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Music Festivals in Japan

When you think of Japan, you probably don’t think of music festivals do you? Well, you should. Because they have festivals that would give Glastonbury a run for their money. Japan is a fascinating land of contrasts filled with plenty to see. So while you’re exploring The Land of the Rising Sun, why not break up your sightseeing with one of these festivals…

Fuji Rock Festival

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Where: Naeba Ski Resort, Japan
When: 21st July – 23rd July
Why: Fuji Rock is a breath of fresh air compared to other music festivals, literally. Based high up in the ski resort of Naeba, the organizers never fail to put on a wide spectrum of musical acts from different genres as well as huge headliners
Previous highlights: Sigur Ros, Beck, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and James Blake
Top tip: Take the cable car to the top of the mountain for an incredible view looking down on the festival
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Japan Cheat Sheet

Konichiwa and welcome to Japan! So you’ve decided to head to the land of contrasts where old meets new and east meets west. Where anime and modern technology sit side by side with Geisha and Samurais – good decision! But not sure what you should pack? Confused about when to visit and what to budget? We thought so! That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet for a rundown on all things Japanese. Listen up…

Number 1 tip: Learn a little bit of basic Japanese, it will come in handy and locals will appreciate it. Even if it’s just the phrase: 私日本語は話せません。(watashi-nihongo-wa-hanasemasen) ‘I can’t speak Japanese’. Bit of a mouthful but EXTREMELY useful.

Seasons and packing


What’s STA Travel all about?

STA Travel = Start The Adventure. We’re all about seeing the world and getting under the skin of another country. We understand traveller’s needs as we have travelled ourselves for over 35 years. We’re your mate in the know. Whether you’re a student or not, under 25 years or older, experienced backpacker or beginner, we want to help you travel as far as you can! But how do we do that?

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Why you should break out of your comfort zone NOW

Your comfort zone is getting in the way of you experiencing new things and taking life by the horns. You shouldn’t accept sitting in the same traffic jam every day or doing a job you hate day in, day out. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you break out of it. All you need to do is make a few small changes to your daily routine in order to accomplish great things! We’re not saying become an adrenaline junkie but just gain a new perspective on the world. Let’s see how and why you should break out of your comfort zone NOW…

What is your comfort zone?

To put it simply, it’s where you stay doing the same thing to keep things comfortable. Like sitting in your favourite arm chair everyday – we’ve all done it! But being comfy is no good, because we don’t stretch ourselves, we follow the daily routine and don’t experience new things.

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The REAL benefits of travelling

Why travel? Your sofa is comfy and you can see everything via YouTube, right?
Yes, BUT we want ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE… and other magical benefits, such as…

Friends for life

Trust us, no matter how weird you may think you are, you will 100% find people on your travels that you just click with. It’s a great feeling when you realise that you have so much in common with a person from a distant land! Those amazing travel memories you share will connect you for life!

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