While obviously most of the action at Fujirock goes down within the festival gates, or just outside them, there are a few amenities that the usually sleepy Naeba town can offer during your festival experience. Home to a large selection of traditional inns, hotels, and souvineer shops, this little town is worth a stroll down the main drag at the least.
If you find yourself in need of the following; A quick dip in a hot spring or some basic supplies or snacks which you may have left at home, Naeba town has you covered.
Yukisasa-no-Yu is a hot spring which can be reached by a 10-minute walk from the festival gates, right along the main street in central Naeba. The facility has both indoor and outdoor baths for males and females each, and a large room for relaxing post-soak. For those of you not familiar with Japanese public bathing culture, you may want to read up a bit on the manners and do’s/don’ts before entering, but as long as you remember to wash your body completely before entering the bath, everything else pretty much falls under common sense.
The best part here is that due to large crowds in Naeba during Fujirock, Yukisasa-no-Yu extends their hours to remain open around the clock. This means you can enjoy a hot spring bath at any time of the day or night. One tip though, you may want to avoid peak hours in order to get the most relaxation time for your money.
Entrance to the bath is 900yen for adults, 400yen for children, and there’s a couple’s discount (though you can’t bathe together) for 1,600yen per couple. The bath also has towels, shampoo, hair driers and other toiletries for rent if you need them. A small price to pay to recharge after a couple nights sleeping in a tent or a day trudging around with soggy boots!
The address is: 355 Mikuni, Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma District, Niigata Prefecture 949-6212
Another good place to drop in while in Naeba town is Fukudaya-Shouten, a sort of general store located at the main T-intersection signal in the town.
Fukudaya has alcohol, snacks, souvineers, ponchos, small camping supplies, and a lot of other things which could come in handy during your time in Naeba. Making a trip to Fukudaya might save you a bit wait time compared to inside the festival, and may have some items not available elsewhere in Naeba. It’s usually a good place to pick up that random item you left at home before coming, though don’t rely on them having it, as selection is limited. Also worth noting is that stocks have been known to deplete as the weekend progresses, once large groups stop in to stock up.
Naeba town also has a number of bars and sites of interest that one could find while taking a leisurely stroll through town. Just exploring the little mountain town is an experience in itself, so if you find yourself with some free time between sets, it’s well worth the short trek up the hill.