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Ultra Music Festival Japan Guide 2018

A guide to Japan’s biggest dance music event!

For three days, Odaiba will become the center of the Japanese EDM world when the Ultra Music Festival opens its gates on September 15th, 16th, and 17th. For the fourth year in the row, young Japanese Electronic Dance Music fans will flock to UMF Japan 2018 to see some of the biggest DJs in the world including Dj Snake, Axwell & Ingrosso, Afrojack, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, and many more.

UMF Japan

This festival is an absolute must, so we have rounded up our best festival tips, and DJ recommendations for this massive festival.

Overview

Date:

Ultra Music Festival Japan 2018 will be held on September 15 (Sat), 16 (Sun), and 17 (Mon) with the gates opening from 10 am till 9 pm.

Location

UMF Japan takes place in Odaiba, about a 45-minute train ride from Shinjuku with the nearest station being Tokyo Teleport.

Tickets

3 Day Ticket: 42,000 Yen

2 Day Ticket: 29,000 Yen

1 Day Ticket: 15,000 Yen

Purchase at the official Ultra Japan Website:
https://ultrajapan.com/tickets-en

*In past years there have been websites selling fake UMF Japan tickets. To avoid scams, purchase tickets only via official vendors.

**Guests under the age of 20 will not be allowed within the festival.

Tickets

Three stages, two of which, the Main Stage and Ultra Park Stage focus predominately on EDM sounds. The third stage, entitled the Resistance will focus on Techno and underground sounds.

The Complete Line-Up

UMF Japan Timetable

Festival Tips

  • Smoking is only allowed in designated zones.
  • 3-Day Ticket holders will receive a wristband that must be worn for three days. Be sure not to take it off between the festivals days, as if it looks like the wristband has been tampered with, the door staff will not allow you to enter.
  • Drink plenty of water, even in September, Tokyo can be humid.
  • Dress for rain, the past 3 Ultra Music Festival Japan events were plagued with heavy rain.
  • Pro Tip for the travelers who want to make some quick new friends; wear an epic rave costume! Cute Japanese girls and dudes will want to take photos, and it makes for a great conversation starter!
  • Party safe! UMF is patrolled by police and police dogs looking for illegal substances or suspicious behavior.
  • Be sure not to forget your photo identification, because UMF Japan will deny entry to guests without a proper photo ID. Accepted forms of ID include Driver’s License, Passport, Social Security Card, Basic Resident Registration Card, Special Permanent Resident Certificate or Alien Registration Card. School IDs are not accepted.

Recommend DJs

There will be over 80 different DJs and live acts performing on three different stages. Below are our recommended international and local DJs that you do not want to miss!

DAY 1

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Oliver Heldens

Often referred to as the king of Future House, Oliver Heldens is making his first appearance at UMF Japan on the main stage. Expect lots of shuffling and groovy bass lines.

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JOHN DIGWEED B2B NICOLE MOUDABER

Techno legend, John Digweed is going back to back with record label owner Nicole Moudaber for a set of jacking techno beats on the Resistance stage.

Local Act:

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2WASTED

Japan’s wildest DJ Duo, have been dominating Tokyo’s party scene for several years with exciting performances and rows of tequila shots. In the past year, 2WASTED have become regular fixtures at ALIFE and 1OAK Tokyo with their energetic DJ style.  Don’t miss their debut performance on the Ultra Japan main stage.

DAY 2

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DJ SNAKE

This French superstar has been touring the world nonstop since the success of his enormous hits “Turn Down for What” and “Get Low,” and DJ Snake doesn’t seem to be slowing down with his headlining performance on Day 2 at the Mainstage. Get ready for pyrotechnics, fireworks, and probably the biggest crowd of the weekend.

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SVEN VATH

As counter-programming to SNAKE showstopping performance on the main stage, German’s Dj / Producer, Sven Vath will be dropping his deep sounds to the resistance stage to close up Day 2.

Local Act:

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KSUKE

Japan’s perfectly groomed EDM superstar, Ksuke will be bringing his boy-band looks to the main stage.  Expect a mix of popular dance music tunes and Japanese girls losing their minds.

DAY 3

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TCHAMI X MALAA

French DJs / Producers TCHAMI and the mysterious Malaa are teaming up to deliver a fusion of Future House, and G House sounds on the UMF Japan main stage. Prepare yourself for grooving basslines, stomping beats, and gothic visuals.

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NINA KRAVIZ

Popular female Russian DJ, Nina Kraviz, has been making waves through the techno scene over the years with her deep techno sound. If you are looking for an escape from the big room EDM on the main stage, check out Nina as she ends UMF Japan on the Resistance stage.

Local Act:

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YAMATO

By day YAMATO is a full-time office worker at the Piooner Japan offices, and by night he is master turntable performance artist. Yamato has made waves with his technical CDJ performance videos, racking up millions of views on Youtube. Check him out on the main stage.


Are you going to Ultra Music Festival Japan? Who are you excited to see?

Written by VIVID

A renowned DJ, music producer, and Tokyo nightlife guru, VIVID has become a fixture in the city's club scene. With countless gigs across Japan and Asia, he's not just a performer, he's a cultural insider. VIVID curates Tokyonightowl.com, a platform where he shares his expertise, guiding you through the electrifying world of Tokyo's nightlife.

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