This event is a pre-sale tickets only event. There are no tickets sold at the gate. Ticket price includes camping and the parking shuttle bus. Parking tickets will be sold separately. The event will take place in the case of rain, but tickets will not be refunded if the event is cancelled for natural disaster or any reason.
Discount Round #1 <paper ticket> [SOLD OUT]
Price: 18,000 yen
Start: April 20, 11:00 am~
Discount Round #2 <e-ticket> [SOLD OUT]
Price: 20,000 yen
Start: May 11, noon~
Regular PreSale <e-ticket>
Price: 22,000 yen (limited)
Start: June 8, noon ~
Parking Tickets <paper ticket>
Price: 3,000 yen
Start: Start: June 28, noon ~
* Re-entry allowed to parking ticket holders
Parking On The Day
Price: 4,000 yen
* No re-entry
Tokyo Bus Tour
Round-trip: 13,000 yen
One-way: 8,000 yen
Start: June 28, noon ~
Bungalow (3-days) [SOLD OUT]
6-mat: 35,000 yen
9-mat: 45,000 yen
Start: June 28, noon ~
Auto-Camping (3-days) [SOLD OUT]
Without electricity: 24,000 yen
With electricity: 26,000 yen
Start: June 28, noon ~
* Bus tour, bungalow, and auto-camping reservations do not include a ticket. Tickets must be purchased separately.
Parking & Shuttle
All parking is at the Hodaigi Ski Resort parking area. Parking tickets can be purchased at E+. Parking is more expensive without a ticket so please buy a ticket before the event.
No cars are allowed into the venue for any reason, apart from taxis and those with auto-camping reservations. Please understand that you cannot drive in to drop off gear or people.
Anyone with a parking ticket can leave and re-enter the parking area without paying again. Those without parking tickets can pay on the day for one-time access with no re-entry. Please buy tickets ahead of time to make the process smoother for everyone.
There is a shuttle bus (about 20 minutes) from the venue to the parking lot that runs the entire event until 22:00 PM Monday night.
And this goes without saying, but of course do not drink and drive after the event finishes. Please take care of both yourself and the lives of those travelling with you.
The shuttle bus stops at Monday night so there is no shuttle to the parking lot on Tuesday morning, but it is possible to camp on Monday night. But if you do so, please leave Hodaigi by 10am on Tuesday, as we have to clean the campground.
NOTE: There are almost no taxis operating in the Minakami area.
Minakami Station Shuttle
There is no public transport to the venue from the closest station, so we have arranged a Labyrinth shuttle bus departing from Minakami Station going direct to the venue on Saturday evening and returning Monday night. The bus takes about 30 minutes from Minakami Station to Hodaigi Campground.
The shuttle bus times are:
10/12 (Sat): Depart Minakami Station 17:00
10/14 (Mon): Depart Hodaigi Campground 19:15
Cost: 1,000 (one-way)
* If there is not enough space on the bus from Minakami, the bus will return to pick up those remaining.
* The return bus can be reserved at the gate during the event. If there is enough demand, another bus might be added during the day.
Please note there are almost no taxis operating in the town of Minakami, so it’s probably not possible to get to the venue and back by taxi.
Tentatively, the music schedule is as follows, but things may change.
10/12 (Sat): 7:00 pm - 2:30 am
10/13 (Sun): 10:00 am - 1:30 am
10/14 (Mon): 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
The line-up will be released over the next few months, and the complete timetable will announced on the day. If there are timetable changes we will make announcements on the Mindgames Twitter account.
It’s possible to camp at the venue Monday night after the event finishes and then leave Tuesday morning. You can also easily find rooms Monday night in the area, and there are many spectactular onsens to stay at. Resting one night in this beautiful region is a nice way to come down after such an intense event.
The weather can change quickly in the mountains and in Japan it can rain a lot. Come prepared for cold at night and the sun during the day. Warm clothes (fleece and jacket), sun protection, rainproof gear, and good shoes are all essential.
For checking weather conditions at The Labyrinth venue, search for “Minakami, Gunma”. Here is the weekly and daily weather forecast for the area.
We chose the Sports Day weekend in October for its typically nice weather, and are moving from the one of the wettest weekends of the year to the driest. But typhoons are still a possibility, and in the event of a typhoon we all have to follow strict instructions from the town authorities.
The event normally carries on in the case of rain, but there is a chance of the event stopping temporarily or getting canceled because of strong typhoon winds or lightning. Mindgames is not responsible for injuries or loss of life under any circumstances. If the event is suspended or cancelled, please closely follow staff instructions and keep up with our Twiter feed for updates.
We have arranged with Yamato Transport a shipping service for The Labryrinth. You can send all your things directly to the venue to make it easier to get there and back without having to carry everything. This will also make the shuttle bus flow more smoothly. You can use The Labyrinth Delivery Service from any convenience store.
To send your things to The Labyrinth you must do delivery both ways (往復便) and ship by Tuesday October 8th. You don’t need to fill out the arrival time or date. But please make sure you fill out the correct info as shown below.
THE LABYRINTH 2019
For the お客様コート box make sure to write 水上センターまで and fill in your own cell phone number as shown below:
(Note: You cannot send by refrigerated delivery.)
You can pick up your delivery to the right of the entrance gate on Saturday 10/12 at the Yamato Transport booth from 12:00 - 16:00. You must bring your delivery slip to show the staff.
You can drop off your things at the same Yamato Transport booth on Monday 10/14 between 12:00 and 16:00. Return delivery will made on Wednesday 10/16. (It is also possible at this time to make a shipment one-way.)
Trash & Glass
Unlike most other festivals, The Labyrinth does not ban bringing drinks into the venue. At the same time, please consider supporting the event at the bar and not abusing this generous policy.
However we do prohibit bringing glass into the venue. We will be searching bags at the gate and confiscating any glass bottles we discover. Glass is both dangerous and very heavy to dispose of. There is a physical limit to how much trash the town is able to process. Banning glass bottles helps us and the town handle trash at the event's conclusion. So please transfer any fine malted or graped liquids into flasks if they are going to make the voyage with you.
Trash must separated for recycling, so please follow the signs and staff’s instructions. Also please bring back as much as you can with you and do not leave large objects (tents, camping chairs, tables, etc) on site. And please remove and take back your tent pegs.
On the general topic of trash, we will repeat these words from last year:
"A clean dancefloor is a beautiful sight to see. It is an extension of the spirit and mentality of the entire event. When I see photos of festivals where the camp ground and dance floor look like scenes of a riot, I think what kind of celebration of life is this? I know it's easy to get carried away and leave trash on the dance floor in an excited state of mind, but what does this say about your integrity? And the integrity of the event as a whole?
The decision to clean after yourself and show respect for a communal space shared by others for spiritual enjoyment should be a simple one. It only takes a brief moment to commit to this state beforehand, and then you will act with awareness in the moment.
This is your event and ours."
And if you do see some trash left by some revellers having an exceptionally good time, it would be awesome if you helped out and threw some things away for them. Little teams of volunteers during the event taking 10-minute time-outs to clean areas around them can help keep the event pristine for all.
* NO AUDIO OR VISUAL RECORDING of performances. People have gone insane filming everything they see these days. One bright screen held up in the air at night is extremely distracting for the entire floor. No one wants to see your phone. We strictly prohibit videos of the stage and you will be asked to stop filming. If you refuse to follow the staff’s instructions on this matter, you will be asked to leave.
* NO DOGS on the dance floor. We allow dogs into the event, but we ask that they be kept on a leash, and they must not be brought onto the dance floor. The extreme sound levels of the dance floor make a dangerous and stressful situation for canine ears.
* NO DRUMS OR WHISTLES on the floor. Dogs are not the only animals with sensitive ears.
* NO LIGHT SOURCES on the floor. The lighting at Labyrinth is designed for specific aesthetic reasons. Please keep the night dark so we have room to play.
* NO FIREWORKS anywhere at the venue. I had a rocket shot at me once at an event, in a rather unusual state of mind. Would like to avoid a repeat.
* NO DRONES IN THE AIR. All drones will be coming from the speakers. Tony and Dan are in charge this year on that front, and I assure you we are in good hands.
* NO OPEN FIRES. Open flames and BBQ’ing are not allowed in the camping area, but there are covered BBQ areas with sinks, so please use those for cooking.
* NO SOUND SYSTEMS. Do not bring speakers or sound systems into the camping area as they annoy the neighbors.
* NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES. Laws are incredibly strict In Japan, and security will be patrolling the event. Please be aware that "loophole drugs" can be fatal alone or when combined with alcohol, and police will detain if you are found with these despite their ambiguous legal state. We will be searching bags and anyone discovered with loophole drugs or other illegal items in their possession will be immediately removed from the party. An undercover constabulary presence is always a possibility.
* NO CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUND. If you’re a smoker, bring portable ashtrays which are very popular in Japan. (You can buy these at Tokyu Hands, for example.) We cannot leave the venue until every last cigarette butt has been picked up from the grounds, and this is back-breaking work for our team on Tuesday.
* We will not reissue lost wristbands, so please don’t take them off. Lost wristbands will have to be repurchased. If your wristband is uncomfortable, come to the gate and we'll give you a new one.
* There is no ATM close to the venue or places to change money, and credit cards are not accepted on site, so prepare beforehand all the Japanese yen you will need at the event.
* Children under the age of 12 can enter for free with their guardian. There is a supervised kids area run by Smile Kids where they can safely take part in games and creative activities, like painting and drawing. Every year we see more kids come to Labyrinth, which means more friends for them to make in natural surroundings. We love seeing this.
* If the event is cancelled because of natural disaster, poor weather conditions, or other reasons beyond our control, ticket money will not be refunded.
* Mindgames does not take responsibility for any accidents or thefts that occur at the venue. Please take care of your valuables and be aware that there are no storage areas or lockers on site.
* Anyone who refuses to follow the instructions of staff will be removed from the event and your ticket money will not be refunded.
* See you on the floor.