Hitachi Seaside Park is well-known for the 4.5 million powder blue nemophilas which bloom in spring, but, did you know that the park is also host to the largest rock festival, in terms of attendance, in Japan?
The Rock in Japan Festival is an annual three-day rock festival held in early August featuring Japanese rock and pop musicians exclusively. The festival, organized by Rockin’on Group in Shibuya began in 2000 as a two-day event with 16 artists and a little over 60,000 fans in the audience. By the year 2013, the festival had grown to 206 artists spread out across six stages and drew 240,000 fans to Hitachi Seaside Park.
The Hitachi Seaside Park was partially closed in May of 2014 due to the radiation levels from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant exceeding standard readings. However, this did not stop the music fans from descending upon the park in August of 2014. As a matter of fact, the festival was expanded to four days and spread out across two weekends in 2014 (8/2, 8/3, 8/9 and 8/10).
Performances begin as early as 9:00 AM and continue through 9:00 PM on the GRASS STAGE, LAKE STAGE, SOUND OF FOREST, PARK STAGE, WING TENT and the BUZZ STAGE. In between the venues there are food stalls and event merchandise stalls galore.
The festival’s past line ups included One OK Rock, Inoran, Bump of Chicken, Leo Ieiri, Perfume, Scandal, Baby Metal and Miyavi just to name a few.
Individual day tickets start at ¥12,000 and can run up to ¥47,000 for an all-inclusive three-day pass.
If you love Japanese rock and want to experience the festival atmosphere, the Rock In Japan Festival is the ideal venue for you. Afterwards, spend a day at the Hitachi Seaside Park itself and enjoy all that has to offer.
Hitachi Seaside Park is easily accessible from Tokyo via Ueno Station, the JR Joban Line to Katsuta Station. From there catch the Hitachinaka Seaside train on the Minato Line to Ajigaura Station. The park is only 20 minutes on foot from that point.
Web page: http://rijfes.jp/