If you’re bored this weekend, then you’re boring. Fuji Rock, that mammoth mountain festival in Niigata kicks off with some heavy duty performances. The Sumidagawa fireworks festival is the biggest and brightest the summer has to offer. Otherwise sweeten up your weekend with honey festivals, local matsuri or outdoor international celebrations.
The Amazons at Fuji Rock in 2017 (Photo ⓒ Masanori Naruse)
Japan’s biggest festival of the year kicks off as it always does, deep in the forests of Niigata. Over 200 Japanese and international artists make this music haven their home for three days. This year’s highlights include Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan, N.E.R.D., Post Malone, and Vampire Weekend.
Arguably Tokyo’s most famous firework event, Sumidagawa was one of the first places to host fireworks spectacles back in the day and is still the largest of its kind in Tokyo. For lesser crowds, but great summer festival atmospheres, head to