Radiohead and Stone Roses to rock Japan mountain festival

The Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan
The Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan boasts a seriously cool setting.

Rock up at one of the best music festivals in the world, Fuji Rock, and then regain composure at the top of the eponymous sacred mountain in Japan.

The Japanese Alps provides the backdrop for an eclectic line-up of established favourites, up-and-coming stars and home-grown talent from 27th to 29th July. But it’s headline acts like Radiohead and The Stone Roses that will cause the biggest stir.

The Fuji Rock festival originally launched in the foothills of Mount Fuji until a typhoon stopped play in 1997. Since then, Mount Naeba in Niigata has provided a beautiful setting of forests and mountain slopes.

Add the world’s longest gondola, which opens for the event so that people can ride high above the 100,000 festival-goers, plus hot spring baths, and this becomes a truly unique festival.

And after one kind of rock, head to another – Mount Fuji itself, immortalised in Japanese art and literature. The official climbing season runs from 1st July to 31st August and is popular with pilgrims who aim to reach the sacred mountain’s summit of 3,776 metres in time for sunrise.

Tour operator, InsideJapan Tours can arrange group-guided climbs (groups consist of seven people maximum) that are timed to arrive at the mountain-top at 4:30am.

InsideJapan Tours’ seven-night Fuji Rock Festival package costs from £902 pp (two sharing) and includes three nights’ hotel accommodation in Tokyo’s exciting Shinjuku district, rail passes (including the shinkansen bullet train), airport transfers, tents for collection at the site and a three-day festival ticket. Excludes flights, available from Virgin or BA from around £650 return. A Mount Fuji climb can be added to any trip.

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