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Japan spring music festival guide

Start the outdoor party season early at these top gatherings

Spring festival fun at Shizuoka's Itadaki

The summer months are obviously when most of Japan's big-time outdoor music festivals take place, but that's not to say the spring selection isn't deserving of attention: the weather is generally very agreeable from March to May, the crowds are less of a struggle than at summer's big-time parties, and you won't be paying through the nose for the fun. Those looking for variety will also have a field day, as most of the festivals listed below are less about attracting the maximum amount of visitors and more about keeping it real, whatever that means for each organiser and concept. From mainstream rock gatherings to techno parties on the seaside, these are some of the music festivals worth checking out in Japan this spring.

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