Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fuji Rock: Camping

Although Naeba, being a ski resort, offers a number of accommodation options such as hotels and ryokan within walking distance of the festival site, the cost is very high and the competition for these is fierce - and they tend to book out very quickly. Some festival goers find accommodation in nearby ski resorts, taking advantage of the free shuttle bus that links the town of Yuzawa, which has the nearest train station and is between 40 minutes to an hour each way, to the festival site. Alternatively, there is a campsite on a golf course next to the festival site which costs 3000 yen per person for the whole weekend, complete with toilets, showers, an onsen, and food stalls. The campsite is hilly in many places and flat spots are taken quickly, causing many such as myself to spend more then a few sleepless hours trying to keep myself from sliding down the hill. The last image shows my humble weekend fortress, some people really went all-out: setting up multiple tents and connecting them with tarps, and setting up chairs, futons, tables, and stoves. Oh, and some choose to sleep in their cars in the parking lot, a good option if your auto has the space.

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