You'd be surprised how many Tokyoites make the pilgrimage to Hokkaido for this two-day affair, where the main stage keeps going until dawn on the second night. The veteran-heavy lineup at Rising Sun consists purely of domestic acts, with B'z, Toshinobu Kubota, Mari Natsuki, Quruli and Cornelius scheduled to appear this year, along with regulars like Scoobie Do, Zazen Boys, Overground Acoustic Underground and Chara. Friday night also sees a special ska session headed by the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra together with the likes of Ego-Wrappin's Yoshie Nakano and Yusuke Chiba from The Birthday. The festival is a gastronomic delight, too: look out for stalls selling locally farmed produce, seafood and craft beer.
|Venue name:||Tarukawa Wharf (Ishikari Bay New Port)|
5 Zenibako, Otaru-shi
|Transport:||Aso Station (Subway Namboku line), then shuttle bus to venue|