Come dance with Tokyo's cool kids at this dance festival in the Japanese wilderness.
If you haven't seen thousands of Japanese teenagers collectively lose their shit, then you haven't been paying much attention to pop culture this millennium. But head to Taico Club and you just might see some of Japans coolest non-teenagers joining in the hysteria. Time Out Global have named Taico Club one of the 50 best music festivals in the world, and with good reason. In a secluded campsite in Kodama no Mori, in Nagano Prefecture, Japan's electronic music fanatics dance the night away surrounded by snow-capped mountains to a broad variety of local and international talent.
With a great line-up of cutting edge dance and electronica, this is not the place to start dropping your knowledge of niche J-Pop artists or saccharine pop hits. Instead, just tip back your head, enjoy the scenery, and let yourself float away on a tide of the best dance music this side of Fuji. You're welcome.
The average temperature up in the mountains can veer between 30℃ in the daytime and 6℃ at night. You might want to bring a thick pair of socks.
How do I get there?
From Kanto Region - Shuto Expressway “Eifuku-IC” → Chuo Expressway “Takaido-IC” → “Ina-IC” (205.5km / 154min)
Exit at Ina-IC, turn right and then turn left at the “Ogaya intersection” (There is a convenience store on the left hand side of the intersection).
Turn right at “Nakanohara intersection” (There is a gasoline stand on the left hand side of this intersection.) and get through “Gonbe Tunnel” on Route 361.
Exit the tunnel and turn right when you reach Route 19 (for direction of “Shioziri”), and then turn left at “Suge intersection”. (approx. 30mins from Ina-IC exit.)
From Kansai Region. Exit Chuo Expressway “Nakatsugawa-IC”, go straight on Route 19 (for direction of “Shioziri”) and turn left at “Suge intersection”. (approx. 90mins from Nakatsugawa-IC exit). Or, you can exit at “Ina-IC” instead of “Nakatsugawa-IC” and take same route as access from Kanto Region mentioned above.
The shuttle bus operates as follows. Please be sure not to miss the bus:
30th May (Sat) 11:00 – 25:00
31st May (Sun) 07:00 – 17:00
・For those who are planning to leave the festival on 30th (Sat)
The last bus departing from the venue for Nomugitoge is 24:30.
・Re-entry to the festival venue is not permitted.
・Attempting to re-enter the parking area will require another payment of the parking charge.
・There is no water place at the Nomugitoge parking area.
Public toilets are available, however they are located 5 minutes walk away from the parking area.
Full instructions on how to use the train system in order to access Taico Club can be found here.
£68 until the 1st of December, plus about £10 per tent.
When can I get them?
Tickets on sale now
Where can I get them?
Tickets available from the website