Fuji Rock once again returns to Niigata prefecture’s Naeba, welcoming a beefy lineup of both international superstars and local heroes.

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Analog
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Analog

An unpretentious music bar, Analog is where you’d go for a drink and some music in a relaxed environment. It’s set on the third floor of the building across from Mikkeller Tokyo, in a somewhat ungentrified corner of Hyakkendana in Shibuya that’s full of character. The space is decked out with comfortable sofa seating and vintage speakers from Altech, the brand that was once used in movie theatres. As such, you can expect a smooth sound experience – and a wide range of genres from Showa Kayo to the latest hip hop. There’s no mixing with the songs like those in a club, but played one after another in the style of a playlist. The manager here was once a techno DJ and hence will curate the songs to match the crowd and atmosphere in the bar. Drinks wise, pick from rare liqueurs, raspberry and strawberry gin, and fruity cocktails. Coupled with the free snacks on offer, Analog is a great place to wind down after an evening of drinking, or a place to take a breather during a night of partying.

Bar Bonobo
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Bar Bonobo

Found on a Harajuku back street not far from Jingu Stadium, Bonobo occupies an old two-storey house with a rooftop terrace. The ground-floor bar is complemented by a DJ booth and lounge upstairs, which is where the frequent gigs and other music events take place.

WWW B
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WWW B

Now firmly in the all-night gig business, Shibuya's WWW rebranded its basement lounge in August 2017, changing the name to WWW B and installing a new Funktion One sound system to attract quality-conscious clubbers. Early signs suggest that the programming here is set to lean towards the alternative and experimental side of the electronic music spectrum.

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Vent
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Vent

Opened back in late 2016, basement club Vent has defied expectations and become a regular stalwart in Tokyo's club scene. Their 'revolutionary' speaker system and a bold attitude to bookings have worked a treat, with an eclectic line-up of European headliners, local DJ talent, and everything in between drawing the crowds without making it feel overhyped. 

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