Updated: January 31, 2017
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5 Natsu (Summer) Music Festivals You Should Go To In Japan

Music lovers, rejoice! Japan has a slew of music festivals in summer that allows you to bask in the sun and dance to explosive music. Best time to unleash your energy! Go to these 5 festivals in 2017!

#1 Summer Sonic Festival

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One of the most prestigious music festivals in Japan, Summer Sonic is a two-day explosive extravaganza featuring top Japanese and international musicians in Chiba and Osaka at the same time. That's right! You can attend this festival, regardless of whether you are in the Kanto or Kansai region.

It has just been announced that this year's festival will be held during the weekend of August 19 and 20, so check out its official website for upcoming information of the music acts!

#2 Fuji Rock Japan

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Although so named because its first edition was held at the base of Mount Fuji, the Fuji Rock Festival is now actually held as a three-day event in Naeba Ski Resort that is located on Mount Takenoko in Niigata. What a great way to escape the scorching summer heat in Japan!

This year's festival will be held from July 28 to July 30 (Fri-Sun). Early bird discounts are available right now, so check out the website to buy value-for-money tickets!

#3 Rock in Japan Festival

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Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki is famed for its spectacular fields of beautiful flowers, but do you know that it is also the site for the Rock in Japan Festival, a yearly music festival graced by well-known J-rock and J-pop artists? Particularly suitable for those who aren't really into loud rock music.

UVERworld, BABYMETAL, miwa and RIP SLYME, among other artists, performed during this festival in 2016, so follow its website to see if they will perform this year too on August 5-6 and August 11-12!

#4 Rising Sun Rock Festival

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If you love funky rock music and stunning sunrises, why not marry your interests together by taking part in the Rising Sun Rock (RSR) Festival? Held in Ishikari, Hokkaido, this party enables you to party throughout the night and usher in the sunlight the following morning. How cool is that?!

The RSR festival will be held on August 11-12 this year, so start planning your trip now.

#5 Jozenji Street Jazz Festival

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If you crave for a more relaxed atmosphere and a more intimate interaction between the musician and audience, consider attending the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival that is held in early September in Sendai every year. Soak in its infectious energy as you get up close with performers at various outdoor stages spread out around the city. What's more, although its name suggests jazz music, it actually boosts a wide-boggling range of genres from gospel and Latin to rock and even ska!

Which of these natsu music festivals best captures your fancy? Regardless of your preference, you are sure to be in for a smashing good time. Feel the power of passionately rendered music!

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