Summer music festivals in Japan

Make the most of the sun by heading to these top music festivals in Tokyo and further afield
By Shiori Kotaki |

Scorching heat, out-of-the-way locations and steep prices, sure, but Japan's many summer music festivals also 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).

If you're looking for a different kind of festival, check out our roundup of the best summer firework festivals or our list of beer gardens.

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